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As we age we all want the same thing – to feel young. But as gravity takes over this can sometimes be hard to do. It's a well known fact that when we get older our bodies will age. A stressful life – which seems to be unavoidable for most of us – can add to the aging process. Couple that with the fact that our bone mass and muscle tone decline with age, giving way to frailty and fracture, it seems like our bodies are doomed to go downhill. But there are ways, according to Fitness Magazine, that we can take control of our bodies and minds to help us feel and look young – even when age tries to bring us down.

 

Less Stress

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Research has shown that a stressful life can actually cause physical changes in the body that accelerates aging. Fitness magazine reports that surges of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol cause blood pressure to rise and make the heart beat faster. Massive doses of adrenaline and cortisol can wreak havoc on your physical and emotional health. As we age, the stress in our lives seems to get worse – with jobs, parenting and relationship pressures – so it's important to try and take control of stress. Meditating for just 10 minutes a day can help your body combat stress. Yoga is also a good way to relax your body and mind. If you want more physical activity try walking or biking.

 

More Fat

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Healthy fat, that is. Omega-3 fatty acids, which is found in foods such as salmon and walnuts, can help to maintain bone strength and help reduce visible signs of aging by reducing inflammation in the body. It's suggested that you have two grams of omega-3 fatty acids every day. If you don't get this from your diet you can try taking fish-oil supplements.

 

Exercise

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This shouldn't come as a big surprise – exercise helps your body. In more ways than one. Not only does a regular exercise routine help you lose weight, it will help you tone your muscles, strengthen your bones and help you clear your mind from stress and anxiety. Find a type of exercise that you enjoy, such as swimming, running, biking, dancing or walking, so you are sure to stick to a regular routine. Everyone should make time for three 20-minute workouts a week.

 

Passion

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When you find something you are passionate about, your body will respond. Author Gail Sheehy told Fitness Magazine that passion is “the central motivation of all human activity.” In fact, the magazine says the ability to embrace life will not only boost your self-esteem but will fuel your immune system and improve your cardiovascular health. Being passionate is important because touching can release hormones, including oxytocin, which can reduce stress and anxiety. If intimacy isn't on your agenda try finding something else you are passionate about and that energizes you.

 

Super Food

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Research shows that pomegranates are very beneficial in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and could delay the onset of atherosclerosis and possibly help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Some researches also believe it may help prevent some forms of cancer from starting or progressing. Pomegranates can also protect the skin from sun damage. The Goji berry, a fruit native to Tibet, is also considered a good anti-aging food. It contains more iron than spinach, 18 amino acids, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium and vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E. This berry is believed to stimulate the release of human growth hormone – a substance in our body that improves our ability to sleep and helps us look younger, improves our memory and boosts our immune system.

 

Green Tea

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Green tea has been found to reduce the risk of breast cancer and is being tested as a way to help with other cancer recurrence. It is also great for controlling weight because it revs up your metabolism. Researches have also found that drinking at least one cup a day can keep your brain sharp as you age. It's suggested you drink two or three cups a day.

 

Skin Supplements

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Looking to smooth out your skin and prevent wrinkles? Try looking for creams that contain retinols. Retinols cause the skin to peel gently, leaving your skin feeling and looking more silky. Another anti-aging ingredient is madecassol, or madecassoside, an Asian plant extract that will help minimize wrinkles, restore firmness and give you a youthful glow. You can also try applying vitamin C serum under your moisturizer and makeup.

 

 

Mental Exercises

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One of the best ways to feel young and youthful is to keep your brain on track. Working on your brain can prevent cognitive decline and keep your memory sharp. It's suggested you keep your mind strong by doing mental exercises every day such as crossword puzzles, or other brain games that use numbers, sequences and word play. 211108798