Health and wellness strategies involve permanent changes, for the purpose of living a long life full of quality and relationships. Aging is a blessing, which is something many people do not realize today. Television ads, billboards, and magazines lament the effects of aging on skin, and tout the latest and greatest products for looking younger. Instead of approaching aging with a negative viewpoint, though, focus on what a blessing it is to grow old, and maintain those healthy habits that got you there. Check out some of them here!
When it comes to the foods you eat, some of them cause an inflammatory response in the body that can be hard on skin. Vegetable oil, processed foods, simple sugars, and red meat can have this effect if you overdo it. So try to focus on eating foods rich in antioxidants. Vegetables and fruits are great sources. And up your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids. Not only are they great for your heart, but the also keep skin supple and soft. Salmon, avocado, and olive oil are perfect here.
When you stress too much, your body takes quite a beating. Your blood pressure spikes, your heart works overtime, and you might even store excess body fat because of the hormonal imbalance induced by stress. For these reasons, it is crucial that you have a good stress management strategy in place. Exercise is stress relieving. Meditation is effective for millions of people. Talking with a close friend or family member is a good way to get things off your chest. Whatever option you choose to go with, remember how much good you are doing both your physical body and your mind.
Go Easy on the Alcohol
Excess alcohol intake takes its toll on the liver, as it is only capable of flushing out so many toxins. These toxins have an inflammatory effect, which messes with your skin. Also, liver damage is a real danger, and can cause serious health issues. So remember not to go overboard when it comes to happy hour. Stay hydrated, stay alert, and enjoy the people around you.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night will help you look younger and feel younger. Our bodies need rest just like they need food and water, so when you neglect to give it enough sleep, it retaliates by shutting down. You know the feeling…You are so exhausted that you cannot think straight, you cannot move well, and you don’t get anything done. Stop this cycle before it starts by consistently getting enough sleep. It matters in both the short term and the long term.
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Story Credit: 10 Everyday Things That Age You by Alana Nunez
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