Want to slow the aging process?
While it’s not possible to reverse the effects of time, some simple lifestyle tricks could help slow the transition from a mid-life to senior body (and brain).
Here’s how to defy it:
– Move around more
It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you’re physically active.
Research shows people who were sedentary for more than 10 hours per day had older cells in their body compared to those who were physically active.
Worse yet, it appears to lengthen something called telomeres, DNA found at the end of chromosomes associated with aging.
– Consume more healthy fats
Healthy fats, such as fatty fish, olive oil, and nuts, protect against brain shrinkage, a leading cause of cognitive decline as we age.
By increasing your intake–and decreasing the intake of saturated and trans fats–you help delay the effects of age-related memory loss.
– Partner up
Here’s some bad news:
Being single, especially in your 50s to 60s, just isn’t good for your brain.
According to research, married couples are far less likely to develop dementia compared to lifelong bachelors and widows. However, the reason why isn’t clear.
Living with a partner is generally good for your physical and mental health, however–as long as the relationship is a happy one!