Many factors take a heavy toll on your body. As you age, your body changes. Some age gracefully, some appear way 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 are largely because of our lifestyle habits.

We interviewed couple of doctors, and they offered 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 more stiff and the blood flow becomes more slow. Stress releases adrenaline into the blood which speeds up your heart and can trigger heart problems like irregular heartbeats and heart attack.

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

As you grow old, you break down more bones than you build. People who smoke and postmenopausal women are at higher risk of bone damage.

To keep your bones healthy, get plenty of exercise; walk and jog more often; take calcium and vitamin D rich-foods; 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 enables 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.

Reference: Health & Wellness. Helping Your Body Age Gracefully