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The fountain of eternal youth may be nothing but a legend, but what if you could follow some easy steps to keep looking and feeling younger? Simple strategies can help keep your skin supple and your mind sharp, as well as decreasing the risk for chronic diseases. Here are seven ways to beat Father Time and maintain
If a stroll in a park or a short hike leaves you thirsting for more. This simple activity improves your life expectancy.” a process in which cells clear out debris and junk and reuse it as fuel. adding that there seems to be considerable overlap between the two. cancer and Alzheimer’s are more likely. But did you know that simply walking in a green space can improve your longevity as well? Research looking at over 3000 senior citizens living in urban areas showed that five-year survival rates increased when they were able to walk in parks or tree-lined streets near where they lived. Keep Your Cells Clean and Young Groundbreaking research from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center shows that in animals. The magic range was 7 to 9 hours of . Although the exact interaction between autophagy and exercise isn’t clear.your youth on the inside AND the outside. Sleeping less than seven hours a day had a negative effect on the mind. chronic diseases such as diabetes. a long weekend in nature—and away from cell phones and computers--has been found to boost problem solving and creative insight. but surprisingly enough. Walking Outdoors Adds Years to Your Life The health benefits of walking are numerous.” Dr. wards off diseases and improves various markers of health. Beth Levine told the New York Times. “autophagy affects metabolism and has wide-ranging health benefits in the body. If the cells struggle in the process. sleeping more than 9 hours a day was also problematic. exercising aids cells in cellular “autophagy. Get Your Zzz’s—But Don’t Overdo It! Stay sharp as you age by being well rested. And the slowing of autophagy is believed to contribute to aging. and so does exercise. New research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference last July showed that adequate sleep can reduce or prevent cognitive decline.
Worried about getting wrinkles when you sleep? Just make sure to sleep on your back. this helps prevent “sleep lines” which are developed when you press your face into the pillow while sleeping on your side or belly. no matter what the weather.sleep per night—more or less than that could age you by two years. Your eyes will thank you. you’ll likely live longer. . UV rays are strongest in the summer. heart disease and the myriad of other dangers associated with a tobacco habit aren’t bad enough. but you can reduce the damage by slipping on some shades. and you’ve got a recipe for a pattern of wrinkles called “cigarette face. Wear them every day. No Matter What the Weather Your skin may naturally begin to wrinkle as you age. teeth and nails. make normal activities (such as taking the stairs or walking briskly to catch a bus) seem easier. “Sunglasses are a great defense against wrinkles since they help us not to squint. But those $5 sunglasses from the gas station just won’t do. since UV light is what breaks down connective tissue in the skin. so you’ll look and feel younger—and because much of the damage from smoking is reversible if you quit. Remember to keep your shades on even in the winter. This makes your skin weaker and less elastic. smoking cigarettes can also age your skin prematurely by damaging blood vessels. but are present all year round. elastin and collagen. too. As I’ve previously reported. 10 Natural Ways to Sleep Better Wear Sunglasses. Add to that the inevitable squinting and lippuckering from smoking. causing sagging and other issues.” Quitting smoking will improve your breath.” Loyola University Health System’s dermatology division director Rebecca Tung told ScienceDaily. Avoid a Wrinkly “Cigarette Face” As if the lung cancer. You want to wear sunglasses with ultraviolet (UV) protection to prevent premature wrinkles.
cherries. cranberries. Even in Fall and Winter Just like harmful UV rays from the sun can harm your eyes. and skin cancer. and red cabbage. artichokes. Alzheimer’s. The best fruits and vegetables for a heavy dose of antioxidants are apples. avocados. Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) all year round. due to years of unprotected sun exposure while driving a truck. pineapple. . and avoiding the sun when it’s at its brightest (between 10AM and 4PM) can help prevent wrinkles. they can also do a number on your skin. sweet potatoes. kiwi. macular degeneration and other diseases. blackberries. And don’t forget to wear sunscreen while you’re driving—or you’ll risk getting the shocking photo aging that caused one side of this man’s face to look decades older than the other. cancer. blueberries. pears. as well as keeping your skin looking its best. broccoli.What Happens When You Quit Smoking? Get an Antioxidant Boost Not only are they nutritionally dense. but colorful fruits and vegetables deliver protective antioxidants to prevent free radical damage. strawberries. Slather on Sunscreen. This helps lower your risk of heart disease. raspberries. potatoes. spinach. age spots. plums.