10 ways to slow the aging process

Learn how to slow down the aging process and find everyday tips to help you look and feel younger.

Sleep, exercise and supplements

5. Exercise regularly. When you're physically active, you make more growth hormone, a key factor in remaining youthful. "Growth hormone plays a role in everything, whether it's skin, libido, weight gain, muscle mass or energy level – almost any sign and symptom you can think of related to aging," says Kendall-Reed.

6. Get nine hours of sleep each night, if possible; eight hours won't do it, says Kendall-Reed. When our bodies are in the repair mode of deep, restful sleep, we produce growth hormone. People who have trouble sleeping often have lower levels of growth hormone. As well, lack of sleep is a stressor.

7. Take a selection of antioxidant vitamins to target all 13 types of free radicals. Kendall-Reed says taking vitamins A, C and E and selenium (often available in one pill) daily helps clean up free radicals. She stresses that you should talk to your health-care practitioner, who can help you choose a supplement and proper dose. Of special note, don't take any of these agents if you are on blood thinners, she says.

8. To deal with wear and tear on the body, consider supplements that enhance the production of elastin and collagen. These include glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, MSM and hyaluronic acid.

9. To increase the strength of the immune system, take supplements such as plant sterinols, olive extract (a natural antiviral), zinc and denatured whey. Again, see a health-care professional first. (To find out about the 10 best-bet supplements, click here.)

10. Relax. Smile. "Be happy and stress-free," says Kendall-Reed. "What comes out in your body when you're unhappy and stressed wreaks so much havoc. Don't sweat the small stuff."

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