Silver Bullets To Combat The Signs of Aging

Every year a great number of us spend huge amounts of money on skin products that purport to keep our skin youthful, supple and generally trying to keep the rigors of old age at bay. In fact in the USA alone 33.3 billion dollars was spent on cosmetic and beauty products in 2010 according to the American Commerce Department. The skin on our body and especially our face can be a huge indicator of age and well being. As we get older we typically have more wrinkles and our skin is less elastic, these outward appearance are very telling of our age. So by combating these indicators of age, we can actually make ourselves look younger.

In this article we will discuss some new scientific research and some techniques which are magic silver bullets to combating the signs of aging.

A brand new study published by researchers at McMasters University in Ontario has lead to concluding that exercise can dramatically keep skin looking evenger even for those over 65. The researchers took two groups of volunteers all between the ages of 20 to 89; the first group exercised frequently, doing at the very least 3 hours of medium to strong physical activity every single week, the second group were more sedentary and only exercised less than 60 minutes per week.

What the researchers were looking particularly at was the last two layers of our skin, which are most telling when it comes to determining the signs of aging. The stratum corneum layer of the skin, which is the outer layer of our epidermis is exposed to the outer environment, the part we can see and feel. As we get older this layer gets direr, denser and flakier. The second layer they were looking at is just under the outer layer, the dermis, which with age starts to thin and loose elasticity giving skin a saggy appearance.

In the group who practiced soon they found that even after the age of 40, the stratum corneum layer of these people's skin was thinner and healthier than those who were more sedentary. They also concluded that the dermis layer was actually thicker than those of the same age in the second group. The findings indicated that active people over the age of 40 actually had skin that more closely resembled the skin composition of 20 and 30 year olds than others of the same age, even past the age of 65.

The researchers went even further with their study by taking a group of over 65 year old sedentary volunteers who had normal skin samples and put them on a normal endurance training program. They jogged or cycled twice a week at a moderately strenuous pace for 30 minutes and continued this program for three months. At the end of this time they had their skin layers checked again and that exercise produced amazing results.

The exercise had improved this once sedentary group's skin samples markedly. Now their skin layers looked very similar to those of 20 to 40 year olds. The primary researcher, Professor Mark Tarnopolsky, said; “I do not want to over hype the results, but really it was pretty remarkable to see”. He said that under a microscope, “The skin looked like that of a much younger person, and all they had done different exercise”.

Yet exercise is not the only magic silver bullet that can help us combat the signs of aging. If we want to maintain a healthy and fuller appearance to our dermal skin layer, it is vital that we drink plenty of water to keep our skin hydrated. Chemicals and impurities in our environment can also contribute to the dermal layer of our skin shrinking and the stratum corneum thickening. Chemicals added to our water supply such as Chlorine attacks our epidermal skin layer while we shower, drying out our skin and sucking moisture from the epidermal layer. At the same time hard water particles are bombarding our stratum corneum causing it to become thicker and showing more signs of aging. We need to ensure that in our showers we have installed a shower filter to remove the environmental impacts that can lead to our skin showing the signs of aging.

This is an incredible study with far reaching implications for everyone over the age of 40 who are looking to improve the health and appearance of their skin. Even for those of us who are under 40, it tells us that creating the habit of exercising and continuing that into our older age will definitely keep us looking younger.

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Micro-Needling, The New Way to Treat the Skin’s Lines, Wrinkles and Scars, Naturally!

Why do we even have lines and wrinkles? Why does our skin become saggy, and less plump over time? As we age, our own internal collagen production decreases rapidly. Actually, this degenerative process already begins at the tender age of 25!

Collagen is a natural protein which gives our skin its firmness and elasticity, making it appear taunt. However, over time, environmental factors, such as smoking, sun exposure, and other lifestyle choices contribute to premature aging, which further causes a decrease in collagen synthesis. As a result, lines, wrinkles and age spots become more apparent, revealing what we know as “natural signs of aging”.

Essentially, Micro-needling is a form of collagen-induction therapy, which takes advantage of your own body's natural collagen-production abilities, to rejuvenate your skin. Its effectiveness lies in maximizing the body's increased ability to reduce lines, wrinkles, acne scars, surgical scars, and stretch marks. It is well-suited for thin, sensitive skin, and safe to use on ethnic or dark skin.

Micro-needling is minimally invasive procedure (usually 90 min. Or less), where a special micro-needling device is used to create a controlled skin “injury”, by making minute punctures through the epidermis, into the upper layers of the dermis, leaving the surface skin largely unharmed. This triggers the body into producing new collagen, fibers and elastin, in an effort to repair itself.

New capillaries will also form, thereby improving blood circulation in the skin, resulting in unhealthy skin by breaking up fibrous and uneven tissue, which are visible to us as wrinkles or scars.

Depending on the condition of the skin, as well as the age of the patient, 3-4 treatments (usually 4-6 weeks apart), may typically be necessary. Any part of the body covered by skin can normally be raised, not just the face and neck, as commonly believed.

However, some restrictions may apply, which are usually discussed at the initial screening consult, to determine appropriate course of treatment most suitable for a given candidate.

Micro-needling is quickly becoming the preferred method for anti-aging skin treatments because it is extremely safe, minimally invasive (quicker healing, less discomfort, much less down-time), and causes other damage to the skin, unlike other more traditional methods , like microdermabrasion, chemical peels, or laser treatments.

The following are the most common benefits of skin micro-needling:

  • diminish or reduce the appearance of lines and / or wrinkles (“anti-aging”)
  • non-surgical skin-tightening
  • treat scars (eg caused by acne, surgery, burns, mole removals, etc.)
  • improve the appearance of stretch-marks
  • tattoo-removal

As a fully licensed and insured professional, I personally perform all procedures to the highest industry and safety standards, giving each individual client personal attention and peace-of-mind.

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Anti Aging Skin Care – Which Skin Care Product Is Right For You?

We all know that there are hundreds of skin care products on the market today that all claim to have anti aging properties and “breakthrough new formulas”. But how do we as consumers know how to sort through all the marketing hype to find a product that works for us?

Before you look at the skin care products on the market, you need to be aware that there are a number of factors that need to be taken in to account when choosing the right skin care product for you.

– Does the product have proven results?

– Do you have sensitive skin?

– Are the ingredients in the products found either naturally in the human body or naturally in nature?

– Are there scientific studies that back up the claims of the products?

– Are there any new or advanced technologies that have gone in to the product that set it apart or is it just another run of the mill cream or serum?

Asking yourself these questions first before looking at a skin care product will improve your selection 10-fold, and will give you far better results from your daily anti aging routine.

Firstly, let's look at Results. The skin care product needs to have actual testimonials from people that have used the producst and have actually achieved what you want to achieve in their own anti aging goals. If you're looking to reduce fine lines and wrinkles or improve collagen and elastin then you should look for these testimonials.

Now wherever you have sensitive skin or not, it is best to look for products that contain all natural ingredients that are either found naturally in the human body or naturally in nature. Harsh chemicals, toxins and additives can be found in some skin care cosmetics because they have short terms effects by paralysing the skin. These results are not sustainable and actually cause longer long terms damage which can be irreparable.

All good skin care products and anti aging cosmetics will be backed by science. Scientific studies are used to prove the claims of the skin care products and give the consumer a sense of comfort that the results in the testimonials are actually legitimate and achievable, so look for products that have their scientific studies readily available.

Finally, the very best anti aging skin care products in the world today are bourn from millions of dollars in research and development in to new technologies. The BEST technology on the market is without doubt stem cell technology, or more accurately adult human stem cell technology. Stem cell technology allows product formulators to extract compounds that are produced by human stem cells and include them in skin care products and anti aging cosmetics ranges. These give the best results, which are backed by science and contain all natural ingredients found in our own bodies, so any chance of rejection or adverse effects is extremely minimal.

If you ask yourself these simple questions when looking a potential new skin care products or anti aging cosmetics then you'll put yourself in a much better position to find the right product for you and you will dramatically improve your ability to achieve your anti aging goals , whatever they may be.

Yours in Freedom

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10 Keys to Proactive Aging

Practicing pro-age thinking is a great way to start changing our attitudes. This simply means not falling for those old age myths: our brain cells will fall by the wayside, our bodies will let us down, we're doomed to a rusty existence, rather than a golden one. Of course, there are some life changes that are not within our control. But it's how we choose to face those changes that makes a difference in our aging.

10 Pro-aging attitude adjustments

• Try a daily dose of laughter. Laughter is infectious, so it's a great idea to socialize with people who have a good sense of humor. According to experts, laugh relaxes us, gives our immune system a boost, releases those feel-good endorphins and protects our heart. Laughter simply adds joy to life, and that's a wonderful attribute for positive aging.

• Develop a positive outlook. When a problem occurs in life, as it always will, choose to look at it as an opportunity. Problems and difficulties often end up being the best learning experiences. If outright optimism just does not work for you, become an active pessimist. With this outlook, you can be opinionated and feisty about life. It's fine to complain about the state of the world. After that, take action to make a difference.

• Become a lifelong learner. Learning keeps those brain cells alive and kicking. Online learning resources abound. Some websites have online video lectures on a wide variety of topics. Other sites provide “how to” projects and creative learning options. Universities and colleges offer online classes and degrees. Offline learning resources include reading books of all kinds, watching educational television, learning a new language, taking a continuing education class and so much more.

• Build vitality by taking charge of your physical and emotional health. Aerobic exercise is good for the cardiovascular system and the brain. Strength training is good for building muscle and bones. Stretching is great for flexibility and daily functioning. Emotional health is just as important. Staying productive, managing stress, following your faith and connecting with others are all great ways to maintain good emotional balance.

• Maintain a circle of friends and other social connections. Do you have a hobby or special interest, such as scrapbooking, walking, or cooking? There are groups of people out there waiting to connect with others who share common interests. If you're religious, get involved in a church group. Do not lose touch with old friends. Get together for regular evenings out, or simply enjoy a phone conversation.

• Reconnect with that childlike sense of wonder and adventure. Got a bucket list? Start following your dreams. Try zip-lining, parasailing, or travel to an exotic place. Take up a new hobby. Write a memoir.

• Live life with enthusiasm. What's great about aging is that we tend to become less self-conscious about what other people think. So sing, dance, and have a good time laughing with friends. Find new interests. Stay in touch with family members, even if they live far away, by using social media to maintain connections. Get involved with your community and make it a better place to live.

• Become a volunteer for a cause that's important to you. Giving to others provides happiness for both the giver and the receiver. If you have a talent for doing something, donate your time to help someone who needs your expertise. Become a “foster parent” for cats or dogs waiting for their forever home.

• Live life with a “no regrets” attitude. Time becomes more precious as we age. Thinking about what might have been is self-defeating and a waste of that time. Letting go of what can not be fixed and concentrating on what's going on right now is an important component of happier aging.

• Live mindfully. While we are multi-tasking, life at this moment is passing us by. Sometimes it's important to stop, breathe, and focus on one thing at a time. Take time to watch the sunrise. Play with your grandchild. Listen to a loved one talk about what's important to them, without rushing in with a response.

Age can be empowering, or defeating. It can be a time of growth, or a time of just getting by. It all boils down to choices we make and the attitudes we hold about ourselves and about life.

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Is Your Insurance Really Willing To Pay For Tests That Help You Slow Aging?

Experts tell us that our risk for cancer and heart disease are increased as we age. Blood infection in the body is now thought to be the core cause of heart disease. And cardiac specialists are now recommending the following diagnostic tests for early detection and prevention:

1) HYPERSENSITIVITY TESTING C-REACTION PROTEIN (CRP) -a potent predictor of future cardiovascular health.

2.) SERUM FERRITIN-a better marker for blood infection than CRP because these “precursor” levels rise earlier.

3.) LIPOPROTEIN (a) -to diagnose sticky blood which is more prone to clotting.

Currently Medicare, a senior's primary insurer DOES NOT PAY for any of these tests.

Fortunately, Medicare does pay for the A1C test. Discoveries show that this test is not only a good early predictor of diabetes but also dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, and even for shrinkage of your brain. Recent The British Journal of Cancer published a report showing a strong relationship between the A1C tests results and developing cancer. Who knew?

Hormones are chemical messengers that travel through the body to trigger and regulate an array of critical processes, including cell growth, digestion, sleep cycles, cholesterol levels, reproduction and sex drive. As you get older, production of some hormones Declines while production of others like cortisol increase,

In order to optimize hormones and slow aging, five diagnostic tests are needed:

1.) Thyroid Profiles

2.) Estrogen

3.) Progesterone

4.) Testosterone

5.) ASI if under chronic stress

Medicare pays for thyroid profiles and ASI only. Yet clinical studies reveal that too much or too little estrogen puts men at greater risk for heart disease, atherosclerosis, stroke, prostate cancer, and osteoporosis. And anti-aging specialists all agree that bio-identical hormones are safe and effective and are KEY TO ANTI-AGING. Yet Medicare will not pay for bio-identical hormones medication.

MEN LOSE OUT AGAIN-Although it is natural to lose bone mass with age, women are more susceptible than men to bone loss as they age. The DEXA scan is covered by Medicare for women only. There is a test that some anti-aging specialists recommend to detect and prevent the risk of developing bone loss earlier in your late 30s so that bone loss is preventable .. Yet most insurance DOES NOT PAY for the NTX test. The NTX is a blood or urine test that measure a specific type of bone collagen that contributes to bone loss.

So, if you are paying out-of-pocket for any of your laboratory tests, using an online laboratory service with quicker results and MD recommendations is likely to be less expensive than your costs of multiple visits to your doctor's office and laboratory.

Also, if you are paying out-of-pocket for all of your laboratory tests, it is always cheaper to find a local laboratory that will discount fees rather than have laboratory tests in your doctor's office. OR, if you are lucky enough to live in one of the southern border states like Arizona. California or Texas, merely walk across the border and get your diagnostic tests and the results will be faxed to you. I recently saved two-thirds of my laboratory costs by going to a laboratory in Nuevo Progresso, Mexico (across the Texas border).

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5 Reasons Why You May Be Slowing Down

As we get older, the speed with which we walk and react to physical challenges tend to become slower. This occurs regardless of other health challenges we might be dealing with; in fact, even the healthiest older adults tend to walk 20% slower than younger adults (Comana, 2012.) The mechanisms and muscles involved in the activity of walking are complex; the reasons why we may be walking slower can be due to a variety of changes to our gait cycle. The gait cycle is the time in between the first contact of heel of one foot with the ground and the next heel to ground contact with the same foot. Some of the factors involved in the slowing of this cycle are listed below. The good news is that there is much you can do to address gait cycle changes and to increase your walking speed! Here are five bodily changes that could have affected your walking speed and some simple exercises to address them:

1. Strength and Power Losses
As we age, we naturally lose muscle. The muscle fibers responsible for powerful, fast movements show the most change, and losses to our lower body muscular power affect our balance and stability in walking. The muscles around the ankle joint stabilize us when we walk, and lower body muscle power is an important factor in preventing falls. Therefore, people with particularly weak muscles around the knees and ankles will see the most changes to their gaits.

Practice Exercise:
Chair stand – Begin by sitting in the middle of a chair, feet flat on the floor and arms across the chest. Rise to a full stand, then return to a fully separated position. (Discontinue this exercise if it causes you pain in the knee, and consult an exercise or rehabilitation professional.)

2. Shorter Stride Length
A shortened stride length is a common occurrence with increased age, along with a reduced arm swing and more rotation in the hips, knees, and ankles when walking. This means that we end up taking more steps to cover the same distance than we did when we were younger.

Practice Exercise:
Stride Lengthening – safely and slowly practice lengthening your stride for a minute or two when walking by taking longer strides (slowly) and swinging your arms in a longer range-of-motion than you are used to

3. Motion Economy
Due to age-related muscle changes, we end up using more muscular endurance instead of power when walking. A slower walking pace means we do not have to propel forward as quickly and then maximizes our motion economy. The energy cost of walking is less than if we were propelling forward more quickly.

Practice Exercise:
Speed ​​Bursts – When going for a walk, try performing short bursts of speed, either on flat terrain or on a gentle incline. Keep the bursts short and fast (as long as you are balanced well.)

4. Limited Movement in the Ankles and Knees
In addition to often having less stable knee and ankle joints due to muscular weakness, older adults also tend to have less flexibility around both joints.

Practice Exercise:
Heel and Toe Rocks – to increase the range-of-motion around the ankle joints, try rocking back on your heels and then up on your toes. If you feel that you will lose balance, make sure to hold on to a wall or heavy chair for support.

5. Balance Losses
Older adults tend to be more worried about falling than they were when younger, and that will often slow their walking in order to have time to react to changes in their environment (such as surface changes and external objects) and then avoid falling. Older adults also tend to walk with a flatter foot pattern, and use different strategies to step over objects than younger people. These stepping strategies mean older people are more likely to maneuver objects in a way which can cause the heel of the foot to contact an object when stepping over it, and in fact make them more likely to fall rather than having the opposite effect.

Practice Exercise:
Hurdles – Try safely stepping over an object, starting with approximately 2-4 inches of height. You can step over and back, and over and back again, making sure that you are lifting your feet as high as possible and not letting your feet make contact with the object you are using as a hurdle. Challenge yourself, but do not put yourself at risk. Make sure there is a rescue surface nearby or that you can touch a wall as you go over your hurdle.

References:
Comana, F. (2012). Mobility, Gait and Balance; Bryant, C. and Daniel Green, Eds. ACE Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist Manual. San Diego: American Council on Exercise.
Merrill, S. (2012). Older Adults; Bryant, C. and Daniel Green, Eds. ACE Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist Manual. San Diego: American Council on Exercise.

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Taking Care of Your Skin With Quality Skin Care Products

The skin is one of the body's most important organs, yet many people do not take the proper steps necessary to maintain it. Over time, your skin can become very dry and damaged. This can then lead to other problems such as acne and spots. If you want to take care of your skin, then you should make sure that you purchase some natural cleansing lotion. Commercial lotions often contain harsh ingredients designed to clear the skin in the fastest way possible. Although this is great for preventing blackheads and spots, it is not suitable for those with sensitive skin.

Finding a Lotion Which Is Right for You

If you want to give your skin the treatment it describes, then you should consider purchasing some natural lotion. Natural lotion adds moisture to your skin, as well as keeping it clear and soft. You will also find that natural products help to give your skin a healthy glow, by giving it the vitamins and minerals it needs to look great naturally.

The Aging Process

Natural skin products are also great at reducing wrinkles and other fine lines. Some natural skin lotions penetrate the skin, working quickly to restore the collagen and in turn lessening the effects of wrinkles. This is a much safer solution when compared to Botox and other unnatural treatments, not to mention that it is also very affordable and many lotions can be purchased over the counter. Whatever you choose, you should always perform a test patch on your skin before using the lotion to your full advantage. This is especially the case for those with sensitive skin, because you then find out whether or not the lotion is suitable for your needs.

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Natural Anti Aging – The Anti Aging Skin Care Secrets Of The Hollywood Elite

Have you ever looked at the 40-something Hollywood actress who looks like she's 25 and thought “how does she look so young?” Or have you ever wondered how 30-year-old actors can play the role of someone 10 years younger than they actually are? Well the “secrets” to these results are not as inaccessible to the everyday person as one might think.

The secret actually lies in stem cell technology. Well, to be more specific it's the secrets lie in adult human stem cell technology.

This kind of technology was once only available to the rich and famous, who knew the right Dr's and had the money for expensive injections and surgeries. Now, with advances in technology and breakthroughs in cosmetic anti aging, this technology is actually available to the normal people like you and me.

Anti aging cosmetics have come forward leaps and bounds in the last decade, especially the last 5 years. There are cosmetic ranges available today that produce better results than the face lift and injections of yesteryear. We no longer have to inject our skin with serums or harsh toxins like botox to get the “10-year younger” look.

With the right cosmetic range, any person is able to get their skin looking firmer, smoother and unhealthy no matter what their skin tone or what blemishes they might have. Serums have the greatest effect on the skin of any cosmetic product on the market today as a serum will have the largest concentration of active ingredient, which is what will give you the best results.

The active ingredient in a serum, or any cosmetic product for that matter, is the actual compound that has the anti aging effects and is what will reduce the fine lines, remove the blemishes and increase collagen and elastin production within your skin. Products with a higher active ingredient will give you better results and the best active ingredient that I have found in any cosmetic range in the world to date is produced from stem cell technology.

Stem cell technology produces the best active ingredient as it is derived from something that is found inside each and every one of us. Our stem cells naturally produce a compound that promotes cell repair and cell growth and it's this chemical compound that is naturally found in the human body that allows particular cosmetic ranges to produce results that rival and surgical face lift.

As we age our stores of this compound reduce, which reduces the positive effects that they have on our skin. The compound is added to serums and cosmetic products and there is no chance of rejection or side effects because the body naturally contains this compound anyway, all the cosmetics do is increase the amount of this compound which help give us our anti aging “youthful” look again.

I am a firm believer in looking and feeling your best and the best way I've found to do this with healthy lifestyle choices and a great, natural cosmetic range.

Yours in Freedom

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Skin Care – What Are The Best Skin Care Products For Me?

A great skin care routine is the staple of any person's personal care or health care regime, male or female. Gone are the days where it was just females putting on foundation, lipstick and eye liner and men and women are looking for better anti aging skin care results in the ever growing search for youth.

So what are the best skin care products to use? Well, to have a truly complete anti aging skin care routine, you need to contain different complimentary products within your arsenal, and there are many schools of thought on what the best are.

I've compiled a list of the 5 essential anti aging cosmetic products that the experts say every person, male or female, should have in their bathroom cupboard:

1) Serum
2) Cleanser
3) Moisturiser
4) Night repair
5) Lifting Masque

The Serum – every great skin care range has a serum. It is the cosmetic product with the highest concentration of active ingredient in it and is the flagship product in a person's cupboard. Try and find Serums that are derived from adult human stem cell technology as the active ingredient as they are known to have the best results and contain the highest concentration of active ingredient.

The Cleanser – this is the product that clears your pores and your skin of all impurities as the first line of skin care defense. Once the cleanser has done its job, the Serum then comes in to fill those pores with active ingredient to repair and revitalize.

The Moisturiser – is applied after the Serum and is used to seal the Serum to lock in the active ingredient for maximum results. Again, best to look for products that are derived from adult human stem cell technology for best results.

Night Repair Cream – this is essential to any quality skin care routine. After applying the cleanser and serum at night, apply a night cream for a fantastic way to repair and revitalize your skin while you sleep. The difference between a night cream and a moisturizer is that the night repair cream will be more focussed on treating your skin while “inactive”, whereas good moisturisers will be tailor for active lifestyles (and will even contain sunscreen in them too).

Lifting Masque – there is a lot to be said about lifting masques. This product is not your everyday product, however, is great if you need an “immediate face lift”. They are applied and left for a period of about 20min to the skin developing a light “masque”. When the masque is removed, immediately wrinkles and fine lines are reduced. This is a great skin care product to have in any bathroom.

If you combine all of the above, you have a truly Youth Enhancing System that is the envy of any Hollywood celeb.

As with any anti aging skin care range, the results are the main thing to go by. My suggestion is to start with skin care products that are derived from adult human stem cell technology, as that is the best technology available today, then test the results for yourself.

Yours in Freedom.

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Anti Aging Tips – Is There Such Thing As Anti Aging Foods That Help You Live Longer?

We all know that our diet plays a large part in how healthy we are. Anti aging and skin care products are one thing, but are there certain foods that can help counteract the negative effects aging has on the body? The simple answer is yes!

These foods contain the right types of antioxidants and vitamins that can help our bodies and our skin function at optimum levels and aid in the anti aging process.

These foods, in conjunction with a good skin care regime, will dramatically improve the health of your skin and body:

– Red Wine / Resveratrol
– Garlic
– Avocado
– Coconut oil
– Berries
– Dark Chocolate
– Beans
– Fish
– Vegetables
– Nuts
– Whole Grains

I'd like to delve a little further in to my top 3 foods that are essential to anti aging.

Red wine, or more accurately the antioxidant 'resveratrol' that is contained in red wine, is the most potent source of antioxidant known today and is naturally found in foods like grapes and nuts.

Studies have shown that when comparing two groups of overweight mice on a high-fat diet, giving one group of mice resveratrol has dramatic effects. The first group of mice were given high doses of resveratrol as well as a high-fat diet, the other were not given any dose of resveratrol. The overweight mice that were given resveratrol were found to be healthier and lived longer than the overweight mice that did not get resveratrol.

Subsequent studies have shown that when started at middle age, resveratrol slowed deterioration of body and skin cells that caused from aging, as well as repairing and improving cell function. Whilst it may be too early to determine the proper dosage of resveratrol, there is no doubting the health and anti aging benefits of this antioxidant that Harvard Professors have called “a modern day miracle.”

Resveratrol is also an incredible way to help boost your immune system which in itself carries great anti aging benefits and whilst you may not get the essential dosage from a glass of red wine, it certainly can not hurt to substitute a glass or two in to your weekly rule … cheers!

Garlic, the scourge of Vampires all over the world, is an ancient wonder food to us living humans. Garlic is an amazingly healthy and incredibly tasty food which can be eaten on its own or added to other foods and recipes to simply complement and enhance the flavor of the dish.

Its anti-aging benefits include lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reducing infection, protecting and maintaining cell health and is a natural way to boost the immune system.

Avocado, long hailed for its anti aging properties, is a food that can be enjoyed in so many different forms. They are a great source of vitamin E and potassium as well as monounsaturated fats and antioxidants. The antioxidant vitamins in avocados have been shown to reduce cholesterol, improve skin health and lower blood pressure.

Avocados are also rich in folic acid and vitamin B, which are linked to heart attack prevention and reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Avocados also contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that has been shown to lower bad cholesterol, increase good cholesterol and protect against blood clots.

Yours in Freedom

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Anti Aging Skin Care Tips – A Cosmetic Physician’s Guide To Healthy Skin Care

Back when we were growing up as kids, we spent most of our children's wishing that we were older. As a kid, I remember getting a bit of a buzz when someone would have a guess at my age and they guessed a number that was a few years older. As we get older however, that thought process starts to shift and we no longer like to look older, even going through drastic cosmetic surgeries in some cases to reverse the signs of aging.

There are many alternative options available today instead of costy cosmetic surgeries which are far less invasive. The alternative treatments are now near the cost of full cosmetic surgery and can also provide long term results.

I have listed below some tips and hints (including some from a world renounced Cosmetic Physician, who has over 20yrs experience in cosmetic surgery in Hollywood and all around the world):

– Since UV radiation depletes the skin of antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C and E, it is beneficial to use products that contain those vitamins. Oils and serums can sit on the skin more effectively than cream because a cream's main ingredient is water (causing rapid evaporation of the product).

– Fractional lasers release controlled energy into the skin and stimulate it to respond and build more collagen and elastin, thus improving skin integrity. There are intense laser techniques which can take up to 10 days to fully recover and see the benefits and there are gentler laser techniques which require less down time.

– The e-Dermastamp is a device with 6 needles on a rotating head. It is clinically proven to induce collagen and reduce scarring. The treatment usually takes around 1.5 hours and inflammatory last between 12 to 24 hours on average.

The New & Improved Non-Surgical Technology

Now, many Anti Aging professionals agree that while there is still definitely a market for cosmetic surgery today, and there probably always will be, thanks to breakthroughs in certain technologies, anti aging and skin care can now be achieved by everyday people who can not afford expensive surgeries, or who would like alternatives to injecting severe poisons like Botox into their bodies.

He says that specific breakthroughs in stem cell technology have seen some quantum leaps in skin care and cosmetics with respect to anti aging. Cosmetic products have been able to include these technologies in particular to product ranges and have seen some amazing results from the products that contain these compounds (compounds that are produced by adult human stem cells).

It is important in this day and age that we continue to inform ourselves of all of the options available before making any decisions that affect our health or appearance. Where once “anti aging” mean that a patient would need to go under the knife or inject harsh poisons into their body to get the desired anti aging effect, now we are using more more non-surgical options than ever before for people wishing to start their own anti aging regime.

Anti aging skin care technology is fast catching up to cosmetic surgery in maintaining long term desired results, and that is a great place to be if you are a consumer.

Yours in Freedom

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Latest Trend – Do-It-Yourself Homemade Vitamin C Serum

What is the fountain of youth? Why do some people naturally age better than others? Why does our appearance change as we age? These are all questions that everyone wonders or avoids. People always try to look better and younger as they age. What is the secret to staying young?

According to Wikipedia the fountain of youth is a spring that gives youth back to anyone who drinks or baths in its waters. Now when or not this spring exists or actually heals is still to be determined, but it is talked about everywhere. Everyone is searching to look younger.

Aging naturally occurs over time regardless of what people do, that is the bad news. The good news is there are ways people can actually slow aging. Protecting skin from the sun, watching diet, and really being careful about what is applied to skin are 3 simple ways to help fight aging.

Young skin is full of Vitamin C which produces collagen. Collagen is a protein that keeps skin elastic. Without elasticity wrinkles start to form. As The body ages, the Vitamin C levels drop dramatically.

Vitamin C is the ultimate antioxidant. It Promotes collagen growth which reduces and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C also repairs unfriendly sun spots. It also helps brighten and tighten skin. Vitamin C can also reduce inflammation.

There is a secret that most people do not know about vitamin C. Vitamin C has a short shelf life. Because vitamin C is so unstable making your own improves the potency. Store bought C is not as high quality as marketed.

Do it yourself home Vitamin C is the best anti aging product. The process is really simple. Get one dark colored container to store the product and then mix 1/2 tsp Vitamin C powder with 1 tablespoon Hyaluronic Acid Serum and that is it. Only mix what you can use in 3-5 days.

This technique does come with a couple tips. First. do not add extra vitamin c powder as it is acidic and can / will burn skin. Second, if skin is sensitive just add extra Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Finally a nice quality control tool is to test the vitamin C serum on a pH test strip. It should read about a 3.5 to be in the perfect form and then formulation can be adjusted for specific skin type.

Homemade vitamin C serum is the new beauty trend. People love making their own because of the high potency resulting in better results and because of the cost savings.

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Surrendering to the Wrinkle

At age 34, I've decided to age naturally. That's right-no syringes, scalpels, Botox or lasers. But it was not an easy decision, especially considering how common these procedures have become. According to the FACE report, a recent survey of more than 800 women across Canada, 57% of everyday women receive injectable treatments like Botox and fillers, and 34% believe that these treatments are as mainstream as hair coloring or teeth whitening. So where does that leave people like me who are choosing the new alternative: going natural? Will we become, well, dinosaurs-scaly and extinct?

No way. I'm convinced that we can still survive in this wrinkle-phobic society, but only by feeling the best we can from the inside-out. Here's how:

Lifestyle Choices for Optimal Aging

Slowing down the skin's aging is very much linked to our lifestyle choices. “Real anti-aging involved protecting and supporting our overall health, not just the topical,” says Kristen Ma, Ayurvedic practitioner, co-owner of Pure + Simple Inc., and author of Beauty: Pure + Simple .

Proper water intake, for instance, is important for healthy, hydrated skin. But how much is enough? The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) recommends the following on their website: “To determine how much water you need on a daily basis divide your body weight (in pounds) by 2. This equals the number of ounces of water you need daily A normal glass is approximately 8 ounces. ”

Keep in mind that more water is required if your day includes exercise, caffeine-based beverages like coffee, tea and pop, and / or alcohol. Very few of us manage to consume this much water-we simply forget or we dread those extra trips to the bathroom-but it's critical for keeping our cells quenched.

As for a skin-happy diet, naturopath Dr. Patti Yik recommends foods containing high amounts of antioxidants, like berries and green tea. Antioxidants protect the body's cells, including the skin, from damage caused by everyday stressors like environmental toxins and radiation. Vitamin C in particular is an important antioxidant for boosting collagen, and can be found in foods like bell peppers, kiwi, citrus fruits and bell peppers.

Essential fatty acids also enhance skin health. These can be found in walnuts, flax seeds and wild salmon, or in a high quality fish oil supplement. Some people, fearing gain gain, avoid fats like the plague-even the healthy ones. But Canada's Food Guide recommends a daily intake of 30-45 mL (2-3 tbsp.) Of unsaturated fat to keep the body, and the skin, functioning optimally.

“Essential fatty acids are great for nourishing the body from the inside out when they are taken orally,” says Ma. “And they are anti-inflammatories.” Keeping pollution at bay is critical because it can lead to the creation of free radicals-major contributors to the aging process.

As for what to avoid, one of the worst culprits is-you guessed it-UV damage. “Excessive sun exposure or tanning beds can cause unnecessary stress to the skin, damaging skin fibers,” says Dr. Yik. “This causes the skin to sag, stretch and slow the healing process.” By avoiding these harmful UV rays, as well as bad habits like smoking and excessive drinking, we can expose our skin to fewer of the stresses that lead to premature aging.

Natural, Non-Invasive Skin Boosters

Ma advocates using natural skincare products whenever possible because everything we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream. The first step, after cleansing the face, is to apply a serum containing natural ingredients that retain the skin's moisture. The serum in her Pure + Simple line, for example, contains hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastin in a base of aloe vera and algae, all of which work together to increase the skin's hydration.

The next step is to seal in that extra hydration with moisturizer. “I love plant oils as moisturizers,” says Ma. “My favorite oils for anti-aging are sea-buckthorn berry and rosehip oils.” Both are loaded with essential fatty acids and antioxidants. ” Yes, that's right-those powerhouse essential fatty acids can be used topically as well as internally, lubricating the skin and locking in moisture.

“It's a powerful anti-aging combination,” Ma says, referring to the synergy of water and oil that mimics the natural biology of our skin.

Another important anti-aging step is to boost circulation. “As we age, our circulation becomes poorer,” says Ma. “This leads to dullness, dehydration and reduced collagen production.” That's why it's important to use skincare ingredients that stimulate blood flow to the skin, like Vitamin C, ginseng, ginger and sea-buckthorn oil.

Certain facial treatments aim for the same effect-massage, acupuncture, microdermabrasion and micro-currents, so head to your favorite spa for a non-invasive skin boost.

Dr. Yik also recommends taking contrast showers (alternating blasts of cold and warm water). “They help to improve circulation, tighten pores and reinvigorate the skin,” she says, which results in healthy skin, scalp and hair.

The Final Step: Acceptance

Once you embrace the lifestyle choices that best preserve your skin's health, the next step is the most important, and possibly the hardest: just let go and accept your aging as a natural part of life.

“We must decide that who we are is more important than how we look,” says Gwen Randall-Young, author and psychotherapist. “We will all age and so we can decide to do it gracefully and focus on the defect values ​​in our lives.”

In her book, Growing into Soul , Randall-Young discusses the necessary shift, in the second half of our lives, from an ego-based mindset to a soul-based way of being. Whether our inner self thrives in the church pew, while chanting its “ohms,” or by volunteering in the community, it's important to connect to something beyond our external appearance.

“At the soul level we are all beautiful,” says Randall-Young. “We must begin to identify more with our soul than with our body.

So maybe it's time for us to smile at that wrinkle and accept it for what it is-a harmless little line, an artefact of our many experiences, from raising our children to visiting foreign lands. Let's stop waging war against our bodies and transfer that energy into spirit-boosting activities like meditating, practicing gratitude, and using our innate talents to improve the lives of others.

The soul can take over from here. And best of all? It never gets wrinkly.

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Exciting News About Ferulic Acid and Retinol Serum for Anti-Aging Wrinkle and Fine Lines Reduction

Very recently, cosmetics and skin care companies seem to have discovered a very powerful combination of compounds, which is working skin miracles for people all over the world. While it's been known for many years that some nutrients, such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E, are beneficial to the health of human skin, hair and nails, the science behind such health news is gaining momentum by the day.

What we're talking about here are a couple of all natural substances known as Ferulic Acid and Retinol. Serums have been popping up world-wide, intended to improve the health of people's skin, reduce wrinkles, improve elasticity, and fight free radicals in the body, which leads to a whole other list of holistic health advantages.

Let's first take a look at Ferulic Acid

What is it? Where does it come from? And why should you care about it?

Ferulic Acid is actually found in nature. A 100% natural extract, it's commonly found in foods like apples, oranges, rice, artichokes, coffee beans and wheat. In many of these foods, the acid is found mostly in the outer layers and protective skin of the fruit, vegetable, or grain. And that's no coincidence.

Ferulic Acid is gaining popularity for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, as well as its ability to fight off problem-causing free radicals. That's its primary role in the plants it's extracted from and a very good reason for including it in skin care products. It's no secret why we appreciate antifungal and antibacterial properties, when it comes to our skin, but what the heck are free radical?

On the topic of our skin, free radicals are what put our skin cells through oxidative stress, stripping our outer layer of moisture and elasticity, leading to wrinkles and dark spots. Luckily, there are now serums available that combat this exact issue, and quite effectively at that.

What about Retinol?

So it makes sense for Ferulic Acid to make the cut, but why the Retinol? For starters, it's also found in nature – in yellow and green vegetables, the healthy oil extracted from fish liver, and even egg yolks.

The main benefits of Retinol, or essentially an entire body of vitamin A, are promoting the health of our skin and hair (much like Ferulic Acid), but also improved vision and healthy growth.

Many people, in fact, take doses of fish oil daily to improve the look and feel of their hair and skin alone. It shares some properties of Ferulic Acid, such as free radical fighting properties, but it also aids in areas where Ferulic Acid may fall short on its own.

For example, one of the most popular characteristics of Retinol is the way it encrypts skin cells to stick together more firmly, allowing damaged skin to repair itself more quickly and allowing it to maintain a healthy, silky glow for longer.

Serums containing a mixture Ferulic Acid and Retinol have been flying off shelves faster than manufacturers can keep up, and it's not surprising, considering the results they've been delivering. Often applied directly to the skin, the serums are very effective at lightening dark spots, minimizing wrinkles and intensely moisturizing.

But much more good than that is known to come from such products. The combined free radical fighting abilities of Ferulic Acid and Retinol are proven to fight off cancer cells, improve thyroid health, and much more.

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More Benefits of Exercise – It Can Improve Your Skin

The many benefits of exercise make it a no-brainer that everyone should do. From better overall health to more restful sleep, and importantly for so many people the part that it can take for weight loss should make the decision about exercise only as to which one you should take up. The biological effects of exercise on the body literally have an effect on humans from head to toe. But if that were not enough exercise can actually make you look better. For those with some level of vanity, I'm sure now I have your interest.

Skin health is directly related to blood circulation. When blood is flowing through the skin, constantly providing it with oxygen and nutrients and removing waste, it will remain vibrant, with good color and remain supple. Exercise will keep the blood flowing at optimal levels, and as a result the skin cells will remain healthy. Improper blood flow can eventually cause the skin to die.

But exercise can go even further to provide a youthful look and maintain healthy aging. We are now finding that engaging in the right exercise can maintain tone in the skin similar to keeping good muscle tone. As we age, our skin naturally sags because it loses a thin layer of fat under the surface. But by building a replacement layer of lean muscle mass it can support the skin and eliminate the skin sag. This also helps to eliminate that ugly cellulite that really causes that aging look.

So along with a diet that supports lean muscle mass, the exercises you should be looking to do are the ones that promote lean muscle mass. Excessive cardio training is not considered the best for the skin and for that matter overall fitness. Long distance running and typical cardio training are now considered to be even harmful to our health.

This is because as more stress is placed on the body over long periods of time, a stress hormone called cortisol is produced. This begins to break down collagen in skin, which is a protein that holds the skin together, giving it its structure. We have found that a better way of working out is intense interval training because it has been found to be the more natural way the body responds to training.

Short bursts of this intestinal training interspersed with bodyweight workouts will help you to challenge your muscles. Pushups, lunges, four-count squat thrusts and abdominal planks are great bodyweight exercises that need no equipment whatever. Various yoga routines such as Bikram Yoga are all-inclusive programs that tax the body and encourage flexibility and suppleness.

Doing any of these exercises will be of no help to the individuals who do this training, of course unless they stay properly hydrated. The skin can get damaged quite quickly if you work out but do not drink the proper amount of water. And how do you know how much this will be? Pinch the skin on the back of your hand. You need to hydrate better if your skin does not spring back quickly.

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