by: Divina Ramirez
(Natural News) Aging is a natural and inevitable process that changes the body at the cellular level. It is an integral part of all living organisms’ cycle of life, including that of humans.
But several environmental and lifestyle factors may trigger this process too early, hence the term “premature aging.” This event negatively impacts a person’s quality of life and brings with it various health problems.
In order to avoid premature aging, it’s important to recognize the signs as soon as possible. That way, you’ll have a chance to “reverse” the process and prevent the onset of associated complications.
Dry, dull or irritated skin
The appearance of the skin reflects the state of an individual’s overall health. For instance, dry, dull or irritated skin could be a sign that the body is suffering from the adverse effects of chronic stress, lack of sleep, a bad diet and too much sun exposure.
The skin naturally dehydrates and stops exfoliating, or shedding dead skin cells, as it ages. Living an unhealthy lifestyle can make your skin appear older than it should.
To minimize visible signs of aging and improve your skin, switch to a healthy diet and supplement with phytoceramides. Phytoceramides are plant-based lipids that mimic ceramides, the lipid molecules that help form the skin’s barrier. Ceramides help the skin retain moisture and protect it from pollutants.
Metabolism slows down as you age. This makes it easier to put on or retain weight and harder to lose excess weight or keep it off. While having a slow metabolism is no cause for concern, having excess abdominal fat can lead to serious consequences.
Recent studies have found that as people age, their fat distribution shifts so that fat accumulates around the abdomen. This is a major concern for older adults because it linked to a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.
To reduce abdominal fat, exercise regularly and consider intermittent fasting.
Constant fatigue and brain fog
Chronic exhaustion is the result of poor sleep hygiene. Staying up late cuts your body’s time to make repairs, reenergize cells, clear waste from the brain and regulate blood sugar short.
According to Robert Rountree, a family medicine specialist based in Boulder, Colorado, blood sugar regulation is at the heart of the aging process. Many of the processes that occur during sleep are also key to restoring cells and preventing the onset of premature aging.
To avoid chronic exhaustion, aim to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Waking up at the same time every day will also help you to sleep faster and more soundly at night.
Red and irritated eyes
Lack of sleep and chronic inflammation may result in red, irritated eyes. The eyes, particularly the delicate skin around them, are also especially prone to signs of aging, such as dark circles and fine lines.
Sitting too often
A study by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine found that a sedentary lifestyle causes cells to age by as much as eight biological years.
Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, it showed that a sedentary lifestyle causes telomeres, the parts of chromosomes that control the aging process, to shorten and unravel. In turn, this accelerates the aging process. Shortened telomeres have been linked to heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer.
To avoid the health issues linked to a sedentary lifestyle, be more active throughout the day. Take the stairs, go for a walk or do short exercises in intervals.
Forgetfulness, to a certain degree, is to be expected in old age. But forgetfulness in young individuals is never a good thing and may be a sign of an unhealthy lifestyle. Lack of sleep and poor nutrition, for instance, may negatively affect cognitive functions.
For better cognitive health, aim to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night. You can also practice meditation and eat a variety of foods rich in brain-boosting nutrients.
Frequent digestive issues
Having frequent bouts of constipation, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating, intestinal gas and other digestive issues is not normal. In most cases, these issues are indicative of poor gut health. Poor gut health is linked to chronic inflammation, which is known to drive the aging process.
To improve gut health, eat fiber-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, as well as fermented foods that contain beneficial microbes called probiotics. These live microorganisms can help improve your gut function and ensure healthy gut microbial balance. (Related: Probiotics improve cellular immune function in elderly.)
Premature aging is both preventable and reversible. To delay biological aging, develop healthy lifestyle habits, adopt a well-balanced diet and practice good sleep hygiene. You’ll find more useful tips on how to prevent or reverse premature aging at AgingSecrets.news.