We are animals and animals age. It can not be avoided, however, we can remain healthy, look younger and have a high quality of life while we begin to get into our older years.
You can slow down the aging process but you can’t stop aging. There is no “Anti-Aging” remedy.
Here are some tips on how to keep your body as young as you can inside and out:
Drink a Lot of Water
The human body consists of 60% water and working out, stress, and daily routines use up our water in the body so we need to add more. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. You will go to the bathroom more each day but it is good for you. Accurate amounts of water in your body keeps your internal organs hydrated and working properly. Your digestive system and bowels need water to work adequately. Your skin also needs water to stay smooth and flexible and look healthy.
Regular exercise is one of the best ways to stay young and feel great about yourself. It helps your heart and gives you more energy. Cardiovascular exercise at least three times a week is recommended. Experts say getting your heart pumping at about 90% of its maximum rate (220 minus your age) for 15 to 60 minutes is best but I found in my athletic career that going about 70% will keep you more injury free. Also, for those of you who like to walk, 30 minutes a day can add years to your life. Swimming is also great. It is a great aerobic exercise, is easy on the joints and helps with flexibility and muscle strength.
In today’s busy world, sometimes we forget to do one of the most important things in life that is sleep. Stress at the job or in your personal life keep you up, kids keep you up or you just can’t turn off. Healing happens when you sleep. Your body regulates and slows down promoting healing and allowing your muscles and whole body to heal while you are asleep. Sleep at least 6 hours a day or even better 7 to 8 hours. It makes a huge difference.
Eating real foods loaded with minerals and vitamins such as vitamin A (carrots, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, melons, peaches, apricots and spinach). Vitamin C, (oranges, limes and other citrus fruits, green peppers, green leafy vegetables, strawberries and tomatoes, broccoli). Vitamin E (nuts and seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables and oil, liver and vegetables). Proteins like seafood, red meat, grains, eggs. Proteins should be eaten with each meal but only in portions that are no bigger than the palm of your hand. Food serves as fuel to your whole body and if you are nutritionally deficient, it will catch up to you.
Quit Smoking and Alcohol
Smoking reduces blood flow to the skin. It causes wrinkles (especially around the mouth and eyes) and your skin loses elasticity and tone which helps keep it looking young. Alcohol makes your body dehydrated and decreases the amount of nutrients you absorb into your skin. This leads to a dry and damaged looking face which obviously makes you look older.
Skin Care Products [Natural]
Too much sun or bad eating habits lead to rougher looking skin. There are some natural skin care products that are made without pesticides or hormones and are full of antioxidants that help your body eliminate all impurities, so that your skin looks younger and healthier. Oil seed Granada: moisturizes the skin and also reduces inflammation of the same and the appearance of fine wrinkles.
Stress is one of the common problems in human life. If we try to manage our stress we might live a better life. Research has shown that mental stress that accelerates the aging process. This makes sense right? We all know when someone is stressed because they look worn down and tired. Ways reduce mental stress are daily exercise, yoga, deep breathing and meditation. All can reduce stress, increase oxygen, blood flow and increases our energy levels.
Avoid Excess Sugar
I do not think any of us would ever believe that even sweets can give wrinkles. But the truth is YES! Anything containing sugar definitely make us look ten years older. According to Dr.Brandt sugar accelerates the degeneration of collagen and elastin, the two key skin proteins. In other words, it actually ages. If you want to look younger then it is good that you should avoid taking sugar in your diet. I know most of you can not resist sugar completely, but you can avoid taking too much sugar. Sugar also leads to diabetes, obesity, fatigue, digestive issues, inflammation in the body and so many other health issues. The less sugar you eat, the better you will feel and you mood is even effected by sugar.
Like I said, anti aging is not possible, but slowing down the process of aging can happen if you work a little and take care of yourself.
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