Are you experiencing aging-related physiological changes? Signs of aging can start in a person’s 20s and include ones like fine lines, dark spots, and saggy skin on the face. In a sense, these are “normal” because everyone eventually experiences them. However, on the other hand, the process can happen faster due to premature aging. This can result from factors like bad diet, UV exposure, and smoking/drinking. However, even if you take care of your body/mind you still should expect to see some changes that are normal signs that your body is getting older. After observing them you can then take steps to deal with the changes in your body’s function.
The term “anti-aging” often refers to skin health. However, when changes to the body’s physiology happen these are related to the normal functioning of a person’s body and brain. This can involve various factors including skin, hair, muscles, digestion, and memory. These are parts/systems that people use daily. When they’re affected due to aging or other factors it can affect a person’s day-to-day life. In that case, it’s important to deal with the changes as effectively as possible. This can include treatment and prevention since both are critical for anti-aging methods.
What in the World Is Aging?
This is the first big question to take up. We often refer to aging as the process of growing older in terms of our age. This is indeed one type of aging to track. Every year we celebrate our birthday, which is simply based on our birthdate.
However, our bodies also age. As we grow older there are changes to our body, which is related to our “biological age.” These changes are often addressed with products like skin creams/lotions/serums or “wrinkle cream.” The problem is most anti-aging products are mostly cosmetic and help us look younger.
There are various other changes to the body besides the skin. They can cause gray hair, weak bones, heart problems, and memory loss. This aging can happen at different rates. If it happens faster than normal then this is known as “premature aging.”
Many people wrongly think that somehow people can reverse the aging process. That’s not really possible since aging technically continues from our birthdate onwards. However, it’s possible to slow down the process. We can also rejuvenate our skin, for example, so it returns to its original state years ago.
There are various causes of aging. For example, in the case of skin aging, research shows that environmental factors make up about 40% of the largest organ’s aging. In terms of overall aging, it’s much less about genetics than lifestyle and environment.
There are some factors we can’t control in terms of aging. They include genetics and biological age. However, there are various lifestyle changes that we can control. These include one’s diet, exercise, sun exposure, stress, and sleep.
For example, there are various steps you can take to slow down skin aging. They include eating lots of high-antioxidant foods, weight-resistance exercises, and 3+ liters of drinking water/day. There are other ways you can slow down other kinds of aging.
Aging: Physiological Changes
These are both affected due to normal aging. For example, “brain fog” might become more common, and long/short-term memory might also be affected. This can cause issues remembering names, multi-tasking, etc.
It’s common for aging adults to experience these effects. However, it’s important to watch out for serious mental disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. These conditions must be monitored closely and treated to help slow down their effects on the human brain.
These are more common age-related changes. They include skin that is rough, saggy, spotted, or wrinkled. Hair strands can also become grey, thin, and brittle. It’s important to make sure your body is getting enough protein, healthy fat, and vitamins/minerals.
These can all be affected due to aging. For example, as we age we tend to experience stiff joints, sore muscles, and weak bones. These are related to different factors including the body’s protein production and calcium absorption.
All of these factors can affect a person’s physical movement. They include factors like strength, flexibility, and coordination. Even balance can be affected by changes to these body parts. It’s important to eat right and do workouts to help slow down these effects.
Changes to the cardiovascular involve different factors that are all linked to the heart. They include heart rate, arteries, and blood vessels. These changes can affect how tough it is for your heart to pump blood throughout the body.
There are various changes related to heart health. They include heart rate, blood pressure, and high cholesterol. This is why it’s important to eat healthy meals, exercise regularly, and reduce stress during middle age/senior years.
Vision and hearing
These are other physiological changes that are related to the aging process. As we age our vision and hearing tend to get worse. The speed by which this happens is based on various factors like genetics and diet.
Tips to Slow Down Aging
Limit alcohol and quit smoking
There’s no doubt that smoking is bad for your health. It’s critical to take steps to quit smoking ASAP to slow down aging and help avoid several possible health conditions.
Health experts are more divided about alcohol. Some diets like the Mediterranean Diet allow one glass of wine per day. The key is to drink moderately and make sure you’re picking healthier options. For example, some wine coolers are loaded with additives that make them quite unhealthy compared to some fine wine.
Maintain healthily diet
Make sure to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet that includes:
- Whole grains
In terms of the amount you eat, less is more. Studies show that cutting calories is one of the best steps to take in terms of anti-aging. If you’re middle-aged or older then another good option is intermittent fasting (IF) based on various studies.
Limits UV exposure
Some sun rays can be beneficial for nutrients like Vitamin D. However, make sure to wear SPF 25+ sunscreen and limit your time outdoors between 11 AM to 2 PM. You should also consider a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection.
Reduces stress levels
Stress can be devastating to your physical, mental, and emotional health. It can provide benefits when we have to deal with tough situations in life. However, if the stress levels stay constantly high they can cause various health issues related to skin, bones, stomach, heart, brain, etc.
Stay physically active
You don’t have to run a marathon every morning. What’s important is to do at least 30 minutes of light exercise daily. That’s just the start. You should also try to do 1-2 hours of cardio and weight-resistance exercises on most days. Avoid sitting too much, which can speed up physiological changes.