Posted on Dec 17, 2020, 1 p.m.
The physical symptoms of aging rear their ugly heads sooner than we’d like. Bones start to ache, muscles you didn’t know you had start to hurt, your skin accumulates wrinkles, and your hair decides to explore different shades of gray. It’s frustrating and often depressing, for sure.
However, you can fight these adverse effects with a few somewhat secret anti-aging strategies. Information spreads faster than ever, so you might already know about a few of these, but we’re sure you’ll find that they’re all quite useful.
1. Healthy Diet
While this recommendation might seem obvious, there are a few details you should know about healthy diet plans. People age differently. Some might start losing hair at an early age, while others notice their skin quickly losing elasticity.
So, what can a proper diet do for you? Well, you can focus on the aging symptoms you’re experiencing and build a plan around them for a solution. Some fruits and vegetables can help with specific issues. For example, papayas help promote healthy glowing skin by assisting the body to shed dead cells on the surface.
Blueberries, on the other hand, can reduce the impact of pollution on your body. This is thanks to anthocyanin, an antioxidant found in the fruit that prevents collagen loss caused by harmful chemicals in the atmosphere and water.
Eating right also prevents obesity, reducing your risk of heart disease and other common issues that appear in old age. This habit might even help you if you don’t have major medical coverage, though the latter is always recommended. Make sure to accompany your diet with some exercise to maximize its benefits.
Nonprescription wrinkle creams, moisturizers, and lotions claim to reduce the effects of aging on the skin. It all comes down to the ingredients, though, so you should check before making a purchase. Many people don’t know that there are a few products that don’t fulfill their promises because they lack the necessary elements.
Here’s a list of the ingredients proven to help that you should look for:
- Vitamin C
- Hydroxy acids
- Coenzyme Q10
- Tea extracts
- Grape seed extract
Always double-check that at least one of these elements is present, lest you spend your money on something that doesn’t work.
3. Stress Reduction
Stress is almost unavoidable nowadays. However, there are plenty of ways to relax and reduce the impact of negative events that life throws at you. It’s crucial to find some peace for two reasons. First, it’s essential for staying mentally stable. The second reason involves reducing age-related bodily symptoms.
Yes, avoiding stress can improve your overall health. Nervousness and anxiety push the adrenal glands to release cortisol. If this process becomes chronic, it can cause weight gain, sleep problems, and memory impairment. It’s hard to stave off mental illnesses like Alzheimer’s if you’re unknowingly damaging your brain. Find a way to calm down, relax, and rest.
4. Sunlight and Sunblock
Almost every skincare authority says to avoid sunlight at all costs. Some even recommend using a tanning kit instead of sunbathing. However, contrary to popular belief, the sun is a fantastic source of healthy chemicals for both body and mind.
Besides combatting depression by providing vitamin D and maintaining levels of serotonin, spending time outside and under the sun helps build and maintain strong bones. This can help avoid ailments like rickets, osteoporosis, and osteomalacia. Additionally, moderate exposure to sunlight is proven to aid in the prevention of various cancers. Remember to use sunblock every time you decide to go out.
5. Get Plenty of Sleep
Usually, people recommend getting plenty of sleep to improve focus and avoid feeling tired the next day. However, a good night’s rest is far more critical than you might think. While you’re in dreamland, your body is monitoring and maintaining a plethora of biological functions.
Additionally, cell replacement is accelerated while you rest. If you aren’t getting at least 7 hours of sleep, this process is slowed and can have detrimental effects.
Spread the Word
Sure, secrets are fun and might make you feel special, but there’s no harm in sharing these tips with friends and family. After all, if everyone around you improves, it’s likely you’ll do the same. Hopefully, you can put some of these recommendations into practice and see results.
Article courtesy of Ashley Lipman, who is the Outreach Manager at The Blog Frog and a health advocate.
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