Did this ever occur to you…
You are walking on the street one day, and your old classmate bump into you. It has been many years since you guys met! But you are also thinking “why do you still look so young?” “Aren’t we both the same age, in the same class last time?”
Ageing is natural.
Everyone will grow old one day. However, our daily activities will determine our ageing process.
Here are 3 big reasons why you may look older than your actual age.
The most common stress is work stress. The pressure from your boss, your colleagues, or even your customers. Singapore, as a competitive society, faces competition for its resources. The workers, just like us, have to work long hours to survive. This has brought about stress to many people.
Some people can take on stress, and in fact, love stress! With stress, they can work better and deliver results. However, some cannot take on stress and make break down. Stress also causes people ‘emotional pain’ which leads to unhealthy lifestyle habits to curb stress.
And this leads us to the next point…
2. Unhealthy Lifestyle
We faced stress all day. But how we relieve our stress is important. Some go for a run, some go for yoga sessions, while some just sleep. However, some people may indulge in unhealthy activities to relieve stress….like smoking, drinking, and binge eating.
Which in turns, leads to obesity, high cholesterol, and many other health issues, if not handled well.
3. Poor Nutrition
We are what we eat. The food we eat determines the nutrients we receive. But sad to say, most people don’t eat right. As Singapore is a food nation, we love to eat. But the thing is, most of the nicest food out there, are unhealthy. They are either too oily, too much sugar, or too much salt.
Eating too much unhealthy food deprive us of sufficient nutrition for the body. Our health promotion board recommends at least 2 sets of vegetables and 2 sets of fruits a day for a healthy diet. We have to maintain this diet to ensure we have sufficient nutrition for the body.
Why all of these reasons cause aging?
Answer: Free Radicals.
Stress, unhealthy activities, poor nutrition are some of the reasons for production of free radicals in our body. Free Radicals are toxic byproducts of oxygen metabolism that can cause damages to our living cells.
When our cells are damaged by these free radicals, we age.
Our body has a defence system of antioxidants to counter the free radicals. We obtain antioxidants in our body through the healthy food we eat. We emphasise again…Healthy Food!
That’s why, if you want to start looking younger than your old classmates, start eating healthy food that builds up antioxidants in your body.
And most importantly, reduce stress, avoid unhealthy activities, and eat right to reduce free radical attacks to your body!
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