Do you want to know the secret to aging well? The answer isn’t your new eye cream, it’s your lifestyle. By the time you're 50 years old, 70-percent of how well you age depends on your lifestyle. Our friend Dr. Mehmet Oz breaks down aging triggers.
First: High Blood Pressure is the number one cause of aging, and 1 in 3 adults suffer from it. It has zero symptoms, but can make the inside of your body 10 years older. Because if it’s too high, the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries can damage your heart and destroy your arteries, putting you at major risk for a heart attack or stroke. So what’s the secret to lowering it? Reduce your salt intake, and eat potassium-packed foods like sweet potatoes and bananas. Research shows that potassium counteracts the negative effects of too much salt, which makes your heart work harder.
Another aging trigger: Stress, which causes your brain to pump out stress hormones, like cortisol, which ages your arteries. Stress also keeps your blood pressure up, inflames your veins, and builds a layer of heart-clogging plaque, that raises your risk of heart disease, the number one killer. The fix: Hit the pavement. Exercise washes away stress hormones, like cortisol, and floods you with feel-good hormones.
And the last aging trigger: Eating Bad Food. Dr. Oz says you want the food you eat to look like it just came out of the ground, like carrots, corn on the cob and tomatoes. And avoid white foods like white bread or white pasta, because there are very few white foods in nature.