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Top 5 Ways to Look and Feel 20 Years Younger

By    |   Friday, 27 Mar 2015 11:32 AM

Techniques to brighten your appearance and boost your mood for youthful looks range from exercise and hormone therapy to diet and cosmetics. Think of your health when approaching methods to rejuvenate your spirit inside and out.

Here are the top five ways you can improve your mind and body and feel 20 years younger:

1. Skin care includes choosing the right products with anti-aging properties and protecting your skin, according to Fitbie.com. One of the reasons lines and wrinkles appear is because collagen levels diminish as people age. Collagen, a protein, firms and smoothes the skin. Select cosmetics that contain vitamin C, which boosts collagen levels. Organic skin care products offer the best hope because they don't contain harmful chemicals. Wear sunscreen or skin care products that contain sunscreen all year long to protect the skin from UV rays, a major cause of aged skin.

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2. A healthy diet that avoids excess sugar and saturated fat provides you with a healthy body and improves your skin. Consuming too much sugar can also attack collagen production, leading to premature wrinkling, according to Dr. Jessica Wu, a Los Angeles dermatologist. Many packaged foods, baked goods and sauces contain sugar. Eat fresh foods as often as possible, limiting meats, poultry and dairy products, which contain saturated fat. Choose good, unsaturated, fats, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, mackerel and tuna. Olive oil, walnuts and seeds also contain unsaturated fats that prevent inflammation to decrease visible signs of aging.

3. Regular physical activity makes you look years younger. It doesn't have to be strenuous exercise. You can walk, ride a bike or swim for 20 to 30 minutes a day on most days of the week. Even yard work provides a healthy, cardiovascular workout to tone the muscles and shed pounds. Find an exercise or sport you enjoy to reduce the stress in your life that can add years to your face and body. Relaxing exercises include yoga and meditation to reduce stress, which breaks down your skin’s elasticity. Stress also releases hormones that cause the body to store fat, according to researchers at Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and the Yoga Research Society, reports Fitbie.com.

4. Keeping your brain active through games, education and training helps to build up brain cells to improve memory and keep you feeling young. Exercises for your brain include board games, online memory games, crossword puzzles or learning something new. A 2002 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested brain exercise prevents cognitive decline, improving memory and reasoning, according to Fitness Magazine.

5. Hormone therapy can make you feel younger by relieving menopausal symptoms, improving muscle function and lowering mortality in younger postmenopausal women, according to Medical News Today. It may also protect against heart disease and brain aneurysms. Patients can take hormone replacement therapy through tablets, skin patches or creams and gels. Research suggests the therapy increases the risk of developing ovarian cancer, so women need to discuss the therapy with a doctor to weigh the benefits with the risks.

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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