Aging Well: Healthy Habits that Keep You Young

Do these things to promote health, happiness, and longevity

It's a fact of life: you can't avoid aging. No matter what you do, time will move forward and you'll continue to grow older.

However, there are things you can do to slow the process down a bit, both on the inside and out.

Smooth skin, a slender body, healthy hair; many of us are after these youthful attributes, and practicing healthy habits can help to maintain them. But taking care of your body can provide benefits that are much deeper, like a decreased risk for many diseases, pain-free joints and muscles, and an overall longer and happier life.

"People all over the world spend tons of money on beauty products to counter the effects of aging," says Sophie Jaffe, a certified raw food nutritionist and creator of Philosophie raw food supplements. "They buy creams, serums, and gadgets in the hope that looking their best will help them to feel their best as well, but creating beauty from the inside out just might be a more effective approach."

Maintaining your youth may not exactly be easy, but instead of spending your money on overpriced products that probably don't work, you can slow the aging process naturally by following these ten healthy habits.

Protecting your skin from the sun.

“UV exposure causes free radicals to form in your skin and they damage your skin cell’s DNA,” says Dr. Cynthia Bailey, a board-certified dermatologist and the President and CEO of Advanced Skin Care and Dermatology Physicians. “This leads to skin cancer.  It also leads to a series of events in the skin that cause a cycle of skin collagen breakdown and skin thinning."

Sleeping well.

Besides leaving you groggy, irritable, and just plain tired the next day, missing out on quality sleep is associated with a long list of negative effects on your health. According to Rebecca Q. Scott, PhD, a sleep specialist at the New York Sleep Institute and an Assistant Research Professor in the NYU School of Medicine, when poor sleep habits are maintained consistently, you increase your risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and impaired immunity.

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