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Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight to Prevent Premature Aging

Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight to Prevent Premature Aging

It is no secret that when we are eating a poor diet, that there are going to be negative health effects. However, something that most people don’t think about is how these choices in diet might affect us in the future. When we gain weight and load our bodies up with unhealthy, processed foods that are full of sodium, fat, and sugar, we are setting ourselves up for failure.

A poor diet can set us up for health issues down the line, but one thing it also does that many people might not consider is give us the appearance of being older than we actually are. While it is very important to avoid the health consequences of unhealthy dieting, it is also something worth considering. If we want to appear younger and maintain our vitality in our every day lives, excess weight gain will only old us back.

It’s extremely important that we are able to feel comfortable, confident, and happy in our bodies. And there is no shame in having a little bit of extra body weight. However, it becomes an issue when our body weight is a reflection of a poor diet that is going to age us prematurely and give us health issues in the future. It is also important not to over-do it with sugar. Sugar doesn’t just make it easy to pack on the pounds – it can also be bed for your oral health an it can actually cause wrinkles and decrease the collagen in our skin, which helps it to stay elastic. With poor collagen production, our skin has a tendency to speed up in its aged appearance and can lack elasticity, which can cause breaks in the skin, wrinkles, and other blemishes like stretch marks.

Sugar, like other foods such as red meat, fried eggs, and other dairy products like cheeses, butter, etc.,  is also related to Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). This means that these foods can also contribute to poor collagen production and a lack of elasticity in the skin, which can cause us to appear much older than we really are.

Overall, living a healthy lifestyle is important for many reasons and in many ways. Do everything you can to be conscious of the things that you are putting into your body so that you are able to know with confidence that you are doing everything possible to prevent aging prematurely in your own life and avoid diseases that are completely preventable, but not always reversible!

Keeping this in mind, taking an active role in consuming healthy foods and avoiding excess sugar is a great way to prevent premature aging and prepare yourself for a long and happy life, starting now!

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The Importance of Nuts, Beans, and Seeds in Preventing the Effects of Aging

The Importance of Nuts, Beans, and Seeds in Preventing the Effects of Aging

Eating healthy, whole foods can be one of the greatest possible ways for us to stay healthy and maintain our bodies. A lot of us live on what is called the Standard American Diet, which consists of a lot of processed foods that are high in fats and sugars that accumulate in the body and can cause problems.

However, not all fats are bad fats! In fact, nuts and seeds are full of good fats and other minerals that can be incredibly healthy and beneficial for us. Sesame seeds for example are full of calcium and can provide other essential minerals for the body. Sesame seeds are full of fiber and also provide us with phosphorous, iron, and magnesium. They’re great for the bones, which is an incredibly important thing for us to focus on as we continue to grow older. Our bone health becomes harder to maintain the older we get, so making sure that you are getting these minerals in abundance will ensure that we are feeling much younger than our years as we continue to grow.

Nuts in general, whether peanuts, cashews, or brazil nuts, are high in protein and can also provide fiber just like sesame seeds. Not only that but nuts can help to improve heart health by lowering cholesterol. They can also help with our internal functions and maintaining a taut, youthful appearance, because they also contain elements that help to reduce inflammation. While it’s not a nut, per se, the spice turmeric is also incredible for reducing inflammation as well.

If you don’t enjoy eating nuts, or you have difficulty doing so, you can also get benefits from nut-based milks. Many of them are highly fortified with vitamins and minerals to make them extremely good for us, especially if we live on a primarily plant-based diet. Whether you are a vegetarian or not, however, there are great benefits to switching out the fatty cow milks with milks that are full of great nutrients that will also help us to support our bones and provide us with other nutrients.

Lentils and beans are also full of protein and they can help us to keep our immune systems healthy and fight disease. Like the other foods listed in this article they are also full of fiber and chemicals that can help us to detoxify our bodies in a natural and healthy way. Not only that, but they can help us to stay sharp and focused by providing natural amino acids into our bodies that will help us to concentrate and learn new things; something else that we can struggle with as we age.

If you want to stay youthful and healthy, considering the health benefits of your diet is crucial. Including nuts, seeds, and beans into your diet can be a great way to get the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy and happy, and to reduce the evidence of aging today!


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Why Water is So Important and Can Help Us Stay Youthful

Why Water is So Important and Can Help Us Stay Youthful

Hydration, hydration, hydration!

There is nothing more important for our bodies than to stay as hydrated as possible! All of us have a deep requirement for hydration on a daily basis. We can only live a few days without water, and most of us still live in perpetual dehydration. It has become far too easy to replace the nourishing and pure elements of water with other liquids that contain sugars and caffeine that can actually deteriorate our cells or dehydrate us even more.

When we aren’t getting enough water in our bodies then it can cause us to develop dry skin and other issues. it can even make it more difficult for us to concentrate and it can cause problems with blood circulation. If we don’t get enough water, it can cause the blood to thicken and, when we are dehydrated, it can even lead to heart palpitations and other complications. The blood in our veins begins to grow thicker without enough water in our system to help it move properly, so it is more important than one might think to maintain our hydration!

Water helps with many other things as well. When we are properly hydrated, we are able to digest our foods better and absorb the vital nutrients in them that we need to thrive and keep our bodies as active and youthful as possible. Water is also a vital aspect in making sure that the toxins that enter our bodies are able to be expelled properly. When we are hydrated well enough, we can eliminate the waste and the other free radicals that can cause us health issues that will increase our rate of aging beyond what is natural.

A lot of people avoid liquids, and as we age we begin to feel less of a drive to drink. We simply just don’t focus on our thirst as much as we once did. But that doesn’t make it less important. Instead, we should try our best to make a focused effort on increasing our liquid intake, particularly water. If we wait to drink until we are feeling thirsty, then we are way more likely to get dehydrated. Instead, make it a point to keep on drinking. Set a goal for yourself to drink at least 8, 8 ounce glasses of water daily. That equates to roughly four bottles of water every day. If you do this then you can be certain that you’re going to be able to keep your body hydrated and working in the best possible order.

Not only that but your skin will thank you! It will help you to get rid of the toxins that can cause blemishes and other issues over time, so there is no reason not to do it! Hydration is important in more ways than one, so pick up a water bottle and make sure that you’re staying hydrated today!

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How Embracing Yourself and Reducing Stress Can Help You to Slow Down Aging

How Embracing Yourself and Reducing Stress Can Help You to Slow Down Aging

Have you ever heard a well-meaning person tell you to stop frowning or making a face because it will cause wrinkles? Well, there is some truth to that, though there are other aspects that can be just as important to consider. Why exactly are you frowning and making faces that someone is concerned will cause wrinkles? The answer to that is more than likely “stress.”

All of us encounter stress on a regular basis. It is important to know how to cope with our stressors and reduce them as much as possible. Stress is a slow killer, and it isn’t just in the wrinkles. When we go through stressful and traumatic experiences, it can cause negative impacts on our bodies. We can be impacted to the point that we are even prone to developing grey hairs. Extreme fear and stress can have huge impacts.

When we are living with constant stress, it can actually begin to change our DNA in a way that shortens telomeres, which is a complicated way of saying that we are speeding up our cellular aging. It makes our inner structures more fragile and our ability to produce strong and vital DNA strands. Instead, they are more vulnerable and they have a tendency to get old and die at a lot higher of a rate.

Stressing out is a major issue that goes beyond grey hairs and stress wrinkles. It’s so important to think about the things that cause us stress so that we can begin addressing them. We are often feeling pressure to be perfect; to look and present ourselves a certain way and we can easily begin to focus on things that are imperfect about ourselves and cause ourselves even more stress than is necessary.

Embracing who you are and where you are at is so important. You are the person who most needs to be in your own corner. You should not be making your own life harder on yourself if you can help it. Instead of fixating on your faults and your flaws, think about the things that you are good at and the things that make you happy. Instead of feeling like a failure when you aren’t where you want to be, instead, see every opportunity to grow and get better at something that was once challenging to you.

None of us are perfect and life can be overwhelming and hectic. Sometimes the most important thing we can do is to slow down and get things figured out for ourselves. We need to be able to embrace our journeys and be okay with where we are at and know that every single day we are doing whatever is in our power to do better and keep trying.

When we give in to the stress and don’t learn to identify what our stressors are and ways to accept our situations, we are harming ourselves. Instead, embrace who you are and just breathe!

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The Best Fruits to Eat for Anti-Aging Benefits

The Best Fruits to Eat for Anti-Aging Benefits

There are many reasons to eat fruits, and anti-aging might be one of the most important. There are so many benefits to consuming the vitamins and minerals that are naturally present in fruits that it’s hard to imagine why so many people begin to shy away from natural fruits as an option for snacking. However, utilizing these delicious little snacks can have long lasting effects that will keep our bodies functioning well for a long time, and looking great to boot!

Blueberries for example are full of vitamins and antioxidants that help us to get rid of the bad things that get into our bodies and keep our blood circulating in a clean and healthy way. They’re also incredibly good for preventing sun damage because they keep our bodies free of the toxins that we consume and can be exposed to via common issues like pollution and even stress. They’re also great for reducing wrinkles because of the levels of vitamin D that can be found in them. Another fruit that can work in a similar way is pomegranate. The seeds act in a similar way as blueberries by providing antioxidants in the body that help us to get rid of toxins.

Pineapple is another great fruit to keep us young at heart and in body. Pineapples are great for the formation of collagen in our skin, which is a huge part of what keeps our skin healthy, strong, and elastic enough that it isn’t damaged as easily! Pomegranates can also help us to keep the collagen safe, while we’re on the topic. It can be so beneficial to get a variety of fruits and vegetables in our diet!

You might be surprised to learn that another fruit that helps us to form collagen is oranges. Oranges are also chock full of other healthy vitamins, like vitamin D, to not only help us keep our skin healthy and provide us with a natural glow, but it can also help us to stay healthy by giving our immune systems a kick into high gear!

While we’re on the topic of fruits that are great for the skin, we can’t leave out watermelon. Watermelon is one of the most hydrating of the fruits, so it’s easy to see why it could be very useful. However, that isn’t its only use! Watermelon produces lycopene, which can actually serve as a natural sunscreen for us. It can help to prevent damage from the sun and other skin blemishes because of its incredible properties!

Overall, these fruits can be incredibly useful in keeping us healthy and in making sure that our skin is being treated the best way possible. it helps us to keep our bodies free of toxins and the clean blood and nice flow is essential in anti-aging. Not only that, but we are given an opportunity to get healthy and eat delicious natural sugars as an excuse to keep ourselves as vibrant and youthful as possible! Sounds like a win!

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The Old Wives’ Tales That Actually Work for Anti-Aging

The Old Wives’ Tales That Actually Work for Anti-Aging

A lot of people in the modern times are quick to dismiss old wive’s tales. They can be considered superstitious and outdated. However, there are times that these little anecdotes that have survived the centuries have done so for a reason! People who have tried some of these things will stand by them. So what wisdom do these old wive’s tales hold for those who want to focus on anti-aging and maintain a youthful appearance?

First of all, have you ever heard a grandmother or someone else mention that putting honey on your wounds is something that will help you to heal? Well, you had better listen up, because using honey on the skin, especially when it is damaged, is an incredibly powerful thing to do to promote healing and to lessen the possibility of scarring because of how helpful it is in hydrating the skin.

Not only that, but honey is naturally anti-microbial. This means that when you are injured, there are properties in honey that will easily help us to fight off infections and the bad bacterias that may end up doing harm to our bodies and making it take longer for our wounds to heal. Honey is also like a soothing balm when used on other skin irritations such as sunburns. If you heed any of the advice from old wive’s tales, make it this one!

Another really important old wive’s tale that is still relevant today is the phrase that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples (and some other fruits and vegetables) contain really important vitamins and fiber that help us to keep looking radiant! With the help of the fibers in an apple, we can cleanse our bodies of bad toxins in a healthy and natural way so that we might remain able to put our best feet forward and avoid premature aging and disease. Apples help us to keep our blood clean, which means that overall, our circulation is better and it will improve everything!

It can be easy to dismiss the old wive’s tales that we hear over the years. It is true, back in the time when many of these tales began to circulate, we didn’t have quite so many helpful advances in modern medicine or science. There weren’t real explanations for why  or how things worked. All we had was the assurance that it did. And some of these methods have worked well enough that we still hear them spouted on a regular basis.

So, it is safe to say that using the wisdom that our ancestors have laid out for us over the centuries can still help us in our daily lives. Listening to what they had to say can have untold benefits for us, because they did things for results, and they got those results! Get them for yourself by utilizing apples and honey today!

How to Embrace Anti-Aging by Sleeping More and Sleeping Right

How to Embrace Anti-Aging by Sleeping More and Sleeping Right

Some people out there might laugh at the idea of refusing sleep when it becomes an option. We can lead such busy lives that it can cause us to have many disruptions in our sleep schedule. It can also sometimes make it very easy to just get into bed and fall asleep. However, it’s surprisingly rare for us to have regular sleep schedules. And that lack of consistency can cause many different issues. Heart disease and diabetes are just some of the complications that can occur when we are not sleeping consistently. If we aren’t sleeping well and sleeping long enough, then it harms the body and puts us at risk for further complications down the line.

It is also important that we know how to sleep properly. Many of us have our go-to positions that we choose to curl into before we fall asleep. However, it can be damaging to the body if you are not sleeping in a good position. If you find yourself sleeping consistently on your left side, it can cause issues with digestion. And if you find yourself sleeping on your side or your stomach in general, then it can actually affect your skin by causing wrinkles on your face where you are resting on the pillow.

It is recommended to get between seven to ten hours of sleep per night for optimum benefit. If you are getting consistently poor sleep and not getting enough sleep when you do manage to sleep, you may begin to experience the consequences of sleep deprivation in your own life, and this can cause major problems in the long run. For example, you may find yourself feeling grumpy, sure, but what we don’t see is the fact that we are also weakening our immune systems and we aren’t processing things with as much clarity as we would should we be able to get the proper amount of rest.

Irregular and unhealthy sleeping periods can even cause an issue with our metabolism. If you are gaining weight and you aren’t quite sure why, think about your sleeping patterns. Are you getting enough sleep? Are you sleeping well when you do get to sleep? Are you making sure that you have a good, comfortable mattress and an area where you will not be disrupted when you are getting the rest that you need?

A lack of sleep can cause heart disease, diabetes, bad balance, low sex drive, mood swings, high blood pressure, inability to concentrate, weaker immunity to common colds and illnesses, memory issues, and decreased cognitive function. When we ignore the importance of sleep, we decrease our quality of life. Wouldn’t you rather do everything possible to keep yourself from aging your body prematurely? Focus on getting the right kind of sleep and doing right by your body for the best anti-aging effects today!

The Best Vegetables to Eat for Anti-Aging Benefits

The Best Vegetables to Eat for Anti-Aging Benefits

As we continue to age it becomes increasingly important to make sure that our bodies are receiving adequate nutrition. When we are not taking care of our bodies to the greatest extent possible, it can turn into quite an ordeal as the consequences of our neglect to our health begin to catch up with us. When we aren’t being conscientious about the choices that we make, it can cause a lot of problems.

Fortunately, we have the option to think about the choices that we have been making and modify them to the point that we are able to prevent further damage and often, reduce the damages that have already been done. Our bodies are extraordinary machines and more often than not they can seem to bounce back miraculously!

But we have to make sure that we are maintaining them and making good choices. So, consider the following vegetables as some of the best things that you can eat for your health and wellness, and vegetables that can help you to stay youthful and to prevent the signs of aging.

First, edamame is a great option for anyone who is hoping to prevent the signs of aging. It encourages blood flow and can even help women who are dealing with menopause by providing a special type of plant estrogen called phytoestrogens to the body. Edamame helps with cardiovascular health, which can also translate to blood flow. And making sure our blood is circulating properly is one of the best ways to enhance our natural glow and keep us looking and feeling great!

Another great vegetable to eat to help us to prevent the signs of aging are sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes have been considered a veritable super food. They are chock full of vitamins and nutrients that help our bodies function optimally. One of the strongest vitamins they contain in order to help us in the fight against aging is vitamin A, which has been known to help our collagen levels and ultimately help us to reduce and prevent lines and wrinkles from forming in the skin. Another vegetable that contains high levels of vitamin A is the carrot, so eating both of these root vegetables can have a great impact on our efforts at anti-aging!

You might also want to consider eating more cooked tomatoes. When they are cooked, tomatoes produce an antioxidant called lycopene, which can do wonders in helping us to keep our skin healthy and free of any damage that might threaten it. Throw in a little bit of cilantro for detoxing and you could find yourself enjoying quite a delicious meal that can actually have tremendous health benefits as well!

Overall, eating nutritional foods will do wonders for the body and mind. When we are taking care of ourselves, it’s hard not to radiate the confidence and natural vitality that are within each of us. Try to incorporate more of these vegetables into your diet today for the best chances of reducing aging through your diet!

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Collagen: ‘Fountain of Youth’ or Edible Hoax?

Dec. 12, 2019 -- In January 2019, Jessica Sansevera looked in the mirror and discovered the holidays had not been kind to her skin. Winter dryness and stress had deepened her fine lines, and overindulgence in caffeine and sugar had left her with welts of rosacea-related acne around her mouth.

“My skin was just not where it should be for a woman my age, and I wanted to do something preventive before those lines got too etched in,” says Sansevera, a 30-something mother of two and schoolteacher from Westchester, NY.

Due to her sensitive skin, fancy treatments and expensive creams were off the table. So, at the advice of her dermatologist, she took a different “inside-out” approach. She began spiking her morning smoothie or coffee with a scoop of ground-up cow or fish parts -- aka collagen.

Within a month, her acne abated, replaced with a rosy glow. And within 3 months, she noticed a host of other unexpected changes. Her nails were thicker. Her hair stopped falling out in the shower. And she could dance without pain from her knee osteoarthritis.

“It is not a miracle pill,” she stresses, noting that she also cleaned up her diet and added a probiotic to her daily routine. “But I absolutely believe the collagen is helping.”

Sansevera’s discovery is hardly a new one....

Read on here: https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/news/20191212/collagen-supplements-what-the-research-shows

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Are There Benefits to Collagen Supplements?

Maybe! But get ready for a long-term relationship.

It will make your skin look dewy and fresh, your bones and nails strong, and your joints pain-free. These are the claims made by the countless manufacturers of collagen supplements that come in the form of powders, pills and creams. For that reason, it’s no surprise that collagen has become a widely sought-after ingredient in the wellness and beauty communities. But collagen’s efficacy is still pretty up in the air. Frustrated? Here’s what we know.

What is collagen?

Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body. In fact, collagen is “the main structural protein that forms the connective tissue throughout our body, from skin to bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments,” said Dr. Shari Marchbein, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York. It’s no wonder that the bottled up version of this protein (usually made of animal collagen) is in high demand.

Collagen makes up a whopping 80 percent of our skin, and works with another protein called elastin that — yes, you guessed it — keeps our skin elastic. But as we age, our bodies naturally start reducing collagen production. The board-certified dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe described our body’s collagen as “ropes of protein in the skin.” When we’re young, the rope remains tight, but as we age, the ends begin to fray. Essentially, our bodies are not able to replace the collagen we are losing as quickly as it is breaking down. Starting in our 20s, we begin losing about 1 percent of our collagen each year, said Dr. Bowe. ..

Read on here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/09/style/self-care/collagen-benefits.html

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