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6 WAYS TO PROMOTE HEALTHY AGING

April 23, 2018 by Renee Tavoularis

6 WAYS TO PROMOTE HEALTHY AGING

Beautiful, ageless skin isn’t only possible—it’s well within your reach. Most people believe that fine lines, dark circles, and grey hair are a normal part of aging. While to some extent this is true, it’s also true that healthy aging is more within your control than you may realize.

Aging isn’t just about time and gravity. Signs of aging appear when our bodies aren’t functioning optimally. Environmental toxins, prolonged sun exposure, processed foods, and busy schedules can accelerate the aging process.

The solution? Treat your body well and it will shine from the inside out. To get started, adopt these simple and healthy habits that will help you look and feel younger at any age!

6 HABITS THAT PROMOTE HEALTHY AGING

It’s much easier to stick to new habits when they fit seamlessly into your life. At Well Within Beauty, we believe in lifestyle changes over quick fixes and gimmicks. The first step to healthy aging begins with healing and self-care.

1. EAT MORE PLANTS

Vegetables and plant-based proteins, like walnuts and lentils, contain essential nutrients you need to survive—and thrive! Plant-based foods are also full of antioxidants that help fight free-radical damage and clear heavy metals and toxins from your body. Plants even provide vital energy. 

While moderate meat consumption may benefit your personal constitution, be sure that you’re mostly filling your plate with greens, veggies, and fruits, as well as beans, nuts, and legumes.

2. TRY FERMENTED FOODS

Leaky gut and poor eating habits can cause a breakdown in collagen production—which we need to keep our skin youthful and elastic. Digestive issues can also lead to dull, weak, and inflamed skin. To balance the gut, incorporate lacto-fermented foods, like sauerkraut and kimchi, into your meals and snacks.

These foods contain good bacteria that help restore the digestive system and promote elimination. If you don’t enjoy fermented foods, consider taking a probiotic supplement.

3. TURN OFF THE ELECTRONICS (AND MOVE)

You sit all day at work and then sit all night in front of your computer or smart phone. If you add up all the hours you spend checking email or watching videos, you’ll probably see that you actually have plenty of free time for a walk or yoga class.

Exercise can reduce skin inflammation and produce endorphins (also known as a “happy hormone”). Switch off the electronics for at least an hour each day and find time to engage in a cardio workout or some simple stretches.

4. USE NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Organic products aren’t just for your food! The skin absorbs 60% of what you put on it—both the good and the bad. So it may be time to get rid of your toxic skincare products. 

As an alternative, look for beauty lines that provide 3rd party certifications. These offer complete transparency and assurance that the product contains what the brand claims. Mindful ingredients and natural products promote collagen production, moisturize the skin, and reduce inflammation for a younger-looking complexion.

5. APPLY SUNSCREEN

If you’ve ever been skiing, you know you can get sunburn in the winter just as much as you can in the summer. It’s therefore crucial that you apply sunscreen all year round to keep your face smooth and supple.

Just note that all sunscreens aren’t created equal. Visit the Environmental Working Group’s website to find a high-rated, natural sunscreen brand.

6. SIT IN SILENCE

We value our to-do lists and strive to get everything done. Yet busy schedules and racing thoughts are very stressful and taxing. Stress causes your body to release free radicals and hormones, like cortisol, that lead to inflammation, illness, and premature aging. Calm your mind and ease your tension with a few minutes of daily meditation. 

Sitting for just 3 minutes can have a significant impact on your mental cognition and overall wellness. After a few weeks, see if you can increase your time to 5 minutes and go from there. You may be pleasantly surprised by how relaxed you look and feel.
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