Diet is the Real Aging Remedy
Here you will find an Aging Remedy or two which will protect your skin cell membranes, and fight against collagen break-down.
For the most part, diet holds the nutritional key in the aging process. Anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids are two key nutrients in maintaining skin integrity at the cellular level.
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Anti-oxidants contain molecules which are capable of reacting with Free Radicals (oxidation) to neutralize them in animal tissues.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) are building blocks for the fat in our bodies and in our foods. These are present in all healthy cells and are important for the proper function of cells, organs, muscles, and nerves. They are categorized into two groups: Omega-3 and Omega-6.
Free Radicals are a natural by-product of metabolism (oxidation). Essentially, it is an atom with an unpaired electron which then becomes very reactive causing the de-stabilization of other molecules.
A) Alfafa - Alfafa is a bushy perennial native to western Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean region.
It is mostly used as a forage for animals, but it also has been used as herbal medicine for hundreds of years. Its leaves and stems are rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals.
Uses - Alfafa is an excellent source of beta-carotene (anti-oxidant). It is often used to to boost vitality, and strength. It can also be used as a nutritive tonic, and an alkalizing herb. It can treat inflammation, digestive problems, and acute or chronic cystitis.
Aging Remedy- The anti-oxidant, alkalizing, and anti-inflammatory properties of this plant are beneficial for the skin.
Available Forms - Fluid extract from its leaves, poultice from its seeds, capsules, infusion and tablets.
Adult Dosages and Route -
Oral Dosages -
Fluid extract - 5ml 3x/day maximum
Tea - 5-10gram, steeped
Powder - 5-300grains
Capsules - 3-6 caps daily
Precautionary Information - Alfafa can act as a uterine stimulant, therefore it should not be used during pregnancy. The seeds should also not be eaten as these contain a toxic amino acid.
B) Kelp - Kelp is an algae found in Northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Uses - Kelp has been used as an anti-obesity, anti-oxidant, anti-hypertensive, and as an anti-coagulant. It contains high levels of iodine.
Aging Remedy - Kelp contains a potent anti-oxidant capable of healing and protecting the skin from free radicals.
Available Forms - Capsules, tablets, powder and extract.
Adult Dosages and Route -
Capsules - 500-650mg/day
Precautionary Information - Kelp also contains an abortifacient property therefore it is highly suggested that it NOT to be used during pregancy, and should not given to children. Additionally, it can cause nausea and vomiting, and decrease in blood pressure.
C) Parsley - Parsley is found in all parts of the world.
Uses - Traditionally, it has been used to treat cough, GI upset, menstrual irregularities, and joint pain and inflammation. It is also an anti-oxidant, anti-spasmodic, and a diuretic.
Aging Remedy - The anti-oxidant and diuretic properties of this plant are beneficial for the skin. Diuretics help flush out toxins.
Available Forms - Capsules, essential oils, fluid extract and tea.
Adult Dosages and Route - Oral Dosages
Crushed herb and root - 6g/day
Fluid Extract - 2-4ml, (1:1 dilution in 25% alcohol), 3x/day
Tea - 2-6g, leaves or roots
Precautionary Information - The essential oil should NOT be used by persons with hypotension because of its diuretic effects. It can also cause phototoxicity, therefore the use of sun screen is recommended.
An additional Aging Remedy or two for Skin Vibrancy and Rejuvenation:
Diet - A healthy diet is probably the most significant aging remedy available. This is the closest we will get to The Fountain of Youth.
This article from the CDC discusses the benefits of nutrients on organs.....the skin being the largest of them.
Free radicals are everywhere. These are caused by the effects of the sun, air, and other environmental factors. It causes an oxidative effect on the skin which can lead to pre-mature aging by damaging the skin cell membranes. A diet rich in anti-oxidant foods can help protect your skin's cell membrane, thereby also protecting the skin from collagen breakdown.
Consider these foods to increase your anti-oxidant intake:
Plums, Cranberries, Strawberries, Pomegranates, Artichokes, and Walnuts
It is just as important to add Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's) into your diet.
EFA's come in two forms: Omega-3 and Omega-6. The body does not produce these on its own, therefore it is up to us to ensure our body finds a way to benefit from these essential nutrients.
Anti-oxidants protect your skin cell membranes from sun damage, and free radicals. But first, it's important to have strong skin cell membranes.
This is where EFA's come into play.
Consider these foods to increase your EFA intake:
Herring, Salmon, Avocados, Walnuts
EFA's have an added benefit in that they also help your body retain water. Water helps the skin look more youthful and plumper by keeping you hydrated and by flushing out toxins.
Take care by NOT drinking too much water as this can also flush out essential electrolytes from your body causing muscle and cardiac irregularities.
Avoid this problem by maintaining a slight yellow tinge to your urine.
Finally, the use of sunscreen is important to protect the skin from the sun's damage. Over-exposure to the sun can lead to dark circles under the eyes, sunburns and even cancer.
Even though suncreens are very important for your skin's defense, it is not the only thing to consider when protecting yourself from the sun's damage.
Following are three key nutrients vital in restoring, and re-generating the skin's integrity. These will boost the benefit from the sunscreen.
Read this article from the CDC which discusses the impact of nutrients on organs.....the skin being the largest of them.
Foods high in vitamin C increase collagen build-up in your skin. It can fight free radicals which destroys the natural youthfulness of your skin.
Consider these foods to increase your vitamin C intake:
Oranges, Papaya, Grapefruit, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Bell Peppers
Vitamin E is a natural healer and a powerful anti-oxidant. It protects the skin from free radicals, and UV rays. It is a key nutrient for restoring the skin from mild sun damage.
Consider these foods to increase your vitamin E intake:
Mango, Nuts, Asparagus, Olives, Avocado
Selenium is a mineral and an anti-oxidant. This natural aging remedy helps combat the damage from free radicals by reducing oxidative stress caused by the sun.
Consider these foods to increase your Selenium intake:
Tuna, Nuts, Soy Beans
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