Early signs of aging can be very depressing and, let's face it, more than a little alarming as well.
Luckily, there are easy and straightforward steps that you can take to stop the process. First,
take a look at the list below and see if any of the "aging factors" apply to you.
- Not sleeping enough
- Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
- Eating junk food
- Eating processed food
- Not drinking enough water
- Taking excessive pain medication
- Not exercising
- Excessive exposure to air pollution
- Not managing your stress levels
Of course, there are many reasons that people age. However, more than likely, the reason (or reasons) that you are prematurely aging is included on this list of ten above.
Not getting enough sleep can be very harmful even if you are doing everything else perfectly. The human body is designed for sleep and, if you are not getting enough rest, your body produces a stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol quickly causes wrinkles and gray hair. This is part of the reason why you also need to manage your stress levels. Who knew that sleep and stress were this interconnected? A lack of sleep and excessive amounts of stress releases stress hormones, which in turn trigger inflammation throughout the body, make you ache and feel sluggish.
The importance of healthy food and water cannot be emphasized enough. Junk food or poor water quality will impact how you feel and most certainly how you look. You need quality ingredients going into your body if you want to look and feel good. It truly is that simple. This is part of the reason that you absolutely need to avoid smoking and excessive alcohol use at all costs. These factors damage internal organs and actually work to damage your DNA! No one can look good or feel good when they are undergoing massive DNA damage each and every day.
Exposure to air pollution is another factor in the process of premature aging that is frequently overlooked. Excessive air pollution has been linked to disease, may play a role in cancer and can certainly make you look older than you are. If you are spending a good deal of time driving, then you are exposed to considerable air pollution everyday.
So what can you do if you are aging too fast? First, and this is the most important, don't panic! Take a look at your lifestyle and consider everything that goes into your body. Next look for ways to make your diet and environment a healthier one. Steps such as using a water purifier and/or air purifier can make a big difference. Also consider buying air cleaning household plants like the hearty and robust snake plant or Boston fern, as these simple plants can work wonders to help keep your environment healthy.
You also will want to consider adding supplements to your regiment that help with longevity. For example, resveratrol has been shown to be good for your heart and work against aging. In fact, some studies even indicate that resveratrol can reverse aging and repair DNA!
Cleaning up your diet, adding supplements into your lifestyle and selecting whole foods and foods whose labels you understand will help you look and feel better. Aging may be inevitable, but you can certainly take steps to keep from aging too fast.