What causes aging and a decline in health?
Well that is a complicated answer, but to keep it simple, some of it is genetics and the way we were designed. Genetic mutations and oxidation are naturally occurring and are part of the life cycle. .
Our genes are programmed to age, turn off, turn on or die off.
Affecting these mutations and changes is our diet and lifestyle. The amount of calories we consume, changes in our metabolism, sleep patterns, eating habits, exercise or lack of exercise all have an impact on aging.
Aging is going to happen. Are you speeding it up or slowing it down?
The intent of this article is to provide some known ways to slow it down through diet, supplements and good habits.
Understanding Free Radicals and Anti Oxidants
Free radicals are atoms when an odd number of electrons, and occurs at times when oxygen interacts with molecules. Whats worst is when this occurs it starts a domino chain reaction. The most damaging impact is when DNA or the cell membrane is effected. Cells may function poorly or die as a result. The damage is the pathway to cancers, disease and aging.
Antioxidants are the defenders of the cells. Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with the free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before the molecules are damaged. There are enzymes that hunt these free radicals down and stop them. The main micro-nutrients are Vitamin E, beta-carotene, Vitamin C and sometimes also included is selenium (supports enzyme system). These can only be obtained through diet. The body does not manufacture these micro-nutrients.
Foods High in Antioxidants
- Examples of foods high in antioxidants are berries (blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries and other brightly colored berries); beans (red, black and pinto); and fruits such as oranges, pineapple, papaya, peppers, tomatoes and cantaloupe. Vegetables that are high in antioxidants include dark and leafy green vegetables (spinach, collard, mustard and Swiss chard), asparagus, artichokes, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
Aging and Wrinkling
Inflammation is a contributor to the aging process. Ironically inflammation is actually healthy but when its chronic is where it not only speeds up the aging process but could lead to disease. Chronic inflammation causes the body to attack the healthy cells. One way to avoid or slow down the inflammation is through diet. The Mediterranean diet, is typically fish, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and less meat.
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Being over weight is also a contributor to aging. Additional belly fat produces inflammatory chemicals. Exercise will not only help to burn the belly fat, it stimulates anti-inflammatory chemicals to keep your weight down.
As we become older are skin becomes naturally thinner. drier and less elastic. The skins ability to protect itself is also reduced as we age. Contributors to wrinkles are sun exposure, air toxins, dehydration, medications, genetics, smoking, drinking and even facial expressions.
There are many commercially available products (topical) and medical procedures to help reduce wrinkles.
Is it possible to diminish wrinkles and other skin ailments naturally? That’s a big YES. To do it is to use one of the greatest plants mother nature has given us. And she has given us this in abundance.
Aloe Vera is thought of most of the time as a topical gel that helps soothe sunburn and cuts, and it does. But worked into the diet it has shown to have dramatic effects on wrinkles. This amazing gel can be applied to the skin as well as consumed.
The best way to obtain Aloe Vera is to grow it. The retail industry makes it convenient to purchase but typically it not pure. It has chemical additives which could have a negative effect on your skin or minimal anti wrinkle effect. If you can purchase it pure then that is a convenient alternative.
Aloe Vera is the ultimate anti-aging plant:
- Topically it repairs skin damage (burns, scars, wounds, acne).
- Internally is helps rebuild collagen (more of it and faster).
- At the DNA level it fights to prevent collagen breakdown in the first place.
Aloe Vera works from the inside out to reverse wrinkles and prevent new ones from appearing – In a matter of 90 days.
And let’s not forget one more thing: It is not only a safe, non toxic and a natural anti-aging treatment – It’s also one of the cheapest wrinkle-reducer methods ever.
What is really cool is that you can grow the Aloe Vera plant and have it all natural as opposed to buying it retail in a bottle which more than likely will have chemical additives.
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