5 Anti-Aging Secrets You Need to Keep

5 Anti-Aging Secrets You Need to Keep

Submitted by: Anne C. Smith

Trying to look young has generated a multi-billion market as it ushered in several beauty products and treatments. If you are looking for a way to look young and pretty today, there are several options out there for the taking. But let me invite you in on some secrets. It actually pays to know them so that you can get the best possible anti-aging choice among the plethora of options.

1. Try checking what you put into your body as much as what you put on

When it comes to making yourself look and feel young, it’s not just what you rub over your face but also on what you take in. Why is this so important? It's because if you want your glow to radiate from within, you have to make sure that the system is “well oiled” or running optimally. You have to put importance on your food choices and water intake. Choosing a healthy diet may not be the best for the palate at all times, but it is what's best for your cells. It nourishes them so that they generate and renew faster, improve their quality and make them stronger. Some people fail to do this and even skip this very important step. Choose fruits, greens, healthy meats, and why not even try out juicing instead of sweet or alcoholic drinks. You could also really do well if you avoid processed foods. Usually, these healthy diet alterations are quite hard to follow especially for the younger generation.

People in their twenties usually recuperate easy, which is why they don't see or feel the damage right away. It is when a person enters their 30s when some of the problem starts to become evident. This is when most people scram to do something. But don't worry because it’s not too late for you yet. Just allow yourself to make the radical change. You can wear your face creams and serums, but healthy dietary changes will set you a few steps ahead when it comes to generating results.

2. Be wise with sun exposure

Sun is not so bad for you, given that you get some exposure at the right time and at the right amounts. This holds true even for those who are living in places that have below zero temperatures. Now the secret here is that you should always give your skin the protection it needs. This is where sunscreen use comes in. If you have not been slathering some everyday, you are depriving your skin the much needed protection it deserves.

Sunscreen should be worn everyday and it should have at least an SPF of 15. On top of that it also has to be broad spectrum. What that means is that you protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. These are the reasons why sun exposure give you uneven skin pigmentation, sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles and skin sagging. UVA, in particular, reaches deep down into the dermal layer causing the degeneration of skin layers. A layer of sunscreen a day could really help you prevent premature skin aging. Be sure to reapply every two hours if you do have to go enjoy a day out on the beach or if you have to go swimming.

If you have to get that daily jog, stay at out of the sun between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm. But it doesn't mean that you should just lock yourself indoors within these hours. So if you have to go out and run errands, be sure to protect yourself appropriately. Aside from sunscreen, protective clothing will also be very helpful.

3. Choose skin treatments that promote skin regeneration

If you are really down on making it right with your skin and avoid premature aging, it pays to invest on professional treatments. Chemical peels, mechanical dermabrasion and laser treatments are among those procedures that can actually do your skin a whole lot of good. Without having to resort to surgery, you help reverse skin aging while promoting skin renewal and regeneration. You don't get that from a facelift. But these treatments work by waking up your skin cells and help them function optimally.

Now the drawback with non-invasive skin treatments is that they only work best with those who have minimal to moderate skin problems. Individuals with advanced skin aging may want more radical treatment or surgery.

There are skin care products that actually provide this action, but the reason why professional skin care treatments are better is that they provide faster and better results. What you may get out of months of applying skin cream may be achieved two or three sessions with professional treatments. So, you better decide on how serious you are with your anti-aging measures and choose which treatments you want to invest your money on. But you really don't have to choose one over the other, skin care products and treatments can actually work synergistically to create an overall pleasing result.

4. Pay attention to retinoids

Retinoids are actually something that you should welcome into your skin care routine. You may have encountered this before, but you may not be giving it the attention it deserves. Retinoids are considered to be the gold standard in anti-aging due to its action of preventing and repairing the skin cell damage. This corrects problem such as hyperpigmentation, acne scars, fine lines and some degree of sagging.

The problem with retinoids is that there are individuals who cannot tolerate this on their skin. But you don’t have to worry because retinoids are not the sole answer to your skin aging problems. But these help in heaps and bounds; so if your skin is happy with it, make sure that you choose products that contain retinoids. If you really want to promote skin firming and anti aging, a prescription-strength retinoid can be your best option.

5. Get a good basic skin care routine

This may not be newsflash for you, but what I want to underline is the importance of having a good skin care routine. Even without the anti-aging details, a cleanser and moisturizer everyday can already make a significant difference. This is way much better than simply doing nothing at all.This will be your safety net in avoiding premature skin aging, even without the breakthrough products and treatments.

Also, remember that you focus in common problem areas, such as the eyes, mouth, neck and hands. Once you get down with the basics, you can then add a few more tweaks that will certainly bring anti-aging to a whole new level. So when you feel tired and out to go through all the frills of keeping your skin clean and youthful, at least you have your basics down like it’s second nature to you.

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How to Stay Fit in your 50s


Kya Grace

At the age of 50, staying fit becomes increasingly tougher. At this stage, nature too conspires against you. You start hearing warning bells when that slight middle age paunch appears. This is the forerunner to the silent killers like heart diseases, diabetes and hypertension. So what do you do?

First of all you have to be mentally fit. Think young, think fit. This will have a significant positive impact on your ageing process. But thinking alone will not help. You have to take steps to slow down your cells from ageing. You have to work to prevent your brain cells from ageing quickly too.

Your diet is an important factor. Eat as much vegetables, fruits and nuts as possible and reduce the intake of sweets, fried food and processed food. Stay away from meat as much as you can. Avoid junk food at all costs. Food rich in omega-3 fatty acids is one thing that can stem the rapidity of the ageing process of your cells. Supplement your daily nutrition with items like cold water fish, especially salmons, the richest source of omega-3. This nutrient also helps in unclogging your arteries much like the flushing agents that unclog a sink, and reduces the risk of age related maladies like arthritis and cardiac diseases.

Increase your intake of water, as at this age the fluid retention capacity of the body decreases. Drinking the right fluids in proper quantities is very vital. Try and stay away from caffeinated or alcoholic drinks.

A balanced diet definitely helps you to stay healthy, but you have to exercise in order to stay fit. With age, the body requires some time to get used to changes. Hence you should not start off immediately with rigorous exercises. At this stage in life, most people are way too busy to spend time in gyms. Therefore the best way to start would be to take the help of a trained Personal Trainers Double Bay. Get him to draw out a proper schedule that will suit you.

Warming up at the beginning of a session is a must for all. Start off with some aerobics or yoga. These will help you relax mentally while your body muscles get relaxed too. Warming up, basically increases your heart rate thereby the flow of blood in the body. This in turn stirs up the blood vessels and helps to produce nitric oxide, which again dilates your arteries and protects them from blockages and other problems.

After 50, not only does the growth of body cells stop, but degeneration sets in. To keep your muscles and joints in order is a tough ask. You will have to work harder, as normally people at this age become more sedentary. To overcome this problem, you have to exercise the muscles. After the aerobics or yoga, go in for some strength training. This is done, using weights. Any wrong movements or use of excessive weights might lead to serious injury. Your Personal Trainers Double Bay should be helping you out when you are going through this routine. Also, do sufficient balancing and stretching moves to strengthen your limbs. After exercising your muscles, cool down.

Your body needs adequate rest to stay fit. Sleep well. You need from 7 to 8 hours of sleep a day. Above all always stay positive and happy.

Kya Grace is a personal trainer at Dangerously Fit Personal Training. If you would like to hire Personal Trainers Double Bay or to register for a Boot Camp session, visit Sydney Boot Camp.

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Declining health and increased vulnerability to disease are characteristics of aging. In many ways this seems almost paradoxical - with advances in medical science comes the promise of longevity and indeed people are enjoying longer lives, but over time the body gradually loses vigor. It's not uncommon for elderly people to be afflicted with at least of one the following ailments:

  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • arthritis
  • stroke
  • cardiovascular disease

Although medical science has yet to understand precisely how the human body enters a state of physical decline, we do know that part of the reason is a gradual loss of cellular energy and with it, increased susceptibility to internal and external stressors.

In this article, I'm going to talk about some of the stressors and how supplementing your diet with bergamot may help your body to remain healthy for a longer period of time.


Aging and Metabolism

God has given us a set amount of time to live; at present He does not want these bodies to continue indefinitely. Therefore He incorporated an almost incalculable number of mechanisms into the functioning of the human body, their interaction can keep the internal machinery running smoothly i.e. prolonged health or fall into a state of illness and eventual death.

To get a better appreciation of this, I'm going to tell you some interesting facts about the physiology and biochemistry that we rely on every second of our lives.

The human body is amazingly designed, it's composed of trillions of living cells and each of them is equipped with internal machinery and the ability to regulate itself and to regulate and be regulated by other cells.

We should think of cells as living machines and as with any machine, they require a battery, a steady supply of fuel and a means to remove excess waste.

Food is the fuel of the body; in the stomach and small intestine, food is digested i.e. broken into chemicals which are eventually transported to each cell. From there the fuel is used by the cells for energy.

Mitochondia are the cellular batteries that I mentioned above. You maybe surprised to know that our cells "breathe". Mitochondria use oxygen from cellular respiration to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is a high energy molecule; when it is used up, ATP is broken down to adenosine diphosphate (ADP) and eventually adenosine monophosphate (AMP). AMP is the "end of the line" so to speak, the cell would be out of energy if it were left with only AMP.

Fortunately, the body produces 5'adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) which is a special chemical that makes good use of AMP. 

One of the functions of AMPK is to recognize when cells are running low on ATP.

When ATP is low, AMPK helps stimulate production of more ATP through a variety of mechanisms including:

  • fatty acid oxidation - breaking down fat for energy
  • glycolysis - converting stored glucose for energy
  • increased synthesis of a protein that transports glucose across cell membranes
  • increased production of mitochondrial enzymes involved in the production of oxygen carrier molecule

Unfortunately, we gradually lose energy as we age. Although aging is a natural part of living, some of its consequences can be very problematic, because they can lead to metabolic syndrome and with it a host of potentially deadly illnesses. 


Metabolic Syndrome - the Killer Within

Metabolic syndrome is a name given to a condition that encompasses a variety of inter-related illnesses. I've written several articles discussing its potential danger to the human body. In short, people diagnosed with metabolic syndrome often have the following ailments:

  • obesity
  • type 2 diabetes
  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • inflammation

Each of the above illnesses are serious in and of themselves, but imagine how much more deadly they are when a person is afflicted with all of them. Even worse, fatty liver disease - a condition wherein the liver accumulates excess fat - often accompanies metabolic syndrome.

Does this mean that we are destined to be destroyed by this affliction? Not necessarily. 


AMPK and Bergamot May Hinder Metabolic Syndrome

Medical scientists have been devoting a great deal of study to finding ways to combat age-related illnesses. Recently research teams have discovered that bergomot polypehlic fraction (BPF) can work with AMPK to combat the effects of metabolic syndrome.

AMPK and bergomot polypehlic fraction (BPF) can improve metabolic syndrome in a variety of ways:
in terms of the pancreas, liver, heart, healthy weight management, and free radicals from Reactive Oxygen Species-
The pancreas is an organ that produces insulin in response to glucose that is produced by the liver. One of insulin's jobs is to tell cells to open up so the glucose can enter. When the level of serum glucose increases, so does insulin output from the pancreas. Eventually this can lead to insulin resistance, a condition whereby cells start to ignore the signals from insulin which causes more glucose to accumulate in the bloodstream which triggers more insulin from the pancreas. This feedback loop then creates a situation that we in science refer to as a "snowball effect."
Imagine that you've placed a little snowball at the top of a snow covered hill. Now you roll that snowball down the hill. The snowball gets larger as it rolls downhill because more snow sticks to it. By the time you reach the bottom of the hill, you've got a huge snowball.
This is what can happen if insulin resistance goes unchecked. Gradually it may develop into full blown diabetes.
AMPK helps the cells accept glucose. This will reduce the strain on the liver. Bergomot polyphenols also assist in glucose uptake into cells.
Metabolic syndrome can also cause the liver to accumulate large amounts of fat leading to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease(NAFLD). If something isn't done to reverse the process, it will eventually kill you. In fact the condition is linked to the life-threatening ailment cirrhosis.
AMPK prevents the liver from collecting too much fat (triglycerides) and stimulates fatty acid oxidation. This is an example where oxidation is a good thing, wherein it helps the body use fat for energy.
Although the precise mechanism hasn't been discovered, a study of patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease has found that BPF improves lipid profile. The patients experienced improved high density lipoprotein (HDL) and lower low density lipoprotein (LDL) and serum cholesterol. Thus, bergomot polyphenolic fraction also prevents NAFLD.
By helping glucose uptake, the enzyme also eases the work of the pancreas. When the pancreas is overworked it may become scarred, inflammed or develop other problems. In fact, inflammation is one of the hallmarks of metabolic syndrome, pancreatitis and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
There are also benefits to heart health; risk for heart attack and stroke increase when the body has too much LDL, and unhealthy cholesterol. AMPK and bergamot polyphenol effects on fatty acid oxidation (as I discussed above) may improve cardiovascular health thereby reducing the risk of stroke and heart attacks.
AMPK and bergamot polyphenolic fraction may be helpful for healthy weight management, too. Bergamot activates AMPK, and AMPK stimulates cellular metabolism. When your body is using more energy, less of it will be stored as body fat.
AMPK stimulates mitochondia to make cellular energy but one of the drawbacks of this important process is production of leftover oxygen molecules or Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). Free radicals create oxidative stress which cause cellular aging and eventual death. Polyphenols have been shown to combat oxidative stress thereby inhibiting this by-product of cellular metabolism.
Bergamot Polyphenolic Fraction Activates AMPK Naturally
Medical science has sought many remedies for the treatment of metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes. Metformin is one such medication; it is a man-made pharmacological agent that helps lower blood sugar levels. It is also a very powerful AMPK activator.
Interestingly, bergomot polyphenolic fraction is a natural activator of AMPK. It's important to point out that metformin is manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry, and only pharmaceutical companies are authorized to make claims about a medicine's ability to cure disease. But for people who are seeking natural ways to keep healthy and reduce their risk for developing metabolic syndrome, bergamot polyphenolic fraction is an option.
Bergamonte vegetarian capsules which are distributed by Nutri Lifescience are made from bergamot citrus fruit and contain the bergamot polyphenolic fraction that I talked about in this article.
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Aging populations are susceptible to metabolic syndrome which can have a detrimental effect on quality and quantity of life. Fortunately, God has created the human body to be able to make use of food for fuel and provided numerous mechanisms to help the body function efficiently.

AMPK is an enzyme that is manufactured by every cell of the body and is involved in energy production for cellular metabolism. Therefore, AMPK is a chemical that can have a positive effect on metabolic syndrome because it is necessary for health and longevity i.e. it slows down the aging process.

Bergamot polyphenolic fraction are chemicals that come directly from bergamot citrus fruit. Bergamot polyphenolic fraction is a natural activator of AMPK, thus bergamot polyphenolic fraction may also help slow down the effects of aging.

Health supplements should not be mistaken for medicinal drugs that would be prescribed by physicians for treatment of any given disease.

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Menopause Not Causing Increased Heart Problems for Women

(Note: Heather MacGibbon submitted this article to on 2011-09-12; I have decided to post it on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) because of its relevance to cardiovascular health news.)



Heather MacGibbon

For years doctors have attributed raised rates of heart disease in women after menopause as somehow linked to hormonal changes. However researchers at Johns Hopkins announced yesterday that current research shows age alone is the main factor.

"Our data show there is no big shift toward higher fatal heart attack rates after menopause," says Dhananjay Vaidya, Ph.D., the studies leader at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "What we believe is going on is that the cells of the heart and arteries are aging like every other tissue in the body, and that is why we see more and more heart attacks every year as women age. Aging itself is an adequate explanation and the arrival of menopause with its altered hormonal impact does not seem to play a role."

While rates of fatal heart disease are different for men and women, this difference may lay in different rate of cellular changes in men and women when cells replicate. Cell aging may hold the key -- most notably the concept of shrinking telomere length -- could account for some of the gender differences, Vaidya suggested when discussing different heart disease rates.

Telomeres are found at the end of each chromosome in the body and act as shields that protect important genes from assault. Telomeres shrink every time they are copied, which occurs every time cells divide. As telomeres get shorter, there is the chance that the genes at the end of the chromosome will get damaged, and if they are, they will not recover, leading to the damaging effects of aging.

Previous studies show that telomere lengths are similar in male and female babies, but become significantly shorter in young adult men as compared to young adult women, which could account for the finding that men have increased risk of cardiovascular mortality at younger ages. At later ages, telomeres shorten at similar rates in men and women, which could account for their similar heart disease mortality rate increases during older ages.

Staff Writers Science Daily. â ¬No Ling between Menopause and Increased Risk of Fata Heart, Research Suggestsâ ¬ In Science Daily Sept 6, 2011. Ibid.
Aubert, Geraldine and Peter M. Lansdrop. â ¬Telomeres and Agingâ ¬ in American Physiological Society Journal Vol. 88, no. 2
Staff Writers Science Daily. â ¬No Ling between Menopause and Increased Risk of Fata Heart, Research Suggestsâ ¬ In Science Daily Sept 6, 2011.

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Aging Exercise Rustles Thoughts Of Aches And Pains

Aging Exercise Rustles Thoughts Of Aches And Pains

Submitted by: Ellen Miller

I am still looking for the fountain of youth. I have not found it yet, but I am hoping that it will pop up in a bottle on the grocery shelf at a reasonable price. I doubt it, but there is always hope. On my more realistic days, I like to think that I am drastically slowing the aging process, though not halting it completely. Through my daily exercise routine and nutritional choices, I feel and look younger than other people my age. I know this personally and I am told this on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, as we age, our bodies start to get a bit weak. That is, things like osteoporosis and arthritis affect our ability to move like we used to when we were young. There are still plenty of ways to get quality exercise without endangering oneself or promoting further arthritis difficulties.

Since I have started exercising, I have seen my energy go through the roof. Whereas before, when I was merely watching what I eat or completely ignoring my body’s needs, I felt sluggish on nine hours of sleep and could barely get through my day without yawning incessantly or drinking multiple cups of coffee. Caffeine is not only bad for the body but it yellows the teeth, which adds to the overall aged look.

When I discovered that isometric exercise could be used in combination with resistance band training to help get fit, I was skeptical. After all, a great number of older people suffer from arthritis and osteoporosis that can make simple hand motions painful. However, the resistance bands offer varying degrees of difficulty that I am in control of at all times. There is no need for me to setup complicated equipment or lift heavy weights and machines. The band can be stored in my pocket and purse and pulled out whenever I have a few minutes.

Isometric exercise is essential to increasing the effectiveness of my resistance band exercise. This is as simple as a breathing technique and muscle contraction at the right time. In a few weeks of participating in this exercise route, I had as much energy as when I was a teenager. I could never have hoped for more. I feel younger and healthier just because of a few strength training exercises per day.

The idea behind isometric exercise and resistance band exercise is that very select muscles are worked. Because it is resistance training, the muscle and joint only have to be moved as far as you are comfortable with. That is why these techniques are used by physical therapists to recuperate patients and the morbidly obese. Movement is limited to what you feel comfortable. Usually, after seven days, that range of motion increases a bit. Slowly you will find yourself more flexible and tolerant of motion in your muscles and joints.

In order to lose weight and build muscle, I participate in the strength training program, but I also eat very healthy. I do not count calories or avoid breads altogether, I just use common sense. It goes a long way towards a healthy lifestyle. I coupled proper food choices with strength training and a brisk walk in the morning and find myself the best “me” I could be. I feel like I am in my twenties, look younger than most of my peers, and have the energy to go non-stop through my busy day. Come to think of it, I really do not need the fountain of youth. Aging exercise is easy with the IsoBreathing System. I’ll leave searching for an instant answer to those who do not want to take a proactive role in their own health.

About the Author: Owner of IsoBreathing Inc. and creator of IsoBreathing® Ellen has been teaching life style and fitness over 20 years and is a certified fitness practitioner and personal trainer. Find out about Isometric Exercise, Weight Loss Exercise or buy her Exercise DVD - visit

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Just What Are Your Optimal Levels Of Vitamin C Intake?

Just What Are Your Optimal Levels Of Vitamin C Intake?

Submitted by: Steve P Smith

Amongst the general public today, vitamin C is probably the most popular of all nutritional supplements, perhaps principally because it is widely believed to be effective as a cure for the common cold. But there is much more to the nutrient than this, as was demonstrated by the celebrated Dr Linus Pauling, whose pioneering work hailed optimal intakes of vitamin C as a powerful weapon against flu, heart disease and even cancer.

Pauling’s books became extremely popular, but it almost goes without saying that the medical establishment was quick to ridicule his ideas and still largely refuses to recognize the value of large doses of vitamin C. Not that either the public or Pauling, a double Nobel Laureate, seemed to care much. He regularly took doses of well in excess of 1,000 mg daily, and was working almost until the end of his incredibly active 93 year life.

As well as the happy coincidence of Pauling’s longevity, if coincidence it is; a great deal of research now supports his claims for vitamin C, as well as recognizing it as one of nature’s most powerful anti-oxidants and anti-ageing nutrients. But despite this, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) remains set at just 60 mg; and, more worryingly still, research suggests that around a quarter of people in the affluent western world, including America and the United Kingdom, manage to consume only about 40 mg of vitamin C a day, just 2/3rds of this already very low RDA.

Despite repeated lectures from government and health agencies to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, it seems that many people still do not do so. And even for those who do, the amount of vitamin C yielded from these foods, grown as they are on nutrient depleted soils, is likely to be low; and will be depleted further by pesticides, transport, storage, processing and cooking.

And as if this were not enough, vitamin C is used up easily once in the body; both by combating the free radicals released by normal oxidative biochemical reactions and by the toxic stresses produced by environmental pollution. The use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, including common medications, is also highly destructive of vitamin C.

Given all these factors, it’s hard to think many of us are getting optimal levels of vitamin C, an observation that’s strongly supported by a look at intakes in the animal kingdom.

What particularly interested Pauling was that human being are unusual, though not unique, amongst animals in that we are unable to manufacture vitamin C within our bodies. Little in nature is ever wasted, and Pauling argued, logically enough, that animals which do manufacture their own vitamin C would only make as much as their health demanded. It seems, however, that most animals produce around 30 mg of vitamin C per kilo of body weight, and this figure rises dramatically when the organism is under particular stress. For an adult human weighing, say, 75kg (165 pounds), the figure of 30 mg would equate to a vitamin C requirement of 2,250 mg, which of course must be obtained from the daily diet or through supplements.

But in case this figure seems high, it is fortunately possible to compare typical human intakes with those of closest genetic relatives in the animal kingdom, the great apes, who are also unable to synthesis vitamin C within their bodies. Interestingly, the diets prepared for chimpanzees and gorillas in captivity, presumably with their optimal health as the intention, seem typically to yield between 20 and 30 mg of vitamin C per kilo of the animals’ bodyweight. And a 1940s study of gorillas in the wild estimated a vitamin C intake from their food of around 4,500 mg, typically around 22.5 mg per kilo of the animal’s bodyweight.

And of course, it needs to be remembered that these creatures in the wild are likely to be subject to far less environmental stress and fewer toxins than human beings, thereby making better use of the larger amounts of vitamin C they consume, and further emphasizing the inadequacy of most human’s intakes.

In the face of all this evidence, given that humans are estimated to be around 98% genetically identical to the great apes, an intake of 1,000 – 2,000 mg a day for a typical adult would not seem excessive; and the RDA, in fact, appears pitifully low.

Happily, these optimal intakes of vitamin C are easily achieved through supplementation, and there are no known problems of toxicity at any level. But it is probably best to stagger the intake of high doses through the day, to maximize absorption and maintain saturation levels in blood and tissue at all times.

About the Author: Steve Smith is a freelance copywriter specializing in direct marketing and with a particular interest in health products. Find out more at

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Drink This to Stay Young

Drink This to Stay Young

Submitted by: David J. Blyweiss, M.D

When it comes to drinks, you’ve got lots to choose from, from the bad (sugar- and chemical-packed sodas) to the questionable (coffee and alcohol which studies say can both harm and help your health). But there’s one beverage that I rely on to not only quench my thirst, but to help keep cancer, diabetes, heart disease and even Alzheimer’s at bay.

Best of all, this delicious drink is inexpensive and available anywhere you live.

And now, a new study suggests that drinking this every day can make you younger!

What is this mystery drink?

It's green tea, the most popular drink on Earth. This centuries-old beverage has gained new popularity in recent years, and with good reason. According to the studies I’ve seen, the polyphenols in green tea provide antioxidants that are far more potent than vitamins A, C, or E.¹ No wonder it’s such a powerful weapon against chronic disease.

But could green tea be the new fountain of youth?

According to these new findings, which appear in the British Journal of Nutrition, it just might be. The placebo-controlled study recruited 18 healthy volunteers who were randomly given either 2 cups of green tea or water every day for 4 weeks. After analyzing the blood and urine of the participants, the researchers found that the green tea provided significant protection to participant’s DNA.

When researchers combined the results from the human trial with a lab study, they discovered that green tea reduced damage to the participant’s genes by 20%.²

This isn’t the first time scientists have uncovered green tea’s ability to prevent the biological threats that can damage your DNA and prematurely age you.

Earlier this year, scientists from the Chinese University of Hong Kong reported that the cells of regular tea drinkers may have a younger biological age than cells from non-drinkers.

The key was in the tea drinkers’ telomeres. Telomeres are caps containing DNA which are located on the ends of your chromosomes. As your cells divide and your chromosomes grow older, these telomeres get shorter and shorter. And the quicker your telomeres shorten, the faster you age.

The Chinese researchers report that the telomeres of people who drank about 3 cups of tea per day were longer than people who drank an average of a quarter of a cup a day. How much longer? When all was said and done, it translated to telomeres that were about 5 years younger than telomeres of folks that don’t drink green tea!

How much green tea do you need to drink to reap these anti-aging benefits? If these two studies are any indication, just 2 to 3 cups a day will do the trick.

So you don’t like green tea? Don’t worry, you can still get in on its protective properties with a green tea supplement. Look for a supplement that contains (-)-Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) and is standardized to contain 60% polyphenols. For the most impact, set a goal of 240 to 320 mg of polyphenols every day.

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About the Author: Dr. David Blyweiss is well-known across the world for his major advancements in alternative medicine. He serves on the advisory board for Advanced Natural Medicine, and is the senior supplement advisor at The Uniscience Group.

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Anti-Aging Eating

Anti-Aging Eating

Submitted by: Colleen Palat

In this day and age, people are living longer and longer, which is fantastic news for us all! Human advances in medicine and other pertinent areas have extended the average lifespan for humans to 77.2 years!

A longer lifespan is great news for us all, yet as we get older, it's typical to experience a variety of aged-related problems. While living longer is our goal, I think we all agree we can do without the physical aging part. What can be done to combat the aging process?

Recently, scientists have identified some key nutrients in food that can help with anti-aging.

Heart disease, memory loss, and wrinkles, to name a few, are all aging symptoms we will all experience sooner or later due to free radicals.

Free radicals are harmful oxygen molecules that damage our cells leading to several age-related problems. But how can we combat these free radicals? By eating citrus fruits! Their abundant source of vitamin C helps prevent wrinkles, protects our arteries, and reduces our risk of heart disease and stroke.

What foods are best for anti-aging?

Spinach and Grapefruit.

Spinach is rich with carotenoids, which help to protect the eye from macular degeneration (a leading cause of blindness in the elderly).

Grapefruit is full of glutathione, which helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Tomatoes and Watermelon.

Tomatoes and watermelon both contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. They are so powerful; they can even help to prevent the growth of tumors!

Other Important Nutrients

As we age, our appetite naturally slows down and our body absorbs fewer nutrients, as it once was able to do. Couple that with the fact that many of us simply do not eat the right amount of fruits and vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, and we have a diet that is lacking. To make sure you get in the right amount of nutrients everyday, include the following in your diet to insure that you are giving your body what it needs.

Beta-Carotene: This can be found in carrots, yellow squash, and bright colored vegetables. This antioxidant helps prevent wrinkles, dry skin, cataracts, heart disease, and cancer. One sweet potato gives your body about 15 mg. of beta-carotene: the amount doctors recommend we take in each day.

Vitamin E: Nuts, wheat germ, and cooking oil. Consuming the right amount of vitamin E can cut the risk of heart disease in half. All you need is just 2 tsp. of sunflower seeds a day to get in half of this important nutrient.

Zinc and Calcium: These are the two most important minerals in your diet! Calcium can be found in dairy foods, and green, leafy vegetables. Calcium is crucial for preventing osteoporosis! Zinc can be found in meats and shellfish, which help to keep the immune system strong.

B Vitamins: B vitamins help to maintain our energy and keep our nerves and brain healthy. You can find B vitamins in leafy greens, potatoes, bananas, meats, and legumes.

Our nutritional needs change as we age, so make sure your diet changes along with what your body needs. Paying just a little more attention will help you life a longer life of health and vitality!

About the Author: Colleen is a health and fitness enthusiast who loves to pass on the latest information on health and wellness. Sign up for your free e-newsletter filled with cutting-edge information on health, nutrition, weight loss, and fitness. For your free e-newsletter, visit

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Anti Wrinkle Eye Cream Can Return The Twinkle

Anti Wrinkle Eye Cream Can Return The Twinkle

Submitted by: Ann Marier

Crows feet, laugh lines and a host of other names have been given to the wrinkles that form around the eyes, and anti wrinkle eye cream is big business. As people try to reverse the effects of growing old, especially around the eyes they try numerous over the counter rejuvenation treatments hoping to counter the effects of ageing as well as over exposure to the sun.

Often considered a sign of premature ageing and detraction from the person’s overall beauty, wrinkled skin is the battle most often waged in the ageing process. As the body gets older, the skin loses moisture as well as a diminishing amount of certain vitamins and minerals causing the skin to dry out and become thinner. Even small wrinkles can show predominantly and a quality anti wrinkle eye cream can help bring the skin around the eyes back to life and make the wrinkles disappear.

The most common antiwrinkle eye cream contains retinol a form of Vitamin A that can, over a period of about two weeks, show marked improvement in the amount of wrinkles around the eyes. Many use wrinkle creams applied to the entire face, concentrating additional ointments and creams around the eyes.

Help Skin Restore Natural Luster

While the use of anti ageing eye cream may help the skin return to its original smoothness, it will take more than cream to maintain the appearance of youth. Looking young requires a daily regimen to maintain moisture in the skin as well as reduce dryness, sagging and what is commonly called age lines. Using anti aging eye cream is a start, but skin care creams are also required to replace the vitamins in the skin as well as avoiding exposure to the sun.

Persistent exposure to ultraviolet rays is one of the most common causes of wrinkled skin and starting early to avoid too much sun will have a profound positive effect on the skin as it ages. While all skin will show signs of age and the person gets older, a person who has never been exposed to too much sun will show it later in life. It is not unusual for a person in their 20’s to show signs of ageing due to poor skin care and sun exposure early in life.

Using anti wrinkle eye cream is a good start to reduce and possible reverse the effects of ageing, but keeping the skin hydrated and conditioned with the use of vitamins and antioxidants can have a lasting effect on the skin’s condition.

About the Author: Ann Marier writes informative articles on general health issues providing helpful tips and advice. Her latest articles are about the different face creams including antiwrinkle face cream

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How to Lose Abdominal Fat As You Get Older

How to Lose Abdominal Fat As You Get Older

How to Lose Abdominal Fat As You Get Older
By Yuri Elkaim

This is a common concern that many people have as they age. Today I am going to talk about the concepts that as you age, your muscle mass declines and your metabolism slows down. As a result, it is more difficult for your body to burn calories. This means that it becomes easier to hold onto calories and gain weight, thus making losing abdominal fat a tougher task.

After the age of about 30, physiology tells us that your maximum aerobic capacity beings to decrease by about 1% per year. The same thing happens with your muscle mass. You lose about 1% per year of muscle mass throughout the rest of your life.

You cannot really prevent this, but you can delay the decline in muscle mass. The way to do that is - strength training! The earlier you start strength training the better. If you are 5 years old, obviously, you don't need to do it, but as soon as you hid mid-late puberty, that is when you want to start, especially if you are a woman. In my experience, women have a fear of lifting weights because they think they are going to get bulky. It is really important that women lift weights and challenge their muscles because it helps to prevent osteoporosis, and the sooner women start to engage in some sort of resistance training, the better off their bone health is going to be later in life.

The second component is your ability to burn fat, not only now but for years down the road. It is important to strength train your muscles so that you can increase your metabolic rate. I've said it before and I'll say it again: your basal metabolic rate is heavily dependent on your lean muscle mass. The more lean mass you have the higher your metabolic rate will be which means that you are going to burn more calories throughout the day, at rest, while you are sleeping, etc. The two are related. Your metabolic rate slows down as you start to lose muscle mass.

Here is the difficult thing: if you continue to eat the same way you ate when you were younger, you will have more calories coming in than you are expending. If is important that you adjust your caloric consumption to either maintain or lose weight if need be. A lot of athletes maintain their caloric consumption when they stop their grueling training schedules and run into a tough time when they gain weight.

You need to resistance train to build muscle mass so that you can keep your muscle mass high for as long as possible and keep your metabolism up too. You also want to reduce your caloric consumption as you age because the less muscle you have, the less need you will have for calories and energy. You've got to look at both sides of the equation. So, that is why it is tougher to lose weight as you get older.

This information is not to be used as an excuse! I know plenty of people who are in their 50s, 60s, and 70s who are in great shape and are lean. And I know you can do it as well. Physiology is physiology but you can overcome it if you put in the work and dedication. That is why I am here to show you and motivate you.

Fitness and Fat Loss Expert, Yuri Elkaim, helps thousands of busy health conscious individuals lose fat while sculpting lean muscle with just 3 short enjoyable workouts a week. Take his 20-lesson six pack abs e-course for free by visiting today!

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