Ageing sneaks up on us unexpectedly and there is no escaping the fact that we are all growing one year older every 365 days. Forget about ageing gracefully in the sense of giving in. Fight it all the way! You are never too young or old to combat the signs of ageing. By living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout the years, you retain your youthfulness. What are the things that will aid you to age gracefully?
- Healthy Eating: What you consume daily has a major impact on your ageing process. Foods that are low in nutrients, such as refined carbohydrates are empty calories, as they will not provide your body with vitamins and minerals needs to develop and maintain a healthy body. Consume your food choices in moderation; your body can only process so many new trends at once. When you eat your meals, try to incorporate foods that are going to offer you high nutritional value, and cut back under ones that do not. Eating healthy can be a little time-consuming at first, but stick with it, and you will see the positive results. Not only will you look and feel absolutely wonderful, but you will expose a brand-new person on the inside out.
- Reduce Alcohol Intake: Alcohol weakens the immune system and creates unnecessary problems within the body by depleting it of vitamins and minerals it desperately needs to function properly. Alcohol may cause dehydration which deprives your skin of precious moisture that is necessary to keep it soft, smooth and youthful. Alcohol in excess overtaxes the liver which is essential in diffusing impurities from reaching and harming other organs and systems of the human body.
- Quit Smoking: Smoking is a nasty habit that progressively creates a premature breakdown of your overall state of health, internally and externally. Cigarettes contain substances considered to be quite harmful to the human body. Smokers may have a greyish tinge to the skin (which may not be noticeable in Blacks) due to a poor oxygen supply. Since there is a lack of oxygen, dehydration occurs, which then increases the risk of premature wrinkling of the skin. Smoking can also slow the healing and regeneration process of the body which could be harmful if you ever need surgery. There is really not a single thing positive about smoking. It causes many negative side effects within our body, which in the long run makes you wonder to yourself why you ever did start smoking in the first place.
- Drink Water Liberally: It is recommended that the average person should drink at least one-half litre of clean, pure water each day. The human body is essentially made up of 50 to 70% of water. The body loses 1.5 litres of water daily through perspiration, urine and respiration. Thirst is a response to severe dehydration. Water is involved in nearly every bodily process, especially in flushing out waste materials. Water benefits the skin by acting as an internal moisturiser, keeping the skin moist, supple and clear as well as preventing premature ageing.
- Have Good Sleep: The body rejuvenates itself between the hours of 1:00 am and 3.00 am, and lack of sleep within these hours can trigger the stress that would reduce body immunity and predispose to other illnesses.
- Exercise Regularly: Regardless of age, many undesirable effects of ageing can be postponed, reversed, or prevented through proper exercise. Through research, it is found that regular exercise program leads to a higher fitness level which increases energy. The individual has less illness and health problems, a greater mental and emotional well-being and peace of mind. Did you know that a 60-year-old who has been active can endure more physically challenging task than a 30-year-old was been inactive? Old age is relative and is commonly defined as “the advanced years of life when a person has reached the stage of considerably lowered activity due to fading vitality and muscular atrophy.”
Physiologically, age affects how frequently and strenuously one should exercise rather than chronological age. The body’s ability to receive and circulate oxygen decreases about 1% yearly after the age of 25. Diligently performing an aerobic activity such as walking, assist in heightening the amount of oxygen the body uses, therefore enhancing the heart’s working capability, and raising the blood supply to the tissues of the body. Until someone finally discovers the fountain of youth (that legendary spring sought in the New World by Ponce de Leon and other Spanish explorers), regular walk out remains the means for bringing about those near miraculous improvements to the body. Like a magical elixir, regular walkouts can help to revitalise the body and keep all age symptoms at bay. For example, studies have shown that coronary artery diseases (diseases affecting the arteries that transport blood to the heart muscle) is two times more prevalent among inactive than active people. Studies have also shown a connection between inactivity and such illnesses as diabetes, ulcers, high blood pressure and emotional problems brought on by stress and anxiety.