Taking care of your body should be a top priority. Unfortunately in a world of flavored sodas and lazy Segways, we lose track of what it means to take care of ourselves. Exercise is key, and eating properly plays an equally important role, but there are other habits of our day to day lives that are negatively affecting our bodies.
And aging goes beyond a few wrinkles. Aging includes the slow deterioration of your body, through common disease and adverse effects. Well, it should be slow deterioration, but some habits speed up the process, such as smoking or tanning beds.
There are everyday habits that we partake in that may seem normal, but that are actually making our bodies feel and look decades older. To discuss what these daily mistakes are, we turned to the experts.
Dr. James Marotta is a dual board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in anti-aging. Jon Rhodes, a clinical hypnotherapist and Fiona Patterson, a yoga, tai chi and qigong instructor also had some interesting input on the subject.
All agree that premature aging can be prevented, but only if we're conscious of the mistakes and habits that are can cause the process to speed up. Here's a look at the top culprits.
Eating Processed Food
Processed foods are packed with high amounts of salts and sugars that your body does not react well with. Products known as AGEs have a complex group of compounds that form when amino acids and sugars react. This happens when sugars and molecules enter your body and the process has been found to lead to many diseases associated with aging such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
Drinking Sugary Sodas
A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that regular consumption of sugary sodas may influence metabolic disease development through accelerated cell aging.
Editor's Note:This story was first published January 2015 and updated October 2015.