8 Diet And Exercise Mistakes That Age You

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Feb 07, 2015

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If you pick doughnuts over fruits and would rather sweat than stretch, you could be adding years to your looks. By recognising these 8 diet and exercise mistakes that age you, you can prevent the clock from turning too quickly.
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    Is Your Skin Older than You Are?

    Good nutrition is a fundamental building block of healthy skin. So when we eat whole foods, the natural ingredients in them help increase cell turnover, and boost production of collagen fibres to help keep skin smooth and firm. Reversely, consuming foods with little-to-no nutritional benefits, can actually damage the collagen and elastin that keep skin firm and youthful. A study published in the British Journal of Dermatology says that these aging effects start at about age 35 and increase rapidly after that. Even doing strenuous cardio workouts each week, doesn’t suffice for potential anti-aging body benefits if your schedule doesn’t include yoga, weight training, and rest. Find out if you're making one of these 8 common diet and exercise mistakes—and learn what to do instead.

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    You Have Too Much Dessert

    Collagen, that keeps your skin smooth and firm, is damaged by the breakdown of sugars, a process known as glycation. To prevent this natural process from staggering out of control, have low-glycaemic carbs like whole grains. These foods are naturally low in sugar, and the body processes them slowly to limit the loss of collagen. Sweetening up your tea or oatmeal without making your skin look older is easily possible by adding all-natural stevia leaves to them. This herbal sweetener is easily digested and doesn't trigger glycation.

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    You Skip Yoga

    Working out on the bike or treadmill to relieve your work-stress might make you feel better for a little while, but incorporating yoga into your fitness routine regularly may help you look younger and prevent breakouts while wearing away stress.  Try yoga moves like Child's Pose, Downward-Facing Dog, and Sun Salutations to improve your blood circulation. This helps the boost of oxygen to give skin the lovely yoga glow. Research shows regular yoga practice may reduce the inflammation and stress that speed skin ageing.

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    You Don’t Drink Tea

    Sure, you love coffee, but it would forgive you for having tea sometimes. Research suggests that green and black tea contain protective compounds—like EGCG and theaflavins, that help prevent skin cancers and the breakdown of collagen, the cause of wrinkles. Tea is packed with antioxidants but a simple splash of milk addition can negate their benefits, studies find. One study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that dietary proteins, such as those found in milk, reduce the availability of antioxidants in tea.

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    You Don’t Lift Weight

    A regular strength-training routine creates better, more supportive muscle tone. Following it will help you firm sagging skin from the neck down. It's like adding volume to the face with fillers, except on your body.

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    Your Meat is Inorganic

    Hormones in traditionally produced dairy, poultry, and meat may contribute to acne. People who eat those less frequently—or at least choose grain-fed beef and poultry and organic dairy—often notice their skin looks better.

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    Alkaline is Missing in Your Diet

    A big improvement can be seen in skin and hair of people who eat more alkaline-forming foods, such as parsley, almonds, kale, pears, lemons, and apples. If your body is too acidic, which can happen when your diet is unbalanced, it leaches the alkaline minerals, such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium, that allow us to have strong, healthy bones, teeth, and hair.

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    You are Tired all the Time

    If your exercise routine is very intense and you're so tired all the time that you can't sleep at night, you're setting yourself up for overuse injuries. Don’t even get us started us on dark circles and bags under your eyes from those sleepless nights.. Other clues that you're working out too much include extreme muscle soreness that persists for several days, unintended weight loss, an increased resting heart rate, interruptions in your menstrual cycle, or decreased appetite. An imbalance between breakdown and recovery causes the muscle to be in a state of chronic inflammation. And then, what may start as a simple case of soreness after a hard workout can turn into an actual overuse injury.

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    You Cut Down on Fat Dramatically

    When your diet isn't balanced, your skin, hair, and nails will suffer. Cutting calories can deprive your body of certain nutrients that promote healthy cell division, cell regeneration, and overall skin tone and texture. The skin also requires essential fatty acids—which the body can't produce on its own—to maintain hydration. A diet that's too low in fat could cause dry skin, hair loss, and brittle nails.

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