Are you dreading the idea of plastic surgery, botox, and god knows what other anti-aging fad will hit Hollywood?
I know I am. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to have bigger bags under my eyes then on my arm, but I also don't want needles and injections. So what's a girl to do? I think prevention can be a twenty/thirty-somethings best friend.
Here are some snippets from an article I just read about how to slow down the aging process naturally. You can slow down your aging process and help stave off heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. U.S. News & World Report offers some tips on how to do it:
1. Free radicals. Free radicals are chemically unstable molecules that attack your cells and damage your DNA. You can limit your exposure to them by avoiding cigarettes, trans fats, charred meats, and other sources. Organic fruits and vegetables will also limit your exposure to pesticides and herbicides, which contain the harmful molecules.
Quick Tip: Antioxidants help fight free radicals, get your daily douse from blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, beans, and artichokes.
2. Inflammation. Inflammation is a major player in many diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer's. One way to avoid it is to follow a Mediterranean-style diet. Other great anti-inflammatory foods include turmeric, dark chocolate, and the anti-aging chemical resveratrol. Exercise is another great way to lower inflammation.
Quick Tip: Resveratrol is popular in anti-aging lotions & pills, but you can get your dose of this naturally from whole grape skins and seeds, raspberries, mulberries, and peanuts.
3. Glycation. Glycation is what happens when sugar mixes with proteins and fats to form molecules that promote aging. Advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, are thought to accelerate your aging process by churning out free radicals and promoting inflammation. One way to avoid ingesting AGEs is to turn down the heat when you cook. The browning effect of high-heat cooking causes these molecules to form. Limiting your intake of sugar-filled foods in general will also help.
Quick Tip: Try replacing your butter with coconut oil, it's know to reduce your risk of heart disease and lower your cholesterol according to Dr. Mercola.
Bonus, it can also be used as a skin moisturizer and hair conditioner!
4. Stress. Stress initiates the release of a variety of hormones that make your pulse race and cause your blood pressure to rise. The hormone cortisol, released to lessen these effects, also creates problems when it remains chronically elevated. Try practicing relaxation techniques to help manage stress, and get enough sleep every night.
Quick Tip: Stress can create inflammation as well, and above we already saw what scary path it can take your health down.
Ward off inflammation throughout your whole body by engaging in high-intensity, interval training; and creating an effective plan to monitor and reduce your stress. Use simple techniques throughout your day like periodic deep breaths when you feel stress overtaking you, incorporate meditation/prayer into your life, and Dr. Mercola even recommends a way to unlock hidden emotional problems through EFT: Emotional Freedom Technique.
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