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Fight Aging the Natural Way

Fight Aging the Natural Way

Our experts share effective ways to fight premature aging.

In Oscar Wilde’s Portrait of Dorian Grey, when a young artist’s model (Dorian) makes a deal with the devil to have his image in a painting age while he stays wrinkle-free and youthful, it turns out badly—to say the least. So, when scientists announced—as they did recently in Cell Death & Disease—they’ve figured out how to reverse age-related wrinkles and hair loss in mice, we thought, “You know, this might turn out badly too.”

We’re all for defeating aging and fighting wrinkles. But it worries us that there may come a time when your arteries are clogged, your brain’s short of oxygen and you still (kind of) look youthful. So, we’re here to remind you about the effective ways that exist today to fight premature aging, wrinkles and disease. (Take the full RealAge test at Sharecare.com to make scientifically validated choices that will help you hit your anti-aging goal.)

Start with:

  • Seven to nine servings daily of brightly colored fruits and veggies; no red/processed meats or added sugars
  • Two to four cups of coffee or tea daily
  • 25g fiber daily from 100 percent whole grains, legumes and other produce
  • 900mg of omega-3s from flax seeds, walnuts, salmon
  • Olive oil (1 to 2 tablespoons daily; cook only at low temps)
  • 10,000 daily steps or the equivalent (track your steps on the Sharecare app, available for iOS and Android)
  • Two, 30-minute strength-building sessions weekly
  • Seven to eight hours sleep nightly; 6 to 10 minutes meditation daily helps manage stress
  • One multivitamin (half morning and evening); 1,000IU vitamin D; if doc says okay, two 81mg aspirins daily (one morning, one night)

Medically reviewed in March 2018.

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