One of the inevitabilities in life is aging, which is accompanied with some clear cut, undesired symptoms including wrinkles, hair loss and all-round cellular degradation. Here are 5 tips to reduce the effects of aging:
Factoring in foods high in antioxidants to your diet will play a vital role in reducing those unwanted signs of aging, such as wrinkles and reduced bone density. The body is continually exposed to free radicals, which cause oxidative stress to the cells of the body, ultimately leading to a lesser; damaged version of the previous cell. Over time, this cellular dis-figuration becomes apparent in the form of common symptoms such as reduced skin elasticity, weaker bone/muscle structure and can even lead to cancerous cells. Antioxidants help neutralize this oxidative effect and prevent this detrimental chain-reaction continuing. Foods high in antioxidants include blueberries, acai berries and almonds.
As we age, our bone density naturally weakens as the bone rebuilding process becomes inefficient, often leading to a frail bone structure. A great way to prevent bone degradation is to partake in weight bearing exercises. With this in mind you should continue to weight train 3 times per week as you age to help prevent bone damage. Further to this as you age, growth hormone – also known as ‘the fountain of youth’ – secretion is reduced which can lead to reduced sexual function, reduced muscle mass and thinning of the skin; all classic symptoms of aging. Weight training stimulates the secretion of growth hormone, leading to a reduced onset of these symptoms.
Limit your sun exposure
When you’re amidst your youth their is a great temptation to work on a glowing tan, however long-term this sun exposure can have damaging effects. The UV rays within sun exposure and artificial sun exposure damage the cell structure of the skin, ultimately leading to reduced skin elasticity and skin pigmentation. If sun exposure is inevitable then ensure you reduce exposure by wearing sunscreen and wearing clothing protection.
This point closely relates back to the initial point of the damage of free radicals. As opposed to combating the issue with consuming antioxidants, it’s plainly obvious another great way is to reduce the free radicals themselves. The toxicity of smoking is one of the largest contributors of free radicals there is, therefore reducing or even eradicating this habit will not only lead to superficial changes, but will also reduce cellular damage on a large scale.
Stimulate the mind
The brain – like all other muscles in the body – is subject to the philosophy of ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it’. A recent study recently backed this up by establishing those who activity maintain a high level of intellect into old age were less likely to develop mind debilitating disease, such as Alzheimer’s. Unlike other muscles that require physical stimulus, the brain needs that maintain neurological pathway signalling, this can be anything from learning a new language to reading a book.