You know that a healthy diet plays a huge role in your overall wellness (and okay, wrinkle prevention, too)—but it’s not just what you eat.
With cabinets full of fancy creams and moisturizers that promise to smother out the signs of getting older, the bathroom is often the battleground for anti-aging. But there’s a lot of anti-aging ammo in the kitchen too. In fact, according to new research out of Brigham Young University, your eating habits can help you live longer.
The research looked at two groups of mice: one had unlimited access to food, and the other had restricted access (they ate 35 percent fewer calories than the first group). The mice that ate less lived longer.
When you eat, your cells hustle to absorb and store nutrients. But in between meals, your cells essentially go into a state that allows them to rebuild and improve. “We’re very blessed with an abundance of food, and we’re swimming amidst calories and nutrients all the time,” says John Price, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Brigham Young University and senior author on the study. “But that may be pushing our bodies to operate continuously.” Keeping your body busy absorbing and storing all of the time might not be such great thing.
Thankfully, there’s no need to go on a super-restrictive diet. It’s more about not overeating than it is about undereating, says Price. “Plus, the variation between people is huge, and things like genetics, lifestyle, and many other factors influence the needs of your body.”
At the end of the day, let this serve as another reminder to limit calorie bombs like soft drinks and tune in to your hunger cues so you don’t overdo it.
We’re not just talking knocking out wrinkles and creating glowy skin here. We’re talking about creating youth-extending radiant, uh—cells. Sexy.