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5 Tips on Aging Well

With age comes wisdom, experience, and memories. Every trip around the sun is to be enjoyed and treated as the gift it is, and I don't know one person that doesn't want to prolong their life and quality of life for as long as possible!

While we can't stay young forever, we can incorporate a few lifestyle changes that help minimize the signs of aging. Here are a few tips to keep you feeling your best, no matter your age.

Cut Down on the Sugar

There are so many reasons we should limit our sugar consumption, but you can also add aging to the list. Sugar attaches to proteins in the bloodstream and damages them through a process known as glycation. Two of the proteins affected are collagen and elastin, which are responsible for keeping your skin plump, glowy, and looking youthful. Not to mention the havoc it can wreak on your systems, it's best to keep the sugar intake low for a myriad of reasons.

Eat Anti-inflammatory Foods

Inflammation isn't just something we get when we're hurt or sick— many of us have chronic, low-grade inflammation that can cause damage to the body over time. Foods such as leafy green veggies, fatty fish (think salmon and mackerel), and nuts contain anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the signs of aging. Some herbs, such as thyme and basil, also are anti-inflammatory. Avoid inflammatory foods, such as sugar and processed foods. Chronic low-grade inflammation is a risk factor for many lifestyle-related conditions, which I'm certain you are trying to avoid.

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