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Do’s and don’ts of ageing

So what if you now realize that you are guilty of committing one, or worse, several of the “mistakes”?

It is never too late to change. While you can’t reverse the damage already done, you can prevent further ageing by making changes to your lifestyle based on the do’s and don’ts of ageing:

Bye-bye sugar

It is best that you limit your sugar intake to 6¼ teaspoons or 25 gram a day and take water or seltzer (carbonated water) instead of sweet drinks when you are thirsty. Take fibre-rich foods to slow down sugar absorption. Eat the fruits whole, for instance take the orange instead of its juices as you will obtain more fibre in the fruits, subsequently increasing cell turnover and boosting the production of collagen fibres to help keep skin smooth and firm. Take the ones that have low-glycaemic carbs because they release sugar slowly into the blood which the body will then process them slowly to limit the loss of collagen. If you are still craving for something sweet, replace it with all-natural stevia, an easily digested herbal sweetener that doesn’t trigger glycation.

More tea, less coffee

Reduce your coffee intake and go for tea instead. Green and black tea contains protective compounds that help prevent the breakdown of collagen. Avoid carbonated drinks and flavoured drinks as these drinks use natrium benzoat E211 that works to prevent the drinks from becoming fungal. This chemical ingredient destroys and maims the mitochondria, the main power source of human DNA cell, which supplies oxygen to body and produces energy. The loss of it will interrupt DNA ecosystem and hastens aging.

Work out

Register for a yoga class or do some strength-training exercises. Strength-training creates a better and more supportive muscle tone. It also helps to firm sagging skin from the neck down. On the other hand, yoga helps to boost blood flow and help relax facial muscles, which can keep away dull skin and fine lines. Not only that, yoga is believed to reduce inflammation and stress that speed skin aging.

Eat fresh and healthy

Avoid canned food, high-fat dairy products and eat more anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory foods such as sweet potatoes, berries and leafy greens. Practice healthier eating by taking foods that are rich in a variety of vitamins. Vitamin B12 helps to prevent ageing, produces optimum energy levels and maintains body’s natural processes. Although B12 can only be found in meat products, vegetarians can obtain their daily requirements from supplements. Avoid taking vegetable oils rich in omega-6 and reduce your consumption saturated fats found in butter and cheese.

Cook differently

Limit browning, caramelizing, grilling, roasting, broiling and frying cooking methods. When you cook your food, it is best to cook in their whole form with a water-based method such as steaming, poaching or boiling. You can also marinate your food in an acidic substance such as vinegar or lemon juice before cooking. Vinegar is known to slow down the conversion of carbohydrates to glucose in the body.

Take five

When you are at work, spend a few minutes of every hour to do these simple exercises to reset your posture: Clasp your hands behind your back, lengthen your arms, stretch your hands downwards, inhale deeply and push your chest forward. Do facial muscles exercises too to avoid wrinkles and lines on your face. Make exaggerated chewing movements, smile broadly, life your eyebrows and suck in your cheeks.

Block the sun

When you go outdoors, apply a daily moisturizer with UV blocking properties even if you don’t see the sun in the sky. Use sunscreen for outdoor activities and wear protective clothing such as a hat. Limit your exposure to sunlight especially between the hours of 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. when the sun is at its hottest and shield your eyes and surrounding skin with sunglasses.

Kill stress before it kills you

When you feel like you are about to burn out and the tension is mounting, write and read a list of things that can make you happy or simply recall things that can make you smile. Practise challenging yourself to a ‘one week of no-complaint’ by having a silent thought of gratitude each time you feel a complaint surfacing. Also, distance yourself from people who constantly exude negativity as it only causes unnecessary stress within yourself.

It is a combination of factors – food, drinks, posture, mental health and sleeping patterns – that lead to one ageing prematurely. As such, tackling the issue of aging encompasses changes in several aspects of life. While being a little tedious, receiving praises that you look younger than your age is indeed rewarding for your esteem.

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