As we grow old, our ability to regenerate cells degrades. It results in damages in skins, bones, and muscle tissues. Not only our appearance that gets affected by aging, but also our life quality. We will find ourselves much weaker than when we were younger. And at the end, death will come eventually.
However, aging is not the reason for us to stop trying to improve our health. Think about your loved ones and how they expect you to enjoy your life. They will be sad if you lose faith in yourself and walk through the rest of your time like a zombie. Besides, you do not need to burden yourself with consuming artificial supplements or modifying your body to have a quality life when you are old. You just need to live healthily as soon as possible.
“You are what you eat,” is a half-truth statement. The whole truth is you are going to be what you eat right now. Your health in the future depends on your current diet. If you overeat cholesterol and fatty food when you are young, you will be prone to obesity and heart disease when you pass your forties. Bring diversity to your meal. You should consume protein, fiber, vitamin and mineral sources in balance.
Eating well is also the primary key to maintain brain function. In modern life, we are exposed to many kinds of edible products, from soda, juice, to munchies. And the bad news is they are all full of preservatives and sugar. Drinking a 500 ml coke is equal to consuming twelve spoons of sugar. Not to mention the sugar we get from our meals. Rice, noodles, bread, and all other staple foods contain sugar.
What sugar does to our body is mostly harmful. We have evolved not to consume sugar as much as we do right now. We get glucose as the primary energy for our body from veggies and fruits, which are rich in other essential nutrition for our body, like fiber, vitamin, and mineral. The sugar in a slice of fruit is also not as much as on the doughnuts or a can of coke.
Excessive sugar intakes can lead to early signs of dementia. And if left untreated, it can develop into the notorious Alzheimer disease.
Moving from the couch
A sedentary lifestyle kills you faster than smoking. An interview with Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University, as reported on huffpost.com, results in enlightenment where sitting has been exposed from its devious nature. He even said that humanity has literally been sitting themselves to death. It causes more deaths than HIV and is more dangerous than smoking.
Sitting for a long time increases the risk of contracting type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, and heart disease profoundly. And once we get sick, the cells in our body will be defective and unable to regenerate. Sick people get old faster than healthy people.
Therefore, if you think you have been spending too much time on the coach, you must move and find healthy activities to do. You can take a walk in the park, jog every morning, or cycle around the town.
Reduce your stress
A little of stress can be healthy for the mind. It provides us challenges and excitement. But too much of stress can overwhelm our system, which may result in early aging. No stressed people look pretty.
Wrinkles and frown lines are most likely to appear on people who work in a stressful condition, even if they are still in their thirties. The best key to overcome this is to involve yourself in a social activity. Helping people in need is the best way to induce serotonin, the hormone of happiness, to your brain. And if you are happy, your body regenerate better.