Improving your chances at living longer and enhancing your natural beauty comes down to lifestyle choices. Here’s are 15 things you should give up to increase the likelihood of achieving good health, longevity, and an ageless appearance.
1. Give up smoking.
The memo is out. Smoking ages you. Smoking leads to death.
People who smoke typically die at an earlier age. 1 in every 5 deaths in the United States is linked to cigarette smoke. Smoking increases all other health risks such as a heart attack, heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and death.
Smoking dries your skin, turns it yellow, and creates fine lines and wrinkles on your face, especially around the lip area. Smoking alters your facial muscles, rots your teeth and gums, and increases your production of free radicals all of which leads to premature aging. Take a look at the tobacco body website and see how smoking transforms your body.
2. Give up excessive alcohol consumption.
Heavy drinking can cause brain damage, dementia, and other cognitive deficits. Excessive alcohol causes, liver damage, cancer (mouth, throat, breast, stomach, etc.), heart problems, stroke, and sexual dysfunction issues.
Alcohol impairs judgement which may lead to deadly accidents. In the Unites States alone there are over 40,000 alcohol related deaths a year.
Alcohol dehydrates the skin giving way to wrinkles and other signs of aging. It makes you bloated and may increase cellulite. Mixed and fruity alcoholic drinks are high in sugar and calories which will lead to weight gain.
3. Give up processed foods and soda.
Processed foods and soda are the cause of obesity. Processed foods are low in nutrients and high in calories. Americans spend about 90% of their food budget on processed foods.
Not only are processed foods lacking in vitamins and minerals, they are loaded with dangerous food additives such as fructose, GMO’s, MSG, and 3000 other food additives used for preservatives, coloring, and flavoring.
These additives are linked to cancer, immune problems, digestive problems, infertility, and accelerated aging to name a few.
Processed foods are linked to excess inflammation in the body which contributes to aches and pain, fatigue, and swelling.
4. Give up mass produced, conventionally farmed meat products.
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has called into question the national Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) ability to adequately monitor the safety of U.S. meat for potentially toxic residues.”
70% of all antibiotics used in the U.S. goes to treating animals primarily as growth enhancers. Ingesting animals treated with growth hormones may cause cancer and other diseases that will contribute to your early death.
The World Cancer Research Fund came to the following conclusion:
“There is strong evidence that … processed meats are causes of bowel cancer, and that there is no amount of processed meat that can be confidently shown not to increase risk …”
No amount of processed meat is good for you. Conventionally raised meats are tainted with metals and are festering with antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
When you have rampant inflammation in the body from ingesting processed foods, are loaded up on growth-hormones derived from contaminated meats, your body systems are working overtime causing them to age faster.
5. Give up fake and unhealthy sugars.
Fake and bad sugars are: high-fructose-corn-syrup (HFCS), aspartame, splenda, sucralose, ethanol, sugar alcohols, agave (is 80% fructose), and table sugar.
These unhealthy sugars and sugar substitutes are linked to cancer, rapid weight gain, and premature aging.
The body does not metabolize fructose well and studies show it does serious damage to your liver, kidneys, blood pressure, and cells.
If you didn’t know, organs and cells that work harder– age faster.
To learn more about the harmful effects of fructose watch Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco.
6. Give up energy drinks and excessive caffeine.
The true extent of the harmful effects of energy drinks have yet to be determined.
However, a recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that energy drinks pose potentially serious health risks. The report found that between 2005 – 2009, the number of emergency room (ER) visits due to energy drinks increased ten-fold from 1,128 to 13,114 visits.
What is known is that energy drinks are primarily made with sugar and caffeine and the effects of those substances are clear.
Consuming large amounts of caffeine can lead to caffeine toxicity, heart problems, mood swings, dependence, and in some cases death.
For example one 16oz can of Monster contains 160mg of caffeine, which is equivalent to almost 5 cans of soda. This does not include all other ingredients that may also contain caffeine.
Drinking multiple cans a day is bad for your health and increases your chance of dying prematurely.
Caffeine is also a diuretic which can lead to dehydration. Some signs of caffeine dehydration are sluggishness, headaches, and nausea- common symptoms of a caffeine crash.
High consumptions of caffeine daily is putting your body in constant dehydration which will lead to premature wrinkling and other signs of aging.
7. Give up toxic chemicals in your home and beauty products.
Here are the top 5 you should dump asap:
- Lead can be found in lead paint, old homes (built before 1978), and some meats (game meat, conventionally farmed meats and fish).
- Pesticides can be found on food, garden products, and pest control products.
- Conventional Cleaning Products & Air Fresheners
- Phthalates can be found in perfume, hair products, and deodorants.
- Parabens can be found in almost 90% of conventional beauty products.
Limit or eliminate your exposure to these chemicals because they are linked to serious health issues such as hormone disruption, cancer, and death.
8. Give up extreme partying.
Extreme partying is a never-ending lifestyle of alcohol, drugs, unprotected sex, and other behaviors when combined and done in excess will lead to an untimely end and a mugshot looking like a crack-fiend.
9. Give up toxic relationships.
A toxic relationship is a relationship that harms you physically, mentally, emotionally, and / or spiritually.
Minor or major, injury to your well-being may lead to an early demise, will certainly stress you into aging faster, and will impede on your happiness.
If the relationship is no longer serving your highest good– chuck it.
10. Give up watching too much TV.
A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows that every hour of TV watched by people age 25 or over equates to a 22-minute reduction in life expectancy.
They go on to say that watching endless TV is just as bad as smoking and not exercising. In fact, just 2 hours of TV a day increases your chance of having type 2 diabetes and heart disease by 20%.
Will watching incessant TV make you look old or unattractive?
Imagine not getting any sun, physical activity, meaningful connections with real people, and all the while getting fat because you’re sitting in front of the television (or computer) for hours on end.
Yup, not that cute.
11. Give up sitting for long periods of time.
In the book, Sitting Kills, Moving Heals by Dr. Joan Vernikos former director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division provides a scientific explanation on the ill effects of sitting.
Simply stated, the increased aging they observed in astronauts were also happening to people in stationery positions (bedridden or sitting) for long periods of time.
After a certain age, the human body begins to lose muscle and bone mass at the rate of 1% a year, but in space, that is accelerated 10-fold. Astronauts may lose this amount within one week to one month while in space.
“We were designed to squat. We were designed to kneel. Sitting is okay, but it’s uninterrupted sitting that is bad for us,” Dr. Vernikos says. “We are not designed to sit continuously. We are not designed to be in quasi-microgravity…”
12. Give up extreme sports and fitness.
If your goal is to live a long, healthy, pain-free, and ageless lifestyle then extreme sports and high-intensity, high-impact fitness is not for you.
Over-training and going “beast-mode” regularly create too much wear and tear on the body, increasing the chance for chronic aches and pain, and rate of injury.
Professional athletes pay a price for bringing their body to spectacular limits. A low body fat percentage can interfere with normal metabolic functions and can make you appear older than you are. Massive muscles, coupled with strenuous activity, will undermine joint and connective tissue health.
High-intensity, high-impact movements repeated tirelessly will promote extreme fatigue, over-use injuries, and may result in more serious health conditions such as rhabdomyolysis (extreme muscle injury that can be fatal.)
Extreme exercises place more oxidative stress on the body in comparison to moderate exercising. Increased oxidative stress on the body will result in the body forming more free radicals effectively damaging cells and aging the body faster.
13. Give up wearing shoes all the time.
Always wearing shoes undermines the strength and integrity of the body making it susceptible to health problems and injury.
- Most shoes weaken the ankle and foot muscles, causing them to be unstable which may lead to a fall and serious injury
- High-heeled shoes compromises posture which may lead to chronic back, knee, and foot pain
- Ill-fitting shoes deform the feet and may lead to foot pain
- Shoes prevent the ability to discharge the positive charge accumulated from being disconnected from the earth which may create inflammation in the body leading to serious health problems — see “grounding” or “earthing”
14. Give up sweating the small stuff.
Always worrying about stuff that is not important will cause everything from gray hair to ulcers.
Constant worry will stress the body making it ripe to develop high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, or more serious health problems.
Overly distressing can lead to smoking, over-eating, binge drinking, and other unhealthy habits that may lead to an early passing.
Excessive worry leads to breakouts and wrinkles.
15. Give up being unhappy.
Holding on to anger, sadness, and disappointment does little to change ones circumstance. Constant negative thinking only creates more unhappiness.
During duress, the body releases stress hormones that create an imbalance within the body, throwing it off from its homeostasis. If these sad feelings and negative state of being don’t relent, the body may seriously be affected.
An unhappy face and body looks fatigued, wizened, and has no energy. A face that is constantly annoyed, irritated, and worried has the unattractive wrinkles to show for it.
Being unhappy is the worst thing you can do for your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Dwelling in unhappiness will create an unhealthy living environment that will lead to serious health issues, premature aging, and maybe even death. (Heal your emotional issues sister!)
Happiness is a choice.
One merely has to choose to be it and then follow through with concerted action to make it happen.
No one can escape death or aging, but one can create a life that promotes health, happiness, and an ageless existence so that when death arrives, there are not too many regrets.
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