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By Ugochi Obiajunwa

The fact is we all age. For some, genetics means we age sooner. For others, the signs of aging can be prevented by following simple healthy everyday habits. Even though you cannot stay young forever, you can definitely stay younger for much longer. And one of the ways to do so is by controlling your environment to harness the power of your mitochondria, which are the organelles that power each and every cell in your body. Since your environment greatly affects your body, you can manipulate them by making some lifestyle changes.

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Here are some ways you can stay younger for longer:

  1. Eat Healthy Foods

Do you know that you are what you eat? Many of us are not aware of this. If you consume clean and healthy diet full of nutrients and antioxidants, you can even change your body at a subcellular level. Foods that are rich in sulfur and antioxidants help the body to thrive well.  Including lots of sulfur-rich vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, radishes, turnips, garlic, leeks, kale, asparagus, cabbage, and chives into your diet will go a long way in the anti- aging process. You should also start having more organic and grass-fed meats. Having seaweed once a week is also extremely good for your health.

  1. Get Enough Sleep

If you are constantly sleep deprived, it can wreak havoc on your physical wellbeing. When you sleep your body is repairing a damage caused by stress, ultraviolet rays, and other harmful exposure. Your cells produce more protein while you are sleeping. These protein molecules form the building blocks for cells, allowing them to repair the damage use the time to remove toxins and other waste from your brain. Not getting enough sleep will stress your body a whole lot.

  1. Regular Exercise

This involves alternating between fast, strenuous exercise and rest so that your muscles are pushed to their limits and are allowed to rest. Such types of exercise can improve mitochondrial function and brain performance. By carrying out regular exercise at least twice a week one can strengthen the body to a great extent.

  1. Avoid Unnatural Light

It’s quite impossible to avoid unnatural light, but you can make an effort to do so as much as you can. When natural sunlight reaches your eyes, it signals the body to wake up and when the sun sets, your mitochondrion knows it’s time to sleep. But when you spend too much time in unnatural sunlight, it can interfere with this process. Once it’s time to go to bed, switch off all forms of light and embrace the darkness so that the body can rest too.

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