Long-term health and wellness is the result of healthy choices that have an impact on your health today, tomorrow, and beyond. If you want to age healthy and gracefully, start following these seven healthy lifestyle habits that can help fight the signs of aging and keeps you looking and feeling young.
DRINK MORE WATER, LESS CAFFEINE, AND NO ALCOHOL
Our skin is made up of 64% water, so when we are dehydrated or low in the water, our skin appears drier and any wrinkles and blemishes are more significant. Whereas, drinking more water (2-3 ltr./day) hydrates our skin from within and plumps up and diminishing the signs of aging like dry, cracky, and wrinkled skin. In addition to this, drinking more water increases the blood flow to the skin, lending it a more youthful, supple, and glowing hue.
So, drink enough water and eat lots of water-rich foods, which means fresh fruits and vegetables. Since coffee and alcohol (diuretic in nature) can be more dehydrating and aging, therefore limit the consumption.
EAT MORE FRUITS AND GREEN VEGGIES
We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for us, especially When it comes to anti-aging, they are vital. They are high in essential vitamins, minerals, natural antioxidants, and other bioactive compounds that work together help to prevent age-related disease. In fact, eating more can promote longer life and prevent the onset of degenerative diseases including cancers.
Green leafy veggies are also very low in calories, and high in dietary fibre and water, therefore eating more of them can also help in weight management. So try to incorporate as many as many ways as possible into your daily diets such as add spinach and kale into your morning smoothie etc.
CUT BACK ON SUGAR
Refined sugar ages people both from external as well as internal, including the skin. The more refined and processed sugar in our diet, the more of an insulin response our bodies have. Higher insulin levels are associated with disease-promoting inflammation in the body such as obesity and diabetes. And both of which contribute to heart disease. Simple sugar does not provide any nutrient and just a source of calories also called ‘’empty calories’’. Also, too much simple sugar can lead to an increase in the appearance of acne, wrinkles, and sagging chin and neck skin.
- Therefore, avoid excessive refined sugar by eliminating sugared soft/aerated drinks, breakfast cereals with added sugar, and adding table sugar to foods.
- Replace sugary dessert with healthy fruits.
- Instead of adding refined sugar in your tea and coffee, use natural sweetener like Stevia.
EAT MORE ANTIOXIDANTS RICH FOODS
Aging is caused by free radicals in our bodies. They are unstable cells that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures such as UV rays, radiation, pollution, bad eating habits, more junk and fried foods, exposure to drugs/medicine, pesticides, chemicals, etc.
These free-radicals can be countered by anti-oxidants. They help to neutralize the free radicals thus protect cells from potential damage. Antioxidants rich foods are Key to Anti-Aging. They both go hand-in-hand.
In short, Anti-oxidants = Anti-aging.
Therefore, eating more antioxidants rich foods such as berries, leafy veggies, etc. can prevent the damage to cells caused by free radicals,
A good night’s sleep is essential for overall health and aging well. During sleep, our body heals and repairs itself, meaning regenerate essential cells, produce essential hormones that strengthen our body’s natural repair mechanisms. It is also responsible for maintaining skin elasticity, preventing and delaying the appearance of wrinkles—that’s why people who regularly get more sleep have a certain glow about them.
The day-to-day sleep deprivation promotes degeneration, as well as we become more prone to getting sick. Without enough sleep, our immune systems also suffer and become weaker. Poor sleep also results in a less efficient circulatory system, which causes the classic dark circles and poufy eyes hence appearing tired and older.
For how many hours we should sleep daily? The answer is at least 6- 8 hours of quality sleep is absolutely vital—for good health and looks. Make sure to create a bedtime routine for yourself for a good sleep.
LIVE AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE! (DAILY EXERCISE)
Exercise is probably one of the best things you can do for your health. Whether for weight loss or just for overall wellness, it is very important to get a move on. Being physically active lifestyle can reduce your risk of many degenerative diseases that appears with obesity such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, etc.
Regular exercising improves the circulatory system, strengthen our bones and muscles, keep our joints well lubricated as well as keeping cartilage damage and potential symptoms related to arthritis at bay. It can also elevate your mood by secreting the feel-good hormone ‘Oxytocin’ and may actually reverse the signs of aging on the skin by improving the blood circulatory system. With aging, we lose muscle mass more readily so it is more important to include a strength training or weight-bearing exercise in daily routine.
Build physical activity into your daily life. Make it a habit of at least 30 minutes of physical activity just like eating food or drinking water. Include any one or combination of it that gets your heart rate up for an extended period of time works, including riding a cycle, or brisk walking, running, to work walking, and taking the stairs.
STRESS MODE OFF; HAPPY MOOD ON!
Stress is an inevitable part of life. Long-term, chronic stress, can really affect our health in the worst way – by compromising our sleep, physical health, and emotional well-being. Chronic stress can accelerate the biologic aging, along with reducing the body’s immune response to the flu and infections.
Therefore, managing stress is very important as completely eliminating is too ideal and seems impossible in real scenarios. To deal with stress better, you can
- Try mediation to keep you in the calm zone.
- Treat yourself to regular massage/spa to melt the stress away and catch these other benefits.
- Music is a great stress buster and lifts your mood as well.
- Engage yourself in your favourite hobbies such as painting, cooking, baking, travelling, gardening etc.
Nutrition science is complicated and debated endlessly, but the basics are well established: Eat plenty of plant foods including more fruits and greens, drink plenty of water, go easy on refined sugar, sleep well and stay active. Engage in these healthy habits, and you will not just only look younger from outside, but also feel it too from inside!
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