Mark Twain, the famous American writer once said, "Age is an issue of mind over matter; if you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
Now, for many of us who feel that we are approaching a stage where we have to let go of our youthful days very soon, the above quote can be of some solace.
Because, like Mark Twain said, if a person is worried about getting old and is disappointed by the physical signs of ageing being showed, it can only make matters worse and make a person more stressed out!
Instead, if a person tries to be more healthy and active, even as old age approaches, he/she can remain healthier and more agile, thus hardly noticing the creeping signs of ageing, until much later!
Having said all of that, it is quite impossible for any human being to completely ward off all the signs of ageing, because it is a natural, inevitable process that all of us have to experience eventually.
For most of us these days, right when we hit the 30 mark, our body, energy levels and health begin to change drastically.
While the external signs of ageing such as grey hair, lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, changes in weight, etc., start to occur after a certain age, there are certain internal changes that happen too.
After 40, our metabolic rate, energy levels and immune systems slow down, giving rise to a number of health issues.
In addition, a number of age-related hormonal changes occur in our body, which also gives rise to negative symptoms.
All of the above-mentioned signs of ageing are triggered by the degeneration of cells which starts to happen post the age of 30-35.
So, there are a few healthy habits that you can follow on a daily basis to slow down the degeneration of cells and prevent the early signs of ageing; have a look at them, here.
1. Smile – A Lot!
Yes, we already know that a smile is the best accessory which can enhance our beauty. However, we may not know that smiling wide, many times a day, even when you do not feel like it, can actually help boost a healthy blood circulation to your facial muscles, thus slowing down the occurrence of wrinkles and fine lines!
2. Consume More Of Fruit
Fruits are extremely healthy and can prevent a number of diseases - this is a well-known fact. What we may not know is that many fruits, especially fruits like berries, grapes, plums, etc., contain a high amount of vitamin C and sorbitol, both of which help maintain healthy moisture levels in your skin, thus preventing early age spots, wrinkles, sagging, etc.
3. Get Massages
Getting massages, professionally, concentrating on your body, face, hands and feet can also help stimulate the production of newer cells in those areas and slow down the cell degeneration process, thus preventing the external signs of ageing like wrinkles and skin sagging.
4. Eat More Of Greens
As kids, we were always told to finish our greens on the plate, because they were healthy. Now, there is another reason to eat them regularly, which is slowing down the ageing signs. The antioxidants and vitamin K present in spinach, kale, mint leaves, etc., can boost the cell regeneration process.
5. Consume Fish
If you are not a vegetarian and you are not allergic to fish, then it is time to add more fish to your diet, especially fish like salmon, as they are rich in vitamin E and dimethylaminoethanol, both of which can slow down the cell degeneration process by nourishing your cells.
6. Exercise More
We have always known that exercising is an extremely healthy habit, which can aid weight loss, prevent heart disease and boost our immunity, right? Well, studies have shown that exercising at least 4 or more times in a week can boost the cell regeneration by improving the blood flow to the cells, thus preventing the signs of ageing like skin sagging, joint pain, age-related fatigue, etc.
7. Avoid Processed Foods
Processed foods like fast foods, pizzas, burgers, chips, etc., are not healthy because they can cause weight gain, heart problems and other health issues. Another fact is that, the unhealthy fats and toxins in processed foods can trigger early degeneration of cells, thus quickening the ageing process - so avoid them!
8. Manage Stress
Stress can give rise to a host of health issues, including depression, high blood pressure and heart ailments. In addition, extreme stress can also weaken your cells internally and quicken the degeneration process, thus making you age sooner. So, avoid stress to prevent early ageing.
9. Avoid Excessive Gadget Use
In this modern era, it is nearly impossible to survive without using our computer, phones, tablets, etc., because they have become an integral part of our daily lives. However, studies have shown that excessive gadget use can lead to the development of wrinkles on the face and lines around the eyes, much earlier than normal!