The habits that we develop in our 20s and 30s have a huge impact on how we look and feel when we are older. It is so important to treat your body with respect and care in order to maintain optimal physical and mental health as we age. So today article tends to look at certain habits that can make an individual grow fast than expected.
1. Unhealthy Eating
A constant diet of fatty, carbohydrate foods is a huge cause of premature ageing. Processed foods, red meats, white bread, and margarine cause inflammation in your body. This swelling can lead to skin flare-ups and wrinkle formation. These foods also add unhealthy levels of sodium, cholesterol and fat into your body, increasing your likelihood of obesity.
Eating more whole foods can decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamin C, zinc, and other nutrients that will boost your immune system. Including fish which is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, and whole grains which are packed with anti-oxidants, in your diet promote healthy skin and reduce wrinkles.
Regular drinking can cause you to look much older than you truly are. Alcohol is a natural diuretic, which means that the more you drink, the more dehydrated you become. Your body relies on healthy fluids, thus water, in order for it to perform its normal body processes. Insufficient hydration leads to damage to your organs and premature ageing of your skin.
By limiting your alcohol intake to one drink a day, you reduce the amount of work that your liver needs to do to flush out toxins and impurities from your body. The texture and moisture of your complexion will improve, you will lose unwanted pounds and your sleep will become more restful.
Stress is known to cause many illnesses in the body such as insomnia, depression, anxiety and even Alzheimer’s disease. But not many people know that stress can accelerate your ageing process. Stress causes inflammation in the body, which damages various parts of the body including the skin fibres. This makes the skin look dull and lifeless. Stress also damages the cellular structure of the body, which causes premature ageing of the cells.
You can meditate, practice yoga or do any leisure activity to release your stress.
It’s certainly no secret that smoking is bad for your health. But did you know it’s bad for your looks, too?
Studies show that in addition to shortening your life by increasing your risk for heart and lung disease, smoking can activate enzymes that break down the elasticity of your skin. Even if you’re a closet smoker, the fine wrinkles and pallor that cigarettes cause can give you away just one more reason to snuff out those smokes.
5. Not Sleeping
You may think that as you get older you don’t need as much sleep, but experts say you still need seven or eight hours every night.
Not getting enough sleep can keep you from functioning well during the day. It can also lead to weight gain.
If you are going to bed at a reasonable hour yet feel like you’re dragging during the day, talk to health professionals.
6. Holding On to Grudges
Life is too short and precious to hold on to old grudges. Learning how to let go and forgive may add years to your life and make the years you have left a lot more productive. (You might even notice fewer wrinkles from frowning.)
Studies show that forgiveness leads to better physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. Benefits include lower blood pressure, less depression, less stress, and less anxiety.
7. Lack Of Exercise
Research shows that people who do not consistently exercise have higher rates of cardiovascular disease and other age-related illnesses. They also suffer from more injuries than their exercise loving counterparts. As we age, injuries become more dangerous and often lead to potentially life-threatening complications.
Exercise helps to increase beneficial hormones such as testosterone, lowers cortisol levels, improves mood and controls blood pressure. It also keeps your weight stable and prolongs your life span. Consider doing exercise for 30 minutes 5 times a week.
While it is impossible to turn back the clock on ageing, there are some conscious things we can all do to slow down the ageing process. Making the commitment to living a healthy, productive life will benefit you not only today but in the years to come.