Of course, you can’t fight against the passage of time, but on a daily basis, you can do a few things to maintain and prolong your youth capital.
Food, relationships or stress management, here are few bad habits to banish to live longer.
1. Lack of sleep
When you are too involved in your work and go to bed late, you are bound to be sleep deprived. Don’t say “five hours is enough for me to be fit” because that time isn’t enough for your brain to regenerate.
By not sleeping enough, we reduce our intellectual abilities, we have difficulty concentrating, and we find it increasingly difficult to manage daily life.
In addition, lack of sleep creates tension in the body and makes you irritable. Ultimately, the damage to the brain and body is irreversible. In other words, if you want to stay young as long as possible, you have to sleep at least eight hours a night.
2. Lack of water
Water is life. Our body is made up of 60% water which needs to be constantly renewed.
It is recommended to drink 1.5 to 2 liters a day to stay well hydrated inside and out, as well as to eliminate toxins present in the body.
What happens if we don’t drink enough? We are tired, we have urinary tract infections regularly, we have dry skin… Nothing to be happy about! So, drink, damn it!
Stress is considered the disease of the century. Pressure at work, fear of not being up to it, negative thoughts… So many elements that generate stress and are harmful to our health.
Although it is sometimes stimulating to be under pressure, too much adrenaline for too long ends up disrupting the immune system.
As a result, the body is weakened and it is the door open to diseases of all kinds. Today, it is estimated that chronic stress is involved in the appearance of 75 to 90% of diseases.
4. Junk food
Having a varied and balanced diet is essential for the proper functioning of the body. However, our hectic lifestyle sometimes pushes us to give in to the easy solution: eat fast food.
The problem is that these foods are full of fat and sugar, which not only makes you gain weight but also clogs your arteries. In other words, you are at risk of contracting cardiovascular disease.
Especially since hamburgers, hot dogs and other nuggets do not provide all the vitamins and minerals the body needs to function properly.
5. Negative emotions
Fear, anger, sadness… Negative emotions are part of life and we all feel them one day or another. But when they invade our daily life to the point of rotting it, they generate stress, known to trigger illnesses.
So, we get rid of this bad habit of complaining about a yes or a no, of worrying about things that aren’t worth it and we stop beating ourselves up.
As the saying goes, “Smile at life, and life will smile at you!”
6. Drastic diets
Regularly sticking to drastic diets is bad for the body. By depriving your body of the nutrients it needs to function, you tire it out.
What are we risking? To be constantly tired, to be full of deficiencies and eventually to develop illnesses.
So, eat varied and balanced, everything will be fine!
7. The Sun
UVA rays accelerate the aging of the skin. The lighter the skin, the more dangerous it is to expose yourself for too long. Eventually, you risk skin cancer.
It seems obvious but you have to forget the tanning fashion and protect your skin well with an appropriate cream, but also by wearing a hat and a T-shirt.
The sun is also very bad for the eyes. It is essential to wear glasses, otherwise you risk blindness. In any case, it is better to avoid exposure between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., times during which the sun is most powerful.
So good, so sweet, you can’t imagine that sugar can be bad for your health. And yet, it is responsible for many evils.
Not only does it promote the appearance of diabetes, cancers, cardiovascular diseases and aneurysms, but in addition, the villain accelerates skin aging and disturbs the stomach. Hello heartburn and other acid reflux that make you suffer!
The more we avoid sugar, the healthier we will be. Once we manage to get rid of this addiction, we are much more dynamic!
9. Sedentary lifestyle
Sitting all day, between transport and work, is extremely bad for your health and promotes the development of many diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems or even cholesterol.
Not to mention that not moving makes you fat. Beyond the aesthetic aspect, it’s a whole lot of little daily inconveniences that await you: back pain, chronic fatigue…
In other words, do some exercise every day. You are not asked to run as if you were training for the marathon, but to walk 30 minutes daily, to always prefer the stairs to the elevator, etc. And why not go to work by bike?