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The word "old age" is puzzling for the majority, because it is still so far away. Let's take a look at the main myths about aging so as not to be caught up in dangerous misconceptions.
Aging cannot be slowed down. In fact, the unpleasant traces of aging on the face can be easily avoided, and this does not require the tricks of surgeons or special plastics. After all, there is a much simpler solution - you need to spend less time in the sun, because it is this that causes 80% of all facial wrinkles. Quitting smoking and reducing stress will also have a beneficial effect on the body - this will reduce the amount of free radicals in the blood. Heart condition can be easily improved with a glass of red wine taken daily. Wine has been found to contain resveratrol, and recent studies have shown that this substance can increase the lifespan of fish by as much as 60%! In grapes grown in the highlands, the number of useful components is noticeably higher, therefore it is recommended to pay attention to Italian Chianti or Argentine Malbec wines.
As we age, the body shrinks. But this is true. Osteopaths claim that a person reaches his maximum height by the age of 30, after which a slow and prolonged compression process is observed. As a result, by the age of 70, growth may decrease by 5-10 centimeters. There are many reasons for this process. First of all, it is the subsidence of the spine under the influence of age. Long-term loads lead to a decrease in the amount of fluid in the intervertebral discs. Bone density also decreases. To strengthen them, you should adhere to a diet that includes a lot of calcium and vitamin D. Growth can also be maintained through regular exercise, during which weights will be lifted.
To live longer you need to eat less. And this statement is largely true. Therefore, think again - is it worth eating this fatty piece of meat. Nutritionists say that people with pronounced obesity live on average 8-12 years less compared to ordinary people. If you reduce the caloric content of the diet by 25%, then this will already become a reason to reduce the risks of DNA damage and reduce the production of insulin, which just acts as one of the main accelerators of aging in the body. The daily diet should include no more than 1800 calories, and it is better to replace fatty meat dishes with vegetables and fruits.
After 80 years, life essentially stops. Scientists engaged in bioregulation and gerontology argue that the average life expectancy of a person may well be 120 years. However, this will require gene therapy and replacement of worn out body parts, such as joints. More optimistic forecasts indicate that a person has already been born who can live a thousand years. In many ways, the question of life after 80 years is a moral one. If a person himself attunes himself to a harmonious existence in society, then his life will be brighter than that of someone who dooms himself to a quick death.
In old age, the loss of teeth is inevitable. Over time, the chewing surface of the teeth will wear out, and they themselves may change color or lose it altogether. However, the cause of tooth loss is not their age, but gum disease. But this situation can and should be controlled - you need to regularly brush your teeth and regularly visit the dentist. If there are no problems with the gums, then one visit a year is enough, in case of diseases, it is worth visiting a doctor 2 times more often.
At the end of life, a person is not good for anything. Aging is nothing more than wear and tear on the body. And it is exposed to stress at any age. This is also due to the aggressive external environment, diseases, viruses, injuries, free radicals contained both in the air and in food. All of this exacerbates the damage done. It is necessary to take care of the body, as well as of the car - to carry out a scheduled inspection and to fill the body with high-quality fuel. Reducing the consumption of fried foods is simply a matter of principle, and it is best to avoid such burnt food altogether. After all, it contains the maximum number of free radicals. It is necessary to understand that keeping the body in good shape is easier to produce than to restore it later from the effects of overload and illness. It is recommended to do aerobics, although 40 minutes 3 times a week, gradually increasing the intensity of training.
Women age earlier than men. The fact is that men's skin is 16% thicker than women's skin, it is also more oily, so it ages more slowly. Women's skin, due to the small amount of collagen, is quickly covered with wrinkles. In order for the collagen protein to help the skin maintain its qualities, it is necessary to limit the consumption of sweets, especially chocolate.
Stress accelerates aging. And this is also true. Stress, above all, prevents the body from resisting the effects of the environment. This leads to the acceleration of aging. When stress levels are high, the lifespan of cells drops, and the genes inside them are hit hard. The University of Texas came to the conclusion that an unhappy marriage leads to the fact that the body wears out not only morally, but also physically. Therefore, the accumulated problems should not be hidden, it is necessary to talk about them out loud with your partner. It has been proven that couples who argue are much more resilient than couples who prefer to keep quiet about their internal differences.
Hair can literally turn gray overnight. It does not happen that in the morning in the mirror you see a person with absolutely white hair, and the changes took place overnight. Even if you had to go through a plane crash, an earthquake and a stormy party in the evening. Hair turns gray over time, the body gradually stops producing pigments. However, this process is very gradual and unhurried. Scientists don't even understand the connection between aging and graying yet. Perhaps this process is caused by a lack of B vitamins, copper or the amino acid tyrosine in the body - these substances contribute to the production of hair pigment. But all these substances can be bought at the pharmacy.
Old age leads to the end of sexual life. A sexless elderly person is a myth that science has fought against for a long time. Indeed, in old age, many elderly people stop having sex, but many of them want and can enjoy it at seventy or eighty years old. As long as a person is physically and mentally healthy, there is no reason to refuse sex, regardless of age.
Older people cannot absorb new information. Every year in the world there is an increasing number of people who continue their education by attending colleges. Just because they like it. This is a refutation of the myth, although it is quite common, leading to the fact that many do not even try to activate their mental activity in an attempt to avoid degradation. In practice, any new information, if a person is not artificially closed from it, stimulates the brain, because people like to learn something new.
Life expectancy depends on heredity. Heredity actually plays an important role in this matter - genetic predisposition increases a person's chances. However, do not forget about other factors - the environment, lifestyle and others. Therefore, if your ancestors died at an early age, this does not mean that you cannot live much longer. You need to take care of your health, use modern anti-aging products. It is likely that bad heredity will then be overcome.
Traces of old age can be hidden with the help of cosmeceuticals. When a person's age approaches fifty, an increasing number of people are looking for expensive cosmeceuticals to hide the traces of age. It is customary to call cosmeceuticals drugs that eliminate age spots on the face and wrinkles, which seem to preserve youth. However, how effective are these drugs? Almost all of them contain the same components (hydro acids, humectants, copper peptides and antioxidants), only in different combinations and with the inclusion of other ingredients. Some of these blends are actually capable of removing fine lines, but this effect is minor and temporary. The contents of a small jar cannot get rid of deep wrinkles, if you still want to do this, contact a plastic surgeon.