What you eat, how you sit, what you smoke, and how much you drink can all make an impact on your body and its ability to function as well as it should. The good news is that every one of these little habits can be changed to improve your quality of life. Here are five everyday habits that age you quicker:
1. Smoking – Smoking makes your lungs age faster, and eventually they lose the ability to take in oxygen properly. This can cause many other health problems, including asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.
2. Drinking – Alcohol can dehydrate you, which causes wrinkles and dry skin by making it harder for your skin’s natural moisturizers to work effectively. It also limits the level of nutrients that get into your skin from the blood vessels underneath it.
3. Sitting – Sitting for long periods of time can lead to a variety of health problems, including back pain and heart disease by slowing down blood flow and causing it to pool in the legs. If this happens often enough, it can lead to varicose veins and increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
4. Exposure to sunlight – Exposure to sunlight is actually necessary for the production of vitamin D, which helps keep bones and muscles healthy while also regulating blood sugar. However, too much exposure can age you faster and even cause skin cancer. A balanced approach is best here; just make sure you’re not spending hours in the sun without protection (good sunglasses and sunscreen) or spending too much time indoors (vitamin D-rich foods are helpful in this case).
5. Over-the-counter pain relievers -While over-the-counter pain relievers can help with aches and pains, they actually cause more harm than good when taken frequently — including an increased risk of heart attack or stroke and liver damage. This is especially true for people who take a lot of pain relievers on a regular basis without consulting their doctors first. Talk to your doctor about other ways to manage chronic pain instead of popping pills every day or two.