Remember those days when you could just eat and drink whenever you wanted to? There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to your lifestyle, yet you felt just as good as ever.
You got drunk whenever, wherever, ate piles of pizza, stayed up until 3am, and somehow still managed to look decent.
But, as our bodies get older, we find that it becomes increasingly more difficult to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.
It even comes down to the simple, everyday things, like the following four:
1. Not getting enough sleep.
When it comes to your looks, having an extra cup of coffee in the morning is not going to compensate for your lack of sleep.
Just because you got too little sleep doesn't mean an extra cup of Joe is going to fix those puffy eyes or yellowish skin. And the more sleep you lose on a regular basis, the darker the circles under your eyes will become. Your skin will be affected as well, with fine lines filling up your face.
This is all the result of your body releasing additional cortisol, which is a stress-related hormone. Too much of it in your system can break down skin collagen, the protein that maintains skin elasticity and smoothness.
Furthermore, lack of sleep causes your body to release less human growth hormone, which helps to thicken skin, increase muscle mass and strengthen bones as well.
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2. Having a bad diet.
Foods like sugar, salt, hydrogenated vegetable oils and trans fats can cause you to both look and feel older. For instance, sugar converts to glucose in the body, attaching to skin proteins, which then forms new molecules that are called advanced glycation end products, which, funny enough, spells AGEs.
The AGEs mess with your elastin and collagen, which can harm the firmness and elasticity of the skin.
Too much sugar makes way for wrinkled and saggy skin.
For healthy skin, it's pertinent that your liver is in good shape, as it needs to get rid of toxins that can hurt the skin. Drinking too much alcohol damages your liver, causing a buildup of toxins in your liver that can result in wrinkles and acne.
Alcohol can also trigger outbreaks of rosacea, which can interfere with your sleep.
Cigarettes are linked with cancer, which most people know, But not many people may realize that they also make your skin age more rapidly. They, along with tobacco, can make your eyelids droop, as well as increase the wrinkles around the neck as well as mouth.
Smoking also reduces oxygen to the skin and hinders blood circulation, which causes the skin to look worn and wrinkled. This bad habit also releases toxins and free radicals into the body, which hurt the collagen levels in your body. This heightens oxidative stress on cells and speeds up the aging process.
Are you guilty of any of these common bad habits?
Source: Elite Daily
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