There’s nothing wrong with growing old gracefully, but who wants to look old?  Not me.  Preserving your youthful look isn’t a bad thing.  right?

AOL Health serves up 5 ways to age gracefully, check these simple steps out:

1. Floss Regularly

Oddly, flossing is good for your heart, and doing so regularly can add 6.4 years to your life. In “YOU: The Owner’s Manual” by AOL Health’s Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Michael Roizen, and Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, the doctors write that flossing and brushing daily, along with seeing your dentist regularly, can keep you kicking for longer. How? When you floss, you rid your mouth of bacteria that can cause inflammation in the gums. This inflammation can travel to the heart, leading to heart disease. In his book The Real Age Makeover, Roizen also found an Emory University study that revealed that those with gingivitis and periodontitis have a mortality rate that’s 23 to 46 percent higher than those without the gum diseases. Taking care of your mouth, it seems, really can lengthen your life.

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2. Drink Tea

Drinking both green and black teas can help you live longer, according to a wealth of worldwide research. A 2009 study of 2,000 Chinese women suggested that drinking green tea regularly (and eating a diet rich in mushrooms) may cut cancer risk by 90 percent, while a study of over 40,000 Japanese men and women showed that those who drank five or more cups of green tea daily had the lowest chances of dying from stroke or heart disease. The caffeinated drink has high levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants (a cup contains can be as packed with antioxidants as a serving of fresh spinach). Meanwhile, black tea, which has antioxidants, too, offers its own benefits. Over 15 years, researchers recorded the tea-drinking habits of 60,000 Swedish women, ages 40 to 76. Some drank at least two cups of tea per day, while others drank less than a one cup per month. The regular tea-drinkers had a 46 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer. Experts recommend drinking at least two cups a day of the stuff you brew yourself (bottled teas seem to lose their health benefits).

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