Each of us wants to stay young for as long as possible. But what can we actually do if time can’t be reversed? Many scientists believe that the aging process can be postponed by following some secret rules like eating mushrooms, for example. You can learn more details about nutrition and other scientifically-backed methods for prolonging youth in this article.
Bright Side thinks that the age of a person is only a number. The most important thing is how young you feel on the inside. Therefore, we have collected the most effective methods that will help you stay cheerful, of sober mind and looking stunning for as long as possible.
12. Decrease your food portions.
Reducing the amount of food you consume helps slow the body’s aging process down. It leads to changes in biochemical mechanisms that affect the cells’ aging process in the body. However, it is important that your body gets all necessary vitamins and nutrients fully. Additionally, eating less reduces the frequency of illnesses and gives you more energy.
11. Include white mushrooms in your diet.
American scientists say that people who regularly consume white mushrooms feel much younger than their real age. This is due to the special elements that these mushrooms contain called ergothioneine and glutathione that neutralize damaged cells. Moreover, they prevent the development of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, as well as Alzheimer’s.
10. Reduce the number of sweets you eat.
Not only is decreasing the amount of sweets you eat helpful for staying in a good shape, but it also prolongs the overall youth of the whole body.
When we lack carbohydrates, our bodies begin to produce a chemical substance that protects tissue cells from damage. In addition, it is recommended to increase the number of useful fats in the diet; they are contained in products like fish, meat, and vegetable oils. Following this diet will help to decrease your risk of developing heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
9. Do coordination exercises.
Such training can increase the working abilities of the brain. Try to do the following exercise:
- Prepare a lemon and a chair.
- Lie down on your back and put the chair behind your head. Hold the lemon between your feet.
- Lift your legs up so that you can put the lemon on the chair.
- Put your legs down, then lift them up and take the lemon from the chair, and get back to the initial position.
Young people in good physical shape can put the lemon on the floor behind their head without a chair.
8. Ride a bicycle.
Scientists have proven that regular bicycle rides slow down the aging process. Fans of this kind of sport don’t get an increased level of fat and cholesterol in their blood, while men’s bodies keep a high level of testosterone. Moreover, bikers don’t lose their strength and muscles. The aging process in their bodies happens without the usual problems that people who lack physical activities have. When excluding regular bicycle rides, health conditions worsen too.
7. Get new friends.
If you still don’t have friends, prioritize this task and try making some as soon as possible. A long-term friendship positively affects the special areas of chromosomes that are responsible for the aging process. Studies have proven that friendship and friendly relationships with people can help decrease the speed at which the brain ages greatly. Therefore, the more friends you have and the warmer your relationships are, the better.
6. Start dancing.
Physically active people can slow down the process of aging in their brain. Surprisingly, the effect of dancing shows incredibly noticeable improvements in the brain that have a positive effect on the body. Moreover, dances with different types of choreography are even more useful, like those of different musical genres, new types of movement, rhythms, and speeds. All these improve the memory and learning abilities.
5. Learn to control stress.
Our attitude to things happening around us matters especially when we face certain obstacles. You should perceive them not as a dead-end but as a situation from which you need to find a way out of. This attitude strengthens the flow of blood to the heart and brain and causes short bursts of the hormone cortisol, which helps in the formation of defensive responses to external threats and stressful situations. This process is directly connected to staying young.
4. Go out.
Lead an active lifestyle: socialize, communicate, visit exhibitions and concerts. Also, relate to your job not only as a way of earning money but as a way of communicating with interesting people. All these things give us pleasant emotions and prolong our youth.
3. Learn something new.
Despite the fact that our brains start to work less actively with age, we can maintain our intellectual skills and abstract thinking at a high level. To achieve this, we need to regularly learn something new.
A good way to keep your mind clear – especially at an older age – is by learning foreign languages. It’s not easy but the results will be noticeable right away. Also, people who have a higher level of education live longer because as a rule, they hav
e a healthier lifestyle, drink less alcohol, and practice more sports.
2. Try to speak on your cell phone as little as possible.
Using a mobile phone too often can cause premature aging. Electromagnetic radiation of gadgets harms blood cells, affects liver enzymes, endocrine glands, muscles, heart, bone marrow and breaks the hormonal balance. When speaking on a mobile phone, it’s always better to use a hands-free set.
The scientists from Cairo say that people who communicate a lot over mobile phones have the risk of health issues stated above, but they’re also the ones who live near high-voltage lines, plants, and mobile communications towers. A safe distance from these obstructions is 70 feet, sometimes even 1 mile.
1. Stop using clichés.
Try to always come up with new responses to usual questions like, “How are you?” and “What’s new?” Also, try to remember using anecdotes, interesting quotes, your own jokes, and interesting stories to use in your communication.
When you relate to the way you speak creatively, you thereby stimulate the memory and brain centers of speech such as the Wernicke area and the Broca area. This keeps your brain function strong.
Which of these methods did you like the most? Do you have your own secrets of how to stay young? We would love to read about them in the comments!
Illustrated by Natalia Tylosova for Bright Side