Who doesn’t want to drink from the fountain of youth? Another year has come and gone, and though you can’t stop the march of time, there are a number of measures you can take to minimize the effects of aging.

Consider these ideas for maintaining a youthful appearance in the coming year:

  • Feed your brain – What you eat affects your mind so it is important to eat right to fight off mental stress. Adults between the ages of 18 and 24 suffer the most mental stress. They are particularly vulnerable to things they can’t often control such as the swings of our current economy. By eating right, however, people can stave off mental distress. Avoiding sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and processed foods can reduce the demand on the adrenal glands, which secrete the stress hormone cortisol. Taking magnesium and vitamin B and C supplements can also support adrenal health.
  • Maintain hormonal harmony – Many conditions associated with aging, such as low libido, insomnia, memory loss, and unwanted weight gain, can be prevented by maintaining the balance of your hormone levels. Hormones affect countless aspects of the human condition. Maintaining your hormones can improve the way you look and feel.
  • Keep stress under control – Constant stress can trigger an increase in the secretion of cortisol, leading to irritability, weight gain, mood disorders, insomnia, low libido, and elevated blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Stress can be relieved by yoga and deep breathing plus cardiovascular exercises to boost the endorphin levels.
  • Safeguard your skin – The skin is the body’s largest organ and often the first to show signs of aging. You can take good care of your skin by increasing your antioxidant levels and maintaining healthy levels of vitamins and minerals. Protecting your skin against the harsh rays of the sun can also work wonders in keeping your skin youthful. Make sure to use broad-spectrum sunscreen before going outside.
  • Sleep well – The quantity and quality of your sleep significantly influence your health. Your body goes into repair or recovery mode when you sleep. Not getting enough sleep can short-circuit that recovery process, leading to illnesses that can shorten your lifespan. As a general rule, it is best to sleep for at least 7.5 hours per night.

You cannot stop the chronological aging process, but you can change your lifestyle to mitigate the signs of aging. Start today to develop healthy habits to help you look and feel more youthful and vibrant.