Let’s face it-we are all aging every single day. However, from when you’re born until the time you die, there are so many things you can try to slow down aging and feel much younger and healthier. In fact, you could actually feel and look younger than your real age if you cut out a few of the major things that promote aging. Here are 8 great ways to delay your aging process.
1. Eat well
Eating a well-balanced diet means eating a diet that has whole grains, protein, vegetables, raw fruits, and fats and minerals. Try to eat less animal products such as red meat and dairy products and eat more vegetables such as kale, carrots, tomatoes, spinach, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. Also eat nuts, seeds, wholegrain and fruits such as papaya, berries, pineapple, apricots, oranges, limes, melons, peaches and mango.
Avoid sugary beverages and processed foods as they both contain chemicals, caffeine, artificial flavoring and coloring, and high fructose content which kills and destroys the body cells.
2. Exercise regularly
Most people have sedentary jobs, while others are stay-at-home parents. Over time, a sedentary lifestyle can be bad for your health. Exercise is vitally important in keeping you healthy and feeling younger.
Without exercise, you may gain weight that can lead to a myriad of problems, including heart disease, cardiovascular issues, heart disease, diabetes, joint pain, and many more. In addition, your bones will become brittle, leading to osteoporosis, and your muscles will atrophy. Exercise not only makes your lungs and heart stronger, it also alleviates stress, which is one of the leading causes of many diseases today.
If you can’t work out at your local gym, try to work out at home. It’s advisable to combine both weight training and cardio exercise for optimum health. If possible, take a walk every day. Walk for at least 30 minutes and make sure your heart rate is elevated. Exercise helps to get rid of toxins from the body through sweat glands and forces oxygen into the cells to promote healthy growth of cells and slow down aging.
3. Drink a lot of water
The human body consists of 60 percent water and daily routines exhaust this vital resource which must be replenished. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily-the more you drink the better. You don’t have to be thirsty to drink water. Having an adequate amount of water in your body will help hydrate your internal organs as well as keep them in good working order. In addition, drinking lots of water can aid the smooth function of your digestive system and stop irregular bowels. Lastly, water helps your skin look vibrant, supple and flexible by hydration and flushing out toxins from the body.
4. Get adequate sleep
Sleep doesn’t seem as tough as eating a healthy diet or working out, but many people still find it difficult to get the proper rest needed each night for a variety of reasons. To slow down the aging process and stay healthy, you need adequate rest. We all have long days and get stressed in various ways, physically and mentally. Sleep is powerful because it rejuvenates your whole body. During sleep, your body heals itself, flushes out toxins, relieves stress, regenerates stress and supplies them with new energy. An excessively stressed body, without adequate sleep shows age quickly, so try to have at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night, or take a quick nap if necessary.
5. Cut out the stress
Research on the effects of stress on accelerated aging is still ongoing, but researchers have found that persistent psychological stress causes aged-related disorders such as neural degeneration, decreased immunity, and cardiovascular disease. To reduce the harmful effects of stress, you can try taking part in mindful or transcendental meditation, which is known to reduce depression, anxiety and anger, while alleviating psychological conditions. Additionally, find time to work out. Exercise has been proven to be effective in treating stress and other related conditions.
6. Quit smoking and drinking
Although it’s difficult to quit smoking, doing so can be one of the best ways to slow down your aging. Cigarette smoke is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, thanks to it’s more than 4,000 potential toxins. It accelerates the aging process because the smoke fills your lungs, spreading the toxins all over your body and causing a host of diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis, pulmonary fibrosis and hardening of arteries. So don’t start smoking, and try everything to stop if you already smoke.
Alcohol is equally bad. Heavy alcohol consumption can raise the risk of heart condition and mask the pain that signifies heart problems. Moreover, it increases blood pressure as well as the risk of type II diabetes. However, one drink in a day is probably okay, and studies show that one glass of wine daily can promote heart health.
7. Be spiritual
Studies show that spirituality-or religion-is good for your physical health and, in fact, helps reduce suffering. Whether you try prayer, learning to forgive or meditation, research shows that spirituality can help you learn to become happier as well as more social.
Kundalini Yoga Meditation is proven to be beneficial for people suffering from severe levels of obsessive compulsive disorder, stress and depression. Some medical researchers have investigated the link between the body, mind and spirit-especially in the latter years of life-and found that focusing on spiritually and its ability to bring out positive change is essential.
8. Spend time with loved ones
Relationships play a vital role in our health and longevity. Social relationships not only improve the quality of your life, but also its length.
One study found that spending time with people you care about can be as vital as losing pounds if you’re overweight or obese; working out if you’re sedentary; or giving up cigarette smoking. If you want to slow down aging and live longer, strengthen your relationship with others.
Health experts estimate that approximately 10 percent of your life span is determined by genes. The rest is up to you. While the aging process is natural and irreversible, you can live a healthier life and look younger if you follow these tips.