Do you feel as if you’re aging faster than you should? Are you worried that you no longer look as youthful as you once did? Well, with a few tweaks to your lifestyle, you can preserve some of that vitality and continue to look and feel young.
Chronological Age vs. Biological Age
When someone asks how old you are, you give them your age based on the number of years it’s been since you were born. This is called your chronological age, and we learn how to calculate and communicate it as early as age two. But did you know we’re all walking around with two different ages?
For example, you might be 47-years-old (chronologically), but your doctor could tell you that you have the physical health/conditioning of a 62-year-old. This would be your biological age. And though it’s more difficult to calculate objectively, it’s just as important.
“The basic idea behind biological aging is that aging occurs as you gradually accumulate damage to various cells and tissues in the body,” Healthline explains. “Also known as physiological or functional age, biological age differs from chronological age because it takes into consideration a number of factors other than just the day you were born.”
When calculating a biological age, you have to consider several factors, such as your chronological age, genetics, nutrition, diseases, conditions, family history, and certain lifestyle factors.
If your chronological age is the actual amount of time you’ve been alive, your biological age is the age your body “acts like” it is. For most of society, a person’s biological age is much higher than their chronological age. But it doesn’t have to be like this. This relationship can work both ways.
With healthy decisions and attention to detail, you can look and feel younger.
3 Ways to Look Younger (Longer)
The human body is resilient. Even if your youthfulness has started to fade and your vitality is much duller than it was just a decade ago, there are still things you can do to reverse and preserve your looks.
Here are several suggestions:
- Try LLLT for Hair Loss
Hair loss is a normal part of aging, but it’s also a factor that makes people look much older than they are. Thankfully, there are ways to fight back and reignite the hair growth cycle in areas of the scalp that have since gone dormant.
Low level laser therapy, or LLLT, is one of the best options for safely regrowing hair follicles. It’s a safe, painless, FDA-approved treatment that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Simply slip on a laser cap and let the LEDs inside the cap gradually improve circulation and blood flow to the scalp. Regular treatments can slow down the rate of hair loss and/or jumpstart the hair growth cycle.
- Improve Your Diet and Nutrition
Let’s start with diet. You can’t eat fast food and candy every day and expect to look young forever. If your nutrition levels aren’t where they need to be, you’re going to struggle to look or feel young.
The overall goal is to eliminate processed foods and focus your consumption on fresh, organic food that supplies your body with a balanced blend of vitamins and nutrients. This includes vitamin D (prevents cancer and improves anti-aging), vitamin C (protects the body and combats allergens), vitamin B12 (protects the nervous system), collagen (for skin and hair growth), and water (for ridding the body of pollutants and toxins that speed up the aging process).
- Stay Out of the Sun
It’s important that you get outside and soak up some fresh air and sunshine on a daily basis. However, you don’t want to spend extended periods of time exposed to direct sunlight without some form of protection. Damage from the sun’s UV rays is actually responsible for up to 90 percent of your skin’s visible signs of aging.
For best results, always wear quality sunscreen with a minimum SPF rating of 30 (broad-spectrum). You should also cover your body as much as possible and spend time in the shade when you can.
Embrace Your Vitality
A 65-year-old grandparent is never going to look 21 again. However, there’s nothing stopping you from looking 50 or 55. Turning back the clock by 10 or 15 years is possible if you’re willing to make smart and healthy lifestyle choices that prioritize the preservation of your biological age.