Nine Ways to Look and Feel Younger
We all feel the effects of aging at various times. Some days it’s misplacing our wallet and other days it’s forgetting someone’s name. While these two scenarios are common, what some people may not know is that they have the ability to slow down the aging process. You can look and feel younger and have more energy!
Here are nine ways to get started today:
- Do aerobic exercise. Exercise has recently been shown to have an even stronger effect on memory than many previously thought. By increasing the blood flow, exercise helps the brain receive more oxygen, thus nourishing the brain cells.
- Do anaerobic exercise. Resistance training helps your body create lean muscle, which can prevent weight gain as well as help you lose a few extra pounds. Weight lifting can also combat the effects of osteoporosis by stimulating the re-calcification of bone tissue.
- Do yoga. Activities such as yoga that require coordination have been shown to increase the connectivity between neurons and improve your brain’s circuitry. Physician Mary Monroe-Rodman recommends yoga for anyone who is concerned about memory, energy, or healthy aging in general.
- Have an active love life. Researchers from Scotland recently published a study showing that regular sexual activity slows the aging process. One of the reasons is that sex promotes the release of the hormone DHEA, which aids in weight loss and muscle building. Production of DHEA decreases as we age, but sexual activity is one way of countering this trend.
- Cut down on smoking and drinking. Marijuana, cigarettes, and alcohol all have deleterious effects on your health. THC, found in marijuana, can limit the brain’s ability to learn new information as well as lead to long-term memory loss. Cigarette smoking can lead to rapidly aging skin because it constricts the blood vessels of your skin. This premature wrinkling can cause you to look older than you are. Alcohol can cause weight gain over time, as well as memory loss and an increased diabetes risk. It also causes capillaries in your skin to burst, leaving you looking bloated and unhealthy.
- Get more sleep. Sleep loss boosts your levels of ghrelin, a hormone that triggers increased appetite, while also hindering the production of leptin, a compound that suppresses hunger. The combination of these effects can lead to late-night snacking and other unhealthy habits, which can eventually increase your risk of weight gain, diabetes, heart attack and stroke.
- Refresh your skin. Using prescription-strength retinol skin cream can help stimulate the production of collagen, a necessary component of new skin cells. This can make your skin look healthier and revitalized. However, you must be sure to apply sun-block with SPF 30 or higher daily, as these new cells are particularly sensitive to the sun’s rays.
- Take fish oil supplements. Physician Nicholas Perricone says to think of omega-3 fatty acids as a way of inoculating your body against stress. The essential compounds DHA and EPA help stop all the effects of aging because they operate at the cellular level. Taking three grams of fish oil daily is enough to significantly lessen physical and mental deterioration.
- Get a check-up. If you feel dull and sluggish, it may be time to get your thyroid checked and get your sleep evaluated. The thyroid gland maintains your body’s metabolism, so an imbalance can lead to weight gain and depression. Sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and other sleep-related issues prevent you from entering the REM phase, which is a time for your body to recover and rest from its daily stress. By being proactive, you can get on the road to better health more quickly.
There are many other ways that you can feel and look healthier, but these nine recommendations are a good place to start. Try implementing some or all of these recommendations to your life today!