We’re all going to age. But how we age can vary greatly from one person to the next. We all know someone who seems prematurely old, and looked twenty years older by the time they were 45. And we also know someone who is the complete opposite; they look, and seem to feel, much younger than they actually are.
Most of us fall somewhere between those two extremes, and genetics determines part of it. But our habits also play a large role in the overall equation. In particular, you should avoid the following habits if you want to fight aging.
Smoking. Studies have repeatedly demonstrated a link between smoking and cancer, cardiovascular disease, and many other age-related conditions. We know that smoking takes years off of your life, and it’s hard on your skin, too.
Drinking too much alcohol. You might have read about the beneficial effects of red wine, but those benefits are erased if you drink heavily. Alcohol contributes to cirrhosis of the liver, obesity, high blood pressure, and even heart failure. Keep your drinking light to avoid the negative effects.
Packaged convenience foods. The farther it is from its natural state, and the more time it spent in a factory or sitting on a grocery store shelf, the less nutritious it is likely to be. Packaged foods are high in sugar, sodium, and bad cholesterol, all of which contribute to ill health and premature aging.
Eating sugar. Speaking of sugar, it not only contributes to obesity but also initiates a bodily process called glycation. Glycation damages the protein fibers that keep your skin elastic, and therefore contributes to premature wrinkling. If you want to fight aging, ditch the sugar.
You’re too sedentary. Exercise is one of the best things you can do to control your weight and prevent the development of many diseases. Stay active by pursuing at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. As a bonus, you’ll find that you feel younger, too!
You skimp on sleep. There is a good reason we call it “beauty rest”! A lack of sleep increases stress, and makes your eyes appear tired and droopy. Make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep each night, to promote better mental and physical health.
Luckily, all of these habits are within your control. But even with the healthiest lifestyle, some signs of aging will emerge eventually. Give us a call to discuss your concerns, and we can help you fight aging with high-tech aesthetic treatments right here in our office.