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Nature’s Answers to Anti-Aging

Nature's first and best answer to anti-aging is to age gracefully; to become ever more serene and appreciative. Through your lifetime, your every thought shows up on your face, sending either a frowning, angry, worried message, or a smiling and compassionate message. Repeating these thoughts over the years will create a permanent display of your inner thought life. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who is comfortable with herself and kind to others, regardless of her age.

If you're coming into serenity late in life, or just wanting to avoid looking older than you feel, a combination of the right natural ingredients and safe active ingredients from cosmetic science brings a new freshness to your skin and hair.

First skin objective: Glowing.

Even the oldest skin is more pleasant to the eye when it glows. Exfoliation – just the right amount – is essential. Gentle, consistent exfoliation is more effective and long-lasting, (not to mention less poisoning) than aggressive, but infrequent, exfoliation.

Glycolic acid is one of the most popular alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) used to achieve a glow. It is derived from sugar cane. When you apply it to your skin, it exfoliates the outer layer of dead cells, encouragements renewal of the cells, and creates skin that is softer, smoother, and with fewer wrinkles.

You will want to avoid facial skin peels that have high concentrations (20% to 50%) of glycolic acid. They are overly expensive, often irritating, and can lead to sun sensitivity. Skin care products for home use are usually limited to a 10% concentration, which is better for your skin in the long run. The results will take weeks rather than minutes, but the result will be glowing skin without the undressed side effects.

In addition to the AHAs which provide long term skin renewal, routine physical exfoliation in the form of microdermabrasion is excellent for instantly smooth skin. The use of waxy jojoba beads naturally moisturize your skin while sloughing off surface cells, and aluminum oxide crystals provide professional results. The key to any scruffing product is to always use a light touch and let the active exfoliants do the work. Your skin will be radiant and more youthful. Just sit back and wait for the compliments.

What should be obvious but often is not, is that the most basic path to a luminous complexity is to keep it clean. Each night you go to bed without removing your makeup adds three days to your age. It adds up.

Remove your makeup by gently massaging a cleanser with penetrating actives into your skin, then remove excess with a clean, wet face cloth. Splashing water is not effective for deep cleaning. Always follow cleansing with an active toner for exfoliation and cellular renewal. Use facial pads for just the right amount of distribution and to insure deep penetration.

After cleaning and toning, apply eye treatments and facial oils. Apply the right serums for your skin type to your face, neck, and even the back of your hands. Moisture oils are most effective at night, working their magic while you sleep, unencumbered with makeup and exposure to environmental stress. Your nightly routine should also include a gentle facial massage and a misting with a hydrosol or a facial mist. As you massage in the treatments, always move your fingers from the center of the face outwards. Thirty seconds to several minutes is sufficient.

Repeat the same routine each morning, including the massage, prior to the application of your makeup. This daily nighttime and morning routine will ensure a day-long glow.

Here's another tip. After you apply your mineral makeup, use a setting mist, which will add an almost instant radiance to your complexion. We have found that mists containing hyaluronic acid are the most effective and have the added benefit of helping the skin retain moisture.

By the way, your choice of cosmetic brushes determines the ultimate elegant appearance of your mineral makeup, especially when you want subtle accents or careful camouflage. You can achieve a timeless airbrush effect, excellent coverage, and pore-minimizing smoothness with both soft animal-hair brushes and brushes made with vegan-approved synthetic fibers.

All brushes should be washed frequently. Powders should glide onto your skin. If the brush starts to pull on your skin, it's overdue for a cleaning. Use any gentle shampoo or bar soap to clean your brushes, rinsing until the water runs clear.

Second skin objective: Firming.

Glowing skin is the first objective. Firmer skin is the second, and the two most effective agents for firmness are peptides and toners.

The foundation of firm skin is collagen. Collagen gives the skin its support and thickness. Young people have lots of collagen. With each passing year, collagen levels decrease. Skin becomes looser, thinner, and wrinkled. One of the goals of all facial creams is to encourage natural collagen synthesis within the skin.

Collagen is protein. It is made of long chains of amino acids strung together. Shorter chains of amino acids are called peptides. When collagen breaks down in the skin, it forms specific peptides that signal collagen damage. The skin receives this alert and the metabolic machinery is directed to make more collagen.

Many think that you can increase skin collagen by applying it directly to the skin. Not so. Collagen is a very large molecule that can not penetrate the skin's protective barriers.

Peptides solve this problem. Peptides are small molecules that reach the deer layers of the skin. When we apply peptides directly to the surface of the skin, we are tricking it into thinking that its collagen was damaged, and that it needs to make some more.

Peptides with copper attached are now becoming more available and offer an additional benefit. Copper has long been a useful agent in treating chronic wounds. Copper peptides seem to encourage collagen production and serve as an anti-aging antioxidant in regeneration of skin. They are naturally healing and appear to remove damaged collagen.

Peptides do not work alone. They have to be delivered to the skin in a carrier that gains penetration. Avoid heavy creams; they deter penetration.

Another way to firm up the skin's surface is by toning with hydrosols. Hydrosols are 100% pure from nature. They can not be synthetically manufactured, as they are created by distilling plant material. As steam or boiling water moves through the plant, it nudges open the cellular structures that contain the essential oils and other components. When the distillate is cooled, the oil is easily separated, leaving the distillate, which contains a mild form of the essence of the plant. Each hydrosol is unique, carries its own scent and taste, and has a perfect acid balance to match human skin.

Hydrosols treat a number of skin conditions and promote emotional balance. They are also natural toners that clean, clear, and shrink pores, and tighten the skin. They are often antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. They can calm sunburn, reduce razor bumps and burn, soothe diaper rash pain almost instantly, clear acne, reduce redness, and tie itching.

The main aim for hair: Shine.

Even the most weathered face looks younger if it is surrounded by luxurious, shining hair. Making sure your hair stays that way as you get older does not require heroics, just gentle and consistent care.

The first place to start is to fuss less. Take a break whenever possible from blow dryers, brushing, curling, chemicals, violet towel rubbing, and styling. Heat is your hair's number one enemy.

Protective oils on the scalp, such as sebum, act as nature's conditioner and give hair its shine. Hot water strips the scalp of these oils and leads to dullness. Always use lukewarm water to wash and rinse your hair.

To minimize sun damage during the summer, start by wearing a hat. Hair gets sunburned just like our skin does. You can also condition dry hair in between washing's to protect it from sun and wind. Squeeze a small dollop of conditioner into your hand, rub your palms together to distribute it evenly, then work your fingers through your hair. Massage it into the roots and scalp and move outwards toward the ends.

Every so often, if your hair is dry, indulge in a do-it-yourself hair masque. Start by warming two towels in the dryer. Slightly warm a cup of olive oil, mayonnaise, or a mixture of both in the microwave. (Make sure it is only warm, not hot.) Whisk in two eggs. Massage the mixture through dry or wet hair, wrap with one of the warm towels, and let your hair absorb the masque. (You can accelerate absorption by wrapping your head first in kitchen clinging plastic wrap.) Replace the first warm towel as it cools with the second towel. Leave all this on for 35 – 40 minutes. Then, work shampoo through your treated hair, before adding water. Step into the shower, lather up, rinse, and wash one more time.

Make sure that your shampoo is right for your type of hair. For example, we have created Coffee and Cloves shampoo and conditioner for dark hair (discussed at MyBeautyBunny.com), Chamomile shampoo and conditioner for light hair, and Lazarus shampoo, conditioner, and scalp treatment serum for thinning hair. Lazarus includes Kinetocyte Growth Factor, which promotes cellular protective mechanisms and has increased growth, thickness, and coverage in a number of laboratory studies.

As My Beauty Bunny rightly recommends, avoid life-stripping chemicals such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES). Harsh chemicals will strip your hair of its natural oils, which is where the best shine comes from. The closer you can get to natural and organic hair care products, the better.

One final tip: if you feel better, you'll look better

We're back where we started: talking about how your thoughts are reflected on your face. Pain or discomfort is reflected there, as well. Of course, being concerned about wrinkles is not the main reason to get rid of pain, but it's a great side benefit.

Hydrosols can help here, such as hydrosol extracted from yarrow. Essential oils can be very effective. One of our most popular solutions containing essential oils is St. Louis. Luke's Pain Relief, which I formulated by combining aloe, witch hazel, vegetable glycerine, menthol, emu, and eighteen essential oils, including peppermint, camphora, eucalyptus, rosemary, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, grapefruit, pine, and basil. The resulting non-greasy gel penetrates deep into tissues to treat chronic pain, soreness, and itching.

Soothing and smoothing are closely related. If your soul is soothed, your face will be smoothed. And that is very, very beautiful.

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What Is A Geriatrician and Why Should You See One?

A geriatrician is an internal medicine or family medicine doctor who has also completed up to an additional 3 years of training and residency in the specialty of identifying and treating medical issues commonly found in older adults. Depending on where you live, finding a Geriatrician may not be so easy.

As the aging population increases, the number of doctors specializing in geriatrics is decreasing. You'll have a better chance of finding one if you live in a larger populated areas.

When You Can not Find a Geriatrician

A good alternative to a geriatrician is an internal or family medicine doctor who has experience working with senior citizens. If you live in an area with a high concentration of retirees, or snowbirds, (American retirees who live in northern climates, but travel south for the winter), many of the doctors working in those areas will be highly experienced in taking care of older adults.

When to Seek Out a Geriatrician

If you are the “average” 75-year old senior, you have at least three medical conditions, each requiring medical care from different specialists. You take five prescription drugs per day along with several over-the-counter medications, and you need a centralized healthcare provider to manage your care – a geriatrician.

Without a centralized primary care provider each specialist prescribes his / her own treatment with or without prescriptions. Since one specialist may not know what the others are doing, treatment plans can counteract each other, and even even worse your health.

A geriatrician, or a physician with geriatrics experience, can be the central source of care to ensure all specialized treatments and prescriptions complete, or at least do not interfere or counteract each other.

Other times when a geriatrician should be consulted:

  • Your condition includes a number of diseases or you have cognitive problems causing noticeable injury and fraud.
  • You are taking a number of drugs but unsure what each one is supposed to treat and if they are helping, or
  • If family members or friends are providing your care, but are under consideration stress or strain trying to manage your health.

Another benefit of seeing a geriatrician is that they use a holistic approach to medicine. They may be able to treat your medical conditions with some alternative therapies and reduce the number of prescription medications you have to take. With some prescription medications, the side effects can be worse than the condition itself, especially when multiple medications are prescribed by different specialists.

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The Non-Surgical Facelift: Anti-Aging Solutions Without the Downtime!

Can you have a facelift without surgery? Yes you can! A non-surgical facelift can rejuvenate your aging skin and refresh your appearance, to create a more natural look. The non-surgical facelift has become one of the most popular anti-aging solutions in recent times, because it can make you look young again, without the pain and downtime of the conventional facelift.

Non-surgical facelift for aging skin

As we grow older, the skin loses important proteins such as collagen and elastin, which are needed to maintain its firm, supple structure. As a result, the skin is no longer able to renew itself as quickly as it once did. Consequently, wrinkles and creases soon develop, and the skin starts to sag in different areas.

A non-surgical facelift is a great option for dealing with these signs of age. It can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, lift the jowls, and improve skin tone, making you look fresher and younger. A non-surgical provides very satisfactory results, without the risks of a traditional facelift.

What is a non-surgical facelift?

A non-surgical facelift is a minimally invasive procedure that lifts and tightens the skin without surgery. There are several options available, but the liquid facelift is one of the most common.

The liquid facelift uses injectables such as dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle treatments, to lift and contour the face. The injectables are combined to treat the specific areas of the face where there are fine lines and wrinkles, or moderate skin laxity. Most people who undergo the liquid facelift get very impressive results.

How does it work?

Anti-wrinkle injections are used to reduce the appearance of frown lines and wrinkles across the forehead. They are also used to smooth lines around the eyes, and mouth.

Dermal fillers are used to lift the skin, and add volume in areas that have started to sag, such as the cheeks and midface. Lifting the shoulders pulls the skin up towards the ears, and this improves the contours of the jowls and jawline.

Other options for the non-surgical facelift:

  • Skin Tightening Treatments : In addition to the liquid facelift, other non-surgical facelift options include skin tightening alternatives that utilize ultrasound, laser, or radio frequency energy, to firm and tone the skin. These treatments generally renew the skin's natural collagen, so improvements continue to take place long after treatment is over.

  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is also performed for facial rejuvenation. It involves drawing a small amount of the patient's own blood, and then processing it to separate the platelets. The platelet rich blood is then injected into the areas of the face that need treatment. PRP contains growth factors, so when it is injected back into the face, it helps to stimulate new tissue. As the new tissue grows, the skin becomes smoother and firmer, and it also gains a healthy glow.

  • Dermapen Microneedling is another skin tightening option that can improve the texture of the skin, reduce fine lines, and restore the skin's youthful appearance. Treatment is performed with the use of a microneedling device that is equipped with 12 micro needles inside, a disposable needle tip.

The Dermapen is slowly moved over the skin and creates microscopic punctures in the skin. This action initiates the skin's natural healing process as it stimulates the release of growth factors, and also encourages the production of collagen and elastin.

There will be some redness and mild sensitivity after treatment, but this typically heals within a few hours. When fully healed, the skin will be firmer, and look more radiant.

If you are considering a non-surgical facelift, these are the most effective options to choose from. However, there are times when a combination of treatments may be needed for optimal facial rejuvenation.

Why is the non-surgical facelift so popular?

More people are choosing to have a non-surgical facelift, because there are fewer risks involved. There is no anaesthesia required, and the downtime is minimal, as there is none of the swelling and bruising that is experienced after a surgical facelift. In addition, anon-surgical facelift is usually less costly.

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Five Words That Could Save Your Life

When we all eventually became members of the Didhediedidhe Club of one thing is certain: we'll stop breathing. So, you do not need to be an Einstein to deduce that, in order to delay joining 'The Club', it's vital to keep breathing. And, once that has been achieved, our focus needs to be keep the breath regular.

After our best efforts, things get in the way of maintaining a regular breath. Consider, for example, when we're driving – be it in heavy traffic, driving a long distance, or kid's playing up in the back seat, and so on. There are many contributors to feeling tired after time behind the wheel or in the passenger's seat. We either do not breathe (hold our breath) or breathe irregularly – more gasps than relaxed – and, not surprisingly, arrive at your destination feeling tired. Our regular breathing has been interrupted: gulps of air at irregular intervals is all we've had to rely on. One of the benefits of stopping for a break every couple of hours is that the practice enables regular breathing to resume.

When in doubt, breathe out! That's all we need to remember to get our breathing back to normal. Breathing out will encourage an inhale, then an exhale. In no time flat our breathing is back to normal, and we're feeling relaxed again.

While there's a body of research to support the practice, including how changing patterns of heartbeat can also affect emotional state, this article's focus is breathing. When we breathe out, our heart rate falls slowly, bouncing back up again when we breathe in – five seconds in and five seconds out. By doing this, we maximize oxygen transfer around the body when we have a lungful of fresh air, and by breathing out, we slow the heart and allow it to rest as we exhale. Breathing brings a little kick at precisely the right moment.

Bottom line is that when we're not breathing normally, we're starving the body of much-needed oxygen.

It could be, therefore, that too long behind the wheel (or in the passenger's seat) without a break can lead to physical and emotional fatigue. When the body is starved of oxygen, unexpected things can happen.

Driving, of course, is just one example. We need to become aware of the need to maintain regular breathing. When in doubt, breathe out! reminds us – exhale followed by inhale. Life can be over in a few seconds but it needs not be, as long as we keep breathing.

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Exercise Tips for Preventing Muscle, Bone and Joint Problems As You Age

As we age, we start to lose muscle. This happens for a number of reasons. Among them are hormonal changes, lower protein intake, and less exercise. Because muscle helps stabilize bones, muscle loss can cause joint problems, especially in the hips and knee. Certain medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease can accelerate muscle loss.

It is important to do what you can to preserve muscle since diminished muscle mass can cause bad posture, breathing problems, loss of balance resulting in falls, and even mental conditions, like depression.

Many consider loss of muscle mass to be just collateral damage of the aging process, but it does not have to be that way.

Hormonal Replacement Therapy

For example, if the cause of muscle loss is low testosterone, hormonal replacement therapy can bring the level back up to an appropriate level. A simple test at the doctor's office can confirm whether or not your level is low.

Eat More Protein

Because a lack of protein is a common cause of muscle loss in older adults, ensure that you are eating good lean sources of it every day. Include chicken breasts, fish, egg whites and turkey in your diet. Strive to eat at least seven grams of protein per twenty pounds of body weight daily.

Stay away from heavy sauces, fried foods and many of the bakery products loaded with saturated fat, sugar and sodium – none of which are good for you.

Exercise More

Last, exercise. As you age, exercise becomes even more important than it was when you were younger. Yet many seniors do not exercise at all.

Not only will it make your arthritis joints feel better by keeping them moving, it is important to preserve, (and even build), muscle.

A mix of cardio and strength training is best. Cardio can be as simple as going for a brisk walk every day. That will loosen up most of your large muscle groups. Then once your muscles are warmed up, do some light strength training, such as weight lifting, to increase muscular strength. Begin with light weights. Start and end your workouts with some light stretching.

As you can see by keeping the proper testosterone level, eating adequate protein and exercising regularly, you can stall, (or at least slow down), the aging process and its resulting loss of muscle. By maintaining adequate muscle, you can also stave off bone and joint problems.

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Proven and Effective Anti-Aging Skin Care Regime

If you ask a woman, what tops on her wish list, the first and foremost is will be to look younger than her actual age. To attain an ageless skin, you need to follow a proper face skin care regimen from the early years of life. Anti-aging creams must be introduced only after mid-thirties. However, if you start developing fine lines around your eyes, it is better to start off with an anti-aging eye cream from the sunset of the thirties. Start getting the best vitamin C serum and anti-wrinkle serums at the right time.

Here are some skin care regimes that would make your anti-wrinkle cream work effectively:

The morning routine – The first step is to wash your face with a non-soap cleanser and lukewarm water. The main aim is to remove dirt and oil so that the vitamin C face serum and other products work properly. Know the right regime of application of skin products in order of consistency – from thinnest products like gels to thickest creams, so that they penetrate well over the entire skin.

Take care of your eyes – Experts say that the area around your eyes is the first place that shows visible signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines. The skin here is thinner, drier and even more sensitive than the rest of your face. So, take best anti-aging eye cream in pea-size amount and apply it with your ring finger, with least pressure. As you age, the blood circulation around your eyes slow down, and the ligaments weaken, then pushing up the fat and this leads to puffy eyes. Always apply your eye cream with aloe vera to boost circulation. If you have dark circles, then use the eye serum with caffeine or grapeseed extracts.

Treat the sagging skin – The advertisements show a host of best anti-aging creams, but you need to use a versatile product that would not only treat your wrinkles but also the sagging skin and fine lines. Collagen is the firming protein that breaks down with age and that causes wrinkles. The best anti aging wrinkle cream would have amino acids to trigger the production of collagen and stimulate blood flow.

Hydrate and Moisturise – This is a vital step that should be included in every skin care regimen, especially if you are using anti-aging products. Every time you wash and clean your face, you are removing some of its natural moisture, and if some moisturizer is not applied to replace this moisture, the skin gets dehydrated. If you can maintain this moisture balance correctly, you can reduce the appearance of fine lines, prevent sensitivity and control the excess oil production.

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The Right Method to Choose Anti-Aging Skin Products

We often tend to choose anti-aging products that either looks alluring in attractive containers or the ones that go by the hype of brands. However, if you wish to get the best creams in your possession, you will essentially have to know some quality parameters. Beauty stores are loaded with Vitamin C serums, retinol based eye creams and creams for acne scar removal. The secret is to buy products that actually works. If you visit a dermatologist, you will get a list of expert advice that would aid you in deciding on the treatments that work on your skin.

Here are some tips that would help you to know what to pick:

  • The first step should be to use sunscreen and moisturizer regularly – In any point of time, sunscreen and moisturizer happen to be the two most effective anti-aging products that should be used on a regular basis to see a noticeable difference. While buying a sunscreen, check these elements if available – Broad spectrum, water resistance and SPF 30 (or higher). If you can buy a proper moisturizer and a sunblock cream, it will help to minimize fine lines and will offer a radiant skin tone.
  • Treat the real skin concern – It is no point in using a whole lot of anti-aging products without knowing the real concern. You might be using a product for treating the sagging skin when your actual need is to treat the fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area. Even after applying such creams for weeks, if your concern problem does not get improved, its time you should understand that your focus point needs to be changed. Remember one thing that no product can treat all signs of skin aging. In fact, using too many anti-aging products can irritate and sensitize your skin.
  • Buy products designed for your skin type – It is a guarantee from dermatologists that your sunscreen, moisturizer, and all other skin care products will work best only if it is properly formulated for your skin type. If you have oily skin, choose products that are especially for oily skin. Especially, if you have sensitive skin, make sure the label on your beauty product has “sensitive skin”.
  • Read Labels Carefully – Any beauty product; be it for regular skin care or for treating the signs of aging, it should be bought after reading the labels properly-
    1. Non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic – It is for oily skin and does not cause acne.
    2. Hypoallergenic – It is for sensitive skin type and even then causes an allergic reaction. However, chances are rare.
    3. Should have a consumer hotline – In case you need to contact for any complications.

  • Set realistic expectations – Many anti-aging creams available on the market offer exaggerated promises like they will make you look ten years younger overnight and reduce all signs of aging. The fact is that no cream can guarantee such results. You can not get the effects of facelift surgery from a cream. The label “Clinically proven” assures you that they have been tried on consumers, and the review was positive overall. Also, that they have the accreditation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Longevity Secrets of People Over 100

What can we learn from longevity secrets of people over 100? First, we exclude genetics, but assume this must be in their favor. Second, we look for diet and lifestyle similarities to form a behavioral pattern for healthy aging. Third, we condense these behavioral patterns into major lifestyle themes that led to increased longevity. Here are their lifestyles.

A study (1) starts with 122 year old JEANNE CALMENT (1875-1997) who actually smoked for 96 years, but only two cigarettes a day. She poured olive oil on all her foods and applied it to her skin. She drank port wine , ate two pounds of chocolate a week and rode her bike until 100. Her cigarette habit may be too little to be significant and she may have been protected by olive oil and other antioxidants.

SARAH KNAUSS (1880-1999) was 119 years old and considered the oldest person from the United States. She worked as a manager of an insurance agency. With little accounts, we have to rely on her daughter for an explanation. “She's a very tranquil person and nothing fazes her. That's why she's living this long.” However, this explanation is not complete and I'm sure there is more to it.

EMILIANO M. DEL TORO (1891-2007) a man of 115 years who was born in Puerto Rico and worked in the cane fields until 81. He claimed that funche, a corn, codfish and milk dish saved him. He also felt that humor played a key role and continued to tell jokes until his final days. He was not as open about his love or social life, but admitted he attended bordellos up to 82 years old. His retirement years after 81 are not well documented, but we know he never lost his libido.

BESSE COOPER (1896-2012) who lived to a healthy 116 was a college grad in 1916 and became Georgia's oldest resident after working as a school teacher. She had four children and always loved to read. She was quoted, “Mind your own business and do not eat junk food. Besse had respect for others, ate healthy, had a work ethic, and found her passion in education .

BEL KAUFMAN (1911-2014) who passed away at 103 was the Russian author of Up the Down Staircase. She came to the US at 12 years old and earned a masters degree at Columbia. As a dedicated teacher, she understood the importance of laughter in life. “You can survive by seeing the humor in everything. Thumb your nose at sadness; turn the tables on tragedy.” This is a great attitude for managing stress which is important. She claimed, “I'm too busy to get old” and continued to write until 101 years old.

DR. LAILA DENMARK (1898-2012) enjoyed life as an American pediatrician until she 103 years old. She was the third of 12 children and passed away at 114. When she turned 100, she refused her birthday cake because she had sugar in it. Her first advice is to eat right and be sure that what you do in life is what you love . She thought employment that you love is really a form of play and she never felt she worked because of that positive attitude .

In conclusion, here are the italic words: olive oil, port wine, chocolate, bike, tranquil, codfish, humor, busy, bordello, respect for others, eat healthy, work, love, humor, love, work, positive attitude.

The most common dominant themes in this order:

1. A HEALTHY DIET – This seems like the most common of themes for most of the aged. Despite a lack of dietary details, its clear that a healthy diet is part of the foundation for longevity.

2. HUMOR – When used as a form of coping and stress reduction, humor can be very effective. If you're having trouble being funny, I find that a joke book helps.

3. LOVE OF WORK – It does not have to be employment so much as to find something that you really love doing. This one is really about finding your passions to guide you.

4. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY – Being active and involved seems to take a larger role than actual exercise. But, the prior generations did not have access to gyms and the fitness movement is a recent phenomena that we can benefit from.

5. SOCIAL INVOLVEMENT – Although relationships were not directly mentioned, there would be a lot of social contact though following the love of work and activity themes above.

(1) Heyne, A (no date) “23 People that Lived to 100 Spill Their Secrets of Longevity” Retrieved on 2-19-16 from modernhealthmon.com/23-secrets-of-longevity/ Photo: Huffingtonpost.com

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How To Make Your Life Even Better

A challenge for all of us is to make sure that we’re living a life worth living. If we’re not, then it’s time to change. This article encourages you to try.

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Healthy Aging Programs: Methods to Keeping the Brain Healthy

As the years go by, the brain can become unhealthy if it is not properly exercised. It is important, particularly for senior citizens, to stimulate the mind to keep it sharp. Many healthy aging programs include a brain exercise routine that can help ward off dementia and keep the reflexes running smoothly. Here are a few examples.

Challenge the Brain

Engaging in a lot of reading, mind games, crossword puzzles, and other forms of healthy mental activity can help keep the mind very sharp. Participating in intellectual activities, even attending a class, can make seniors less likely to develop dementia.

Maintain a Social Life

Those who are socially connected with their community while aging will likely have a much better memory than those who do not. Active social engagement is critical to keeping the brain in good shape.

Watch Blood Pressure

As people age, blood pressure increasingly becomes an issue. While maintaining a steady blood pressure is ideal for preventing heart disease, it can also be very helpful in keeping the brain in good health. Through diet and medication, lowering the blood pressure has been shown to have a positive effect on the mental state of senior citizens.

Use a Computer Regularly

It is not uncommon for some seniors to want to avoid new forms of technology, as it can seem overwhelming. However, challenging the mind in this way is very helpful in preventing dementia. Healthy aging programs often provide a space for computers that can be used for a number of things. Using a computer and the Internet can keep the brain involved in decision-making and complex reasoning.

Take a Part-Time Job

For those who are in good physical condition, consider taking on a part-time job. Studies show that a job can help challenge the intellect and keep the mind healthy during the aging process. The more complicated the job, the sharper the memory and mental health will be. The job does not need to be a high-level position, but it should be something that requires organization, decision making, and multi-tasking. Doing these types of tasks can provide a wealth of benefits well into old age.

Maintain Physical Health

All healthy aging programs advise seniors to maintain their overall physical health. Those who become overweight, particularly near the waistline, have a much higher chance of developing dementia. Also, it is important to do some form of activity on a daily basis, such as walking or swimming. Eating a diet fresh in fatty fish and vegetables can also help prevent memory loss. Fish such as grilled tuna and salmon is great for the brain, as fatty acids have proved to be beneficial.

Keeping the brain in good shape should be a priority for senior citizens. Healthy aging programs can provide a variety of assistance to seniors who are looking for ways to keep their minds sharp and healthy, preventing the likelihood of dementia.

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Liquid Face Lift – A Non-Surgical Procedure Using Botox & Dermal Fillers

Ageing, is unfortunately inevitable. As we get older, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging facial skin begin to develop, and we tend to look slowly gaunt as we lose volume in our face.

Many think face lift surgery is the solution to correct these effects of facial aging. However, there is another option, and instead of going under the knife for a surgical procedure, many people might get fantastic results from a non-surgical procedure such as the liquid face lift.

A liquid face lift, also known as an injectable face lift, is a procedure where Botox gets injected and freshens the face by softening lines and wrinkles. When it's strategically placed, Botox can also give you an eye lift. Dermal Filler such as Radiesse gets injected into sunken, hollow checks and will volumize the face, giving it an instant result, like a mini face lift.

Botox and filler can also be directed into the temples, lower eyelids, cheeks and jaw-line to create more youthful facial contours. The filler gives volumisation to areas that have sagged, and signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging jowls will diminish, and this procedure can take five to seven years off of your facial appearance. Using local anesthetic on the face, means any pain is minimal and unlike a surgical face lift, patients can go back to work the following day.

Will offer:

  • Cheek enhancement
  • A lifted jaw-line
  • A much fresher, younger looking face.

The best candidates for the liquid face lift treatment are those who would like to rejuvenate and refresh their face, making it seem more youthful. It's ideal for those who have lost volume to the face, especially in the cheek and mouth areas. With precision placement of the dermal filler to give tissue support and volume to areas which have sagged, along with strategic injections of Botox to erase the fine lines, realistic goals of a refreshed younger looking face are achievable.

Good points of a non surgical procedure:

  • It's non-invasive, so stitches or cuts and no bleeding
  • Downtime – 1 day
  • Recovery – is very quick, minor swapping for a few days
  • Affordability
  • Procedure time – 20 – 30 minutes
  • Back To Work – Next Day
  • Duration Of Results – up to 12 Months
  • Anaesthetic – Local
  • Results Seen – Immediate dramatic results

The use of Radiesse filler and Botox to achieve a liquid face lift is really phenomenal! It is amazing to see the difference a few syringes of dermal filler and the skill of the doctor can make in a reliably quick treatment!

Who is suitable?

  • Ideal for clients who are not quite ready, or who are the attendant to have surgery.
  • Clients who have slight sagging of the jowls.
  • Clients who have lost volume in the cheeks.
  • Clients who have lost volume in the face.

Having a liquid face lift is a minimal, swift procedure where it's possible to arrive and leave within an hour, having had a face lift without the need of a scalpel!

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4 Ways Seniors Can Stay Mentally Sharp

Staying mentally sharp is a goal most seniors have. We all want to stay as independent as possible for as long as we can. However, while time is an enemy that works against us, (and something we have no control over), there are certain things we can do to keep our mental facilities, and extremely our independence, for as long as possible. Here are the big 4:

  • Exercising Regularly
  • Eating Healthy
  • Playing Mind Games
  • Quitting Smoking

Exercising Regularly

Study after study all comes to the same conclusion – exercising slows down the aging process in both the body and mind. According to a report published by the Annals of Medicine in 2015, exercising lowers the risk of developing dementia. The thought is that exercise increases blood flow to the brain resulting in better cognitive functioning.

Eating Healthy

Researchers think cognitive decline can be due to a diet high in saturated fat. Eating a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low-fat dairy and fish high in unsaturated fat and Omega 3, seems to slow its progress.

Eating healthy and exercising regularly is the one-two punch that will keep you mentally sharp and physically in shape … regardless of your age. Everyone can do something as far as exercising.

Playing Mind Games

Where exercise works the body physically, (and mentally), playing games makes you think, stimulating your brain and preventing the sunset of dementia. Learning new skills, playing card and board games, and keeping socially active all work the mind to keep it sharp.

If you have always wanted to learn how to paint or make pottery, join a class. Not only will you learn a new skill, but you'll also make new friends. Yoga is another form of exercise that is not only good for both body and mind. With meditation being one of the components of yoga, the mind comes into play along with the body during every workout.

Quitting Smoking

Smoking is linked to waning cognitive activity, due to its damaging effect on the cardiovascular system. That results in reduced blood flow to the brain. If the brain cells can not get the amount of oxygen they need, they soon die off. Over time, brain cells die off naturally anyway, but smoking quickens the process so you lose cognitive ability sooner than you would have otherwise.

While the natural aging process takes its toll on us mentally, you can reserve your mind as long as possible with these four tips.

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Outliving Time

In this day and age women and men seem to be on a quest for remaining healthy and trying to stay forever young, or more literally speaking, to stay looking youthful for as long as possible. The media and the world of glamor from models to movie stars are all raising the bar of perfection to what beauty and healthy should look like and be. We are swamped with ads of various products that promise us ageless beauty all in a simple tube yet with miraculous results. I always say if something sounds too good to be true, usually it is so.

From Botox to liposuction to the common covering up of gray hair we are pressured in maintaining our youth. But whatever happened with growing old gracefully? And why are many people becoming more judgmental based on physical appearance than one's character and knowledge? Can we really beat the clock and go against gravity and the will of nature and outdated time? But One thing we have to keep in mind is looking young and healthy or actually being healthy are two different things.

Sure we all treasure our lives and staying healthy and beautiful is part of the essential equation to maintaining a contented and fulfilled life. Yet many times trying to achieve the perfection required, leaves many of us feeling like we are against a losing battle. Putting ourselves at risk while it's going under the knife of surgery or depriving ourselves from food we love and crave or spending endless hours daily huffing and puffing at the gym, somehow we almost always end up falling short from the ideal image in our minds. Most of the time this endless pursuit for everlasting youth leave us with low self-esteem and exhaustion, ironically working against what we set out to do in the first place that is keeping our youth.

But what is more important? A truly healthy long life, or simply just looking young and healthy for as long as possible? One would think the answer should be straightforward yet it's not so simple. Many studies have been drawn about what makes our bodies keep on going and what we can do to keep them going even longer, but there are no fixed rules to follow to do that. And although good looks might help in making us feel pleased yet there is no certainty in doing so one would actually live longer.

One thing for sure that since world war two people's life span has indeed increased due to better health care, education, having a new outlook towards life and sharing good human relationships. Statistics prove that being content and optimistic are two main reasons for having good health and looking young.

But still many people suffer from continued stress, another hazardous factor in today's modern world. Its effects on our health and beauty could have caused damage. There is maintaining a positive attitude and trying to distress every once in a while is just as important to enriching our health and beauty.

Depriving our bodies of physical activities is yet another bad habit of our time. We drive instead of walk; use elevators instead of stairs and many sit at desks for hours making excuses for not having the time to exercise. And unfortunately many abuse their bodies by smoking. All this affects having a good-looking, healthy body that will live long.

Obesity is another negative factor affecting our health. In many cases it causes high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, even to some; low self-esteem. It is best to be moderate in everything we do. Exercise and eating a well balanced diet, without necessary depriving oneself; does not mean prevention of many illnesses yet they can cut the chances of them occurring.

So in conclusion do not feel pressured by today's Hollywood high and sometimes far-fetched standards and keep in mind that the stars that follow these ideals are doing so because in many cases they have to, after all their career is not only based on their talents but a big part to their appearance as well, and not always are good young looks the way to a healthy happy life.

Be optimistic, relax and enjoy your years. Listen to your body and needs, and do what is right for you It's not wrong to indulge ourselves once in a while in great beauty treatments and try some of the so-called “miracle creams” that make us look good but what is more important is in feeling good. Do what makes you feel happy that is what counts towards living a healthy satisfying long life.

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Dermal Filler Treatment to Reduce Wrinkles and Add Volume to the Face

The older we get the more the hyaluronic acid content, which is important for hydration and water retention in our bodies, decreases. This means our skin becomes drier and starts to lose its plumpness. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that occurs in the body, it holds water, which hydrates and gives volume to the skin. As we age, this production of hyaluronic acid diminishes.

For a number of reasons, maybe age, stress or weight loss, we might find that our face is beginning to look tired, drawn and gaunt. A younger person's skin looks firmer and plumper in comparison, thanks in part to collagen and hyaluronic acid. But as we get older, these substitutes in our skin slowly begin to diminish and these results in a loss of facial volume. One of the ways to combat the signs of getting older, is to replace the hyaluronic acid that is lost during the aging process.

Dermal fillers are the ideal, non-surgical treatment to improve facial contours, fill out sunken cheekes, reduce wrinkles and fine lines and help people regain their former youthful looks. Before our late 30's, the skin should still keep it's natural contoured nature and volume, without too many wrinkles or sagging, which makes the process a better prospect for middle-aged skin. Although late nights, heavy drinking and smoking can speed up the signs of aging, so it's possible to need Dermal Fillers at a younger age.

The fillers are injected under the skin into the lower parts of the face, and give gentle volumising and contouring. They create a naturally smoothed out appearance and fill in the fine lines and wrinkles and plump out the grooves and creases. The effects of dermal fillers are much more softer than other treatments, giving an instant rejuvenating appearance. Today, dermal fillers have changed the face of cosmetic medicine.

By simply placing the fillers in strategic places:

  • Adds volume to hollowed, gaunt, or sunken areas of the face.
  • Gives a natural filled out appearance under the lower eyelids, correcting the hollowed eyed look.
  • Softening of the deep grooves between the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth.
  • By adding volume the cheeks, it improves the marionette lines from the mouth to the chin.
  • Jowls correction can give you the result of a smooth jaw line.
  • Gently thickens skin that has thinned, due to aging.
  • Improves furrows, deep folds and creases.
  • The exact placing of fillers plumps up the apples of the cheeks and sculpts the cheek bones.
  • Lip enhancement / lip augmentation will give the lips better definition, reduce lipstick bleed, add more volume and a fuller appearance.

The effects of dermal fillers are instant, so there's no waiting for weeks until any swelling has gone down to see how the procedure has turned out. There's a small chance however, of slight boring where the needle enters the skin, and slight swelling or redness at the injection area, although this will go down very quickly and the use of an ice pack will speed up resolution.

Benefits include:

  • It's a non-invasive treatment.
  • Little downtime, so you can return to normal activities straight away.
  • It reduces lines and wrinkles to give the face a more youthful looking appearance.
  • Fillers replenish lost volume and give a softer, younger look.
  • Long lasting results.

Most of today's dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which improves skin hydration and stimulates the body's production of collagen. With a few syringes of dermal filler, your face is plumper and the cheeks lifted, which also has a lifting effect on the jaw-line.

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7 Simple Ways to Live Life a Little Longer

A mid 40s guy, and obviously obese, went to see his doctor for chest pains.

After asking him the usual question and taking down his medical history, the doctor told him that his vital signs are normal but that he should spare an hour a day to exercise his excess fat away.

“Doctor, I do not think I can fit an hour of exercise into my busy schedule,” protested the guy.

“I understand,” the doctor calmly told his patient. Then added, “So tell me, what easily fits in your schedule, an hour of exercise a day or to be dead 24 hours a day?”

This may seem a sick joke, but there's plenty of truth in this dry humor. According to 2010 statistics, a whooping 30.8% of Americans between 45 and 64 are obese, of which 1 in 5 will die from it according to a study published online in August last year by the American Journal for Public Health.

Particularly unacceptable are men in their 40s and above because of career demands, apathy, laziness, or plain resignation to the aging effects on their bodies. The irony is that they waste no time in seeing their doctor once they feel chest pains, swollen joints, high cholesterol, or their blood sugar start to taste as sweet ah honey.

This attitude towards health is sometimes incomprehensible. If florists spray their flowers with chemicals to make them look fresh a few more days, and groceries refrigerate their meat and fruit stocks to avoid early rot, a lot of midlife men leave it to chance to enjoy life a little fuller and longer – even if it costs practically nothing.

For example, these seven simple ways have proven that life need not start wilting at midlife.

1. Live Clean:

I do not mean hygienically clean, though it counts a lot. Regular bathing cleans up your pores, allowing your body to breath, makes you feel fresh, enhancing your mood.

Living clean reflects more to your lifestyle and the choices you make that can support or make it a living hell.

It means eating the right kinds of food. It does not necessarily mean going on a diet, but more on eating foods rich with vitamins and minerals your body needs to ward off aging-related illnesses, energy and stamina.

It means keeping away from too much fat, too much carbohydrates and too much salt.

Clean living means regular physical activity to keep away heart problems, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis and depression, to name a few.

A 30 min of brisk walking at least three times a week, or mowing the lawn or cleaning the car is sufficient enough to keep your system well-oiled and functioning.

If you regularly warm up your car to keep it always well-lubricated, why can not you do the same of your body?

Keep away, or control your cigarette, or alcohol consumption. Definitely keep away from drugs. These are the major causes of early deaths among men in midlife.

2. Have a family or personal doctor:

You need not have a specialist. A general practitioner will do. But someone you can play golf or fishing with, and can chill out with on a personal level.

He must be trusted to hold your confidence in most personal medical and personal secrets, and a wide network or specialists he can refer you to, just in case.

And, of course, he can be reached by phone anywhere he may be, any time of the day.

3. Have an attitude for life:

Midlife crisis opens a lot of men to feelings of depression.

While we all have bouts of depression due to unmet expectations, relationship and work problems, children who fail to measure up, and many other things, be careful not to let them rule your life for more than a day, or a week. If they last longer than that, you are in for the very nasty clinical depression.

Immediately see a doctor if it does. Depression is deadly. But it can be cured if nipped in the bud.

4. Avoid injuries and other illnesses:

Our sense of balance deteriorates as we age, our earings are impaired, and our eyesight becomes less than 20.20. All these can cause accidental falls, leading to injuries.

Osteoporosis, a bone problem caused by calcium deficiency, is a common illness among men in their 50s. In fact a study shows that men in this age bracket have a higher risk of breaking a bone anytime soon.

Be sure to strap on your seatbelts when driving, and remove unnecessary obstacles in your home that may cause you to trip and fall.

Old bones do not heal as well and as fast as young ones.

5. Have regular sex:

I am not kidding. Sex is good, sex is healthy, and it is one damn good exercise. Studies show that ejaculating at least three times a week prevests prostate cancer.

But how, with erectile dysfunction weighing down on your penis like a ton of bricks?

That's why you need to have someone who is not only a doctor but a friend, as well. Someone you can talk about erectile dysfunction freely and unabashedly without being laughed at.

There's really nothing to be prudish about this bane of midlife men. Ask any of your 30 or 40 something buddies. They all are experiencing the same thing.

They may even recommend to you some under-the-counter drug to make enhance your sex drive and performance.

6. Get your affairs in order:

Midlife is the perfect time to get your affairs in order. Draw out a will if you must. Buy lots of life and medical insurance to spare your family financial loss should you fall down with a serious illness or even death.

Make peace with your God and those you have offended or those who offended you.

Midlife is the best time to be yourself; free from any hang-ups, from any unresolved issues, from any secrets you have failed to tell your partner.

Your kids (if you have any) are already grown-up, have families of their own and children, too. Reach out to them and give them your best hug and say, “I love you.”

Do not worry if it surprises them (they are usually). Midlife is the time to pull off a few surprises of your own.

It is the time to have a life.

7. Make a change for the better:

Midlife is the time to start making a legacy, too. If you must, leave something that can make people smile, something that can make them remember you with kindness and compassion.

I do not want to appear ominously morbid, but at midlife, you are at a vantage point where you can clearly see your past and the experience to chart a course for the future.

It is the time for reawakening – to straighten out your past mistakes, and to resolve to do better in the years to come.

Do it now. It will make your journey so many times easier, fruitful and meaningful.

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