Aging is a fact of life and impossible to avoid. It sneaks up on you, a wayward gray hair or two, laugh lines around your eyes, the dreaded forehead frown lines, and numerous other little signs of aging that add up to you suddenly looking older.
While aging is a normal part of life, looking older doesn’t have to be. There are numerous simple habits to help you look and feel younger. We’ve gone through a ton of them and come up with 5 amazing anti-aging tips to help you look and feel your best.
1. Always Wear Sunscreen
Nothing makes your skin look older than excess sun damage. And living in Miami, with the intense tropical sun, you’re going to get some sun whether you like it or not. UV rays break down collagen and slow new cell growth. This causes the skin to thin and lose firmness and elasticity.
The best defense is a good sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. Wear it every day, all year long. Don’t be fooled by cloudy days or the fact that you may spend a lot of time indoors. Whether you are heading to the office or hitting the beach, slather yourself with skin-saving sunscreen. In addition to looking younger, you’ll be protected from skin cancer, which is 2-3 times more common in men than women later in life.
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2. Take Care of Your Body
Taking care of your body not only makes you look good, it can also make you feel good. Eating right and getting plenty of exercise and weight training will help you stay healthy. However, if you are hitting it hard at the gym and still not seeing the muscle development you should, or if you just don’t have the energy to get to the gym, it might not be your diet that is the culprit. There could be other reasons why you aren’t feeling your best. In that case, you may want to consider hormone replacement therapy.
Hormones play an important role in the health and wellness of your mind and body. No matter your gender, hormone production decreases with age. This can cause a variety of issues, such as difficulty in building muscle, reduced muscle mass and definition, increased belly fat, erectile dysfunction, lack of energy and motivation and more. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from declining levels of growth hormone and you could benefit from growth hormone therapy. Customized to your unique lifestyle and made using bioidentical hormones, the treatment is safe and effective.
3. Have a Healthy Sex Life
The well-known saying “Any sex is good sex” is truer than you can imagine. The mental and physical benefits of a healthy sex life go far beyond the bedroom. Sex has many more benefits than just making you feel good. You may have heard that sex can eliminate stress, lower blood pressure, improve immunity and help you sleep.
But have you heard that sex can make you look more youthful? Researchers have studied the connection between sex and looking more youthful and discovered that the more sex you have, the younger you appear. However, there are many reasons why people don’t have sex, and most of them aren’t because they don’t want to. That’s why sexual wellness is an important part of your overall wellness. There are many innovative sexual wellness techniques that can give your sex life a boost.
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4. Take Care of Your Skin
A healthy diet does wonders for your entire body, but especially your skin. Fruit and vegetables supply your body with antioxidants that help protect your skin against free radicals that can damage skin cells. They help prevent free radicals from breaking down your skin’s collagen and skin elastin, making it look younger and healthier.
Here’s a fun fact about skin care: men need it too. Healthy, cared-for skin always makes you look younger. And it’s never too late to begin a skincare routine that consists of cleansing, exfoliating, toning, and moisturizing.
If your skin shows the effects of sun damage and aging, you should also consider a Vampire Facelift®. This is a radical new non-surgical technique that uses the science of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and the healing factors in your own blood as a safe and effective way to stimulate the production of collagen, elastin, and new blood vessels. The procedure promotes healthier, younger looking skin.
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5. Tune Up Your Diet
Once you reach your 40s, you pretty much know what too many burgers and brews do to your body. You know where to cut back and how often you can indulge. And even if you’ve been a paragon of healthy eating, there are some things you can do to age-proof your diet.
Over the years, your body’s needs have changed, and your metabolism has slowed. Every man goes through these natural changes, but you can combat their adverse effects by making sure you get plenty of antioxidant and vitamin-rich foods in your diet.
If you’ve already stocked your diet with lean meats, fish, poultry and plenty of leafy greens, you are ahead of the game. All you need are a few tweaks. High-quality protein is important for preserving muscle tone, but eating too much red meat can add extra fat to your diet. Choosing salmon—sockeye salmon—over red meat can cut calories without cutting protein and give you plenty of heart-healthy omega-3s.
For guys over 40, the importance of eating green veggies takes on new meaning. Kale, in particular, is loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants help counteract the oxidative damage believed to be a leading driver of aging and many diseases. Include healthy fats from avocados and nuts to get a boost of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein. While all nuts have these benefits, cashews, pistachios, and almonds are the lowest in calories.
And, of course, don’t forget to stay hydrated. Proper hydration helps your muscles and joints work better and keeps your skin supple and youthful-looking. Staying hydrated also helps mood, memory, and motivation.
These five anti-aging tips will not only have you looking younger, but also feeling younger. If you are interested in any of the HealthGAINS therapies to help with your aging signs, request a free consultation today to find out more about them.