The Aging Process – Slow it down!
Genetics play an important part in determining how long you will live, but there are a lot of things you can do to slow the external and internal aging processes. Not only will you look your best as you age, but you will feel your best too.
The aging process works from the inside out, so it is important to understand this when we look at ways to slow down the aging process. There are numerous factors that affect how we look and feel. Although cosmetics can hide the signs of aging, they can never slow it down or fix what is wrong inside our bodies.
Some of the most prominent factors that are detrimental to our bodies and actually accelerate the aging process include:
- Smoking (Tobacco and Marajuana)
- Drug Use (including pharmaceuticals)
- Excessive Alcohol Consumption
- Consuming Sugary Sodas
- Foods high in Fructose Corn Syrup
- Sun Overexposure
- A Poor Diet
- Lack of Exercise
Here are a few drinks and blends that can help slow the aging process and protect your skin, hair, and nails. This is not a “one size fits all” solution! You must regularly use as many of these recommendations as possible. Mix them up day to day and you will become healthier from the inside out, which will be reflected by your improved appearance!
The Aging Process – Drinks That Slow It Down
Probably the most important and also the most neglected resource that we have to slow the aging process is water. Our bodies are composed of more than 70 percent water. Every organ needs water to function properly and be healthy. Our skin is the largest organ and without adequate water will become dry, and our hair and nails will become brittle. Also, the lack of water leads to a build‐up of toxins in our bodies and that can disrupt every process in our body. So, drink plenty of fresh, pure water. Water that’s not chlorinated or Fluoridated.
Fresh‐Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
Grapefruit contains spermidine, which aids cellular growth. Also, citrus fruits contain a tremendous amount of vitamin C, which is vital for collagen production. Collagen is the substance in our skin that allows it to be flexible and strong. Aging causes collagen production to decrease, which in turn causes wrinkles and dry skin – prominent signs of aging.
Red wine contains resveratrol and has been shown to promote the “longevity” gene while also retarding inflammation and diseases related to aging. Or course, excessive consumption can excel the aging process as well as destroy the liver, so remember to limit it to a glass a day.
Catechins and antioxidants in teas block neuronal (nerve) death, and help boost the immune system. Teas, such as green tea, help reduce inflammation which promotes a healthier body. Also, tea is a much healthier alternative to coffee. Coffee contains cadmium which has been shown to cause free radicals that contribute to joint damage.
For those you can tolerate soy, the phytochemicals in soy products such as tofu, tempeh, and edamame help maintain the elastin and collagen in skin and that helps prevent wrinkles. Also, the isoflavones in soy may protect against skin damage from UV light. If you are soy intolerant, there are plenty of alternatives to this drink, so not to worry!
You’ve probably heard that coconuts contain an abundance or minerals, electrolytes, and vitamins, but they also contain cytokinins, a plant hormone that promotes cellular growth. In addition, they also hinder cellular aging! Ever notice how the Hawaiians seem to have such youthful looking skin?
Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera is an important plant for maintaining youthful looking skin. Its amino acids and nutrients help replace skin cells and maintain collagen. In addition, its antioxidants promote skin regeneration and maintain its elasticity. Also, it’s a great moisturizer for skin! Apply it directly to the skin to keep it moist and supple.
Cocoa beans have an abundance of antioxidants, flavonoids, and polyphenols. All, of which, slow the aging process and help reduce damaging free radicals in the body. The best source of cocoa is from cocoa nibs, but they may not be appealing in taste to many. There are however many other wholesome choices of dark chocolate without refined cane sugar, such as the LivingRaw Darkest Cacao Truffles, or Sunspire Grain Sweetened Chocolate Chips.
The Aging Process – Smoothies That Slow It Down
Almond milk smoothie with bananas and avocados
Almond milk is rich in vitamins A, D and E. These are fat‐soluble vitamins promote healthy skin. In addition, the calcium and protein in almond milk are beneficial for strong nails and hair. Also, the avocados contain monounsaturated fats that promote vitamin absorption, leading to young, supple and radiant skin. Finally, the bananas have vitamins A, B and E, which are excellent for your skin. Try adding some hemp, flax or chia seeds for an extra boost! Blend it to a smooth texture and enjoy the hearty goodness. It does a body good!
Greek Yogurt Fruit Smoothie
Greek yogurt is great because it contains more protein, probiotics, and nutrients, but less lactose and carbs than the more commercial brands. So, for a great anti-aging smoothie buy plain Greek yogurt and add bananas, berries, and flax powder in a blender! The antioxidants in the berries help promote healthy collagen for great looking skin while building stronger cartilage, bones, and joints. Also, the pectin in bananas help detoxify the body of heavy metals which is essential to slowing the aging process. It’s all good!
Whole Juice Combo Drink
This drink is made with bright, colorful beets, apples, spinach, carrots and berries. As a result, these fruits and vegetables contain multiple vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Therefore, all help reverse the aging process! Plant proteins help detoxify impurities in the body, which is beneficial for healthy hair and skin. Also, the vitamin C and calcium help make skin soft and supple in addition to brightening teeth and strengthening hair and nails.
Dr. Deepa Verma’s Special Spice Drink
Take water steeped in boiled broccoli, and add pinches of powerful anti‐inflammatory, anti-mutagenic, anti‐viral, anti‐bacterial and anti‐fungal spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and basil, mixed with some olive oil. Dr. Verma drinks this self‐made concoction daily. She has been doing this for years, and knows that she is drinking from the fountain of youth with this winner! For more information on this special drink, see: Synergistiq Health
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