Most of us wouldn’t mind looking and feeling a bit younger than our chronological age. But many of us don’t realize there are science-backed ways to keep your body young, inside and out—and in some cases, even reverse the signs of aging—that you can start doing today, right where you are. These are five anti-aging secrets that experts use themselves. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
Sleep is when the entire body cleans and recharges its systems, from the brain to the skin to immunity. Not getting enough can make you age faster. “Insufficient or poor sleep puts us at risk of premature aging, traffic accidents, and medical problems, ranging from depression to diabetes and heart disease,” said researchers at Columbia University. “Sleep is probably my No. 1 anti-aging tip,” nurse practitioner and skincare expert Nancy Pellegrino recently told Yahoo Life. How much is enough? Seven to nine hours of quality sleep a night, say those who should know, including the National Sleep Foundation.
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Resistance training is key to preserving bone density and lean muscle mass, both of which decline with age. This can be done with free weights, machines or your own body weight. Case in point: Dr. Stuart McGill, professor emeritus in spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo. He’s in his 60s, has a hip replacement, and studies the best ways to exercise to stave off the effects of aging. He shares that he doesn’t pump iron; he does strength-training exercises such as pushing, pulling, lunging, lifting, lowering and carrying. For pulling, he bought a TRX strap set. For pushing, he does standing press exercises.
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Vitamin D is crucial for bone health—it helps bone absorb calcium. If you don’t get enough, you could be setting yourself up for osteoporosis, a disease in which bones lose density and become more prone to breakage. Plus: “Vitamin D — which acts as a hormone in your body—has a positive effect on the immune system and may even help offset some age-related immunity issues,” said Alan Mensch, MD, of Northwell Health’s Plainview and Syosset Hospitals in New York. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, says he takes a vitamin D supplement daily.
When consumed in excess, sugar binds to collagen and elastin, two proteins in our skin that keep it looking firm and young. This creates advanced glycation end products (or AGEs), which damage collagen and elastin and actually prevent the body from repairing them. “Doughnuts are not the key to the fountain of youth,” said Mona Gohara, MD, a dermatologist and associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of …….