Health & Fit Suzanne Somers Reveals How She Keeps Her Libido So High at 73
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When Suzanne Somers was in her 50s, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and totally. Now, more than 20 years later, the Three's Company star has released her 27th book, , to share how she overhauled her lifestyle—including her sex life.
"I've heard so many women my age say that they are past that, and I think, too bad you're in that mindset, because a healthy person is a sexual person," Somers tells Prevention.com. "I have a sexy image, which I enjoy, and that's the best part of being in good health. I'm 73, and I still got it!"
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Today, Somers is not only cancer-free, but she says she feels happier and healthier than ever before. "I don't look at cancer in my life as a negative," she says, adding that she has sex with her 83-year-old husband twice a day. "A New Way To Age is my 27th book, and it's been a process of self-education and [a] journey toward health over the years."
She wants other women to know that they too can take control of their health and enjoy the aging process, so here are her best tips for healthy aging.
1. She avoids processed foods.
In 2001, Somers was diagnosed with breast cancer, so she decided to make some lifestyle changes. "When I heard these three words: You have cancer, I remember thinking, what have I done in my diet and lifestyle to play host to this terrible disease?" Somers recalls about her diagnosis.
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Following the news, Somers overhauled her diet almost immediately. "I decided to eat like my life depended on it," she says. "I stopped eating all."
Now, she only eats foods that she can "pick, pluck, milk, or shoot," and that's how she's been living for decades. Somers has a garden right in her backyard in the desert. "I brought in organic soil, put in a water purification system, and planted organic seeds and plants," she said. "We mainly eat all of our produce from the garden."
The actress starts her day with a, loaded with kale, spinach, apple, ginger, and other produce. For lunch, she tries to stay low-carb with a protein and vegetable, like salad with chicken, goat cheese, and fennel topped with olive oil.
Everything that Somers cooks is flavored with natural spices and oils. For dinner, she enjoys a wide variety of options, but a dish she likes to make often is marinated lamb with rosemary, garlic,, and red pepper flakes. She pairs that with red yams infused with organic butter. "I'm a big believer in flavor," she said, adding that her husband loves the meals she cooks.
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2. She monitors her hormones.
Somers believes that anled to her development of breast cancer in her 50's. "Every year, I get lab testing done to show my hormone levels," she says. "I take determined by my deficiencies, and aim to keep everything in perfect balance."
Somers takes supplements to fulfill her B12, magnesium, and zinc levels, among others. She also supplements with prebiotics and.
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3. She's done yoga every other day for 19 years.
Somers has performed the same exercise routine for nearly two decades, and her. "I have done yoga every other day for 19 years. I will do yoga until the day I die," she says.
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For the first 15-20 minutes of her yoga sessions, she "stretches and stretches," carefully not to jolt any of her muscles, for a warmup. Then, she goes through deeper stretches and movements, usually outside her Arizona home, beneath the sunshine.
Somers says that her active lifestyle over the years has allowed her to remain "agile" and avoid bone loss. "I'm around some of my friends who are my age or older, and they're out of gas. I have great energy at this age. It's great!" she says. "But it's never too late!"
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4. She has sex twice a day.
Somers credits her lifestyle and balanced hormones to her healthy sex life with her husband—but it wasn't always this way. In her 50s, she says her hormones were imbalanced. "Not only was I in a bad mood all of the time, not sleeping well, and feeling constantly itchy, but I also had no libido," she says. "I couldn't feel [aroused]."
But after switching up her lifestyle to focus on her health, Somers said her sex life greatly improved. Today, she feels "sexy" and confident. "I like the way I look, I like the way I feel, and I like the way I have a healthy libido," she says.
5. She uses organic skincare and hair products.
The Three's Company star approaches her skincare routine not only with aging in mind, but with her health as well. "The skin is the largest organ in the body, and we put chemicals all over it," she says. "That's why I created my organic, certified toxic-free skincare line,."
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In the mornings, Somers begins her routine by washing her face with an exfoliating peach cleanser. "If I have time, a few times a week I'll put on a recovery mask with peptides and lentil extracts for about 20 minutes," she says. "Then, I use my aging serum followed by the, which isn't greasy."
The actress is a huge fan of makeup, which inspired her to create organic, toxic-free products. "I love makeup," she says, adding that although her makeup is very clean, she still takes it off before bed. "Each night I use our everyday cleanser to take off my makeup, which has an olive base," she says. "Then, I spray on our olive leaf and willow herb toner." Afterwards, Somers targets aging with her ageless serum and eye cream.
Occasionally she likes to unwind with an Epsom salt bath at night, and puts amask in her hair and on her face while she relaxes.
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6. She listens to her body.
While Somer's 27 books explain her unique perspective on healthy aging, she emphasizes that every person is different, that's why it's important to tune into your own body.
"Pay attention to the language of your body. The body talks all the time, and we rarely listen," she says. "My big message to aging women is, it's not over. We women are so incredible. We work, raise our children, run our households, and do a million things in a day." But she says that women have to prioritize their their health, too.
At 73, Somers loves where she's at in life because she has prioritized her health for decades. She's also looking forward to this chapter of her life with her husband. "Normally at this age, people are sick. We're in great health," she says. "We go out, we laugh, he makes great coffee in the morning, we dance at night. I've really never been this happy."
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"Suzanne", the overwhelming novel by Frédéric Pommier
There are rare books which, once closed, do not let you go because they have upset you. There is like a before and an after. "Suzanne" is one of them. Suzanne is the grandmother of Frédéric Pommier. In this novel, he paints a portrait as tender as it is fascinating. Suzanne is also the grandmother we all dreamed of having. Yet at 95, Suzanne, after yet another fall, will find herself in an Ehpad (Accommodation facility for dependent elderly people).
Over there, “we strapped her waist. She can't move anymore. ” Another day, she "fixed, petrified", her excrement. Infantilized, humiliated, sometimes abused, the old lady yet so independent suffers. It’s terribly violent, and often unbearable because, by describing how our elders are treated in these dying houses, but also those who care for them, Frédéric Pommier supports where it hurts. What about us? And when it is our turn, how will our children and society behave? Without a moral lesson, the author simply questions himself. But this novel is not just a cry of revolt. It is also a declaration of love from a grandson to his grandmother. With delicacy and passion, he tells us about the incredible life of Suzanne, whom he interspersed with short but very hard moments of this new life, far from home.
Before finding herself locked in this sinister retirement home, Suzanne, who practically crossed the last century (she was born in 1922), had a fairly exceptional life. A childhood in Sainte-Adresse (Seine-Maritime), a chic seaside resort near Le Havre, between an adored father and a distant mother. A life of a funny and courageous young bourgeois, then a mother, and finally, an original old lady. Frédéric Pommier takes us on a fascinating tale that we can no longer let go of, so endearing is her heroine.
Woman of character, cultivated, curious, funny and positive, Suzanne, who dreamed of being an actress, "loved to drive fast and dreamed of making car rallies". A feminist almost before the hour, she drank rosé and beer, loved travel, books and the theater. Despite the tragedy - she was widowed at 40 with four little girls to raise - she always stayed true to her mantra: "SQM", "smile anyway", whatever happens. Suzanne loved life. And we love Suzanne.
EDITOR'S NOTE: 5/5
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