Anti-Aging Lifestyle, Step by Step
Researchers generally view aging as many processes or factors that
interact and influence each other, including cellular wear and tear;
DNA damage; hormone changes; immune system changes; and free radicals
(unstable oxygen molecules).
Since aging is so complex, it's unlikely that one anti-aging
pill or procedure can slow the process. Researchers are studying
antioxidants, hormone replacement, calorie-restricted diets and other
antiaging therapies. Until more is known, your best bet for a long and
healthy life is to focus on lifestyle strategies.
Mayo Clinic Women's Health Source offers tips for aging well.
Eat well: Numerous studies indicate that a healthy diet can have
anti-aging effect. Eat foods that have lots of essential nutrients in
proportion to their calories - whole grains, fresh vegetables and
fruits and legumes.
2) Keep physically active: Aim for 30 minutes or
more of exercise most days of the week. Benefits include weight
control, improved blood circulation, increased muscle mass, greater
flexibility, more endurance which generally contributes to anti-aging.
Use sun protection: Sun exposure is responsible for much of the skin
damage associated with aging and is the major risk factor for skin
4) Limit alcohol: More than one drink a day for women can
increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases, some cancers and liver
and pancreatic diseases. Alcohol can weaken your immune system, affect
your cognitive abilities and increase your risk of falling.
tobacco use: Smoking is linked to various cancers, as well as to high
blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and lung disease.
socially connected and intellectually curious: Having strong ties to
family and friends can buffer or reduce some health-related effects of
aging and stress. Exercising your brain with classes, hobbies, reading
and other mind-challenging activities can help you better maintain your
7) Get regular medical exams and preventive health
screenings: Many diseases that can affect your health are highly
treatable when detected early.