The process of aging involves many theories and explanations. Why does this natural phenomenon happen to us and generally in nature? On the most basic note, aging seems to happen because complex systems tend to deteriorate, or age, with time and use.
Human aging is divided in two types – biological and chronological aging. Chronological aging counts the years you have been living, while biological aging reflects how much your body changes compared to your past self and other people in your age group (your wear and tear). Since the biological process is the main determinant in how well and fast you age, your ability to influence it can have a profound impact on the quality of your life as you get older.
In fact, by changing simple daily routines and adding a few healthy habits, you can have more control over how you age and can even slow down your biological maturity.
One of the theories that explain why we change as we age is stress. Stress affects the glands inside our bodies, particularly the hypothalamus – the gland that controls the hormonal release processes of all other glands in the body. With stress the hypothalamus becomes less accurate, leading to imbalanced hormonal levels and damaged tissues.
The free radical theory is also widely accepted explanation for aging. Free radicals, basically loose highly reactive chemicals, are responsible for further tissue damage. While free radicals have a number of usages in the body, too much of these chemicals can damage our cells and tissues.
Free radicals contain extra electrons that enable them to absorb electrons of other molecules. As this process is repeated, our cells wear out and new free radicals are formed. This damage and its symptoms are identified as aging.
So, what can you do to slow down your biological aging? You can make some lifestyle tweaks and adopt a few healthy habits that will have you feeling and looking better than ever.
Exercise will help you to maintain your tone and stretching can improve your flexibility. Aerobic exercises are good for your heart and will help you shred that extra fat around your belly. Men who are fit and lean look and feel younger than those who are fat and flabby. It’s amazing, but putting on a few extra pounds can greatly age a person.
Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep every night and getting the proper amount of sleep is connected to how you look and feel. A lack of sleep can result in bags under your eyes and generally make you appear older. In fact, one study found that sleep deprivation affects men’s mental acuity more than women’s. Men also wake up more often during the night and have less deep sleep needed for memory formation. Quality sleep repairs your body and empowers everything from strength to stamina!
Finally, stop smoking
Smoking cigarettes not only reduces your sperm count, it also causes anomalies in their shape and function. Research shows that free radicals from smoke can damage up to 40% of your sperm. Even if you don’t smoke, you’re exposed through second-hand smoke and pollution. Smoking can also ruin your teeth, cause premature aging and wrinkles, yellow fingers and thinner hair (1).
Have more sex
Even if you’re not looking to start a family just yet, make sure you get plenty of practice. Research shows that having sex is good for your heart. A University of Bristol study that followed almost 1,000 men who had heart disease after 10 years, found that mortality dropped by about 50% for a group of men with high orgasmic frequency, compared to men in the low orgasmic frequency group.
Update your medicine cabinet
There’s no shame in using supplements and anti-aging medicine to slow down aging. Most men are using some products and many stock their cabinets with potent anti-aging products. To improve your energy and lean muscle mass you can look for an HGH releaser like the GenF20 Plus. To stave off dark circles, puffiness and bags around your eyes, check for products with natural ingredients like soothing cucumber and brightening bearberry. Vitamin K is great for dark circles since it helps regulate coagulation.