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Ways To Not Look Older After 50, Experts Say – Eat This, Not That

Ways To Not Look Older After 50, Experts Say - Eat This, Not That
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Fifty is by no means old, but it’s definitely a good time to start being proactive about looking your best as you age. Certain lifestyle factors and daily habits can take years off your appearance and contribute to your overall health. “No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to make your health the number one priority in your life” says Katherine Zaccheo, APRN. “You will reap the benefits in a relatively short time and improve your ability to age gracefully!” Here are five ways to not look older after 50, according to experts. Read on and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.

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Too much sun exposure can lead to premature aging and skin damage, experts warn. “The number one cause of premature skin aging is exposure to the sun” says Tracy Pfeifer, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, MD, FACS. “That’s why one of the most important things women and men can do to slow premature skin aging is to diligently protect their skin from the sun. I spend time with every patient who comes into my practice, offering advice and administering treatments to reverse the effects of aging, but without daily sun protection, the signs of aging will continue to appear and reappear.”

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Drinking too much alcohol not only dehydrates your skin, but can have a knock-on effect on your appetite and therefore your waistline. “Drinking can temporarily lower your blood sugar levels, and during the night after drinking your body tries to compensate and readjust your blood glucose levels,” says Jennifer Wider, MD “As a result, you experience the feeling of hunger.”

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A quick internet search on the impact of smoking on appearance should have you quitting that cigarette and throwing the rest in the trash. Smoking is terrible for your health and will wreak havoc on your face. “Every time you smoke, you expose your skin to over 4000 harsh chemicals that lead to long-term skin disorders and early aging symptoms like fine lines and wrinkles,” says board-certified dermatologist Donna Hart, MD. “While the damage to skin caused by smoking is surprising, even more remarkable is the skin’s ability to repair itself after a person has quit. However, waiting too long to quit can limit the ability recovery of the skin and make the damage irreversible.”

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Let’s face it (no pun intended) – regular exercise is key to looking youthful at any age. “Exercise has many positive benefits for body and mind,” says Zaccheo. “If you haven’t been physically active, gradually build up to at least 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic exercise each week. To get the most out of it – and to keep it fun and interesting – change up your weekly routine incorporating aerobics, weight-bearing exercise and balance Make time to exercise and set goals to challenge yourself If you are physically active a priority, it can be as much a part of your daily routine as brushing your teeth!”

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Chronic lack of sleep will age inside and out. “Poor sleep leads to premature aging. This is because there are three key times when our body releases growth hormone,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum. “Also known as the ‘fountain of youth’ hormone, growth hormone optimization keeps us young. It keeps our muscles toned and our skin thick. Think of it as a healthy lift for your whole body, including face, breasts and abs. [also] plays a vital role in our production of two key hormones that regulate appetite and weight gain. These are leptin and ghrelin. Numerous studies have shown that insufficient sleep leads to an average weight gain of 6 ½ pounds and a 30-55% higher risk of obesity.”

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