5 Signs of Aging and What You Can Do About it

    Lately, you’ve looked in the mirror and realized something isn’t the same. (Michael Behrens/Flickr)Sagging nostrils can be prevented by doing simple facial exercises. (David DeHetre/Flickr)Walnuts can be taken to prevent hair thinning. (Pauline Mak/Flickr)High fibre food such as sweet potato can help relieve constipation. Pictured above is sweet potato soup. (Stu_Spivack/Flickr)Yogurt is considered as a type of calcium rich food. Pictured above is strawberry frozen yogurt (Thebittenword.com/Flickr)The best protection for your teeth and gums is to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. (Gabriel Rocha/Flickr)

    Lately, you’ve looked in the mirror and realized something isn’t the same. And at dinnertime, you can’t eat the same things as before. No need to panic—you’re just getting older. But never fear; you can minimize the effects of aging.

    The proper foods and certain lifestyle changes can help you. Our simple solutions to the five common signs of aging mentioned below will keep you healthy and youthful.

    Constipation

    Because the intestines are an important part of our bodies’ digestive system, the most common and prevalent issue from aging intestines is the accumulation of feces. The accumulated feces stop toxins and trash from being released from the intestinal track, and may lead to acne outbreaks and bad breath.

    Recommended foods: sweet potatoes and foods rich in fiber, such as mixed grains. The dietary fiber helps bowel movement and relieves constipation.

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    High fibre food such as sweet potato can help relieve constipation. Pictured above is sweet potato soup. (Stu_Spivack/Flickr)

    Adult spinal deformity: scoliosis

    According to the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), aging can result in adult spinal deformity. After age 35, vertebrae begin to deteriorate, which may lead to the appearance of a scoliosis curve in the spine. Compared to males, the number of female patients with scoliosis is three times higher. Scoliosis deformity may cause pressure on nerves, leading to lower back pain, weakness, or even numbness, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

    Recommended foods: because loss of bone mass, or softening of the bones, can worsen scoliosis, eating collagen- and calcium-rich foods will benefit your vertebrae, and being in sunlight also helps.

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    Yogurt is considered as a type of calcium rich food. Pictured above is strawberry frozen yogurt (Thebittenword.com/Flickr)

    Longer teeth

    If your front teeth look longer, it’s not because they are growing; rather, it’s because gums recede. Just like the way our skin loses elasticity with the recession of our bodies’ functions in aging, gums also recede with aging.

    Gum disease caused by bacteria can aggravate gum recession. The best protection for your teeth and gums is to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. Be careful, though, of over-aggressive brushing! This can actually damage gum tissue.

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    The best protection for your teeth and gums is to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. (Gabriel Rocha/Flickr)

    Sagging nostrils

    Your nose’s beauty exists on a timetable, with its golden age between 20 and 40 years old. After 40, your nostrils begin to sag, and the shape of your nose changes. Your nose may even get bigger.

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    Sagging nostrils can be prevented by doing simple facial exercises. (David Dehetre/Flickr)

    Thinning hair

    Under normal conditions, everyone sheds hair every day. But if you find your hair thinning, or a bald area expanding, you may be experiencing a problem that comes with age. After 35, both males and females, in the same proportion, will gradually have trouble with hair thinning.

    Recommended foods: sesame, walnuts, and red dates.

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    Walnuts can be taken to prevent hair thinning. (Pauline Mak/Flickr)

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