Articles on Anti-Aging

Age-related diseases kill as much as 100,000 people every day.

Age is part of the natural order of things. But as you get older, you become more at-risk of developing diabetes, heart diseases, and respiratory infections. Because of this, all throughout history, mankind has been trying to find a solution for aging: from legends to alchemy to telomeres. Immortality remains out of reach, thereby making anti-aging products the next best thing.

Anti-aging products are not quite the miracles you want them to be, but they help a lot. They do not turn back time but they at least reduce the appearance and manifestations of aging. As age is most noticeable on the skin, most products focus on moisturizing and repairing the skin, giving a healthy and youthful appearance.

Do anti-aging products work?

The anti-aging market is rapidly becoming more and more lucrative and is expected to be a $331 billion industry by 2021. While it is an impressive number, there are a number of legitimacy concerns to consider.

Cosmetic products are regulated somewhat leniently because the FDA focuses more on safety rather than effectuality. Efficient ingredients include coenzyme Q10, vitamin C, antioxidants, and salicylic acid.

Depending on the contents, most anti-aging serums and creams give only moderate results at best. It is also important to note that most anti-aging products on the market only manage the exterior signs of aging.

While there is no magic cure for both the external and internal signs of aging, there are lifestyle changes you can implement to live a longer, better, and healthier life.

There is, however, a silver lining - genes are only a small part of what determines the quality and quantity of your golden years. If you make better lifestyle choices, you can prevent up to 80% of the common health risks.

Such lifestyle changes include the following:

  • Regular exercise is an ideal way to quicken your heart rate and reduce the risk of heart disease and obesity. Think 10,000 steps.
  • Try brisk walking too. It offers all the benefits of jogging or running, minus the strain on the knees.
  • Because metabolism slows down with age, it's important to be mindful of your eating habits. Try the Okinawa diet, a low-calorie dietary approach consisting mostly of whole grains, fish, and vegetables.
  • Go easy on the sweets, too. Reducing your sugar intake is proven to make your lifespan longer.
  • Don't just take care of your physical body; take care of your mind too. Thinking positive can increase your lifespan. If you're skeptical, read these studies.
  • Speaking of the mind, thinking young can help you live longer too! Studies show that feeling youthful will keep you alive longer than people who feel older.
  • Add longevity to the growing list of benefits for quitting. Smoking is linked to the deadliest diseases, including heart and coronary diseases, stroke, and lung cancer.
  • There is good stress and bad stress. Good stress comes from being inspired and challenged by work tasks, and it is proven to have a positive impact on the aging process.
  • Bad stress on the other hand, such as anxiety or emotional strain, accelerates aging and increases the risk factors of age-related diseases.

*Clinical research to back up these claims can also be found in the articles surrounding each topic.

Articles about Anti-Aging