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Natural Anti-Ageing Tips

Natural Anti-Ageing Tips

There is alot of information on anti-ageing in the media ranging from vitamin supplements to the latest magical creams and lotions. All of this information can seem confusing and overwhelming. There are a number of simple measures that you can take to “age healthily”. Factors that can influence the ageing process are nutrition, exercise, levels of stress and relaxation. Addressing these factors can result in a dramatic improvement in general health as well as slowing down the ageing process. Natural anti-ageing tips are all around, but here is our selection from us at Healthy3. Healthy ageing does not work with a quick fix approach or just supplemneting with lots of vitamins. A healthy lifestyle which includes a healthy diet, regular exercise and the addition of antioxidants is the key to keeping you healthy and young. The following simple tips can help you achieve your target of healthy ageing: Nutrition A diet high in caffiene, alcohol, saturated fat, salt and processed foods is unsurprisingly going to result in unhealthy skin, and will starve the body of nutrients. A diet that is going to help the anti-ageing process should include plenty of vegetables, water, essential fatty acids (from oily fish, nuts and seeds), and fruits. Anti-oxidants are also very important in anti-ageing. There are a number of supplements that are discussed in the article What are anti-oxidants?”. Foods that have high levels of anti-oxidants are garlic, colourful vegetables and fruits, extra virgin olive oil, pink grapefruit, walnuts, almonds, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. Alchohol consumption should be kept to a minimum as it causes dehydration throughout the body. This also applies to processed foods, which are high in sugar and salt.  You should aim to drink 8 glasses or 1.5 litres of water a day. Exercise Regular exercise is very important in maintaining a healthy mind and body. Exercise causes an increase of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural mood boosting chemicals and are released during exercise. Exercise also reduces the stress hormones such as cortisol. Several studies have shown that regular exercise can slow down the ageing process. The types of exercise that can be incorporated into a regime should include flexibility training, strength training and a cardiovascular workout. If you haven’t done any strenuous exercise recently, you should consult...

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Can music slow the ageing process?

A study conducted at Northwestern University has discovered that musical experience has a direct effect on the ageing process. This suggests that age related hearing problems may be avoided with musical training. So can music slow the ageing process? Researchers at the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory measured the automatic brain responses of younger and older musicians and non-musicians to speech sounds. They found that older musician shad a clear neural timing advantage. Nina Kraus, professor of communication sciences in the School of Communication and professor of neurobiology and physiology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences said,  “The older musicians not only outperformed their older non-musician counterparts, they encoded the sound stimuli as quickly and accurately as the younger non-musicians. This reinforces the idea that how we actively experience sound over the course of our lives has a profound effect on how our nervous system functions.” These finding suggest that listening to music can have a profound effect on our health and perhaps slow the ageing process through its benefits. Music has also been found to have a positive influence on the immune system. Other studies from the Kraus’Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory suggest that musical training also prevents age related memory loss and hearing difficulties. These are the most common hearing related problems that affect older people. This simple study provides positive news to many people who may be affected by hearing problems. Listening to music has been shown to be good for your health. Think again before during the radio down! We hope you enjoyed our article discussing if music can help to slow the ageing process. Please let us know by rating it...

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Anti-Ageing Supplements: Co-enzyme Q10

Co-enzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance that is produced naturally in the body. This natural substance has many health benefits and is also known as ubiquinone. Co-enzyme Q10 is vital for energy production throughout every cell of our bodies. The amount of Co-enzyme Q10 produced in the body decreases with age, so supplementation is very important in people over the age of 50. As well as helping with energy production, Co-enzyme Q10 provides vital antioxidant protection to all of our cells. This has many benefits throughout the body, ranging from cardiac health to preventing gum disease.The powerful antioxidant action ofCo-enzyme Q10 is what gives this supplement is anti-ageing properties.Antioxidants, by nature, work by neutralising harmful “free-radicals”. Free radicals can be formed by factors such as exposure to radiation(including over exposure to the sun’s rays), cigarette smoke, air pollution, exercise, processed foods, household cleaners and stress. The body also produces free radicals through various metabolic processes such as the breakdown of stored fat for use as an energy source. As Co-enzyme Q10 is present in all of our cells, its antioxidant (and anti-ageing) action is that much more powerful. This supplement helps to protect all of our cells from free radical damage, and keep us healthy. Many studies have highlighted the benefits of this supplement of heart health. Co-enzyme Q10 has been shown to protect the heart from damage after heart attacks. This supplement is recommended for people who have a family history of heart disease. Studies have also shown that Co-enzyme Q10 can actually help the heart to repair and rejuvenate to such an extent that surgery was not required in patients with heart disease. Co-enzyme Q10 has also been shown to lower blood pressure. Co-enzyme Q10 is found in high amounts in mackerel, salmon and sardines. It is also present in peanuts and spinach. As this supplement is fat soluble it is best taken with oily or fatty foods. When buying this supplement, look for products that contain a small amount of vitamin E, as this helps to preserve the co-enzyme Q10. The recommended dose varies from 30 to 100mg a day. As a general food supplement, 30mg a day is sufficient, when taken a long side a...

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Top tips for natural anti-ageing (1)

This article highlights a few tips that can help to naturally slow down the ageing process. The following points are not a quick fix, but a change of life style. The process of “staying young” is not just a matter of applying the latest face cream, having a botox injection or taking the latest supplement. It is about changing your diet, incorporating regular exercise, getting adequate sleep, reducing stress and stimulants and also accepting that ageing is not an illness. The following recommendations will help you not to ageing prematurely and improve your general level of health. These tips will also prevent you developing certain illnesses and improve your levels of energy. 1. Eat smaller meals. Rather than eat 3 large meals a day, consume 4 to 5smaller meals. This simple measure will help to control your blood sugar levels and place less stress on your digestive system. 2. Cut down on salt. This tip will reduce your chances of developing high blood pressure and will also improve the quality of your skin. This is because salt has a dehydrating action, and can reduce moisture in your skin. This results in the appearance of prematurely aged skin. 3. Regular exercise. Regular exercise is very important in maintaining a healthy mind and body. Exercise causes an increase of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural mood boosting chemicals and are released during exercise. Exercise also reduces the stress hormones such as cortisol. Several studies have shown that regular exercise can slow down the ageing process. The types of exercise that can be incorporated into a regime should include flexibility training, strength training and a cardiovascular workout. If you haven’t done any strenuous exercise recently, you should consult a person trainer for advice. You should take an antioxidant supplement such as a multivitamin and Omega 3 Oil within 30mins of a work out. This is because strenuous exercise can cause the release of free radicals. 4. Reduce your intake of calories. This simple tip of consuming less calories can make a dramatic impact of your health. Many studies have found that by eating less, you can slow down the ageing process. It is still important to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, protein...

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Healthy Eating for Anti-Ageing

Healthy eating is a must for general health and anti-ageing. By just controlling your calorie intake and avoid junk food, you can dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. This also results anti-ageing benefits. Many studies have found that by eating less, you can slow down the ageing process. It is still important to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, protein and fat. The idea is to cut down on portion size, which puts less strain on the digestive system. Drinking water throughout the day (approx 2 litres per day) will have a double benefit. Water keeps your skin hydrated and healthy, and it also keeps food cravings at bay.Most of the time, when we are hungry, we are actually dehydrated, so keeping your water intake topped-up will help to keep the weight off. By lowering the amount of calories we consume, we reduce our intake of free-radicals. Free radicals are harmful chemicals that are present in fried foods and can be produced by the body during digestion. These free-radicals are also known to speed up the ageing process.  It is therefore important to eat foods which have high antioxidant activity. Antioxidants can be found in many fruits and vegetables. Antioxidant Rich Foods Blueberries Strawberries Cherries Peppers Raspberries Almonds Brazil Nuts Broccoli Spinach Seeds Citrus Fruits Omega 3 Oils You should not restrict yourselves on how much of the above foods you eat. Foods high in saturated fat, salt and sugar should be cut down, as they facilitate the production of free-radicals. Cutting down on these foods will also help you lose weight, which will in turn aide the anti-ageing benefits. Foods high in salt and sugar cause dehydration, which cause premature ageing. These foods result in less moisture in the skin, and lead to dry and less elastic skin. You should aim to drastically reduce or totally cut out junk food, take-ways and ready meals, as these contain high amounts of salt. Biscuits, cakes and sweet contain a lot of sugar, saturated fat and hydrogenated fats, which can cause dehydration and the release of free-radicals. As most people are aware smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, do not do you any favours regarding your...

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Hyaluronic Acid – Nature’s Moisturiser

The anti-ageing effects of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) have been well publicised over the last few years. HA is a naturally occurring protein that is found mainly in connective tissue throughout the body. It is also found in the vitreous humour of the eye, and is widely present in the skin. As we age, we produce less HA, which leads to stiff joints and dry and wrinkly skin. HA is often referred to as “nature’s moisturiser” as it has incredible moisturising properties. As well as being important for joint health, HA is vital for the skin. HA works by binding to water, which leads to the skin being wrinkle free and hydrated. This natural supplement retains water in the skin, which contributes to the skin keeping a youthful appearance. As we get older, the body produces less HA, which leads to the skin retaining less water, resulting in wrinkles! Foods That Contain Hyaluronic Acid The following foods can help the body produce HA: Vitamin C rich foods: Lemons, oranges, grapefruits, limes, blueberries, cherries, mangoes, strawberries, peppers, tomatoes. These foods do not contain HA, but they are important for general skin health. Vitamin C is required along with HA to produce and repair collagen, which results in younger looking skin. Vitamin C is usually added to anti-ageing creams. Magnesium rich foods: Bananas, tomatoes, avocadoes, melons, peaches, pears, —-magnesium rich fruits Spinach, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, green lettuce and green beans—-magnesium rich vegetables. Magnesium is required for HA production, so these foods should be a big part of your diet. Vegetables: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips, yams, kelp. These vegetables do not directly contain HA directly they stimulate the production of HA in the body. Soy Foods: Soy milk, tofu, bean curd, edamame beans. Soy foods contain phytoestrogens which helps the body produce HA. As you can see, there are various food sources that can help your body make HA, although there are a number of companies that produce this supplement in tablet and cream forms.  Some cosmetic companies market HA as an effective ingredient in moisturisers that can eradicate wrinkles, leaving the skin elastic and firm. Some clinics even offer HA injections. The effectiveness of these injections is questionable, and not a...

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Nutritional Supplements for a Healthy Brain

Most people ignore their brain function when thinking of anti-ageing supplements. This is a major oversight as the brain controls everything from memory to the function of the nervous system. The brain requires regular nourishment in order to function optimally. There is a direct link between the health of the gastro-intestinal system and the health of the brain. Research has shown that the chemical neurotransmitter serotonin, which is found in the brain, is also present in the gastro-intestinal system. Serotonin in the gut is responsible for triggering digestion. The nerve cells in the gastro-intestinal system feed back to the brain. Therefore a good diet is very important in maintaining good brain health as well as preventing illnesses that affect the brain. Recent studies have also discovered that restricting calorie intake can actually lead to living longer. Restricting calorie intake does not mean cutting out healthy foods, but eating in moderation and cutting out foods with high amounts of sugar, salt and saturated fats. These studies also highlight the possibility of improved brain function and a lower incidence of age related illnesses with a lower calorie diet. A balanced diet that consists of fibre, protein, complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, and nutrients is essential maintaining the health of both the gastro-intestinal system and brain function. There are certain natural health supplements that can help with brain health, nerve function as well as provide nourishment to the brain cells. The supplementation with essential fatty acids has been linked with improving conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The nutrient DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is known to be beneficial for the general health of the brain. DHA helps to promote brain and nerve function and is predominately found in Flax Seed Oil and Fish Oil supplements.  Studies have shown that supplementation with DHA can improve memory in Alzheimer’s patients and improve memory loss that is related to ageing. Antioxidants are also very important in the health of the brain as they help to neutralise free radicals. Free radicals can be formed by factors such as exposure to radiation (including over exposure to the sun’s rays), cigarette smoke, air pollution, exercise, processed foods, household cleaners and stress. The body also produces free radicals through...

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