How to prevent aging

Much can be done to prevent aging or the effects that go along with the aging process.  Here is a list of the most effective anti-aging habits.


  • Take a multivitamin rich in anti-oxidants and calcium

Studies have shown that one of the main causes of aging is free-radicals.  The same way that rust eats away at metals, so do free radicals wreak havoc on your body’s cells.  By consuming more anti-oxidants you help your body to scavage these harmful substances from your body.  This will help you look and feel a lot younger too.


  • ­Exercise

Regular exercise (3 times a week) will not only keep you fit but it comes with a whole range of health benefits.  It lowers bad cholesterol, keeps your blood pressure in check, helps your body to respond better to insulin, helps with insomnia and help flush toxins out of your system.  All of these benefits slow down the aging process and will give you a glowing, healthy look.  Not to mention it helps with good posture, acts against muscle loss, improves your immune system to better fight disease, improves your eyesight and it also boosts your self confidence.


  • Get enough sleep

Sleep allows your body to repair damaged cells and also create new, healthy cells.  It also improves your memory, ability to concentrate and gives you enough energy for your busy lifestyle.  Try to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep per day, and enjoy an afternoon snooze when possible.


  • Drink plenty of water

This is one of the most important habits in the fight against aging.  Water supplies hydration to your skin and helps to flush out toxins.  Six to eight glasses of water is recommended.


  • Don’t smoke

Smoking causes a lot of free radicals.  These chemicals latch on to healthy cells and damage them, and when a severely damaged cell multiplies, it can cause mutations and disease such as cancer.  See a lot of fine wrinkles around your eyes?  Smoking is a major contributor to premature aging especially its effects on your skin.  It also contributes to cardiovascular diseases and damages your lungs.


  • Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables also contain a lot of anti-oxidants.  Prevents a whole list of illnesses and boosts your immune system.  Avoid fatty foods that slow down your metabolism.


  • Keep your weight in check

Obesity leads to so many health issues the list will be too long to mention here.  From diabetes to heart disease and more.  Try to establish your ideal weight by calculating your BMI and stick to it.  Do this by eating smaller portions more regularly, example 6 meals a day.  This will also boost your metabolism to make regulating your weight easier.


  • Reduce stress

It is impossible to avoid stress altogether, but do try and manage it by exercise or yoga.  Try not to pay too much attention on things outside of your control.


  • Use alcohol moderately

Alcohol abuse carries the risk of dehydration, liver disease, reckless endangerment and lude behavior.  The health risks will greatly contribute to pre-mature aging.  Men should try and not exceed 4-6 volumes of alcohol a day, for ladies, it is 2-3.  Drink 2 glasses at dinnertime each.  This will help you relax after a stressful day and red wine also contains resveratrol, a powerful anti-oxidant.


  • Exercise a daily skin-care routine

The best way to combat the effects of aging is to avoid too much sun exposure.  Adults require about 30 minutes of the great “out-doors” per day to help your body produce Vitamin D and to boost your immune system.   Harmful UVA and UVB rays will damage your skin and contribute to pre-mature aging.  Apply an anti-aging cream at night-time to retard the effects of aging on your skin.  Oh and guys- men can use this too you know.


Author: Shaun De Kock

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