Aging is a part of living. But, you might be doing things that are actually causing your body’s aging process to accelerate. Therefore, you end up feeling and looking older than you really are.
A study performed on biological markers showed that there was more aging in people who suffered from certain conditions. To prevent premature aging, you need to avoid these top ten causes.
What Causes Premature Aging?
1. Lack of Exercise
Getting some exercise makes you look and feel more alive, which also gives you a more youthful and healthy appearance. Regular exercise contains many health benefits; it improves blood circulation, prevents obesity and increases lung capacity. Also, it helps keep your skin looking fresh and younger.
2. Not Getting Enough Sleep
Not getting adequate amount of sleep speeds up the aging process. It can also cause depression and anxiety. When you lose sleep, your body experiences a surge of cortisol, known as the stress hormone.
Under regular circumstances, the stress hormone helps you deal with situations, but a steady influx of this hormone can cause your body to slow down the production of collagen.
Collagen is important for healthy looking skin. The skin will begin to show the effects of lack of collagen, by not getting enough sleep, thus your skin begins sagging.
Also, according to Better Health Solutions, the extra cortisol can cause internal premature aging as well. Dark circles and lines may also form under your eyes.
Enjoying delicious food is one of the great pleasures in life. Feeding your body nutritious foods will result to good health and high levels of energy.
Overeating can be one of the worse things you can do for your body, as this could contribute to faster aging. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases reported that 2 in 3 adults are considered to be obese.
4. Overexposure to Sun
Sun exposure is one of the major factor in the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, reducing skin elasticity and sagging skin. About 70% of the skin aging process depends on the amount of sunlight your skin is exposed to.
According to Healthy and Natural World, solar radiation quicken the destruction of collagen fibers in your skin through the oxidation process. The elastic collagen fibers become fragile, rigid and their basic structure is destroyed. This is known as solar elastosis.
Also, this accelerated oxidation processes damaged the genetic material in your skin cells and cause an abnormal division of cells. Therefore, the solar radiation also increases the risk of pre-malignant and malignant skin lesions, leading to the the appearance of thin, rough and wrinkled skin. Also, prolonged sun exposure damages the sebaceous glands, causing dry and sensitive skin.
Premature fine lines that usually appear on areas where the skin is very thin, such as on the sides of the eyes or smile lines and above the upper lip, are caused by smoking. These common smoking lines may appear 10-15 years before they appear among non-smokers.
The reason for the premature wrinkles among smokers is due to the reduction of vitamin C level in their blood. Smokers have 60% lower levels of vitamin C, on average in comparison to the level found in the blood of non-smokers.
Vitamin C is an essential component in the production of collagen fibers, which are responsible for the appearance and elasticity of youthful and healthy skin, whereas lack of it affects the proper production of collagen.