May 22, 2013
How to Look 10 Years Younger
No matter how much we kick and scream and dig in our fingernails, there’s no way to stop time from taking its toll on our aging bodies. However, just because we’re racking up years doesn’t mean we have to rack up the wrinkles. These easy-to-use tips can help us look 10 years younger without busting your budget.
5 Tips to Stay Young
Trim and Toned : Although you might not be able to run a flat-out marathon these days, it’s an undeniable fact that staying fit can help you stay young. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, those who regularly strength trained (about 2 a week) not only decreased their body fat by 3.7% but they also managed to keep off the intra-abdominal fat (the fat that surrounds organs) and significantly lowered their risk of heart disease.
Vitamin D, Anyone?
This fat-soluble vitamin is both a powerful antioxidant and an effective anti-carcinogen. Vitamin D is essential for healthy skin and nails, and as an added bonus, your body can manufacture this vitamin simply by absorbing sunlight.
Recent studies have shown that those who maintained an average of 528 IU of Vitamin D over a period of 5 years had a significantly lower risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, so if you want to keep your skin looking young and healthy, go out and catch a few rays (with sunscreen, of course).
An Apple a Day. . .:
Keeps the wrinkles away! Scientists are constantly finding new and amazing health benefits associated with this easy-to-carry and delicious snack. If you want to stay young and healthy, the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in apples may be able to help stimulate brain function.
A recent study demonstrated that those who regularly drank apple juice were less likely to produce beta amyloids (protein fragments that damage brain cells), and had a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Moisturize those Eyes:
The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate, and over the years, the constant facial expressions begin to wear on the muscles beneath the skin, resulting in wrinkles. However, the best method for keeping the crow’s feet at bay is to keep the skin hydrated and moist, which enables skin to be more resistant to damage. You can find the best wrinkle cream products and moisturizers here.
Walk off the Years:
It’s never too late to start exercising, and by simply walking for 30 minutes a day (instead of watching your favorite soap operas), you can significantly improve your heart health.
In a unique study published by Hypertension, researchers observed the blood vessels of 28 people (in their 20s and 60s). The older generation’s blood vessels tended to be more constricted, which is commonly associated with an increased risk of a heart attack. However, after 3 months of walking just five hours a week, these same individuals experienced a dramatic improvement in their overall cardiovascular health, and those in their 60s had similar blood vessel performance as those in their 20s.
Unfortunately, there is no “fount of youth” or “miracle cream” that can keep you looking young indefinitely. However, by taking care of your body and skin and by adding these small tips into your lifestyle, you may be able to trick the rest of us into thinking that you’re years younger than you actually are and restore that natural and healthy glow.