We live in a culture that prizes youthful beauty, and so it’s no wonder that many of us go to great lengths to try and look younger. But along with some real, medical advancements in anti-aging technology, we are also subject to quite a few silly rumors. Here’s the truth about some of the common myths around aging.
Have you ever noticed a slice of apple become brown, or a piece of meat go rancid? If so, you’ve witnessed something called oxidation. This natural process happens to all cells, including the cells of our bodies. But there’s also something called “oxidative stress”, in which the production of reactive oxygen is out of balance with the body’s ability to repair the damage. Some cells attempt to repair themselves, rather than simply dying and being replaced. This can cause peroxides and other free radicals to build up, and they damage the cell (including its proteins, lipids, and DNA).
We all love the look of smooth, perfect skin – whether on our faces or the rest of our bodies. We are deluged with images of flawless skin everywhere we look, and it can be difficult to compete in the digital age! So it’s no wonder that when a skin issue comes up, it not only bothers us aesthetically but can be embarrassing or even damage our self esteem.
Most people think of Botox as something that “middle-aged” people do, to smooth out lines on the forehead or between the eyes. And yes, plenty of people in their 40s and 50s begin seeking regular Botox treatments for this exact reason. But when you think about how Botox works to reduce lines and wrinkles, the idea of preventive Botox begins to make a lot of sense.
It probably won’t surprise you to hear that your behaviors can influence not only your health, but also your longevity. We’ve known these things for years, and they are no secret. However, it might surprise you to learn just how much your choices can affect your health, and how much longer you could live if you make the right ones.
When you first heard about Botox, you probably thought, “A few simple injections, just under the skin, that nearly erase wrinkles and it only takes a few minutes? Sign me up!” But then you looked into how the process works, and maybe you felt hesitant. Botox sounds pretty bizarre, when you think about it.
As we age, it’s normal to develop slight problems with memory or cognitive functioning. But you don’t have to just accept these issues as an inevitable part of the aging process! Scientists have discovered that there are numerous ways to ward off, or at least postpone, the cognitive decline that we associate with advanced age. So as you work to keep your body young and healthy, remember to take care of your brain, too!