Ageing is a natural phenomenon and as such, there’s no escaping this inevitability. However, have you ever given it a thought that maybe you are ageing prematurely? Ageing cannot be avoided completely, but premature ageing can most certainly be delayed. A combination of your current habits along with your daily diet regulate the rate of your ageing process. Moreover, as people age, they not only are at higher risk of heart diseases, obesity, type B diabetes but also are prone to skin loosening, thinning and drying of the skin while developing a haphazard pattern of wrinkles.
Many factors can influence and affect the process of aging such as your lifestyle, diet, environmental problems etc. Indulging in an unhealthy diet once in a while may not directly affect the aging process but adopting an unhealthy diet on a regular basis will surely adversely affect your body and accelerate the aging process of your skin and may further result in your skin looking older up to even 20 years! Here are some foods and habits that you need to avoid to feel younger.
When you’re feeling low on energy, you invariably have a habit of picking up a can of Redbull or a similar energy-based drink on-the-go to give you a shot of instant energy. However, you are not doing yourself a favor by drinking these acidic drinks overloaded on harmful sugars and chemicals. These chemicals not only result in completely dehydrating your skin but also lead to other harmful effects on your body. Furthermore, dehydration can result in excessive wrinkles and in your skin losing its natural moisture and elasticity. Since hydration is very important for maintaining healthy skin, you need to replace your energy drink cans with at least 8-10 glasses of water every day to help prevent your skin from losing elasticity and eventually wrinkles. Drinking water will also assist in the process of replenishing your skin cells.
Smoking, as we all know, is injurious to health in more ways than one. The harmful chemicals of a cigarette deprive your skin cells of oxygen and break down collagen. Smoking also reduces the amount of Vitamin C in your body, which is an essential vitamin to combat against the primary aging contributors such as free radical molecules. Furthermore, long-term smoking also results in your skin losing it’s elasticity, getting loose while also making it saggy, and even discolored. So, kick the butt to ensure a long, healthy, and youthful life.
An occasional glass of wine, or two, is fine and socially acceptable as well. However, regular consumption of alcohol is extremely harmful as it not only damages your liver but also adversely affects your nervous system. Furthermore, alcohol robs your body of vital vitamin A which is crucial for cell growth and promotes inflammation, which makes fine wrinkles on your skin noticeable. So, be prudent and wise by limiting your alcohol intake and restrict yourself to just important and rare occasions.
If one night of improper sleep can make you look and feel so tired and haggard, imagine what skimping on sleep on a regular basis can do to your body and overall health. Getting adequate sleep and rest is paramount in keeping you looking fresh and ready as improper sleep patterns lead to dark circles and saggy bags underneath the eyes. Sleep is important as your body tends to repair and rejuvenate your cells when you’re resting. Improper sleep can result in an increase in your cortisol level while degrading the formation of collagens, which in turn worsens inflammatory issues, causing your skin to age. It is necessary to get at least six hours of daily sleep.
Candies & Baked Goods
One of the most commonly ignored aging factors is factoring the effect food has on our bodies. Food items such as soft drinks, chocolates, baked goods et al are extremely tempting, but sadly they also help accelerate the process of aging. Bakery products contain high levels of sugar content which causes drastic weight gain, poor dental health along with a myriad of other health issues. Moreover, it is highly inflammatory and coupled with the previously mentioned factors, promote aging. Simply put, opting for a diet that is high in sugars, fats, processed foods, and low in fresh fruits and vegetables readily create inflammation in the body that contributes to the aging process. So next time you have a sweet craving, think about your skin and teeth too.
Everyone loves spending their weekend afternoons with their friends and family at the beach. A limited exposure to the sun is good for the body as you get yourself some vital Vitamin D, but prolonged exposure can lead to several problems such as dryness of the skin, wrinkles and of course, premature aging. You also tend to develop brown sun spots on the skin. Additonally, your skin starts looking dry and leathery while also developing a saggy and pigmented appearance. Therefore, the next time you think of getting yourself some vitamin D, dab a little amount of sunscreen, get yourself covered and most importantly, avoid overdoing it.
As the old saying goes, Forgive and Forget. It is important for one to let go of your grudges every once in a while as it’s vital for one’s health. Give yourself a break and relax. Don’t stress too much, like the fate of the world lies in your hands. If you are not able to forgive someone and keep thinking about it, you simply add a whole lot of stress to your life. This not only keeps you unhappy, tensed and stressed but also results in an increase in cortisol levels. High cortisol levels make your skin lose its elasticity and glow while severely loosening it up as well.
Ask a meat eater what their favorite meat is and all of them will zero in on burnt/charred meat in unison. However, several studies have revealed that blackening the meat is very inflammatory to the body and therefore should be avoided at all costs. They not only result in a reduction in collagen levels but also make your skin appear wrinkled and aged over a period of time.
If you have a habit of multitasking and piling on things on your “To-Do”, you need to seriously introspect your ways and revise your daily routine. Chronic and high levels of stress are a sure-shot way of accelerating ageing. A moderate amount of stress is actually good for us, but stress that creates physical strains on the body should be handled in a far pleasant and relaxing fashion. Overburdening yourself with a lot of tasks on a daily and stressing yourself out will not only help add an incredible amount of pressure and strain on your body but also result in you ageing prematurely.
Being a Slouch
We all make daily choices that either help or hinder the ageing process. Exercising your muscles regularly is very important not only to maintain proper levels of fitness but also to avert premature ageing. Exercise in some form or the other, depending on your personal preference is always recommended on a daily basis. Although, the thought of grabbing a tub of popcorn and sitting in front of the TV for hours at a stretch sounds appealing to you, being a slouch actually does more harm than good. Choosing television in the evening can not only result in affecting your eyes and skin but also lead to premature ageing. You could instead opt to go for evening walks which helps promote the healthy hormones of our system while keeping you healthy. Regular workouts can help prevent premature ageing and help keep your entire body in great shape.
These are some of the food and personal habits that you need to get rid off in order to feel young and lively. You have a right to look and feel your best, no matter what your age. Adopting good habits not only enhances the quality of your physical health, but also your mental health. With some common sense and a bit of effort, you can look and feel younger at all times.