While it may be somewhat apocryphal, legend has it that Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon traveled to Florida in search of the Fountain of Youth. And though he was more likely there to search for gold and expand the Spanish empire, the story of vitality-restoring water is one that continues to intrigue us to this day.

This doesn't come as a surprise, considering that even people of the 21st century are still on a quest for eternal youth. Some turn to plastic surgery and injections of botulism (also known as Botox), while others dole out thousands of dollars at so-called anti-aging centers to undergo hormone replacement therapy. I honestly pass no judgment on either group; to each their own is what I say. However, it's still worth mentioning that there are natural and safe ways to slow down the hands of time, and none of them require going under the knife or sailing a Spanish galleon across the Atlantic.

Eat fish once a week -- Researchers from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that doing so can slow age-related cognitive decline by 10 percent
Stop smoking -- Aside from the more obvious harm it causes your lungs, smoking also triples your chances of developing age-related mac