8 Very Important Habits Of People Who Age EXTREMELY Well

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Habits Of People Who Age Well

Want to look amazing in 20 years? Read this.

Another year older, another year wiser. That's all great, but we would love that wisdom to extend into looking younger. Here are some great habits of people who age well — as in, as slowly as possible.

1. They don't exfoliate too often.

Did you know that scrubbing away at your skin can cause aging?

"By over exfoliating, you're actually removing the only protective barrier that your skin has," says Dr. Ben Johnson. Take it easy with your exfoliation regimen and keep it to one to two times per week.

2. They practice great oral hygiene.

Using an electric toothbrush can improve gum health and minimize bacteria growth. Good oral health begins with healthy gums and leads to less bacteria in the body. The cleaner your mouth, the healthier your body.

"Brushing your tongue can minimize bad breath, enhance the taste of food and allow your mouth to feel cleaner. Eliminating bad breath can be an enormous confidence booster. Simple tongue scrapers are a handy tool to keep by your sink," says Dr. Alex Rubinov, DDS.

3. They make sure to wear SPF every single day.

Sun protection is key to keeping your skin and body healthy.

"The sun is the most powerful energy source, so why would you want it beating against the only thing protecting your body? Anytime your skin is overexposed to the sun it has to work overtime to try to protect itself, which can cause it to weaken and create sun spots, aging skin, and wrinkles," says Dr. Johnson.

4. They stay actively involved in their communities.

Work, volunteer, change the world. Above all, spend your time with people of all ages.

"Do not live in retirement communities or spend your time with only people your own age. The more variety in the ages of the people in your life, the more likely older people stay young and share their wisdom," says Dr. Erika Schwartz, a pioneer in the health and wellness space.

5. They eat well-portioned meals.

"These are meals that get smaller the older you are, and are mostly composed of protein and vegetable fat. Eat your largest meal in the morning, the smallest meal in the evening," says Dr. Schwartz.

6. They have lots of sex.

Sex has been shown to release Human Growth Hormone (HGH), which has been titled the Fountain of Youth by doctors and celebrities alike.

"HGH injections are expensive, hard to come by and controversial. But not to worry  your body releases HGH while you are having sex. British psychologist Dr. David Weeks claims that people with a healthy sex life can look five to seven years younger than those who are lacking in that department," says Rachele Marsh, leading fitness expert, body consultant and health coach.

"Sex also increases blood circulation, which is good for your heart while providing a healthy glow to your skin. Furthermore, an orgasm releases endless feel-good brain chemicals including serotonin, oxytocin, and prolactin which help you sleep better and reduce anxiety," Marsh continued.

7. They refrain from drinking alcohol and coffee.

The older you are, the less likely your body can process these toxins, says Dr. Schwartz. The more toxic your body, the older you are. And the more toxins in your body, the more inflammation and chronic illnesses you're susceptible to.

8. They make exercise part of their daily routine.

"The big secret is regular, intense exercise. I'm not talking about boring treadmill or elliptical work — I'm talking about high intensity interval training and tabata training. The latter is short bursts of activity interspersed with short rest periods. Obviously, eating right is important but intense exercise actually reduces appetite," says Nathan Wei, MD, a board-certified rheumatologist.


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