Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ways to Fight Body Aging

Did you know? 70% of Filipino adults have been found to be aging faster than they should? (Myself included! Read my story in my other blog). Here are several sound tips from Mead Johnson Nutrition Philippines that can help you fight body aging with the Multi Defense Solution: simple lifestyle changes that will greatly affect your overall health.

You might be surprised at how exercising for at least 30 minutes a day in the morning can change your whole day. When endorphins are released into your bloodstream during exercise, you feel much more energized the rest of the day. Exercise not only improves your strength and stamina, it increases levels of serotonin in the brain as well-improving your overall mood for the day.

Whatever it is, whether smoking or excessive drinking, quit right now. Not only are nicotine and too much alcohol bad for your cholesterol and blood pressure levels, they can also speed up the aging process. Smoking for example has been proven to cause at least a 40% drop in the production of fresh collagen, the protein that helps skin stay flexible and resilient. A drop in collagen will lead to more wrinkles.

Get a medical check up at least once a year. Don’t wait for the day when you already feel bad or sick. Age-related illnesses like high blood pressure and hypertension may creep up on you without any symptoms. According to the World Health Organization, about 15 million people worldwide will suffer from a stroke this year. Alarmingly, half of the people with hypertension are unaware they have high blood pressure – the main cause of strokes.

Balance your work life with some ‘me’ time – get a massage, meditate, or read a book. And to make sure you truly enjoy that time for yourself, disconnect! Turn off that cellphone, log out from your computer and clear your mind. Of course one of the best ‘me’ time you can have is sleep. Getting between 6 to 9 hours of sleep a day is known to help reduce your chances of hypertension, diabetes and memory loss. Sleeping is also the time your body gets to regenerate new cells.

Eating smart is not just about what you eat but also how you eat. Instead of having stir-fried pork, choose to grill or bake, so you take in less fat and oil. Even when eating fruits and vegetable salads, make sure they’re not smothered with high-fat dressings and fried toppings. Drink lots of water. Try adding a little lemon and honey to your water instead of gulping down excessively sweet beverages. Then supplement healthy eating with a glass of Sustagen Premium everyday.

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