Prevention cites twenty-five ways to retard the aging process. They are enumerated below in condensed form, but take a look yourself. The article claims that only 30% of factors influencing life expectancy are genetic so it's worth taking care of yourself.
- Stay the weight you were at 18, if that was a healthy weight.
- Supplement daily with 800 mg of alpha-lipoic acid and 2,000 mg of acetyl-L-carnitine. These "chemicals boost the energy output of mitochondria, which power our cells."
- Reduce caloric intake. (They suggest skipping a meal.)
- Get a pet to reduce blood pressure and ward off depression.
- If you experience pain, seek a doctor's assistance.
- Walk 1/2 an hour a day.
- Fight nice.
- Have plants.
- Weight lift.
- Do good deeds. (Be kind to others.)
- Eat lots of fruits and veggies.
- Eat fatty fish, such as salmon, sardines, and lake trout.
- Enjoy music.
- Drink tea, especially green tea.
- Watch your waistline.
- Supplement with Vitamin D.
- Eat curry (or more specifically tumeric which has curcumin, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substance).
- Watch your iron intake, or donate blood.
- Take care of your eyes. (Supplement or eat foods with omega-3s, lutein, and zeaxanthin.)
- Take extract of the South American fern Polypodium leucotomos for healthy skin.
- Practice deep breathing to reduce stress.
- Avoid regular exposure to loud noise.
- Get enough sleep.
- Avoid high glycemic foods like potatoes.
- Maintain a positive attitude.
Again, read the whole article with explanations. If we have to get older, at least we can take responsiblity for maintaining our health and well-being as much as possible.