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5 lifestyle changes to make you look younger

Dec. 11, 2015|1264 views
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New research suggests the immune system undergoes gradual decline with advancing age, as the thymus loses the ability to produce a steady supply of important cells called T lymphocytes. With falling T-cell levels comes a greater susceptibility to any number of diseases and infections. Sadly, the decline of the thymus, which is relatively rapid among the body’s many organs and tissues, begins sometime after late adolescence in humans.

But it may be possible to slow the decline of the thymus by boosting one’s intake of dietary antioxidants. That’s because the age-related decline in immune system function has been linked to free radical damage, which takes an outsized toll on certain tissues within the thymus. The thymus is a small two-lobed gland located behind the breastbone. It plays an outsized role in producing important immune system cells in response to immune challenges—such as receiving a vaccination.

Free radicals are rogue molecules that are believed to play a role in many of the more notable “side effects” of aging. According to the “free radical theory of aging,” over time the body’s ability to counteract these highly reactive molecules—with natural and dietary antioxidants—gradually diminishes. That’s one reason, proponents argue, that people who eat a healthful, plant-based diet tend to live longer, with less disease. They simply consume greater amounts—and types—of natural antioxidants than people who’s diets are more heavily focused on simple carbs and meat. Many of the most healthful “superfoods,” such as blueberries, or turmeric, contain potent antioxidants. Often, these natural chemicals are pigment compounds that give foods their vibrant colors and visual appeal. 

It’s unknown why the thymus declines more rapidly than other organs in response to age-associated free radical buildup. But according to University of Texas Health Science Center researchers, antioxidants from the diet can slow the decline of the aging thymus. In animal experiments, just two simple antioxidants, including simple vitamin C, were sufficient to reverse the decline seen in control animals.

Lifestyle changes to make you look younger:

1)      Change up your hair care routine.  Washing and styling with heat products everyday is very damaging, giving hair  dull, flat strands that adds years to your overall appearance.  Wash your hair 2-3 times a week and let air dry.  Style with dry shampoos in between washes.

2)      Use a hydrating cream on your hands.  The skin on the back of the hand is very thin so you want to avoid any drying and cracking.  Use a lotion/cream with sunscreen to avoid aging/sun spots

3)      Watch sodium intake.  The side effects to salty foods are water retention, resulting in a puffy look especially under the eyes.

4)      Eat more plant based meals.  Make sure your meals and snacks are boosting with antioxidants.  Make a fruit smoothie with spinach for breakfast and snack on some Sunflower seeds and Brazil nuts.

5)      Beauty sleep.  Your goal is to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.  Unplug from the TV and smart phones at least 30 minutes before bedtime.

Ann V. Griffith, Thomas Venables, Jianjun Shi, Andrew Farr, Holly van Remmen, Luke Szweda, Mohammad Fallahi, Peter Rabinovitch, Howard T. Petrie. Metabolic Damage and Premature Thymus Aging Caused by Stromal Catalase Deficiency. Cell Reports, 2015; DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2015.07.008