8 Habits That Make You Age Faster

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1)      Smoking

Smoking cigarettes actually activates enzymes that break down the elasticity of your skin, increasing wrinkles and sagging skin.

2)      Crash Dieting

Extreme dietary changes can actual cause you to gain more weight over time.  Huge cuts in caloric intake actually slows down your metabolism, which means when you return to your regular eating habits, you may gain weight even faster.  On top of that, crash dieting can make you more fatigued and irritable.

3)      Lack of Sleep

Not getting enough sleep can have both short and long term effects.  After just one night of poor sleep, your concentration, attention, and reasoning skills decrease.  Chronic lack of sleep can result in increased risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes.

4)      Not Eating Your Fruits And Veggies

Fruits and vegetables are filled with good vitamins and minerals that keep your body functioning properly on a cellular level.  Not getting the proper nutrients your body needs will make your cells age faster, which in turns makes you age faster overall.

5)      Holding a Grudge

Studies show that letting go of a grudge and forgiving someone who has wronged you can help lower blood pressure and reduce depression, stress, and anxiety.

6)      Stress

Stress can affect you mentally, emotionally, and physically.  Common symptoms of a high stress load include: headaches, muscle tension, fatigue, sleep issues, digestive issues, anxiety, depression, irritability, and lack of motivation.

7)      Lack of Exercise

Exercise is important for keeping you young both inside and out.  It improves your cardiovascular health, keeping your heart pumping strong.  Regular exercise also improves muscle tone and decreases body fat, which keeps you looking young.

8)      Drinking Alcohol

While moderate levels of drinking, approximately one serving of alcohol a day, has actually been shown to decrease your risks for heart disease and stroke, excess alcohol use can cause numerous negative effects.  Neurologically, it speeds up the decline of brain functioning, resulting in issues with memory loss and reasoning.  It can also lead to liver disease and increases your risk for injury.

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