Today, 6/29/2018, Dr. Oz released a list of habits that we may be doing that are contributing to our premature aging. He lists them and then explains why they can be doing harm to our bodies and our looks as well. Certain things that you regularly do could increase your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease and diabetes in addition to contributing to weight gain and depression, which are all factors that age your body. Learn about what you should change in your life in order to be healthier and live longer.
7 Aging Habits
- Not Getting Enough Sleep. Lack of sleep has been proven to cause health issues such as depression, anxiety, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Many of these issues can lead to improper aging in the body and in some cases may lead to an earlier death. Make sure you are getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
- Being Stressed Out. If you are stressed you are more likely to have anxiety or overeat which can lead to weight gain in addition to things like heart disease and diabetes. Stress can also cause changes in your body such as premature gray hair and wrinkles. Take some time for yourself every day to relax to make sure your stress doesn’t get the best of you (and your body).
- Smoking. The inhalation of nicotine can cause your lungs to deteriorate and your body to age faster than normal. Smoking can lead to lung or throat cancer too, which can result in premature death. While cutting an addiction can be very hard, it’s worth it. Give nicotine patches a try or go see your doctor to talk about ways to help you quit and become a healthier you.
- Drinking in Excess. Drinking a lot of alcohol can cause problems with your liver and even your brain, plus the toxins can cause your skin to age. If you do choose to indulge in a drink, make sure to stick to the serving size guidelines – 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine, and 1.5 ounces of liquor – and women should only have one drink whereas men are allowed up to two.
- Spending the Day Sitting. Lack of movement and exercise can increase your risk of heart attacks, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and depression – just to name a few. It is important that you keep your body moving throughout your life. This doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon in your 50s, it just means that you should strive to remain active. This means standing up and walking around if you have a desk job and making sure you get in physical activity a couple times a week.
- Eating the Wrong Foods. Whatever you put into your body affects it in some way, and food has the biggest impact on your health. It is important to get vitamins and nutrients into your system, but eating the wrong things can cause adverse side effects in your body. Consuming foods that are highly processed, contain a lot of sugar, and are full of saturated fat can age your body and increase your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. Make the smart choice for your body and eat a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy protein.
- Tanning. Not using sunscreen and tanning your skin (on tanning beds or in the sun) is really unhealthy for your skin. Aside from creating age spots and wrinkles, too much UV exposure can also give you skin cancer. Make sure to avoid the sun in excess, especially if you are not wearing sunscreen or a lot of clothes, to keep your skin looking fresh and prevent your body from aging faster than it should.
In essence, if you want to stay younger longer, avoid all the above.
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