Written by Paisley Hansen / Reviewed by Ray Spotts
There is no stopping the aging process. It is an inevitable thing everyone has to go through. There are some ways, however, to help you stay healthy and look younger for longer. Exercising regularly, practicing healthy eating habits and taking care of yourself can go a long way to keeping you in the best possible shape. Below are some tips for staying healthy and looking great.
Eat A Properly Balanced Diet
If you want to feel good on the inside and look good on the outside, you need to give yourself the proper nutrients your body needs. This can be done through a combination of eating healthy and taking vitamins. Eat foods with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats to hydrate your skin, reduce inflammation and help your body absorb more nutrients. These healthy fats can be found in nuts, fish, avocados and olive oil.
Almost nothing shows our age the way wrinkles do. To help prevent them from showing up prematurely, make sure you consume enough vitamin C. It can not only help with wrinkles, but it can also help prevent the early onset of fine lines and dry skin. You may choose to get your vitamin C through supplements or by eating plenty of fruits such as oranges, pomegranates and strawberries.
Cover Those Grey Hairs
When it comes to aging, one of the most obvious signs is grey hair. Everyone gets grey hair at some point and in varying amounts. Store-bought dies can be convenient for covering your "wisdom highlights," but they also come with lots of chemicals that can damage your healthy strands of hair in the long run.
An alternate solution to try is a henna and indigo mix for grey hair. The mixture of these two natural dyes will cover those greys and leave your hair looking healthy.
Protect Your Skin
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It needs to be protected just as much as your internal organs. Taking preventative measures to protect your skin against the sun's dangerous UV rays is crucial. This can be done by applying sunblock each time you go outside for any length of time.
Stick to SPF 15 or higher for the best results. Protection can also come from building and maintaining sufficient levels of vitamins C, D, A and E. A good mixture of these will work like natural sunscreen to protect your skin and keep it healthy and looking great. Sunscreen and vitamins will help lessen your risk of developing skin cancer and prematurely aging.
Stress can have many damaging effects on the body in mental, emotional and physical ways. Many of the physical changes stress causes to your body can result in early signs of aging. High spikes in hormones, cortisol and adrenaline can cause your heart to beat too fast and your blood pressure to go up. Keep yourself feeling your best by taking plenty of breaks. Consider relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga to keep your stress levels low.
Another important component of staying healthy and looking young is regular exercise. Not only can you lose weight, but you can also build healthier bones, tone muscles and boost your mood. Try to make time to workout at least three times a week for 20 minutes. You can choose to do any type of activity you enjoy and that gets your heart pumping. Popular types of workouts include biking, walking, dancing, swimming, running and playing sports.
Get Enough Sleep
It is recommended to get at least seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night. Not getting enough sleep will lead to higher stress levels, puffy eyes, wrinkles and dull skin. Your body is able to absorb nutrients and vitamins easier when you get the proper amount of sleep.
While there may not be a real fountain of youth to take advantage of, there are plenty of simple and effective ways to keep yourself healthy and looking your best. Take all of these tips into consideration and you will see and feel the results of your hard work.
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Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, and growing young. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym. She loves hearing from readers so feel free to contact her through Facebook.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.