Posted: Mar 31, 2012 8:10 PM
Americans spend a whopping $8 billion on cosmetics per year, and trips to the plastic surgeon are up 59 percent since 2000. Skip the nip and tuck -- take it from anti-aging regenerative medicine specialist Dr. Jennifer Landa, MD, Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD, who specializes in helping men and women.

Dr. Landa pinpoints what it takes to stay forever young with these helpful tips.

Avoid toxins

From BPA in plastic water bottles to canned foods, toxins lurk where you least suspect them. They mimic our hormones, creating imbalances that increase the risk of heart disease and aging organs.

Get rid of inflammation

Sugar causes the body to store fat, increasing the risk of inflammation and cross-linking collagen and wrinkles. Beware of bread, potatoes and pasta.

Go outside in the sun

Healthy levels of vitamin D (e.g. 15 minutes of sun) may slow the aging process and protect against age-related diseases.

Get enough sleep

When it comes to sleep, 7-8 hours per night make a great anti-aging regimen. Lack of sleep lowers your immune defenses, inhibits cell turnover and dulls your skin.

Living social

Fun does a body good. Depression is a major ager — it increases the hormone cortisol, which hastens the aging process. Strong friendships fend off obesity, depression and heart disease.

Bonus boosters: Hyaluronic acid (a natural substance in the skin), retinols and massages all help beef up elasticity by stimulating the production of collagen.

More anti-aging tips

Skincare skin care^A consistent skin care routine will help your skin look its best and stave off the effects of the sun and aging. Choose products that are suited to your skin type, and be sure to use moisturizer every day — even if you have oily skin. Skin care isn't just about what you put on your skin. It's also about what you put inside your body so eat a diet rich in antioxidants. Beans, berries and pecans are great sources of antioxidants. Sun exposure and pollutants can lead to free radical damage which causes premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and other issues. Antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, catechins (found in green tea) and alpha lipoic acid help combat free radical damage.

stress^Stress takes a serious toll on your body physically and emotionally. It can lead to premature aging, high blood pressure and heart conditions. Reduce stress to look and feel younger. Take time out of your busy schedule every day to relax, meditate and relieve stress. Try to remove people and situations in your life that lead to chronic stress.

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