These 14 Habits and Indulgences Make You Age Faster
We all know that there is nothing we can do to slow down time. Yet there are some things that seem to make our bodies move through the aging process at rapid speed. So is there anything we can do to add finding the Fountain of Youth to our to-do list?
While finding a magical youth tonic may be next to impossible, there are several factors we can eliminate from our daily lives that may give us back some youthful appearance. Unfortunately, the culprits hide in many of our favorite indulgences, and some of those habits we hope one day to break.
Modern medicine might be able to put years on the clock for us, but the way we treat our bodies reflects our age to the world. Taking care of your body and caring for it throughout your life are the real youth tonics you need to seek.
While some of the items on the following list may not seem too surprising, others may come with a bit of a surprise. You may not be able to get going in the morning without your cup of joe, but it may be doing more harm than good for your youthful appearance.
Much of what you eat affects how your skin looks, so a healthy change in diet definitely helps improve how your body ages. Remember to drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and your skin will glow from within, lending you that youthful look you crave.
Here are 14 Surprising Habits and Indulgences that Make you Age Faster
Candies and sweet treats can damage your smile and dampen your skin’s elasticity as well. Too much sugar can damage collagen within the skin, leading to sagging and wrinkles ahead of your years.
It’s no surprise that stress made this list. Stress can age your brain, encroach in on your sleep, and spike your blood pressure, all of which can lead to early aging. While stress-busting is tough, give it a shot with a regular yoga class for an all-over youth booster.
While a drink here or there won’t steal your youth, alcohol isn’t good for aging at all. Heavy drinking can cause dehydration, which is bad for the skin, as well as interrupts your sleep cycle and causes liver damage, hence making it difficult to filter toxins from your body.
4. Lack of Sleep
Sleepless nights can lead to premature wrinkles and dreaded under-eye bags. They can also cause weight gain, decreased mental agility, and a sluggish immune system. Shoot for 7-8 hours of sleep a night and seek a doctor’s help if the sandman still alludes you.
5. Table Salt (Opt for Himalayan or Sea Salt Instead)
Too much salt in your diet can cause high blood pressure. It can also lead to water retention, resulting in a puffy look that makes you look older than you are. Be wary of salt in foods and avoid adding salt where salt is already added.
Sunshine is critical to good health. Experts say that about 15 minutes per day of sunshine is a great way to stay healthy and get the vitamin D your body needs. Sunshine to the point of sunburns, however, really takes a toll on your skin leading to premature aging.
Always wear a natural sunscreen when you have to be in the sun for extended periods of time, and be sure to protect your face to prevent dark marks, sunburn, or the possibility of cancer. Don’t forget to protect the delicate skin around your eyes with sunglasses that protect against UVA/UVB rays as well.
7. Conventionally Raised Meats (Opt for Pasture Raised Meats Instead)
Conventionally raised meats are very harmful to your health. Animals are meat to roam and eat a natural diet. For example, cows are meant to eat grass, not corn. Likewise, chickens are meant to roam freely and not live their lives in confined quarters where they can hardly move. Unfortunately, animals are not given this freedom and consumers are the ones paying the price in their health. Be sure that when you purchase meats, they are from free-range and pastured animals, preferably on an organic and natural diet meant for that animal.
This is another no-brainer. Excepting the heart and lung damage smoking does, it deprives skin of oxygen leading to pale complexion. Collagen breaks down causing your skin to sag on your face, upper arms, and breasts. For all-over improved youth, ditch the cigarettes for good.
9. Spicy Foods
Those who like their food with a little heat may be surprised. Spicy foods dilate blood vessels, leading to redness and blotchy patches, especially in menopausal women. They can also cause rosacea flare-ups.
Order your dishes mild, but the occasional hot indulgence is fine.
10. Lack of Exercise
No matter what age you are, neglecting to exercise will age your body quickly. Not only does it keep weight off, but moderate exercise helps boost skin while keeping joints limber. Choose an exercise program that works for you and stick to it for increased youthfulness.
11. Meats Processed with Nitrates and Nitrites
Nitrates and nitrites are an additive in many processed meats – specifically bacon, hot dogs, deli meats, and many other processed meats. The nitrates and nitrites added to these meats are known carcinogens and have been implicated in a number of cancers, namely pancreatic cancer. Avoid meats that are processed with nitrates and nitrites.
12. Energy Drinks
Energy drinks might give you a boost when you need one, but for aging they might not be such a good idea. They can damage tooth enamel, which can lead to stains. Most energy drinks are also high in sugar content that can damage collagen and cause a sugar crash.
13. Over-consumption of Caffeinated Drinks and Coffee
Coffee may be the great pick-me-up, but it may damage the skin in the process. Caffeine (coffee’s magic ingredient) is a diuretic, meaning it leads to dehydration. Anything that dehydrates you leads to sallow skin and an aged appearance. Cut back on caffeine and if you must, be sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
14. Chemical Exposure
We are bombarded with all kind of synthetic and harmful chemicals on a daily basis. They are hiding in our skincare products, our foods, our homes, and even our air. Be sure to opt for organic and natural ingredients whenever possible.
At all costs, avoid these things that make you age faster.