Many factors take a heavy toll on your body. As you age, your body changes. Some age slowly, some appear too old for their age. In today’s time, people are diagnosed with chronic illnesses by the time they hit 30s. Research says that these chronic illnesses have a connection with our lifestyle and habits.
Doctors offer the following advice to reduce the risk of health problems and age gracefully.
Don’t stress out
One of the major causes of your health problems and skin issues is stress. As you age, your heart walls become stiffer and the blood flow grows slower. Stress releases adrenaline into the blood which speeds up your heart and can trigger heart problems like irregular heartbeats and heart attack.
If you want to age gracefully, start meditating, exercise regularly, and practice yoga. Deep breathing is also very helpful.
Take care of your kidneys
Your kidneys become smaller as you age. There will be less blood flowing, and the filtration doesn’t happen all that well. Toxins and wastes might not be removed efficiently.
As you age, reduce the intake of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. They can damage your kidneys.
Stop smoking and let your lungs breathe fresh air
With age, your lung muscles weaken. The best way to preserve your lung function is to not smoke. Even secondhand smoke can affect lung function and increase your risk for lung disease.
Stay fit and take a few minutes each day to engage in deep breathing exercises. This will help keep your lungs functioning most efficiently.
Exercise and stretch to keep your joints healthy
People who smoke and postmenopausal women are at higher risk of bone damage.
One of the best ways to age gracefully is to keep your bones healthy, get plenty of exercise, walk and jog more often, take foods rich in calcium and vitamin D, quit smoking.
Shield your skin from sun damage
As you get older, your body produces less of two vital proteins: collagen and elastin. These proteins help in flexibility and enable the skin to return to its original shape after being stretched.
If there is a depletion of collagen and elastin, it causes your skin to wrinkle and lose its elasticity. In addition, the outer layer of the skin thins as you age, making skin look transparent.
These changes are normal. But as it turns out, approximately 90 percent of age-related skin problems — including wrinkles and rough, blotchy skin — are actually caused by sun damage. Wear sunscreen on a regular basis and avoid prolonged sun exposure. This can help protect your skin from sun damage.
Staying healthy with age requires conscious effort to make healthy lifestyle choices. By following these easy-to-follow steps you can ensure your fitness and help you age gracefully like a celebrity.