Tuesday, 25 October 2016 16:41

How To Stay Young and Hot Forever

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Hello, fountain of youth! Beat the clock with these amazing, completely natural age erasers that boost brain power, stop stress, and smooth skin. Staying young and beautiful forever used to be science fiction, but fiction is rapidly becoming reality, thanks to new research.  Yesterday’s interest focused on disease management; today’s new frontier is averting sickness and aging altogether.  Getting older — without being doomed to wrinkle-dom and jiggly thighs — does not require a high-priced trainer and a bucket o' Botox. I swear it.

Discover the secrets to looking and feeling younger longer with these tips.

Stop Eating so Much

In Okinawa, Japan—home to some of the world's oldest people—centenarians stop eating when they're 80 percent full, says The Blue Zones author Dan Buettner, who studies longevity all over the planet. They're on to something: Researchers at St. Louis University discovered that, while both exercising and eating less led to weight loss, cutting calories also lowered production of T3, a thyroid hormone that slows metabolism. The researchers believe that lower T3 levels may also slow the aging process.

Feel the Love

People who enjoy sex live longer. In fact, doubling your amount of satisfying sex can add up to three years to your life. Sex is anti-aging, immune-boosting and stress-reducing to name a few of the health benefits. Every time you have sex, the hormone DHEA increases in response to sexual excitement and orgasm. DHEA can improve cognition, keep skin healthy, and even work as an antidepressant. As a result, the added health benefit is that you will feel—and look—younger, longer

Use your brain

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that brain exercises, such as doing crossword puzzles, Sudoku, or Brain Games can improve your memory and rewire your brain in just two weeks. There are other things you can do to keep your own synapses firing. Learn Spanish, take up the cello—even driving a new route to work can wake up sleepy brain cells.

Lose the muffin top

In one large study published in 2009, researchers who tracked 6,583 people for more than 30 years found that having significant belly fat in midlife can nearly triple your risk of dementia.

Feed Your Brain 

What you put in your mouth can affect your mind.  Avoiding processed foods, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol will reduce the demand on the adrenal glands, which are responsible for secreting cortisol (the stress hormone) and play a role in managing your metabolism. Consume more fat, the healthy kind, that is. Omega-3 fatty acids (found in salmon, walnuts, and seeds) help stabilize your mood, maintain bone strength, and help prevent visible signs of aging by reducing inflammation in the body. Omega-3 also boost the ability of the body's enzymes to pull fat out of storage — from your hips, for example,  and use it as energy. Omega-3 also keep you healthy and your skin radiant.

Hormonal Harmony 

Monitoring your hormone levels throughout your life and taking action to maintain balance or repair imbalances can combat many of the conditions of aging, including insomnia, low libido, memory loss, and unwanted weight gain.

Hormones control everything in the body, acting as the body's chemical messengers to ensure optimal functioning. For example, low testosterone can tank your libido, while low levels of progesterone are linked to insomnia and other sleep disturbances. As previously mentioned, too much cortisol can cause foggy thinking and undesirable weight gain. The chronological aging process is unstoppable, but the way you look and feel over the course of a lifetime is heavily linked to hormone balance and lifestyle choices.

Give Yourself a Break

Recent studies show that stress causes physical changes in the body that can accelerate aging. Surges of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol cause blood pressure to rise and the heart to beat faster, lead to weight gain, irritability, insomnia, and mood disorders.  These days, when our stressors seem unrelenting (a steady stream of job pressures, traffic jams, money problems), chronic doses of adrenaline and cortisol take a heavy toll on our physical and emotional health. Sixty to 90 percent of all doctors' visits each year are related to anxiety, depression, obsessive anger and hostility, insomnia, high blood pressure, heart attacks — all problems caused by stress.

The most effective way to halt this destructive chain of events is to meditate, adopt stress-lowering techniques such as deep belly breathing and yoga. Exercise also helps relieve stress because it boosts levels of endorphins, the feel-good hormone.

Build a Thick Skin 

Our body’s largest organ—our skin—shows the signs of aging more than any other body part. The most important preventive measure you can take is to build up your antioxidant levels by eating lots of brightly colored organic fruits and vegetables which boost levels vitamins A, C, D and E.  These powerful vitamins also prevent skin aging and skin cancer.

Don't Skimp on Sleep 

Researchers have uncovered that sleep (both the quality and quantity of it) is imperative to multiple aspects of your health. While you sleep, your body enters a sort of ‘repair mode,’ repairing damage from the day and preparing your body to handle whatever comes next.

Not getting enough sleep can also lead to chronic illnesses that can shorten lifespan like type 2 Diabetes. Low-quality sleep increases insulin resistance by as much as 82 percent. Another study found that lack of sleep (less than 7.5 hours a night) exacerbates genetic influences linked to weight gain and obesity. Ideally, you should achieve seven to nine hours of sleep each night—and that’s actual time sleeping, not just lying in the bed, reading.

Even more, motivation to move up your bedtime: Without high quality and quantity of sleep, your metabolism can slow to a crawl. It can also increase storage of deadly visceral fat around your organs.

Get off the couch

Not only does regular exercise help you keep your weight in check, tone muscles, build healthier bones, and boost mood, it can also help you think clearly. Walking for just 10 minutes a day lowers your risk of Alzheimer's by 40 percent," claims Gary Small, MD, coauthor of The Healthy Brain Kit.

 

 

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