There are many signs that let you (and everyone else) know you’re getting older, such as the amount of candles on your cake, your confusion with the new “it” words and phrases, and your attraction to anti-ageing products that promise 40s can be the new 20s.
Everyone ages, but there are certain things you can do to make sure your ageing process is a happy and healthy one. We spoke to five experts about what to look out for:
1. Defence is the best offence
Claire Mason from Integrity Paramedical Skin Practitioners says wrinkles and sun damage commonly occur due to a lack of preventative measures. Stress, sun, rest and keeping your skin hydrated are vital for addressing premature ageing. She says people also overlook collagen induction, and as we get older, our body’s natural ability to produce collagen slows down. However, these things can be easily counteracted with certain technological advancements.
2. Poor choices can take years to undo
We’ve all heard that obesity rates and other related diseases are skyrocketing due to bad diet and health, but did you know that eating a diet high in processed foods will have a negative impact on your health for years to come? Dietlicious owner Janel Horton says obvious food villains such as sugar and trans fats are easy to eliminate, but the effects of poor eating choices can take years to undo.
She adds distance between real food and the end product has grown enormously with additives and preservatives working to sustain a food industry focused on profit rather than sustainable quality. The best results come from the best quality ingredients, locally sourced and cooked simply and cleverly to deliver health and nutrition.
3. Pain doesn’t always equal beauty
High heels are the biggest culprits in this area. “No! Not the heels!” I hear you gasp. Well, when the blood in your feet and legs doesn’t pump properly, it can lead to venous incompetence. If you wear heels every day, remember to stretch out the feet and calf muscles and give your heel and arch a rest day every so often. According to Dr Nicholas Kemp of the Leg Vein Doctor practice in Auchenflower, inadequate stretching can lead to spider or varicose leg veins. And NOBODY wants that.
4. Shield your eyes
Sunglasses make a great fashion accessory (especially in sunny Queensland) but you may want to reconsider stocking up on the three-for-$50 plastic frames.
Madonna Rigney, owner and head optometrist of Madonna Rigney Optometry, says people who have exposure to direct sunlight have a greater risk of developing growths on the surface of the eye (pingueculas or pterygium), cataracts or macular degeneration, and, exposure to sunlight may accelerate the conditions. Sticking to sunglass lenses with UV protection will help keep eyes young and healthy.
5. If you don’t use it, you might lose it
Just like it’s important to stay physically active, your brain needs regular exercise to stay in peak condition. In an article on The Daily Mail, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Andre Aleman said while most people seem to believe forgetfulness begins later in life, research actually suggests it starts in our 20s.
It’s our job to keep the brain active throughout our entire life to prepare it for late-middle age. He adds, “To help our brains remain sharp, it pays to keep them busy through what’s known as ‘cognitive training’, cognition being the scientific word for our mental processes.” These can include learning new things, creating new habits or changing routines and playing brainteasers and games.
Learn how to train your brain into having a better memory, here.
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