10 Ways To Drastically Reduce Premature Aging
By Kirsten Cowart
No one wants to age any faster than normal. Not only does premature aging change the way you look, but it can be a sign that something is wrong on a deeper, even cellular level.
In order to stay healthy and to avoid aging too fast, try out these 10 tips.
1. Drink Plenty Of Fluoride-Free Water
Dehydration can make it so the skin doesn’t get the blood flow that it needs in order to stay soft, moist and healthy. Make sure that you are drinking enough water and you will find that it benefits all of your body systems.
Also, avoid heavy metals in your water. Fluoride, iron, lead and other heavy metals are toxic to the body and can cause health problems that will accelerate aging.
2. Take Steps To Stay Happy
Extended periods of depression have been known to cause a shortage of telomeres in the body. Telomeres are needed in the body for cell division and healthy DNA. Without them, the life span of the cell will decrease, causing our lives to shorten. Depression also leads to stress, which can increase aging.
3. Avoid Excess Alcohol
Alcohol affects the liver and can lead to a buildup of harmful toxins in the body. Many of these toxins will end up in the deeper layers of the skin, which will damage and break down the necessary ingredients to keep it healthy. This breakdown can also harm capillaries, causing skin to become more red and blotchy.
4. Get Plenty Of Sleep
The growth hormone is released from the pituitary gland during the deep sleep cycle. This is one of the only times of the day that this chemical is released in the body for adults. The growth hormone stimulates renewing and the growth of cells that are needed to keep the body young and vibrant. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, then you are at risk for less full sleep cycles in the brain and less growth hormone secretions.
5. Reduce Stress
Cortisol and adrenaline are released when you are stressed. When your body is hit with these chemicals, it sends it into a fight or flight response. This response sends most of your blood to the areas of the body that are needed to run or fight such as the muscles, lungs and heart.
With prolonged times of stress comes a general neglect of other body systems, such as your skin and digestive system and a wearing down of your nervous system. Over time, this will increase the aging effect as all of the non-essential systems struggle to maintain balance.
6. Eat More Fruits And Veggies
Vitamin C and antioxidants are necessary for your health and wellbeing. Without antioxidants, your cells will become damaged and have a much harder time functioning. Without vitamin C, you cannot make healthy skin, bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, teeth or blood vessel walls.
This is like having a city that cannot build anything new or repair anything that is broken. It won’t take long for the decay of the city to start showing up.
7. Avoid Diets That Are Low In Protein
Hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin fibers are all made from protein and are needed to keep the skin healthy and tight. Without it, you lose your healthy glow and your skin would start to sag and wrinkle. Remember that good amounts of protein are found in more than just meat. Organic soybeans, edamame, lentils, broccoli, peas, asparagus, beans, pumpkin seeds and mung bean sprouts all contain great amounts of protein.
8. Avoid Simple Carbohydrates
Simple carbs turn into simple sugars once they are digested. This high amount of sugar can break down the connective tissue in your skin, causing it to become rigid and loose its elasticity. Sugar causes many other health problems that can hurt the skin and increase aging such as diabetes, circulation issues and heart disease as well. Sugar is not only inflammatory, but it’s also dehydrating too!
9. Quit Smoking
In places where your skin is thin, such as around the eyes and the corners of the mouth, smoking will cause premature fine lines to appear. This is believed to be caused by vitamin C being reduced in the body from smoking. Vitamin C is needed to build new cells and for your skin to remain elastic.
If you quit smoking, then you will make it easier for your body to absorb vitamin C and greatly reduce the amount of dangerous toxins that are in your body.
10. Protect Your Skin In The Sun
Age spots, wrinkles and sagging skin are increased by 70% when you experience excess sun exposure. Solar radiation can destroy the collagen in your skin, causing it to become more fragile and rigid. Excess exposure to the sun can cause damage to the DNA in skin cells, causing them to divide abnormally.
Damaged DNA can increase malignant and premalignant skin, which will make the skin look rough, thin and wrinkled. The sun can also hurt your skin’s sebaceous glands, which will lead to dry and sensitive skin. So make sure the next time you go outside to use sunscreen, hats and shade to protect your skin.
What have you found that keeps your body young and vibrant? Let us know in the comments below.
Kirsten Cowart is a writer and researcher that has worked in the spiritual, mental health and medical fields.Kirsten enjoys studying and experiencing the benefits of yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbalism, organic gardening and alternative health.She worked hard in 2014 losing over 40 lbs. and has since maintained a healthy lifestyle.Follow her to learn more about her journey on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube!
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