We all want to stay young forever and these simple tips to beat the clock can be incorporated into your everyday life with ease. Read on to find out how you can slow down the ravages of time.
What you put into your mouth affects your mind too and it’s never too early to start being mindful of your dietary habits. Teenagers and those in their 20s should be particularly careful since according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American adults between the ages of 18 to 24 suffer the most mental stress. Avoid processed foods, sugar, caffeine and alcohol if you want to reduce the strain on your adrenal glands (responsible for secreting cortisol, the stress hormone) and managing your metabolism. Supplements such as vitamin B, C and magnesium support overall adrenal health and combating stress.
Hormones control everything in your body, from your sex drive to your sleep quality, weight management to clear thinking and also skin health. Maintaining or repairing imbalances early can help address all kinds of aging concerns, which affect these areas of your life. One way to do this is to ensure you choose fats like coconut oil, real butter, olive oil and eat lots of high Omega-3 fish. Replace caffeine with herbal teas. Cook in glass or non-coated metal pans instead of non-stick or Teflon and avoid heating or storing foods in plastic. Find organic produce and meat whenever possible and don’t use chemical pesticides or cleaners. Adequate sleep and moderate exercise are other simple ways to keep your hormones in check.
Constant stress initiates an increase in the amount of cortisol pumped into your body, which leads to weight gain, loss of libido, increase in blood pressure and high blood sugar. Yoga and meditation are two surefire methods of reducing stress while cardiovascular exercise and resistance or strength training have the added bonus of maintaining bone density and toning muscles.
Being the largest organ, our skin is also the first to show signs of aging. Prevent this by building up antioxidant levels maintaining adequate levels of vitamins A,C,D and E. Eating lots of brightly colored vegetables and fruit boosts the levels of these vitamins, which in turn slow down signs of aging and chances of skin cancer. Daily application of sunscreen are recommended with Titanium Dioxide based formulations and broad spectrum varieties offering protection against harmful UV rays.
While you sleep, the body repairs itself from whatever damage you have inflicted during the day and prepares it for whatever is coming next. Good quality and quantity of sleep is essential to slow down the aging process and prevent the onset of chronic adult onset illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, not to mention weight gain and a slower metabolism.
Staying young need not be relegated to the realm of science fiction. With these simple tips, you too can drink from the fountain of youth for as long as you wish.
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