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5 Best Tips to Slow Down Body Aging
The aging process is complex and involves all the areas and systems in your body. There is no known cure for aging, and pills or potions that claim to halt the aging process will only ever be a partial solution. However, there are a number of things that you can do that will help to slow the aging process, and will also improve your overall health, well being and quality of life.
For a longer life, and a more youthful appearance, try these:
1. Eat Healthy Diet
Fruits and vegetables are packed full of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to operate, for example vitamin C is crucial to the immune system and can help you fight infections such as cold and flu. They also contain antioxidants that can help slow the aging effects of free radicals (more about free radicals below). To maintain the nutrient levels in fruit and vegetables, eat them fresh, and if you need to cook vegetables, steam them as boiling has a greater reductive effect on nutrient levels, particularly water soluble vitamins. Eating well will help keep your weight to a healthy level, which will make you much less likely to suffer from any of the many illnesses associated with obesity.
2. Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking water is good for your organs because it helps to flush out toxins. People who drink water regularly often notice improved skin condition and vitality as a result. Drinking water can also help to stimulate your metabolism. Dehydration can make your body retain water, which can have a detrimental effect on kidney function. This has a knock on effect on your liver in that it has to help the kidneys to deal with waste products. This detracts from the liver’s other function of burning stored fat which the body uses as energy. Try to drink 1.5 to 2 liters of water per day. This will have the added benefit that if you are trying to lose weight, it will to stop you feeling hungry whilst maintaining proper hydration.
3. Use Sunscreen when UV is High
As well as potentially causing life threatening skin cancer, the sun has an aging effect on the skin. Prolonged exposure to the sun tends to cause the face to develop deep wrinkles and an almost “leathery” appearance. A good sun screen will not only protect you from the effects of the sun, it will also moisturize your skin, helping to keep it supple and preventing drying which can also have an aging effect.
4. Use Antioxidants
Antioxidants can be found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, some meats, and some drinks such as green tea. They help to reduce or stop the damaging effects of freed radicals at the cellular level, thereby slowing the aging process. Antioxidants are produced in the body, although the rate of production reduces as age increases. Top up your antioxidant levels with anti aging vitamins such as vitamin C, and develop an anti aging diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables.
5. Work Out
Exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight, can help with bone density and is good for your mental health. It can also improve circulation and digestion. Try to include some cardiovascular work like a brisk walk or a cycle, and some resistance training. Include exercise in your daily routine, and you will soon see the benefits of improved health.
And Finally Stop Smoking (If You Are A Smoker). The aging effects of smoking are well known, as are the various serious and chronic diseases it can cause. Need I say any more?
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The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Metabolic Process19 Dec 2008|