Slow Down The Clock
What do heart disease, prostate cancer, dementia, weight gain, sagging muscles and erectile dysfunction have in common? The obvious answer is that none of them are found at the top of your “must-have” or "want-to-have" lists -- but the less obvious answer is that they share one major risk factor: aging.
We can't prevent aging -- but we can age optimally
Aging is actually the No. 1 risk factor for a lot of things you don’t want to have. And while we can’t prevent aging, we can do a lot to ensure that we age optimally. That means reducing the effects of what I call “the Four Horsemen of Aging”: four processes that systemically break down our bodies, age us from within, damage our organs and tissues (including our skin) and contribute to every degenerative disease known to humankind.
The Four Horsemen of Aging: inflammation, oxidation, stress and sugar
A full explanation of how these four processes contribute to the diseases and ailments of aging would take a book. (In fact, I wrote one: It’s called The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer.) But briefly, let me explain.
Luckily, there are a number of steps we can take to reduce the damage.
6 Top anti-aging tips for women
Exercise every day
It makes you look better at the beach, prevents muscle “decay” (a condition called sarcopaenia), and improves mood. Even 30 to 45 minutes a day of brisk walking has been shown to grow new brain cells as well as to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and depression.
Take these seven supplements
All supplements are not created equal. I've included name brands that I trust.
Eat these four superfoods
Put nuts, beans, dark chocolate and berries on heavy rotation in your diet. These four foods provide a particularly impressive range of antiaging benefits.
Drink these three drinks
Water, green tea and pomegranate juice. One study showed that those drinking five or more glasses of water a day could help reduce the risk for heart disease by 53 percent, compared with those drinking two or less a day. Green tea is anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, an anti-oxidant and pro-weight loss! And researchers in Israel call pomegranate juice a “natural Viagra" -- drink up!
Deal with your stress
Stress contributes to every disease, directly or indirectly. It shrinks the brain and increases the waistline. Deal with it -- somehow. Meditation is the best, but even a few minutes of relaxed deep breathing several times a day will help.
Take this advice seriously
Do all six of these anti-aging tips. If you do, chances are you’ll live longer (and better) than if you don’t.
More anti-aging tips
The opinions expressed in this article are of the author and the author alone. They do not reflect the opinions of SheKnows, LLC or any of its affiliates and they have not been reviewed by an expert in a related field or any member of the SheKnows editorial staff for accuracy, balance or objectivity. Content and other information presented on the Site are not a substitute for professional advice, counseling, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical or mental health advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on SheKnows. SheKnows does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.