Aging is a part of life that we all must come across. Whether we like it or not, that metabolism will slow down, those wrinkles will start to appear, and those once perky boobs will begin to sag. There are plenty of surgical fixes that can reverse these issues, all of which require going under the knife or sticking needles in your skin, which all can be threatening as well as expensive. Luckily, there are a few tricks up our sleeves that can help us stay youthful, naturally!
No More Stress
Bills, work, school, kids, there are so many things around us that can cause you stress. While it may seem like it just gives you a headache or a little anxiety for awhile, stress can actually cause physical damage to your body that can accelerate aging. With stress, chronic doses of adrenaline and cortisol take a heavy toll on our physical and emotional health. To help prevent this toll on your body that stress causes, try some stress relieving exercises such as yoga or meditation.
Although easier said than done, exercise is great for your physical and mental health. Exercising will lead to toned muscles, strong bones, and weight loss, which are all important factors while aging. Figure this...if you don't workout, you will gain weight and your bones will become weaker. As you get older, the harder it will be to carry yourself around as there is more weight to carry and weaker bones and muscles to support the weight. You don't want to be stuck using a cane or walker at a younger age than expected!
The Good Fats
Yes, we are telling you to eat fat, but only the good kind! Eating good fats that are found in Omega-3, found in things such as salmon, nuts, and seeds, help prevent visible signs of aging by reducing inflammation in the body. Omega-3s will help boost your mood, strengthen your bones, and help keep your skin healthy and radiant, a great contribution to looking younger.
Stand Up Straight
Did your mother ever say, "Stand up straight!" or "Put your shoulders back!"? If she did, truth is, she was onto something. A good posture not only makes you look more confident but will also contribute to your overall physical health. With today's societal habit of sitting at the computer all day and staring down at our phones, we are looking down more and slouching, developing our bones and muscles to sit that way. With this, we are giving ourselves back and neck pain, and causing strain in our muscles. When you are hunched over and not standing straight you can add years to your appearance. For women, the more rounded the shoulders, the more breasts may sag. Any woman, no matter what her age, can help reduce the sag in her breasts by nearly 50% by simply standing tall.
Sun damage is one of the top reasons people look older. Lather up on sunscreen before you step outside, no matter how short a time you will be out there, to help prevent freckles, sun spots, wrinkles, and most importantly, skin cancer!
Overall, fruits are a necessary aspect in your diet. But if you are looking for a super fruit that will help fight that aging process, pomegranates will do it. They have been found to lower cholesterol and blood pressure and can also protect the skin from damage caused by UV rays.
A Colorful Diet
Maintaining healthy skin will always make you feel and look younger. Eating a wide variety of super foods increases your chances of absorbing the most nutrients possible compared to taking supplements. A balanced diet made up of a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat dairy products, healthy monounsaturated fats, seeds and nuts, and whole grains is the way to go.
We've all had those nights where you toss and turn all night, or pull an all nighter for a test, and the next day you have bags under your eyes or as a friend might say, "You look like death." To prevent those lovely comments that people feel the need to say, as if you already didn't know that you aren't looking your best, save yourself the misery and catch some Z's. A night of insomnia or sleep deprivation will give you bags under your eyes and pallor to your skin can definitely make you look old and tired. Repeat this night after night, and the chronic sleep deprivation will age your body from the inside out. If you have trouble sleeping, reduce your caffeine by the afternoon, practice mediation or a night yoga session, if those do not help, you may want to see a doctor about sleep issues.
Flash Those Pearly Whites
Nothing can make you look older than yellow, stained, or missing teeth. Your smile is a part of you that you should feel proud to flash! Babies aren't born with yellow or stained teeth, so clearly they develop as you age. Remember, what you put in your mouth every day will affect the coloring and health of your teeth. Enamel naturally wears thin as people age, but acids from foods and drinks such as sour candies, oranges and soda also thin the enamel by eroding its surface. Luckily you can slow that process and even prevent it by taking care of your mouth. Flossing and brushing your teeth everyday are extremely important and should be done at least twice a day.