Smoking. Drinking to excess. Spending too much time in the sun. We all know these things can accelerate aging making you look—and feel—old before your time. But it turns out many of us are unknowingly pressing fast forward on aging by making one of these seven surprising aging mistakes.
1.Getting too little sleep:
We all burn the candle on both ends from time to time. But if you’re consistently living on less than 6 hours of sleep a night, you’re moving into the zone of full-on sleep deprivation, and that will age you… FAST!
Not getting enough sleep doesn’t just mess with your memory and cognition either, according to researchers it causes older adults to literally age faster. And It turns out they call it “beauty rest” for a reason. According to a study performed at the American Academy of sleep medicine it causes your skin to age prematurely too You see your body restores itself while you sleep, so you need to give it the chance to do its job. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep a night.
2. Sleeping in the wrong position:
Burrowing into a pillow may help you fall asleep, but it’s also making you age faster. As we age the connective tissues and collagen in our face begin to lose strength and elasticity making it less likely to spring back or plump back up. Some doctors can even tell which side a patient sleeps on because the lines and wrinkles left by the pillow case can become permanent.
Try to sleep on your back instead. Just can’t do it? Don’t panic, just indulge a little bit. Invest in a silk pillow case. The smoother material won’t mark your skin the way cotton does.
3. Crash dieting:
Doing whatever it takes to drop 5 pounds in 3 days before a big event might be tempting, but crash diets will sap your energy, leave you feeling sick and often backfire by causing your metabolism to slow to a crawl. But even worse they will put the gas on aging.
Repeated crash dieting which typically robs you of the good fats your skin needs to stay healthy can lead to sagging skin and wrinkles leaving you looking old and tried. If you want to lose weight and fight the visible signs of aging at the same time eat a balanced healthy diet, such as a Mediterranean-style diet, and aim for losing just a pound or two a week until you reach your goal weight.
4. Skimping on the fruits and veggies:
You can round out your diet with nutrients from supplements, but nothing beats starting with a solid base of a balanced diet filled with whole foods to keep yourself healthy and vibrant well into your senior years. Cut corners and you’ll simply end up reaching old age faster.
Make fruits and veggies the cornerstone of your diet. You’ll get the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you need to maintain a youthful complexion, sharp eyesight, shiny hair, strong nails and a healthy heart.
5. Indulging in too much sugar:
Everybody likes to reward themselves with a treat every now and then. But when that treat involves added sugar it can cause all kinds of health problems, including premature aging. Dull skin, under-eye circles, enlarged pores, wrinkles, and more can all be traced back to overdoing sugar.
You see sugar triggers inflammation and enzymes that break down collagen and elastin leading to wrinkles and skin sagging. Find other ways to treat yourself instead, like with a new book, the latest electronic gadget or a bright new lipstick.
6. Staying stressed:
Stress makes you furrow your brow, clench your teeth, and purse your lips leading to the fine lines and wrinkles that make you look old. But stress does more than make you look old. Stress can mess with your mind – literally.
Being under too much stress for too long is linked to memory loss and cognitive decline. It also releases stress hormones that contribute to cell damage that affects every system in your body.
Here’s the kicker though, in order for stress to not age you, you have to actually not be stressed. It’s not enough to claim to not be stressed. Your body knows better, even if your friends don’t. So find ways to really reduce stress before it takes a toll on your health. We suggest deep breathing or one of these other 9 natural ways to relax.
7. Not moving much:
If you are spending too much time on the couch or parked in front of your computer you are putting yourself in the fast lane to aging. Staying active is different from getting exercise, and you need to do both.
Sitting for hours on end is bad for your health, but it’s more than that. The more active you are, the more likely you are to stay active. Active people have better balance, better mobility and better flexibility – all the things you need to stay healthy, feel younger, and live independently well into your golden years.
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