Age isn’t just something that happens as the years go by. Your body ages at a natural rate, but there are a surprising number of things that can speed up the aging process. In fact, if you’re not careful, the things you do can cause your body to age at a significantly faster rate. Here are a few of the bad habits making you age quickly:
For the average person, gluten isn’t very problematic. Their bodies are able to digest it without any negative reaction. However, roughly 1 in every 100 Americans have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation in your small intestines when you consume gluten foods. People with non-celiac gluten sensitivity and intolerance (essentially food allergies) may also experience negative reactions when they eat gluten—including faster cellular aging resulting from the inflammation. You may want to see what sort of effects gluten has on your body. If it’s not good (inflammation, digestive upset, etc.), it may be a good idea to cut it out of your diet.
Eating Fast Food
You have no idea just how loaded with chemicals your fast food really is! These chemicals can take a toll on your digestive system, decreasing the absorption of important nutrients as your body scrambles to process or eliminate chemicals it has never encountered before. And the amount of fat in the fast food just makes things worse. The high trans fat and hydrogenated oil content of your fast food speeds up cellular aging and prevents your body from making important repairs. The more greasy fast food you eat, the worse your health overall and the faster you age.
Having an Imbalanced Diet
Do you have any idea how many different nutrients your body needs in order to function properly? It needs calcium for your bones, Vitamin A for your eyes, Vitamin E for your skin, Vitamin C for your immune system, iron for your circulatory system, and the list goes on. If you don’t get these vital nutrients, your body won’t be able to make repairs to the systems that take damage every day. By following a balanced diet, you can enhance your body’s internal repair mechanisms and speed up recovery from injuries, daily use, and strains.
Not Enough Hydration
The human body needs a lot of water in order to function. Remember that your body is made up to 66% water, and water is required to power most of your internal organs, muscles, and systems. A lack of water (poor hydration) can cause problems, including faster cellular aging and reduced cellular function. A lack of water can lead to dry skin, which is easily damaged and thus ages faster.
Your skin needs a lot of care in order to stay fresh and healthy. You need to wash your face, get rid of excess skin oils and dead cells, and eat the foods that keep your skin hydrated. If you don’t get enough Vitamin E foods in your diet, your skin will not be able to protect itself from both oxidative stress and environmental toxins. Vitamin E acts as a protective layer to trap moisture in and toxins out, so it’s vital for keeping your skin healthy and young.
A Lack of Fat
Yes, fat in your diet is VERY important for having a healthy, young body. Fat is needed in order to strengthen the walls of your cells. Unsaturated fats are also an amazing source of not only Vitamin E, but also antioxidants that protect your body. Eat more healthy plant-based fats to slow aging!