How To Age Gracefully On A Budget

There are many tricks for keeping your skin smooth and supple, however, these tactics can cost hundreds of dollars. Nobody has the money to keep up with all of these doctors and expensive miracle formulas. If you care about how you age, but do not have enough money to purchase expensive creams, this is the list for you. Check out these 7 ways to age gracefully on a budget.

Drink Tons Of Water

How many cups of water do you drink every day? A person should drink eight cups of water a day. If you are drinking anything less, you need to up your water game. Proper hydration will significantly improve the way you age. It is also a cost-effective way to feel good on the inside and look even better on the outside. Think about it — how much does it cost to buy a case of bottled water? It is less than $5 depending on the brand. If this reoccurring cost is too much, you can purchase a water filter, or simply drink tap water. One thing you can do is buy a large water from McDonald’s whenever I am out and about. It tastes good and is free! Drinking water is good for your skin at all ages. Skin is actually an organ (the biggest!) and made up of cells that contain water. If you drink the recommended amount of water on a daily basis, your skin will be moist rather than dry. In some rare cases, drinking too much water can be bad for you. If you have cardiac or kidney disease, your doctor may advise you to limit your water intake. However, try not to force yourself to drink water if you are not thirsty, but when you are, avoid pop and sugary juices and opt for refreshing, healthy water instead.

Add Soy To Your Diet

According to Beverly Hills dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse, soy can help keep the effects of aging at bay. It is scientifically proven that soy works wonders for skin and bones. This is because soybeans are rich in isoflavones. These are converted into phytoestrogens, which, in turn, helps prevent DNA damage. In fact, phytoestrogens encourage DNA repair. This directly assists with building collagen for thin, aging skin. If you ingest soy, it reacts like a natural estrogen. This improves the elasticity of skin, slows perimenopause, and alleviates menopause-related symptoms. It also increases bone mineral density, which help reduce the onset of osteoporosis and bone fractures. Some particular foods that come to mind are soybeans, soy milk, and soy sauce. The always tasty tofu also contains soy. You can locate these items in any grocery store. If you want to get creative, you can opt for soy alternatives rather than the real deal. Bacon, chicken, hamburger, and hot dogs come in a soy variety. So does ice cream, but do not get too crazy on us now! Besides taking soy orally, it can also be used topically. It will help even out skin discoloration, reduce fine lines, and improve altered skin textures that may be a result of sun, hormones, and aging. Make sure you wash your soy down with a glass of water. soy
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Strike A Yoga Pose

According to Mallory Hubl, the outreach coordinator for the Niroga Institute, if you want to look and feel younger, you should take up yoga. The Niroga Institute is a non-profit organization of yoga practitioners in California. The motion of yoga leads to better circulation; in turn, this helps, you guessed it, skin to look healthier. Yoga is also beneficial for posture and enhanced mobility. As you age, these are two things that you will want to be able to control. Nobody wants to be an old granny with a bad back, sore hips, and a malfunctioning knee! Start yoga now to prevent these painful aches. Mallory Hubl explains that doing yoga will help ease the aging process. Internally, it promotes bone density, reduces the risk of heart disease, helps maintain joint lubrication, and decreases stress. Physically, yoga can also make you look and feel younger. You do not need to join a class and pay monthly rates to do yoga. You can research a few simple routines and do it at home on your own time. Doing yoga should be relaxing, so if you are a little up there in age, you do not have to fret about being too vigorous. Take your time to learn about the different poses and which ones benefit you. 72f1eb684d1fd9ba_454863233.xxxlarge_2x

Pay Attention To Your Diet

What you eat and, more importantly what do not eat will have a primary result on how well you age. Your diet affects your blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight. As you grow older, you may have to take medication for these three particular things. If it is widespread in your family history, the chances are even greater you will have problems regarding these particular issues. Susan Schenck wrote “The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet”. She explains that what you eat plays a significant role on how you look. Essentially, you are what you eat. According to Schenck, you should avoid wheat because grains and glutens will cause skin inflammation. One direct effect of skin inflammation may result in puffy eyes, which makes you look older. Further, you should drink bone broths on a daily basis because they provide extra collagen for the skin. Last but certainly not least, we should drink not only water but also wheat grass juice. Schenck claims that up to four ounces of this yummy beverage a day is a superfood. She explains wheat grass juice is high in minerals, which will help ward off gray hair. The drink also gives you energy and a feeling of youthfulness. Although she swears by these regimes, keep in mind that there are no scientific or medical facts surrounding these types of meals. Eat-More-Fruits-And-Vegetables

Use Sunscreen

Do no assume your mother is just trying to nag you when she tells you to wear sunscreen. After all, mother knows best. Beverly Hills dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse, yes the same one who loves soy, explains that sunscreen can properly deflect UV rays. It is also capable of breaking down those same UV rays rather than allowing them to cause harm to your skin. This damage may include premature skin aging because of corruption to collagen strands and DNA. Such damage can lead to skin cancer. Your skin is in harm’s way of UV radiation exposure every single day. You do not have to be at the beach on a hot, summer day to feel the effects of the sun. In fact, the sun beams down UV radiation throughout every season including the winter. According to Tsippora Shainhouse, the UV rays can still damage your skin by reflecting off of water and snow. They can also pass through clouds and windows. Since there are two kinds of UV rays, it is best to use a sunscreen that is labeled ‘broad spectrum’. Further, SPF 30 is the minimum protection you should apply. If you are on a budget, like most of us are, you should purchase sunscreen in bulk at the end of the summer. Stores will be looking to sell much of their extra stock, so the creams and sprays will go on sale and be much cheaper. karen-danczuk-284662

Focus On Your Posture

It is important always to stand up straight. Once again, your mother, or even grandmother, knows what she is talking about. You should also try to sit up straight as much as possible. How is your posture right now? Go ahead and take a minute to adjust if you need to. There. Do you feel better? It might be uncomfortable at first because your body is so used to you slouching. But in the long run, it will help you body as you age. What is even better? Sitting and standing up straight will cost you nothing!As you are standing, it is essential you distribute your weight on both feet evenly, keep your shoulders and pelvis in line, and raise your chest and shoulders to maintain a natural S-curve for your spine. Remember to hold your head up so that your earlobes are directly above your shoulders. Kathy Kaehler, a Los Angeles-based trainer, suggests standing with your back against a wall for more practice in finding your ideal posture. As you sit, be sure to keep both feet flat on the floor with your weight on the back of your upper thighs. Most people mistakenly put their weight on their tailbone. Tilt your pelvis forward slightly and position yourself near the front of the chair. This is the ideal tripod sitting position. As you age, your bones will thank you. posture-e1416338379436-624x445
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Monitor Your Habits

Naturally, you should quit smoking immediately. Not only do cigarettes account for nearly one-third of all cancer deaths every single year but tobacco-related deaths are preventable. Besides cancer, smoking is associated with other health problems including chronic heart and lung disease. Smoking is the most prevalent risk factor related to lung cancer. Did you know that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths? Smoking in general also makes you look older. Your skin wrinkles faster, your eyes look puffier, and your teeth are more yellow. If you are having difficulty saying no to cigarettes, you can consult with your doctor about ways to quit. Besides smoking, drinking alcohol is also a habit that you should be cautious of. Drinking too much alcohol can result in serious, life-threatening consequences including cancer of the liver, esophagus, throat, and larynx. Excessive alcohol also causes brain damage, immune system problems, and cirrhosis of the liver. Likewise, drinking while pregnant will bring harm to your unborn child. This does not even account for the dangers of drinking and driving. A standard 12-ounce bottle or can of beer is okay for women and older people. Up to two drinks a day is moderate for men, and not generally harmful. If you prefer wine, limit your intake to one 5-ounce glass. When it comes to distilled spirits, 1.5 ounces of 80 proof is the maximum daily use you should consider. Benefits of Quitting Smoking