It is safe to say that most of us cannot cope easily with the fact that are body is a subject to aging. Our perfect figure and our soft skin will eventually lose its elasticity and as years go by, wrinkles will appear. We all, especially when we are young, think that this may not hit as hard as it has others.
We also find it hard to imagine the changes our body will face with the process of aging or at least hope that we will age gracefully. Nonetheless, for those who are facing these difficulties or are becoming more aware of the burden of aging here are six ways that will help slow down this process.
Natural ways to slow down aging
- Eat lots of protein
Collagen is just one of many benefits that protein intake brings. This is a component that almost every anti-aging commercial product is made of. By consuming collagen, you can prevent the appearance of aging signs before their time and this is due to this protein’s ability of helping the skin stay firm and elastic.
Dr. Roger Adams, who is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, claims that collagen is responsible for supporting our bodies and keeping everything together.
Unfortunately, collagen levels decline as the aging process progresses. Moreover, when age spots start to appear many people start taking supplements thinking this is a must if you want your body to have the proper amount of collagen. You’ll be surprised to hear that this is not true, you can provide your body with enough collagen by simply eating foods rich with protein.
- Additionally, protein balances the insulin levels in the body therefore keeping glucose levels stable.
- Consequently, owing to the cholesterol balance which is established the stress is at its minimum and weight problems are nowhere to be found.
- Another of protein’s “superpowers” is helping with tissue repair.
We think that these benefits will be more than enough for you to make protein the center of your diet and we recommend 70-90 grams of daily protein intake.
- Drink green tea
Green tea is popular for its ability to improve cognitive functions, enable sharper memory, higher levels of concentration and embracing positive thinking. In addition, it has been used for centuries as ahealing, anti- aging drink.
We suggest you replace your coffee with a cup of this soothing tea and witness its positive effects on your body.
- Eat blueberries
Not only are blueberries low in calories, they are also high in nutrients. Blueberries are known as the king of antioxidant foods and one of these antioxidants is anthocyanin famous for its anti-inflammatory power.
- Drink more water
Drinking the appropriate amount of water makes a big difference between aging gracefully and aging ahead of your time.
Keeping your body well- hydrated allows the digestive system to function well and helps nutrition to make its way from your mouth to all the different cells of your body, says Barbara Joy Jonson who is a doctor of osteopathic medicine and physician.
Another positive effect of hydration is that it keeps the skin smooth and glowing. It is well known that one of the most common factors that causes aging before your time is in fact chronic dehydration.
The amount of water you should drink throughout the day varies from one person to another, but the universal rule says that you should not allow your body to feel thirsty because at this point it is already dehydrated. The average person needs 8 glasses of water per day (2 liters).
- Sleep a bit more than usual
Nowadays there is rarely someone who gets a regular 8-hour sleep. This is the reason we feel tired and why our bodies are experiencing difficulties in fulfilling the basic functions. All of this eventually leads to fatigue which speeds up the aging process and makes it irreversible.
As you sleep your body is resting but at the same time it is also repairing itself and healing. Therefore, your lack of sleep does not allow your body to fully rest and get rid of harmful toxins.
Moreover, poor sleep immediately results in puffy eyes, dark circles around your eyes and even wrinkles.
We recommend you make some changes and try getting a 6-8 hours of sleep every night to witness positive effects on both your skin and overall health.
- Dark chocolate
We can all agree that dark chocolate is a sweet treat but what you don’t know is that it also has positive benefits on aging.
Eating dark chocolate regularly will make your skin firmer, reduce wrinkles and it can even make it more resistant to the sun.