1. Use Your Brain
Although the brain isn’t a muscle, the old ‘use it or lose it’ adage still applies. Brain scans show that when people use their brains in unaccustomed ways, more blood flows into different areas of the brain, and new neural pathways form.
2. Get more sleep
“Sleep is when our body does its healing and repairing adding enough sleep is essential for both deep and superficial repairs, meaning everything from regenerating adrenal glands to healing that pimple on your chin.
3. Go outside and avoid pollution
“We get caught in this cycle where we go underground to a parking garage and go to work and go work out in a gym and we’re failing to get a breath of proper air,”. Go for a walk, a run or a bike ride outdoors for some fresh air and sunshine and if you must stay indoors, at least crack a window.
4. Be Sociable
Experts believe this may be down to not using a wide variety of communication skills. Research shows that people who are part of a group whether it's a church or a book club are healthier than solitary people when they are older.
I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.
~ Anne Frank
5. Eat Oily Fish
Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and tuna are the best source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which have been found to protect against cardiovascular disease (particularly in combination with statins), type II diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Also, Omega-3 is believed to help the skin stay elastic and hydrated, which means wrinkles are less likely to appear.
6. Have More Sex
Getting active between the sheets can help keep you youthful. Sex enhances emotional intimacy, relaxes us, decreases stress, and makes us feel great. A study conducted by Psychology Today magazine found that the more active and satisfying a person’s sex life is the fitter and healthier they tend to be.
7. Move more
Exercise helps prevent aging, but her philosophy is that higher amounts of moderate exercise is best, rather than infrequent high-intensity bursts, which put stress on the body.
8. Drink less caffeine and alcohol
If we’re dehydrated we’re like a raisin versus a grape our cells are dehydrated, we actually get more wrinkly.” Drinking enough water is a given you shouldn’t be feeling thirsty but also eating lots of water-rich foods, which means fresh fruits and vegetables.
9. Believe In Yourself
As well as being physically, mentally and socially active, people who reach old age have a high level of what’s called ‘self-efficacy’. Self-efficacy is a blend of self-belief and confidence, and studies show that it is a major distinguishing trait in centenarians.
10. Protect Your Skin
There are two factors affecting the way we age: intrinsic factors caused by the genes we inherit and extrinsic (external or environmental) factors, such as exposure to the sun’s rays and cigarette smoking. This is the area that you can take action in.
You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.
~ Amy Bloom
11. Eat your greens
Leafy greens are nutritional powerhouse’s likes to juice kale as one way to get it in her diet, but suggest working greens into meals in as many ways as possible.
12. Boost antioxidants
If aging is caused or contributed to by circulating free radicals in our body then those can be countered with eating high antioxidant value foods.
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