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Stress actually accelerates the rate at which cells age. Thus, controlling stress has significant anti-aging benefits. Chronic stress raises blood level insulin levels, increases risk of obesity and inter-abdominal fat and accelerates inflammatory gum disease. Elevated stress levels appear to raise cholesterol levels over the long-term.
But stress is something we have the power to control. With the right diet, supplements and exercise, and by focusing on positive emotions, we hold the key to a brighter, happier and healthier future.
Supplements to combat stress
Phosphatidylserine, Vitamin C Ester, Omega 3 Fish Oil, Rhodiola, Ginseng, Gingko Biloba
Stress elevates levels of the hormones insulin and cortisol which then act as inflammatory agents. Many of us suffer an excess of both of these hormones, the first from too many sugars and other carbohydrates in our diets, the second from too much stress and caffeine. Look for foods that are part of an anti-inflammatory diet and supplements rich in antioxidants like alpha lipoic acid supplements to help manage stress.
It is not the fine lines and wrinkles that give the face an aged appearance. As we age, the muscles in the face begin to elongate and subsequently sag. Sagging, drooping muscles are the true hallmark of an aging face. Sugary, starchy foods causes an inflammatory response that results in the glycation of collagen in the skin and all other organs. This lays the foundation for the birth of wrinkles, sagging muscles, and loss of tone, elasticity and resilience.
Eat Your Way to Firmer Skin
What we eat can help determine how young (or old) we look. You’ve heard me speak repeatedly of the anti-aging benefits of a diet rich in antioxidants. Protein is not just an important component of an anti-inflammatory diet is of major importance in stimulating cells to repair themselves. Since we cannot store protein in our body, we must take in high quality protein every day. If our protein supply is inadequate or depleted, the body is forced to feed upon itself, resulting in the breakdown of both tissue and muscle. When we don’t get enough protein, and we combine that with a diet of high-glycemic carbohydrates, our features take on a soft, doughy appearance. This ongoing lack of protein is first notable in the face. The sharp, contoured cheekbones and crisp jaw line begin to lose definition.
Key nutrients taken in the right combinations not only prevent bone loss, they can actually stimulate new bone growth. New bone growth brings significant anti-aging benefits.
Age-related loss of bone mass known as osteoporosis, a disorder characterized by porous, fragile bones, is a serious public health problem for more than 10 million Americans, 80 percent of whom are women. Another 34 million Americans have osteopenia, or low bone mass, which precedes osteoporosis. But while bone formation—the acquisition of bone mineral density (BMD)—peaks between the ages of 20 to 30, new research shows that cellular rejuvenation of bone tissue and muscle mass is now a very powerful new reality. Through a process known as “remodeling,” old bone is constantly replaced with new.
Lactoferrin: Lactoferrin found in foods such as yogurt and kefir will stimulate new bone growth while preventing further breakdown of existing bone tissue, lactoferrin enhances both the growth and the activity of osteoblasts (the cells that build bone), and reduces the rate of bone cell death by 50 to 70 percent and decreases the development of osteoclasts, the cells responsible for breaking down bone.
The New News about Vitamin D: When the body is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet light, it produces its own vitamin D—and only 10 minute a day in the summer, and about fifteen in winter is adequate. Vitamin D may also improve muscle strength, thereby reducing fracture risk through falls and high blood levels of vitamin D prevent the loss of calcium from bones.
Vitamin K2 good for the bones and heart: Studies have shown that vitamin K2 may act directly act on bone metabolism. In bone tissue, K2 promotes calcium uptake in bone tissue. The exciting synergy of K2 is that K2 adds calcium to the bones, where it belongs, and removes it from the arteries, where is should not be. K2 stays in the blood for an extended period and when eating natto or taking K2 as a supplement, it continues to build up in the body, accruing superior, long-term protection from thinning bones, fractures and other bone-related problems.
Omega-3’s Build Better Bones: Most Westerner’s diets are high in omega-6s (found in most vegetable oils, grains and grain-fed beef) and low in omega-3s (found in salmon, sardines, nuts, omega-3 eggs, grass-fed beef and dairy products, etc.) However, new studies show that omega-3 fatty acids help promote bone formation and higher intakes of omega-6 fatty acids lead to an increased production of compounds associated with bone loss.
Magnesium: Increasing magnesium intake can inrease bone density in the elderly and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Higher magnesium intake through diet and supplements was positively associated with total-body bone mineral density in older men and women.
Boron: Boron is now being recognized as an extremely important nutrient for supporting healthy bone mass and preventing osteoporosis.
Silicon: Bone Builder and Wrinkle Smoother: Silicon, in the form of choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid (ch-OSA™), improves the bone health benefits of both calcium and vitamin D, helps build and maintain bone by regulating bone mineralization, helping to trigger the deposition of calcium and phosphate, reduces the number of osteoclasts (bone destroying cells) and increasing the number of osteoblasts (bone building cells). Higher dietary silicon intake is associated with greater BMD in both men and pre-menopausal women.
Vitamin C: One of the most important vitamins, Vitamin C is crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, especially because Vitamin c ester have been shown to be an antioxidant. Antioxidants are shown to prevent cancer and cancer can lead to bone loss.
Sources of calcium
Milk, cheese, yogurt, kefir, dark leafy greens, broccoli, canned sardines and salmon with bones, dried beans and peas, tofu and sea vegetables (seaweed). Vitamin D, Vitamin K2 Natto (Japanese fermented soy product) nattokinase supplement, Vitamin or K2 supplement, Silicon in the form of choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid, Omega 3 fish oil, Magnesium, Ch-OSA Silicon, Boron
We don’t need to fanatically count grams of fat, carbs or calories to maintain an ideal weight and/or to lose excess weight. All we have to do is learn how to control our blood sugar. Healthy weight management in addition to its obvious overall health benefits has significant anti-aging benefits as well.
We can experience cellular rejuvenation in the body by helping to ‘reprogram’ our genetic code to stop the storage of excess fat and the loss of youthful muscle mass. As we will demonstrate, we can even turn on the genes that suppress appetite and turn off the genetic switch that tells the body to store fat by controlling blood sugar levels. If blood sugar levels are too low, we cannot nourish our muscles and they begin to break down. We lose precious muscle mass. If insulin levels are too high, we put a lock on the body’s ability to burn fat for energy, and the body will store the fat instead.
How to keep blood sugar levels steady
-Beans and lentils stabilize blood sugar and and are a key component of an anti-inflammatory diet from other sugary or starchy foods.
-A meal with legumes raises blood sugar very slowly and moderately, and even moderates the blood sugar response to the next meal you eat, whether this next meal includes beans or not.
Just ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon mixed in water or tea will help stabilize blood sugar for days—in one study, the group that took the cinnamon reported healthy blood sugar levels up to three weeks after consuming the cinnamon!
-Omega-3 rich foods and fish oil turn off the gene that instructs the body to store fat
-Caralluma Fimbriata, a plant used for centuries in India, blocks fat formation by blocking a vital enzyme called citrate lyase forcing the body to burn its fat reserves, accelerating the rate of fat loss by the body, supresses appetite and generates lean muscle mass by not only inhibits fat synthesis but also increases the burning of fat.
-Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) When taken in effective doses, decreases body fat, especially in the abdominal area, helps block the absorption of fat and sugar into fat cells and increases insulin sensitivity, which will then decrease blood sugar and circulating insulin levels
-Niacin Bound Chromium promotes proper insulin function and normal blood sugar levels, healthy blood cholesterol levels, normal blood pressure, and cardiovascular health
Other key nutrients for weight loss and blood sugar stabilization
-Carnitine and acetyl-l-carnitine, which enhance the sensitivity of insulin receptors, helping to decrease blood sugar and circulating levels of insulin.
-Maitake SX Fraction enhances insulin sensitivity for controlling blood sugar levels. .
-Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) from borage oil improves cell sensitivity to insulin, reducing our chance of developing diabetes, heart disease and excess body fat. as a dietary supplement or as recommended by your health professional.
-Alpha lipoic acid increases insulin sensitivity by increasing the body’s ability to take glucose into the cells.
-CoQ10 maximizes the burning of foods for fuel, helping to normalize fats in our blood.
A young cell is characterized by optimal energy production. Slow down that production, and you begin the aging process. Maintain or rebuild that production and enjoy significant anti-aging benefits. Scientific developments are showing us that we can actually rebuild our bodies on a cellular level. Brain, bone, muscle, skin can all benefit in a process known as cellular rejuvenation. This is of critical importance when we consider that aging itself is a potent carcinogen.
Studies have shown that up to 70 percent of human cancer is preventable and 40 percent of this can be attributed to diet. Certain foods are the key to cellular rejuvenation, boosting the immune system, and disease prevention—esp. cancer prevention. Most notably are those foods rich in carotenoids, such as broccoli.
Dietary Carotenoids—Intercellular Communication for Cancer Prevention
Broccoli, cauliflower, winter squash, red and yellow peppers, cantaloupe, spinach, kale, egg yolks lobster, shrimp, salmon, and red caviar
We’ll be posting a series on the 7 Secrets to Beauty, Health, and Longevity. Not only do these secrets have significant anti-aging benefits, they’ll make you happier and healthier. Stay tuned.
Extra virign olive oil, in addition to being wonderful for your skin, has tremendous health benefits. It lowers bad cholesterol, raises good cholesterol, improves digestion,and stimulates bone growth. All of these have significant anti-aging benefits.
Some other anti-aging methods include getting the appropriate amount of vitamins and minerals. One important vitamin is Vitamin C ester.
Olive oil polyphenols are important antioxidants (natural anti-inflammatories) found in highest concentrations in extra virgin olive oil. They are essential to an anti-inflammatory diet.
One of the most important components of olive oil is hydroxytyrosol, an extremely rare, highly potent polyphenol. Hydroxytyrosol can actually slow the aging process in the skin by stabilizing the part of the cell known as the cell plasma membrane.
Researchers worldwide find that diets rich in olive oil polyphenols are associated with healthier breast tissue, colon function, and cardiovascular function, and offer significant extra protection from secondary smoke and sun-related skin damage.
Extra virgin olive oil is unique when it comes to foods that have a direct impact on beautiful skin and is a critical part of the Perricone Prescription Diet.
A few of the benefits of a diet rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidant extra virgin olive oil include:
• Increases the skins ability to maintain moisture;
• decreases “bad cholesterol”;
• increases “good cholesterol”;
• helps intestinal absorption;
• helps gall bladder activity;
• lowers probability of gallstones;
• lowers blood pressure;
• decreases gastric acid secretion in ulcers;
• stimulates pancreas secretion;
• aids developing bone in children;
• prevents osteoporosis;
• lowers glucose levels in diabetics;
• reduces risk of prostate cancer; and
• reduces the risk of breast cancer
Olive oil polyphenols offer additional benefits when incorporated into topical formulations, including the following:
• The delivery of the polyphenol anti-oxidant benefits directly to the skin
• Provides an all-natural approach to the prevention of free-radical damage
• Minimizes the appearance of lines and wrinkles while it brightens and evens skin tone.
• Extremely gentle and non-irritating; safe for even the most sensitive skin
• Guards against signs of premature aging
Since the initial publication of my book, The Acne Prescription in Fall 2003, I have received a steady stream of letters and e-mails about this systemic, inflammatory disease. (And, make no mistake, acne is a disease that affects young and old, males and females.)
Clogged pores, whiteheads, and blackheads, along with full-blown acne lesions can be successfully treated. The best news is that they can even be prevented from forming in the first place. Most people believe that acne is a scourge of the young, yet in reality, a large number of adults battle acne, too. And, if you are an adult suffering from acne you are particularly vulnerable to scarring – all the more reason to prevent an acne lesion from forming to begin with.
It all begins with the very foods that you eat and nutritional supplements. It really is that simple.
If you are serious about eliminating acne once and for all, follow the anti-inflammatory diet; take body supplements, particularly the pycnogenol and Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids; and start a healthful, stress-reducing exercise regimen. All of these tips follow the Perricone Prescription Diet.
This three-tiered program is the best treatment for adult acne. Following it will get rid of your acne, and you will receive the added benefit of preventing many of the signs of aging. You will discover that not only is there a “facelift in your fridge,” but skin clear, beautiful, acne-free skin as well!