You can slow the aging of your cells in 24 hours.
Use our 10 Anti-Aging Habits during each day, and improve the health and aging of cells throughout the body.
And, they are all free.
In Part 1 of this series, we covered the first part of the day. We took care of our bodies in mostly physical ways. The 2nd half is a bit more mental-health focused, and it’s largely about reducing stress and cortisol.
While we may not be able to control everything that happens to us in a day, we can do our best to reduce stress, react to stress in healthful ways, and prioritize downtime and quality time with others.
If we follow the life of Christ, we see that He prioritized downtime and quality time. He spent a lot of time with His followers, loved ones, and friends. He took long walks, practiced solitude, and broke bread with others. He taught to live in the present day, without being anxious for the next.
During your evening, you can improve health by practicing many of these same things.
Why focus on reducing stress for anti-aging habits?
Stress and its associated cortisol rise cause inflammatory reactions in the body. While short-term stress can have positive effects, chronic mental stress has been associated with insomnia, late-life depression, anxiety, cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s disease as we age.
Aging alone is accompanied by an increase of 2-4 times the inflammatory plasma compounds than youth.
Combined with high cortisol levels, these changes with aging are associated with inflammatory health conditions including atherosclerosis, insulin resistance, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.
Let’s fight these with some anti-aging habits.
Here are the 2nd half of Science-Backed Free Anti-Aging Habits.
What do healthy relationships have to do with aging and body health?
Over the course of 80 years, The Harvard Study of Adult Development has shown that good social relationships promote physical and mental health, provide a buffer against loneliness, increase longevity, and foster happiness. The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study found similar results.
How? These relationships reduce cortisol.
And reduced cortisol means slower aging mentally and physically.
To take it to another level, cultivate healthy relationships in-person, not online. According to another 2016 report, the average social media user spends an hour per day on Facebook alone. Using social media correlates with worsening mood, while time spent with friends increases positive moods.
Whether through a relationship, funny book or even comedy, Find a way to laugh every day.
Laughter is considered an effective, non-invasive therapy for improved mental health and mood.
Around 7 pm in the evening, consider starting a daily intermittent fast to slow aging.
There are many documented benefits to intermittent fasting.
Study after study has shown that intermittent fasting benefits body systems often affected by aging, including brain health, heart health, and blood sugars (3).
To fast 15-16 out of the 24 hours per day, finish eating at 7 pm each day, and fast with only non-carbohydrate liquids (like coffee) until 10 am or so. Then, utilize Keto Zone eating for 8 hours per day.
In fact, it’s been shown to increase the secretion of neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, that decrease cortisol, promote relaxation, focus, and motivation.
If you’re using the habits in Part 1, you’re starting your day with prayer and gratitude. To complete the day and use the Anti-Aging Habits, end it with a release of burdens and prayer.
Good quality sleep has many health and aging benefits. These include:
In fact, good sleep begets good sleep, and lack of sleep increases cortisol for up to 24 hours, which then negatively affects sleep again (4). Lack of sleep has also been shown to reduce mental performance and alertness while increasing inflammation and cortisol (5).
In addition to these FREE Anti-Aging Habits in 24 Hours, there is much more you can do. Of course, healthy aging also depends on other lifestyle factors such as what you eat, the supplements you take, hormone balance and more. Since these habits are not all free, they weren’t included here. But you can read all about them through the following links:
Without spending a dime, you can improve health and aging from the time you wake, through your night of sleep. Each day, you make many choices that affect your body systems in positive and negative ways. With our list of 10 Free Anti-Aging Habits in 24 Hours, the choice is yours. Choose healthy habits and you’ll promote incredibly healthy aging in your body.