7 bad habits that speed up the ageing

middle aged man with a contemplative look on his face

As the search for the fountain of youth continues to yield no results, it is important to take steps to preserve your youth in order to look and feel younger for longer. The best way to do this is to get rid of some bad habits that may be speeding up the ageing process.

1. Smoking

Smoking promotes ageing in many different ways. Just the act of sucking on a cigarette causes fine lines and wrinkles to appear around the mouth. Tobacco, tar and nicotine stain teeth and can result in the deterioration of the enamel over an extended period of time. Smoking also reduces the amount of oxygen that is essential to younger looking skin and maintaining optimal homeostasis within the human body.

Over and above this, there are the many illnesses that are associated with smoking that can result in premature ageing and in some cases even result in an early death. Respiratory diseases, cardiovascular (heart and artery) disease as well as different types of cancer top the list.

Simply quitting smoking can extend your life and keep you looking younger for longer.

2. Drinking

The main disadvantage of drinking alcoholic beverages is that it is detrimental to the liver. The damage it causes to this very important organ is ongoing and can result in numerous problems later in life. Indulging in alcohol has also been associated with senile dementia as it destroys brain cells. Alcohol also dehydrates the body and therefore can result in dry skin which will result in the faster appearance of lines and wrinkles.

3. Water

Most people simply do not drink nearly enough water during the day. At least 8 glasses a day is required to produce and maintain glowing healthy skin and promote overall well being. Replacing soda, fruit juices and hot beverages like tea and coffee with a glass of water can help prevent early ageing.

4. Eating

There are so many foods that are bad for the body and can result in premature ageing. It is best to stay away from processed foods as well as junk food to minimize the damage. Eating lots of fresh, raw fruit and vegetables on the other hand have great antioxidant benefits that can delay and even reverse some of the signs of ageing.

5. Sleeping

Getting enough beauty rest is not a myth and rest is absolutely essential to avoid bags or discoloration under the eyes as well as tired looking skin. Sleep deprivation can also cause other damage to the body including promoting dementia. Too many days without sleep can even be fatal. It is generally recommended to get at least eight hours of continuous sleep every night to delay ageing.

6. Suncreen

The UV rays of the sun are very damaging to the skin causing it dry out, become leathery and can result in uneven tone. Long term damage can result in skin cancer. It is important to cover up when out in the sun – wear a hat and sunscreen. It is even important to wear sunscreen indoors as the UV rays emitted by lights and computer screens can also be detrimental.

7. Couch Potato

A sedentary lifestyle with little to no exercise can result in loss of muscle tone, sagging skin as well as other signs of ageing. Exercise also increases blood flow and therefore oxygen to every area of the body which is great for the skin as well as for overall health.

It is important to take steps to delay the signs of ageing sooner rather than later. The earlier you give up those bad habits, the more you will be able to preserve your youthful appearance and health.

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