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Eight Tips on How to Turn Back Time

By HealthLife Contributor
Updated: December 10, 2008
While these tips can't give you more time to relax at home, or an extra week of vacation, you'll find that with a little bit of thought and determination, you can definitely set back your aging clock. Your body will weather a lot during your lifetime and even a regular amount of damage can contribute to a more tired, less energetic look. Take a look at the tips below, integrate them into your lifestyle and chances are, you'll notice a big difference.

1. Maintain a positive outlook.

As people get older, they actually become more vulnerable to things like depression and anxiety. As you may know, health and fitness is a holistic thing. By keeping an optimistic outlook and making sure that you stay active both mentally and physically, you can ensure that you enjoy a higher degree of health than you would otherwise.

2. Exercise

Exercising is obvious, but the type of exercise that you should be doing might be less so. As you age, your body will begin to show some wear and tear, so remember this and take it easy. If you have an old injury, don't exacerbate it by overworking it. There are plenty of exercises that will still let you build up a sweat without straining your joints.

3. Limit stimulants

Drinks like coffee and soda and foods that have been fried or use refined sugar have been denatured, which means that they have been stripped of their vitamins. They are also known to encourage the production of free radicals in the body which will speed the aging process.
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4. Watch what you eat

Think about your metabolism. When are you actually hungry? How much food does it take to make you feel full? Try eating precisely as your body dictates for a day and see how it goes.

5. Cook with olive oil

Olive oil is full nutrients that your body can use, but you'll also find that mustard seed oil and walnut oil are terrific for cooking as well. Start avoiding canola oil and vegetable oil.

6. Drink water

It sounds simple, but it makes a huge difference. Water keeps your skin elastic, helps your body absorb nutrients and lubricates your joints, among other things.

7. Read up on your family history

If you know what your family's health is like, you'll find that you can often see into the future! If your parents or grandparents are prone to something, chances are, you are as well, so look into taking preventive measures.

8. Take your vitamins

A good general multivitamin taken every morning can help keep you quite healthy and in a good state of general health. This is a good way to compensate for any vitamins that your diet is lacking in and it can also remind you to think about what you eat.
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