Health Flash. Habits That Cause Pre-Mature (gasp) Aging!

July 27, 2010 • Lifestyle


We all know that getting older is a natural part of life; however, I recently discovered an article that discusses a few bad habits that can cause (eeek) aging! Smoking and excessively indulging in alcoholic beverages are givens, but what about eating too many sweets? How about getting less than 8 hours of sleep regularly? (I'm definitely guilty of both). According to yahoo health, it's important not to "overlook other habits that may be sabotaging your efforts." Read on to find out more about these gray hair enhancing habits…

Staying up too late. Yes, we're all adults, and its super cool to occasionally stay out until the sun comes up, but try to get at least 8 hours of shut eye regularly. Yahoo says that lack of sleep "links to high blood pressure, diabetes, weight gain, and even just looking tired and older." No thank you!

You're always too busy to see your gal pals. As adults, women especially, lead very busy lives – and don't have tons of time to devote to maintain friendships."One study found that satisfying friendships predict longevity better than even close family ties, and they can protect against obesity, depression, and heart disease, among other health problems", notes yahoo. Spa day, anyone?

Your Sex Life is non-existent. If you can't remember the last time you were intimate with your mate, or you have to 'schedule' private times with your honey, chances are AARP reps will start to mistake you as one of their lifetime members. "People with active sex lives have stronger immune systems, less pain, a lower cancer risk, healthier hearts, and less stress. The best news: It can even make you look younger—up to 12 years, a study shows." Need we say more?

 Learn more about harmless habits that age you here.

– Nicole L. Townsend

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