Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Getting older is an absolute thing. Nevertheless, having a youthful appearance is not impossible to achieve.
It turns out, habits that are done early on can have a big impact on health and appearance later in life. For this reason, it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle to look youthful and beautiful.
Here’s a simple routine that you need to get used to to stay young, summarized from various sources:
1. Intermittent fasting
Kemunto Mokaya, a board-certified dermatologist, reveals that intermittent fasting triggers many changes in the body that slow down aging. When the body is in a fast state, cells have the opportunity to repair themselves and remove waste that causes cell damage.
Insulin levels drop, and you may lose weight and belly fat, which in turn prevents chronic diseases that shorten life. Intermittent fasting also causes the expression of genes that promote longevity and prevent disease.
2. Learn healthy cooking techniques
Eating healthy foods can affect skin conditions. It is important that you master certain cooking techniques to minimize skin aging and damaging your body internally.
Avoid frying or grilling food. Instead, choose cooking methods that allow the food to remain moist while it is cooking, such as steaming, boiling and braising.
3. Drink lots of water
According to Dr. Mokaya water intake allows our body to better regulate pH and reduce inflammation (which is associated with aging). Water makes the body get rid of toxins, and the more we drink, the more toxins we can get rid of.
4. Get enough sleep 7-9 hours
Sleep makes inflammation less in the body. Remember, inflammation causes aging.
Studies have shown that the skin actually follows a circadian rhythm and actively repairs and grows skin proteins such as collagen and elastin. Healthy sleep results in healthier skin because the skin is allowed to optimally repair all environmental disturbances it maintains throughout the day.
5. Treat eye bags
Bags under the eyes can be caused by the aging process and usually appear in the 40-50s. As we age, the ligaments under our eyes that hold the fatty tissue together begin to weaken, and the tissue can fall forward to form eye bags.
A body that doesn’t get enough rest can prevent your circulatory system from removing this extra fluid even after you’ve been awake for a while. If the pockets persist, it could mean you need more sleep.
Avoid foods and drinks such as alcohol, coffee, white sugar, fried foods, flour and salt. Also, keep carbs to a minimum. These foods can encourage fluid retention under the eyes.
6. Stay active at work
A practicing doctor as well as the world’s oldest neurologist who is 100 years old, dr. Howard Tucker said that one of the secrets to his lifestyle was not deciding to retire and continuing to work.
“During the pandemic, I treated patients for five or six days a week. Then, I switched to teaching medical residents up to three days a week,” said dr. Tucker, who is still practicing at the age of 100.
In this case, Tucker advises people who love their careers and can still work to consider delaying retirement. This is because most people who are retired and passive in their daily routine are at high risk of experiencing cognitive decline.
7. Consumption of seaweed
Seaweed is rich in essential minerals such as iron, calcium, folate and magnesium. Eating seaweed every day helps increase daily fiber.
Adequate fiber intake has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. Seaweed also contains antioxidants such as fucoxanthin and fucoidan, both of which have anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and anti-cancer properties.
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