Aging is inevitable. No matter how much we don’t want to lose our youthful looks, it will happen. But we can slow down the process. Whether we like it or not, we have bad habits that will age us quicker, but with a few lifestyle changes, we can help prevent that from happening. Eat This, Not That! Health talked to medical experts who reveal the 12 bad habits we need to break to stop aging faster Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
Dr. Michael Hirt, a Board Certified Nutrition from Harvard University and Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is with The Center for Integrative Medicine in Tarzana California says, “With COVID and common colds poised to make a comeback this winter, putting your fingers in your mouth is a sure way to self-inoculate with some of the worst, most aggressive viruses the world has ever seen. Remember the human mouth is also filled with some of the most toxic and terrible bacteria, and biting your fingertips can lead to a very nasty infection from these organisms getting under your skin. Ask Santa for some cotton gloves this year; wear them as often as you can to remind yourself to give your digits a break from this bad habit…which is particularly dangerous during a pandemic.”
According to Dr. Hirt, this toxic trio will add on years to your appearance. Sugar, alcohol and tobacco. “Everyone knows these ‘bad-human’ habits steal your health faster than you can say ‘Happy Holidays’. And when we’re stressed with work, family, and money this season, these are the poisons we turn to so we can feel better…for about a minute…but the bad health effects from these indulgences can last for years. After 25 years of medical practice, I have yet to meet anyone over 40 who can drink alcohol or eat sugar daily without consequences that I can see in their bodies or in their lab test results. Tobacco remains bad news, and if you’re hooked, make 2022 the year you finally quit.”
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“Your habit of being an inactive couch potato or ‘Zoombie’ is also shortening your life,” says Dr. Hirt. “Humans are built to move, just like cars. If you do not run your car enough, the battery goes dead and parts start to rust. Same with people. The latest research shows that getting 7,000 steps daily reduces your risk of dying from any cause, including heart attacks, strokes and cancer. And those steps can be fast or slow; just long as you take them, it doesn’t matter the effort you put in. As cold, inclement Winter weather settles in and gyms remain only partially operational due to Covid, you are going to need to get creative to get in your 7,000 steps. Consider doing some indoor …….