13 Everyday Habits that Make You Age Faster

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When you look in the mirror in the morning, do you feel like you are aging faster than your years? If you don’t like what you are seeing in the mirror, then perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate some of your daily habits and routines. The food we eat, even the way in which we sleep, can add years to our faces as well as shorten our lifespans. Check out our list of the most common age-accelerating routines and habits and how you can actually reverse it.


1. Slouching

When you slouch over in front of a keyboard for hours it can cause your spine to make an unattractive, even potentially harmful hunched over type of posture over time. Our spines naturally have a well-balanced “S” shaped curve that helps to support our bodies. Slouching over moves the spine away from its natural position, stressing the muscles, disks, and bones. Pain, fatigue, even possible spinal degeneration can form. Try to practice good posture during the day. Remember that your ear, shoulder, and hip should make a straight line when you are sitting.


2. You Constantly Multi-task

If that to-do list gets longer, not shorter, by the day, then your overly hectic life may be overly taxing your body. Although multi-tasking is lauded in the media as something to strive for, but you rarely get anything done faster, you just make more stress for yourself. It would be much better for your body to concentrate on one task at a time and finish it before moving onto the next.


3. You Cut Out All Fat from Your Diet

In order to maintain a healthy and youthful appearance, you need a little fat. Healthy omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and nuts, keep your skin soft, supple, and slightly plumped up, so you look younger, not corpse-like. Also, plumper skin prevents wrinkles as well as filling them out a bit. Try eating fish at least twice a week. Find out other mistakes people make trying to get healthy.


4. You Are Always Ready for Dessert

Even if you want to dismiss the excess weight sugar causes, your love of sweets may be adding years to your face. Molecules of sugar stick to the protein fibers in cells. This process is known as glycation, and causes those dark circles under your eyes, loss of skin tone, puffiness, wrinkles, as well as an increase in pore size. Pass up the dessert cart if you want to keep that youthful glow on your face.


5. You Use a Straw

There are many of you that like drinking colored beverages through a straw to avoid staining your teeth but in the same way squinting causes wrinkles to form at the eyes, pursing your lips causes premature wrinkles around the lips. This is also true of smokers. Use a glass to avoid puckering up and causing wrinkles. You can always whiten your teeth.


6. You Skimp on Sleep

Besides the legendary dark circles and bags under the eyes, not getting enough sleep has been linked to an overall shorter life, according to sleep studies. You need at least 7 hours of sleep daily. If you show symptoms of sleep deprivation, such as attention problems, lack of energy, mental fogginess, then go to bed earlier.

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