Reducing the aging effect
By Rachel Graf

CTW Features

It’s true: Age is just a number. But wouldn’t it be nice if that number would get smaller instead of larger with time?

Raymond Francis, author, radio host and health maintenance expert, is 76 years old. A Doppler ultrasound, however, indicates that his arteries have a biological age of 25. The ultrasound works by measuring the elasticity and cleanliness of arteries, and it can be ta ken by anyone. Francis says his goal is to have the arteries of a teenager by the time he’s 80.

Growing old is often associated with heart disease, memory loss and arthritis. While there is no elixir for eternal youth, avoiding certain unhealthy habits can help you feel younger throughout your later years.

1 Sun Exposure

Unprotected exposure to the sun is one of the biggest culprits for premature aging of the skin. In addition to causing wrinkles, unprotected exposure to ultraviolet light can lead to melanoma and other types of skin cancers. Protect your face and body from unnecessary physical aging by applying sunscreen throughout the day.

2 Unhealthy Diet

Even if you have the most beautiful skin in the world, you could be old on the inside, according to author and narrative journalist Lauren Kessler. Her book “Counterclockwise” (Rodale, 2013), deals primarily with aging from the inside out.

Kessler and Francis both stress the importance of avoiding processed foods. Processed foods are low in nutrition and high in toxins –two of the most common causes of all diseases, Francis says. Try

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