Learn about anti-aging. Help support healthy skin care and reverse the aging process.
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What is Anti-aging?
The Fountain of Youth – since ancient times, humanity has been searching for the answer: how do we stop (or reverse) the aging process? From the time we are born, we are growing constantly and getting older.
Aging is a rather mysterious process – and no definitive cause has been found – it seems to be a collection of factors within the body working together. One thing we do know is that aging has strong genetic factors. This explains how some cultures seem to age relatively well compared to others.
Although we may not realize it, on a cellular level, oxidization occurs and ultimately leads to aging. Most scientists will agree that free radicals often injure cells and lead to aging skin. The chemical process behind aging can be likened to browning a cake in the oven – on a cellular level the ‘browning’ happens between glucose and proteins which causes damage in our genes.
What Causes Aging?
During aging cells lose their ability to divide, which can also weaken the immune system. Aging symptoms are prolific throughout the stages of life and include puberty, menstruation, genital development, through to menopause, sexual dysfunction such as low sex drive or impotence, hair loss, eye problems and hearing loss.
Help for Anti-aging
Conventional treatment for aging skin may include drastic measures such as plastic surgery, which comes with many risks – as well as controversial injections of growth hormones – the long term effects of which are not known.
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Tips to help slow aging:
- Always use UV sunscreen and cosmetics. Sun exposure is a major contributor towards skin aging and wrinkles. Sun damage after the age of fifty can even increase risk of skin cancer.
- Hydrate. A large portion of the human body is made up of water – so it makes sense that you should drink water and natural juices throughout the day – especially in hot weather. Skin hydration is also aided by drinking water and will lessen age-related fatigue on skin.
- Stop smoking. Skin ‘vitamins and minerals’ are depleted greatly by nicotine. This means the greater risk of aging before your time. Smoking also contributes to the whole body aging, and also increases the risks of cancer, arthritis and osteoporosis.
- Take it easy. Chronic stress can increase the aging process – which is why 8 hours of sleep is recommended each night! Try to relax through yoga or massage techniques.
- Lacking essential vitamins and minerals is a major factor in aging – eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and food rich in antioxidants (vitamins A, E, C and selenium), zinc and copper – and add fiber to help your digestive system get rid of toxins.