Longevity; Living Longer By Adjusting Habits
Although nothing can be done to stop the aging process, much can be done about reducing the effects of aging.
Five effective ways to reduce the effects of aging are following Canada’s Food Guide to healthy eating, reducing your caloric consumption, ingesting anti oxidants, regular exercise, frequent sex with your regular partner, and positive attitude.
Following Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating
Improper nutrition to the epidermis is one factor that causes cellular exhaustion and weakness in an aging individual. Poor nutrition slows cellular metabolism of the epidermal cell and increases the incidence of free radicals within the cell. Free radicals are said to cause undesirable mutational damages in the cell and ultimately cancer.
Reduce your caloric consumption
Your vitamin and mineral intake should remain at your normal levels, however, the sugar, starch and fat consumption should be reduced to near zero levels.
Anti-oxidants are helpful in the fight against aging. These include vitamins C, Beta Carotene and E and are commonly found in fruits and vegetables or high quality vitamins.
To help you understand how anti-oxidants fit into your wellness picture, you need an understanding of free radicals and their behaviour. Free radicals are the unstable and highly reactive substances in your body, which affect aging. These abnormal molecules have a missing electron. They are always looking for the missing electron in their structure. In looking for this electron, they try to bond with the nearby ‘normal’ molecules.
Free radicals are a natural by-product of cell metabolism. They are harmful to your body cells and they are reputed to accelerate aging. Scientists also believe that large numbers of free radicals destroy cell structures and ultimately cause cancer and other age related diseases.
Anti-oxidants are stable molecules that can help your body neutralize free radicals by giving one of their own electrons to them. In so doing, they are helping in the fight against aging.
The key to staying younger is regular exercises. For the average person, 20 minutes, 4 times a week is considered regular.
Frequent sex with one’s regular partner
Dr. David Weeks in his book “Superyoung” studies and discovers that people who look decades younger than their peers also live longer than their peers. Lots of great sex with your regular partner keeps you young because it stimulates your body to produce special chemicals that can repair cells and create youthfulness.
People with a positive attitude seem to be stronger and age less quickly. Studies are suggesting that the mind can quickly age a person. The mind and emotions can alter chemical balances in our bodies.
Worry and anger help you appear older whereas, laughter will help you look and feel younger.
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