10 Healthy Habits To Make You Look And Feel Younger!

LIFESTYLE  |  June 25, 2016
  • 1. Eat more good fat
    1 / 10 1. Eat more good fat

    Say yes to Omega-3 fatty acids (olive oil, canola oil, salmon, walnuts, flax seeds and wheat germ) and cut down on Omega-6 oils (margarines, mayonnaise, salad dressings, processed foods) and saturated fats (red meat, full-fat dairy products).

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  • 2. Up your antioxidant intake
    2 / 10 2. Up your antioxidant intake

    Eat lots of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, broccoli, red bell peppers, dark leafy greens, red grapes, berries, pomegranates, cherries, oranges and plums, as well as green and black tea, dark chocolate and red wine.

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  • 3. Choose complex carbohydrates
    3 / 10 3. Choose complex carbohydrates

    Pick good carbs such as whole grain products, which include brown rice, wholegrain pasta, beans, legumes and buckwheat, while minimising your consumption of simple carbohydrates like white flour, white rice, potatoes and white sugar.

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  • 4. Maintain an optimal weight
    4 / 10 4. Maintain an optimal weight

    Excess body fat promotes inflammation that can lead to disease and insulin resistance and is bad for arterial health. Stop eating when you are 80 per cent full to help control consuming excessive calories.

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  • 5. Get enough sleep
    5 / 10 5. Get enough sleep

    Getting five to six hours of shuteye a night is hardly enough. According to Dr Chong Yaw Khian, who runs the Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Clinic at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, sustained sleep deprivation is associated with diabetes, heart disease, obesity, stroke and high blood pressure. On the other hand, adequate sleep activates your immune system and restores the body’s hormonal balance. Most people require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to feel well rested, according to the National Institutes of Health. (Also read: 6 Easy ways to get your best sleep tonight!)

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  • 6. Meditate
    6 / 10 6. Meditate

    Juggling work and family demands, financial issues and even traffic jams all cause stress, which leads to a raised blood pressure and faster heartbeat. Meditation – or deep relaxation – helps counteract this; our breathing, pulse rate and blood pressure are decreased, leading to less stress. Meditation can also slow down age-related changes in the brain. A study led by the University of California at Los Angeles suggests that meditation can preserve gray matter – the substance rich in neurons that we begin to lose between 25 and 30 years old. The results showed that people who meditate tend to lose less gray matter than those who don’t. (Also read: What is mindfulness, and how to practise it)

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  • 7. Exercise regularly
    7 / 10 7. Exercise regularly

    This reduces the risks of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease; being active also promotes good mental health, while weight-bearing exercise protects again osteoporosis. (Also read: 10-minute YouTube home workouts for a leaner figure)

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  • 8. Find your passion
    8 / 10 8. Find your passion

    Having a hobby and being excited about something can help you stay healthy and youthful by providing eustress – the good kind of stress that helps break monotony and makes you look forward to another day. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that people with intellectually challenging hobbies were 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

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  • 9. Nourish your friendships
    9 / 10 9. Nourish your friendships

    In a study carried out by Centre For Aging at Flinders University in Adelaide, researchers concluded that a network of good friends can enhance happiness, overall well-being as well as improved physical health. The support of good friends boosts self-esteem and reduces stress, which raises the risk of health conditions such as high blood pressure.

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  • 10. Make Love
    10 / 10 10. Make Love

    According to Dr Mehmet Oz MD, professor and vice chairman of surgery at New York Presbyterian–Columbia University and co-author of the book You: Being Beautiful, women who enjoy sex live longer, and doubling your amount of satisfying sex can add up to three years to your life. (Also read: Exercise your way to better sex)

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