The world is more plugged in than ever before—connecting on social media, Zooming with friends and colleagues, and learning new skills from how-to videos. The constant stream of useful (and useless) info feels so good in the moment that it’s easy to become addicted to our devices. Unfortunately, staring at screens all day also causes not-so-good consequences, including aging your skin.
In addition to headaches, eyestrain, dizziness, and disrupted sleep/wake cycles, extended exposure to blue light from screens destroys collagen—the youth-boosting protein that prevents wrinkles. Plus, too much online time often causes neck pain, posture problems, and elevated blood pressure.
So, give your body and mind an anti-aging, spring makeover with a digital detox and a healthier diet. To reduce the signs of aging, simply decrease your screen time and increase your intake of nutritious food. You can do it.
Spending less time online helps you refocus on what’s most important in your life offline. For example, you can use that extra no-screen time to stock up on healthy food.
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4 Easy Ways to Unplug
Like all relationships, a healthy relationship with screens requires balance and boundaries. Unplugging (no blue light) improves sleep, decreases stress, increases focus, and improves skin health.
Try the easy, digital detox tips below to reduce the signs of aging and reclaim your control over internet FOMO:
1. Turn off Push Notifications. Constant updates are informative, but distracting. Turn off any unnecessary notifications.
2. Put away your phone during meals. Checking your phone at home or in a restaurant reduces the quality of interaction with others. Put your phone away and enjoy your meal.
3. Designate screen-free hours. Schedule a couple of times a day (maybe lunchtime and 4 PM) to check and respond to emails, texts, and social media notifications. Then switch to Do Not Disturb mode to help you stay focused in the moment.
4. Make your bedroom a no-tech zone. Ditch all screens in the bedroom for improved intimacy and sleep. Many people use their phone as an alarm clock, but wind up scrolling through social media when they set it or switch it off. Stop. Get an alarm clock.
Now, about your diet...
How a Healthy Diet Helps You Look Younger
Eating a variety of colorful foods provides the vital nutrients your body needs to look and feel younger. Assorted fruits and vegetables contain potent vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants that naturally boost your physical (and mental) wellness.
For an extra healthy glow, fill your plate with a full spectrum of colors and “eat the rainbow.”
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Red (tomatoes, red peppers, beets, strawberries, cranberries, watermelon)
Red fruits and vegetables contain the phytochemicals lycopene and ellagic acid, which deliver potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Orange/Yellow (oranges, carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, cantaloupe, pumpkins)
Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are packed full of nutrients with powerful antioxidant properties. Orange and yellow foods are rich in Vitamin C and carotenoids, including beta-carotene, which promotes healthy vision and cell growth.
Green (apples, spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, zucchini, peas, kiwi)
Green fruits and vegetables are rich in lutein, fiber, folate, potassium, and Vitamins A, C, E, and K—all essential for blood and bone health.
Blue/Purple (eggplant, blueberries, grapes, purple cabbage, blackberries, radishes, plums)
Blue and purple fruits and vegetables contain anthocyanins—powerful antioxidants that protect cells from damage.
Now, go stock that fridge. Remember, the more colorful the plate, the more powerful the health benefits.
A digital detox and a healthy, rainbow diet reduce the signs of aging to help you look and feel your best.