How to stay younger for longer and slow down aging? We all want to age gracefully and keep our youthful looks for as long as possible. Thankfully, there are a couple of simple rules you can follow to make that happen.
Rule No.1 Manage your stress level
Winning the Nobel Prize in physiology of medicine is no easy thing, but that’s exactly what Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak did back in 2009. They found out the telomeres which are basically the ends of our chromosomes, are responsible for the aging process in ourselves, and the basic principle of their work is pretty simple. The shorter they are- the faster we age. As it turns out, one of the main things that can significantly shorten your telomeres is stress. Luckily, there’s a solution for all your worries- meditation. Multiple studies have confirmed its efficiency in dealing with telomeres becoming shorter. The best option here is zen meditation. Scientists from the university of Zaragoza in Spain discovered that on average, zen meditators have longer telomeres than any other people of their age, so pick the meditation technique you like and go for it.
Rule No.2 Surround yourself with people you like
The other secrets to staying young is having people you love and appreciate around you. People who live in safe and friendly communities have longer telomeres. Another study conducted by the scientists, show that people who are married or maintain old friendships grow older a bit more slowly too. But that doesn’t mean you should be framed just anyone you meet. An Australian study of centenarians found, all you need is 6 good buddies and you’ll be fine.
Rule No.3 Eat less
Yes, I know burgers and cupcakes are delicious but a study published in nature communications journal, confirmed that caloric restriction is way more beneficial for keeping a fresh and youthful look. During the study, researchers observed 2 groups of monkeys for 2 years. They came to the conclusion that the monkeys who were on a low calorie diet live longer and stay healthier overall. If you aren’t too excited about cutting down your usual portion size, always stick to an anti aging menu. Blueberries, dark chocolate, nuts, fish, eggs, salmon, avocado, touring all these products will not only slow down the aging process, but also lower the risk of heart disease, protect your skin and vision and support your cognitive function. And don’t forget to add walnuts to the mix as well. A recent study from the university of Scranton show that they contain more anti aging antioxidants than any other product. Just don’t go too crazy with them.
Rule No.4 Rack your brain
Exercising and taking care of your diet is great, but keeping your brain in shape is even better. Scientists from Rutgers University discovered that learning boosts the number of neurons you have, which helps your brain stay younger. And this type of neuron can be increased with every mental activity you like, from reading books to learning foreign languages. So the more actively your brain works, the slower the aging processes.
Rule No.5 Wear sunscreen
It doesn’t matter if it’s sunny or cloudy, unfortunately, UV rays are always there waiting to damage your skin. They not only breaks down elastin, the tissue that’s responsible for your skin’s elasticity, also cause other skin problems like wrinkles and uneven skin tone. However, a sunscreen with a rating of at least SPF 30 can easily reverse signs of aging. The participants of the study published in the dermatologic surgery journal, confirm that using SPF 30 sunscreen daily for a year significantly improved their skin texture. You can still make small exceptions from time to time and spend no more than 15 minutes of the sun without sunscreen. Cancer research UK suggests that it’ll help you get some crucial vitamin D without the risk of getting skin cancer.
Rule No.6 Dance
A study from the German center for neuro degenerative diseases came to a fascinating discovery- dancing is one of the most effective types of exercise to reverse the aging process. This is especially true for continuously changing choreography, which boosts the work of the high school campus, helping you stay younger and making you the shining star of every dance party.
Rule No.7 Go to sleep earlier
Having a steady sleeping regime is extremely important for your inner and outer health. Lot of experts states that there are certain times for each essential process in our hair and skin. For example, from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM they go through the stages of hydration and stimulation, from 11:00 PM to 3:00 AM is nutrition and regeneration time and from 4:03 AM till 5:00 AM your body simply resting. So, the time you go to bed basically determines which part of the process you skip. Another great tip is to get at least 7:00 hours of sleep every night. Scientists from the Harvard Medical School confirm the efficiency of this approach stating that such a regime positively changes your blood pressure and therefore lowers the risk of a stroke or heart attack.
Rule No.8 Add more vitamins to your diet
Believe it or not, antioxidants are extremely important for our looks, as they prevent free radicals from damaging the cells in our bodies. One way to solve the problem is to use face creams with anti oxidants and enjoy the feeling of fresh and young looking skin. The second option is way more effective, and it’s taking all of the anti oxidants you need orally. According to Karen P. Burke MD PhD a dermatologist for Mount Sinai Medical Center, the most powerful elements for slowing down aging include selenium, vitamin D and vitamin C. If you want some additional care, you can take a closer look at omega 3, which is well known for maintaining younger looking skin as well.
Rule No.9 Drink more tea
Bad news for all the coffee lovers out there. A recent Israeli study found that tea drinkers live longer. Tea is packed with good old antioxidants called polyphenols, which help your system fight heart disease, cancer and premature aging. Moreover, a study from the national public health institute in Finland, linked regular consumption of tea with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, and if your beverage of choice is green tea, you can expect even more health benefits from improved brain function to increased fat burning. Experts usually suggest drinking 4 to 6 cups of black tea and 3 to 5 cups of green tea a day to see the desired results.