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These Simple Habits Can Help You Look and Feel Younger

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These Simple Habits Can Help You Look and Feel Younger

by Guest Blogger, Dana B.

Ever feel like you’re 35 going on 65? Feeling older than you actually are is usually a strong indicator that you need to change your lifestyle habits. Aside from the emotional impacts, feeling older can mean that your physical health is being affected by your everyday habits. Still, it can be tricky knowing which advice to follow when it comes to healthy aging, The best lifestyle changes to make are ones that are backed by research, like the ones below.

Eat More Gut Healthy Foods

Listening to your gut is crucial for important decisions, but it can also be important for healthy aging. According to Gaiam, there are several links between gut health and overall health, including inflammation and lowered immunity, but these changes can be easily reversed to promote healthier aging. While supplements and treating infections are helpful, you can also turn to gut healthy foods to restore the balance in your own internal microbiome. Most people already know that yogurt contains healthy bacteria, but it’s possible to boost gut health with garlic, almond milk, pickles and even dark chocolate. These vitamin-, probiotic- and prebiotic-rich foods either contain the same gut-healthy bacteria or helpful fiber, both of which can help maintain balance in your digestive system.

Find Ways to Maintain Hydration

You’ve heard it over and over again: Hydration is important. Although you may recognize this importance, you may not fully understand the benefits of hydration for your mind and body, especially when it comes to feeling older. For example, hydration can provide an energy boost, improve the appearance of skin, and even promote weight loss. So, you will look and feel younger, no matter your real age. Drinking all that water can be a challenge for many folks, though, which is why it’s useful to have some hydration tricks to make yourself drink more often. Pack a large water bottle in your bag before you head off to work, or add some fruit to your water, to make staying hydrated less daunting and something you start to look forward to each day.

Always Wear Sunscreen When Outside

When people who look and feel younger talk about their habits, they also tend to emphasize the importance of sunscreen use. That means wearing SPF any time you’re going to be out in the sun. Damaging UV rays—which can cause changes to skin appearance and skin cancer—are present whether you can see them or not, and seeing skin damage in the mirror can definitely make you feel older. The next time you’re going to be outside in the daytime, dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen that contains SPF 15 or 30; anything higher might actually provide false skin protection against the sun’s rays.

Stop Following Every Fad Diet

Maintaining a healthy weight can help you look and feel better. If you’re turning to fad diets to achieve that trim body, however, you may actually be risking your health. For instance, one fad diet claims that you can eat bentonite clay (volcanic ash) to help you lose weight, but according to Dr. Anton Emmanuel, gastroenterologist, you’re putting your digestive system, kidneys and heart at risk of failing. So if you want to change your diet, just focus on eating whole, nutritious meals that you can easily prepare at home or obtain from a delivery service if it’s in your budget.

If you Google “healthy aging,” you’re bound to be bombarded by a lot of wellness fads and complicated information. Really, though, looking and feeling younger just takes some simple changes to your basic everyday habits. So drink more water, wear sunscreen, and eat foods that will nourish your gut, your body and your overall health. Because those little, research-backed habits really can help you age better and feel younger.

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The Secrets To Maintaining Good Health and Healing Your Gut

The Secrets To Maintaining Good Health and Healing Your Gut

If you are someone that is a bit of a germ-a-phobe, then the incessant use of alcohol gel and shower in several times a day could be killing of one of your body’s main line of defense. The same goes for if you are someone that is prone to getting colds, flu or sickness; your body doesn’t have enough the right bacteria to help you fight it. That’s right, some bacteria in your body is necessary for good health! That isn’t the only thing that can be affected either. When you have the wrong kinds of bacteria living in you, then it could lead to immune-related diseases, like an irritable bowel or asthma. So if this sounds like you, and you have a weakened immune system, then some steps to healing your gut to make sure you have plenty of the right bacteria is a must. Here are some tips, approved by professionals, to help.

 

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Check Food Intolerances

 

To start off with, keeping a food diary can be a good idea. From there, you can go on to identify the foods that you eat and how they make you feel. If you need to run to the bathroom shortly after having dairy or wheat, then you need to know that that isn’t normal. You could also try an elimination diet. It has been recommended that you remove sugar, wheat, gluten, dairy, and eggs (as examples), from your diet for at least ten days. Then slowly introduce them all a day at a time. If you suffer with a reaction like cramps or stomach pain, then it is a sign that you are intolerant to that food. When you eat the right things, your gut will heal much more easily.

 

Use a Supplement

 

If you have ever had an appointment with a gastroenterologist, then you may know that often they recommend using supplements to help heal your gut. You can take enzyme supplements that will help to aid digestion, as well as taking daily probiotics. These will help your gut to have the good bacteria that your body needs. Just make sure that you are taking these alongside foods as they need to be digested together.

 

Add Fermented Foods To Your Diet

 

They might not be to everyone’s liking, but fermented foods like yogurt, pickles, and sauerkraut can be good for your gut. These foods are essentially natural probiotics to help your gut heal by providing it with billions of the right bacteria. If you’re new to fermented foods, then it can be a good idea to introduce one serving a day at first. From there, it is a good idea to build up to a serving with every meal.

 

Feed Healthy Bacteria

 

In an effort to maintain your gut health, then you need to take care of the good bacteria that you do have. You can do this by feeding the good bacteria the foods that they love, called prebiotics. Foods like garlic, beans, artichokes, onion, and green leafy vegetables are key to help keep a healthy gut, as well as maintain a healthy weight.

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