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#1 Proven Health Habits to Avoid Aging

These 5 things will help you stay young, experts say.
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While there's no magic trick to maintain a youthful appearance, there are things we can do to help slow the aging process. Eat This, Not That! Heath talked to experts who reveal their secrets for staying young. Read the five tips below on how to look younger longer. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.


Stay Active

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According to Dr. Taylor Graber MD Anesthesiologist and owner of ASAP IVs: "Staying active is without question the best personal habit to slow aging. It doesn't matter much what the activity is. Just getting outside and walking each day stimulates the cardiovascular system, keeps muscles healthy by continuing to use them and preventing atrophy, and increases sunlight exposure which can increase your natural absorption of Vitamin D (which can help prevent mood swings and depression, strengthens bones, helps prevent osteoporosis). If walking doesn't work for you, then a low intensity weight lifting program is additionally helpful. It doesn't matter much what the activity is. All movement is helpful!"


Not Eating Sugar


"Eating less sugar and high glycemic foods will reduce the process of glycation and slow aging. Cynthia Bailey, MD, FAAD Board Certified Dermatologist CEO and Founder Dr. Bailey SkinCare, explains. "High sugar loads in the body damage proteins to result in loss of protein function and reduced elasticity of tissues including skin, tendons and blood vessels. From a dermatological perspective, glycation leads to premature skin aging and loss of elasticity..  In addition to eating a lower glycemic diet, eating a plant slant diet emphasizing fresh or steamed antioxidant rich foods has been shown to reduce glycation."


Follow the Mediterranean Diet or the Anti-Inflammatory Diet

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"These diets are very similar, and are what people who live the longest in the Blue Zones eat. This diet regimen can reduce your risk of developing heart disease and many types of cancer, which are leading causes of death in the world," says Kent Probst, personal trainer and kinesiotherapist. 


Get Annual Blood Work

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Probst states, "Get annual comprehensive blood testing specifically designed for relevant disease risk markers that you need for healthy aging and longevity.  Annual blood testing is important because it can detect a problem well in advance of symptoms, so you can correct the problem before it becomes a serious disease."


Strength Training

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Working out has numerous health benefits, but to maintain a youthful look, Probst recommends strength training which, "will help you slow and reverse the aging process by preventing sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass) and increasing bone mass to prevent osteoporosis. Strength training also improves cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain and the formation of new neurons."

Heather Newgen
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