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We all want to live healthier, longer lives. There’s no shortage of products or treatments claiming to be the key for eternal youth.

Some products work, while others… not so much. There are, however, some tried and true techniques to keep you healthier longer, and slow down signs of aging. Here are five methods you can try:

Don’t Smoke 

This may very difficult if you’re a long-term smoker, but it’s one of the best things you can do for your general health, and skin. Smoking has major negative effects on the skin. It causes damage to the collagen and elastin found in the dermal layers, which give elasticity and pliability to skin tissue. This speeds up the formation of wrinkles and sagging skin. Smoking will also constrict the blood vessels that deliver nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, which slows down cellular production and growth.  

Additionally, the facial movements involved with smoking can speed up aging. Squinted eyes and pursed lips, which are expressions smokers tend to use, can lead to saggy and wrinkled skin over time.  

Eat Healthful Foods 

Whether good or bad, what you eat impacts your body. Some foods may actually fight the aging process due to their nutrients. The body wears down as a result of cellular destruction by free radicals

Foods with antioxidants are shown to neutralize free radicals through stabilization. The more antioxidants you consume, the less chance free radicals have to cause damage to cellular structures, which includes skin cells.  

There have been different conclusions about the effectiveness of the addition of antioxidants to stabilize free radicals. But doctors still recommend eating a diet that is rich in antioxidants, like colorful vegetables and certain fish, like salmon.  

Beware Of The Sun

Excessive UV radiation can speed up signs of aging, including wrinkles, by destroying collagen and elastin. The damaging effects of the sun on the skin is known as photoaging. Over time, UV radiation also lowers the body’s ability to make new collagen and replace whatever was lost to radiation.  

Professionals recommend regularly using a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher when going out in the sun. Also, covering up skin with clothing, which can provide UV ray protection.  

Lift Weights 

happy woman doing a bicep curl with a free weight

People look older when their posture slouched or limbs tremble. This may be what doctors call senile sarcopenia, which is the loss of muscle mass, which comes from the death of motor neurons that can control muscle fibers. Sarcopenia can account for wrinkles and sagging skin.

However, according to studies, resistance training can help to improve or reverse sarcopenia. One study showed that 45 minutes of resistance training three times a week for three months increased muscle fiber by an average of 32 percent and strength by an average of 30 percent.  

Reduce Stress 

Keeping stress reduced in your life is an important anti-aging method. Stress reduction also leads to better sleep, and that can keep you more youthful looking, reducing wrinkles and under-eye bags.  

We hope you enjoy trying out some more natural ways to look younger, longer!  

Post Author: Dr. Mirza