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Coming of age: 40 of the most surprising and inspiring tips

by Kristina Grish 
26. Relax your face
It's great to book a massage for your body, but don't forget your face! Facial massages stimulate circulation, creating softer, suppler skin and a younger-looking complexion, says Lynn Anderson, Ph.D., N.D., R.Y.T., a naturopathic doctor and yoga and fitness instructor in Los Angeles.
27. Take your Ls
if you're vegetarian L-glutamine and L-arginine are amino acids found mostly in protein-rich animal sources (chicken, turkey), seafood (halibut, lobster, salmon) and wild game (pheasant, quail). "A lack of L-glutamine and L-arginine in vegetarians can make them age faster," says Michael Aziz, M.D., internist at Lenox Hill hospital in New York City and author of the Perfect 10 Diet (Cumberland House). To supplement, take 2 grams of L-glutamine and 1 gram a day of L-arginine at night. Studies show these supplements can tighten skin, increase fat loss and help build muscle as we age.
28. Eat your water
To slow or reverse age-related cellular dehydration, aim to eat three or more fruits and five or more vegetables per day to obtain optimal cell hydration, says Howard Murad, M.D., board-certified dermatologist and associate clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, Los Angeles. In fact, he suggests replacing at least one glass of water a day with a raw veggie or fruit: "Colorful, water-rich produce is the best form of water for your cells, as fruits and vegetables provide structured water and antioxidants, so hydration stays in your system long enough for your body to put it to good use."
29. Tell your story
Judith Kolva, Ph.D., a psychologist who focuses on aging, says adults who write down their life stories use skills highly valued by longevity experts. "Writing our memoirs helps us bestow knowledge, offer advice and give meaning to experiences--all components in aging well," she says.
30. Get healthy, not skinny
Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health in Boston, says being thin doesn't necessarily make you live longer. "Being in the middle zone of the BMI scale is actually associated with the longest life span," she says. Just be sure to choose your calories wisely. A 2011 University of Maryland study found that eating lots of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and fish leads to better quality of life in older adults, but those who indulged in sweets had a 37 percent higher risk of death.