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Common 5 Physical Changes That Come With Aging (And How To Fight Them)

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What are the most common age-related physical changes? Learn what happens to the human body as one grows older and what you can do to delay these signs of aging below.

How to Combat These 5 Physical Changes and Aging Signs

1. Graying and Thinning of Hair

One of the physical signs of aging is graying and thinning of our hair.

Most men and women start seeing drastic signs of hair loss once they hit their 50s. Meanwhile, others start to get gray hair in their mid-30s.

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But the exact age at which gray hairs appear varies based on your lifestyle, gender, and ethnicity.

What you can do:

Most people wear wigs or use hair dye to cover up the effects of hair aging. But these are nothing more than band-aid solutions to a long-lasting problem.

If you really want to protect your head’s crowning glory, you need to:

  • Eat more nutrient-dense foods. Just like any other part of the body, your hair strands need minerals and nutrients to stay healthy.
  • Use conditioner. Do not skip on conditioners just to save a few bucks on your monthly expenditures. Conditioning your hair a few times every week can go a long way when it comes to scalp hydration and hair protection.
  • Consult a specialist. A specialist can prescribe the best supplements and medication to take.

2. Sagging Skin

The human skin is able to stay firm and supple through collagen and elastin production. These are compounds the body naturally produces.

They also protect the skin from harmful UV rays.

But as the body ages, its ability to produce elastin and collagen decreases. As a result, the skin loses its ability to heal itself and starts looking dry, loose, and saggy.

What you can do:

The key to keeping your skin looking firm and supple is to start taking care of it while you’re still young. Don’t wait for it to sag.

Some ways you can promote skin elasticity are by:

  • Eating healthy fats. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats act as natural moisturizers. You can source them from seeds, nuts, fatty fishes, and avocados.
  • Moisturizing daily. Find a brand that works for you and use it at least twice a day, once in the morning and again before going to bed.
  • Taking collagen supplements. This is probably the quickest, simplest way to boost collagen and elastin production. Just make sure you consult with a specialist beforehand.

3. Teeth Loss

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A good skincare routine is important, but don’t forget about proper oral hygiene. We become more susceptible to tooth decay, tooth discoloration, and gum diseases as we age.

Generally, your teeth should last a lifetime. But an unhealthy diet filled with combined with the normal aging process can deal with some serious damages to your teeth.

What you can do:

The human molars are powerful. In fact, they can take on about 200 pounds of pressure at once.

But a lifetime’s worth of chewing can lead to some wear and tear damages. If you want to keep your teeth and gums young and healthy, make sure you do the following:

  • Stop smoking. Smoking is a harmful habit that has negative effects on the body. If you’re looking for a sign to quit, then this is it.
  • Brush three times a day. Forgetting to brush your teeth is a sure way to leave yourself susceptible to oral diseases.
  • Visit your dentist. Consult with your dentist at least every six months. They have the education, tools, and experience needed to properly assess and treat your oral health.

4.  Wrinkles, Fine Lines, and Crow’s Feet

Another common aging hallmark is the appearance of fine lines on one’s face. These include forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet near the eyes.

Unlike skin sagging, fine lines on the face are a bit harder to hide. That’s why many people feel insecure about these kinds of aging signs.

To make matters worse, some people start seeing fine lines on their face as early as their 20s. The creases usually appear on the forehead when you raise your eyebrows.

What you can do:

Create your own healthy skincare routine for face elasticity and suppleness:

  • Drink enough water daily. We can’t stress how important it is to drink water. It’s a natural moisturizer that hydrates and replenishes the entire body.
  • Eat more foods rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that fight harmful free-radical damage. Some antioxidant-rich foods include mangoes, berries, grapes, parsley, and spinach.
  • Sleep. The body repairs itself while you’re asleep. So if you don’t get enough rest, your appearance will suffer for it. As a general rule, try to get at least six to eight hours of sleep every night.

5. Weakening Muscles

Studies show that the human body decreases in muscle strength by 40.9% by the time it hits 40. Meanwhile, those below 40 years old may notice a steady decrease of 16.6% in muscle strength.

What you can do:

Some simple ways you can improve muscle strength are by:

  • Eating more protein. Proteins are the building blocks of muscle. They contain amino acids that help repair, maintain, and build muscle mass. Some good sources of protein include soy, Greek yogurt, lean meat, and chicken breast.
  • Exercising more often. You don’t have to follow a complete bodybuilding program. Some simple aerobic and anaerobic exercises would be more than enough to keep your body in tip-top shape. The key to positive physical changes and results isn’t intensity, but rather, consistency.
  • Taking multivitamins. Meal preparation is both time-consuming and expensive. As a result, most people fail to get the nutrients their muscles need to stay strong. To remedy this, try taking multivitamins. That way, you don’t have to rely solely on food for your daily vitamins and minerals.

Note: When it comes to muscle training, you should always keep your age and limitations in mind. Do not go beyond what the body can handle to avoid getting injured.

As the body ages, you’re bound to see a few physical changes on your skin, face, hair, hands, and other body parts. These are normal and there’s no reason to be ashamed of them.

Rather than trying to stop these age-related changes, a better strategy would be to slow down their appearance. By eating nutritious food, using high-quality skincare products, and leading an overall healthy life, you can delay most physical signs of aging.

What age-related physical changes are you currently struggling with? Share them with us in the comments and we’ll do our best to help you.

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