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Good Habits to Prevent Aging

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Everyone wants to have a long life, but no one wants to get old. This is especially true today with society’s current emphasis on anti-aging and longevity.  Fortunately, there are things you can do, right now, to help ensure a long and healthy life. You may be doing some of these things already.


Stop smoking
Smoking causes cancer, stroke, heart disease, diseases of the lung, and that is just the tip of the iceberg! Smoking causes your skin to wrinkle, and little lines to form around your mouth. It breaks down the collagen in your skin, which is the very thing your skin needs to be resilient and to give you a youthful appearance. Every time you smoke, you are causing more damage to your body.


Start flossing
We all know that brushing and flossing is good for your teeth. Did you know it’s also good for your heart? There is a link between periodontal disease and heart disease. The same bacteria that causes cavities in your teeth can travel through your bloodstream and affect your heart. Regular brushing and flossing will keep you healthier, and your teeth cleaner and whiter.


Eat healthy foods
Look for foods that are high in antioxidants, like tomatoes, avocados, and green, leafy vegetables. Antioxidants fight the free radicals that cause cell damage. In other words, antioxidants help with anti-aging. They also help with weight loss, and by giving your body the vitamins it needs.


Drink more water
Your body is made up of mostly water, and you need to keep replenishing it. It is important to have proper hydration. Water helps with anti-aging in many ways. It flushes out toxins, keeps everything working properly, and assists in bring nutrition to your cells. Drinking lots of water can help prevent your skin from becoming dry and wrinkled.


Use a sunscreen with moisturizer
The sun can damage your skin, and cause it to age. It dries out your skin, and causes age spots and wrinkles. Make a practice of using a sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 and that also contains a good moisturizer every day. It’s also a good idea to wear a hat with a large brim, and to stand in the shade instead of direct sunlight when you can.  You should also stay away from tanning booths, because they can cause the same damage as the sun.


Get plenty of exercise
Exercise helps you lose weight, get stronger, and increase your metabolism. It helps your cardiovascular system, and eases the symptoms of depression, as well as several other chronic diseases. Keeping active helps to keep you healthy and young.


Stop worrying about aging
Aging is a normal process that everyone will experience. Instead of stressing out over each tiny wrinkle, and each new gray hair, relax, and take it in stride. You aren’t meant to look like a teenager forever. In fact, the more you worry about aging, the more likely you are to experience extreme symptoms related to age.  

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