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8 Ways to Slow Down Aging

8 Ways to Slow Down Aging
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By    |   Wednesday, 05 June 2019 09:56 AM

For thousands of years we have fixated on the search for eternal youth. Trying to find the fountain of youth and turn back time has spawned an industry of countless beauty and other products. But there’s no need to empty your bank account because there are things you can do right now to slow down the aging process.

Reader's Digest consulted experts and analyzed various studies in order to compile a list of the top things you can do to tackle aging. Here we look at 8 of those tips:

1. Get moving. Need a reason to exercise?  Benjamin Epstein, a family medicine specialist with Piedmont Physicians, has several. "Aerobic exercise — any physical activity that raises your breathing and heartbeat — improves heart health," he said, "Balance and strength training exercises maintain bone strength, decrease arthritis pain, and decrease the risk of falling." Exercise also helps decrease depression and anxiety.

2. Eat your vegetables. When we were young, our parents told us to eat your vegetables so we could grow up to be strong and healthy. Now that we are older, experts are saying veggies can help slow down the aging process.  Abby Sauer, a registered dietitian at Abbott, explained that diets that included loads of fruit and vegetables supported healthy aging by providing the body and brain with important nutrients.

3. Don't forget your protein. While focusing on eating more fruit and vegetables is a good start, it is important not to skimp on the protein, which is vital in maintaining muscle mass. We lose up to eight percent of muscle per decade after 40 however, many people over 50 are just not eating enough protein. Make sure you include nuts, Greek yogurt, hummus, fish, beans and low-fat meats such as chicken in your diet for an extra protein boost.

 4. Go out into the great, wide open. Being outdoors can go a long way toward protecting against age-related conditions. This includes heart disease and cancer and there is a good reason for this. Vitamin D, which the body produces from sunshine, promotes strong bones and lowers the risk of disease. Just make sure you apply sunblock.

5. Drink up. Staying hydrated is important and especially as we age. Our kidneys work less efficiently as we get older and certain medications further lower the body's fluids, which could explain why the elderly tend to be more susceptible to dehydration. Water is vital for regulating body temperature, maintaining healthy skin and joints, digesting food and removing waste. So drink up.

6. Healthy gut. There is increasing evidence that having a collection of "good" bacteria in our gut is vital for optimal health. Experts have now suggested that having good gut health can protect the body from certain age-related disease. Foods such as kefir, yogurt and sauerkraut all promote healthy gastrointestinal function.

7. Stress less. We know that stress is bad for us. It wreaks havoc on our sleeping patterns, causes digestive issues, triggers depression, increases the risk of heart disease and strains relationships. Now researchers believe it can actually have an effect on our DNA and prevents our   cells from thriving. Experts recommend meditation as a way to manage stress, as well as exercise.

8. Sleep more. It is not always easy to get the recommended eight hours of sleep but there is a reason why experts emphasize the importance of a solid night's sleep. When we are snoozing, our body is working to repair cell damage that leads to age-related disease. This includes heart problems, high blood pressure and diabetes.

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