The Secret of Staying Young

The fountain of youth may be closer than you imagine. Just a few easy changes to your routine could be the secret of staying young.

  • Once or twice daily, for 10 to 20 minutes, sit in a quiet place, close your eyes, relax your muscles, roll your head, neck, and shoulders, and breathe deeply.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (found in salmon, walnuts, and seeds) help stabilize your mood, maintain bone strength, and help prevent visible signs of aging by reducing inflammation in the body.
  • Not only can regular exercise help you lose weight (if that’s what you’re after), tone muscles, build healthier bones, and boost mood, it can also help you think clearly.
  • If you want to stay youthful forever, you may want to give all that cheese in your fridge a heave-ho; not only is dairy a major source of inflammation, researchers have linked dairy consumption to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Just don’t dip below 1,200 calories a day or you could slow your metabolism and deplete essential fat stores that can keep you looking youthful.
  • Cooking up a batch of collard greens to enjoy alongside your favorite whole grains and lean proteins could help your brain stay as young as you feel.
  • Sprinkling some cinnamon on your coffee or into your favorite baked goods can make a major difference when it comes to how your brain ages.
  • Guava is a good source of antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to improved memory retention and a reduced risk of degenerative disease.
  • Sprinkling a little flax seed into your favorite smoothie might just be the easiest way to fend off the ravages of time. This high-fiber addition to your diet can not only improve the health of your gut bacteria, thus reducing your Alzheimer’s risk, the omega-3’s found in flax seed can prompt your body to create new collagen cells, making your skin smooth and line-free.
  • Sweet potatoes are a good source of manganese, which can boost collagen and elastin production and keep your skin wrinkle-free. Sweet potatoes are also loaded with beta-carotene.
  • People who watched 4 or more hours of TV a day were 80 percent more likely to have a heart disease-related death and 46 percent more likely to die for any other reason than those who tuned in for less than 2 hours.
  • Peanuts are a good source of monounsaturated fats, which have been linked to lower rates of heart disease, and they pack a healthy helping of vitamin C, which can improve your immune health while increasing your body’s natural collagen production.
  • Giving yourself some concrete fitness goals, like training for a marathon can do more than just give you something to look forward to, it can also help you live longer.
  • Going meatless, whether in the short-term or forever, can seriously prolong your life.
  • Ditching your refined sugar-laden desserts for some red fruit, like strawberries, raspberries, and grapes, can help you feel and look younger.
  • Cool down this summer with some watermelon and you might just slow down the aging process along the way.
  • Getting your anxiety level under control might just be the best thing you do for your overall health. Not only are people who report lower levels of stress less likely to have a heart attack or stroke, one study even suggests that high-anxiety individuals increased their Alzheimer’s risk by as much as 135 percent.
  • Walking faster can do more than just get you where you’re going, it can also help you slow down the aging process.
  • Increasing your intake of fruits and veggies can increase your life expectancy, too.
  • Scheduling a regular check-up can help keep you healthy and feeling young for longer. Getting a yearly check-up can help you nip any health issues in the bud before they become chronic or potentially fatal.