Wouldn’t you like to look years younger without the expense, pain and risks of plastic surgery?

As we age, the ability to keep our youthful looks and energy is challenged by the everyday lifestyle choices we make. Fortunately, keeping or regaining your natural youth and vitality doesn’t have to be complicated, time consuming or expensive.

If you fit these simple tips into your daily routine, you’ll not only feel better, you’ll look great and as a bonus, live longer!

1) Fill Up On Antioxidant Rich Foods

You’ll have better weight control and reduced risk of disease with antioxidants from whole foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables which offer superior protection for your body against the effects of inflammation. There is growing scientific evidence confirming chronic inflammation in the body is a result of consuming highly refined foods such as white sugar, flour, processed oils and packaged foods.

Research also points to stress, sleep deprivation and exposure to free radicals which insidiously change our cells little by little. We are bombarded by free radicals from pollutants, microwaves, herbicides, pesticides, preservatives and chemical on and in our foods. As we age, it is much more difficult for our body to process these free radicals resulting in a weakened body and increased signs of aging.

As you increase whole foods consumption by shopping the perimeter of your local grocery store, you’ll be building your immune system and looking great too.

2) Take Charge Of Your Stress Levels

“A recent telomere research study at the University of California, San Francisco, showed that “chronic stress can accelerate aging as much as 10 years”. Cortisol is a corticosteroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex that is involved in the response to stress; it increases blood pressure, blood sugar levels, may cause infertility in women, and suppresses the immune system.

You can easily control stress by finding a favorite activity and making it a part of your day. Yoga, Pilates, deep breathing, walking and ideally exercising all reduce the bodies stress levels. In a stressful situation, unwind with a 10-15 minute walk, you’ll return calmed and refreshed, perhaps even a new point of view.

3) Get Sleep, The Great Healer

The demands of today’s lifestyle are never ending but part of your day you should covet is your sleep time. Sleeping, eating, and sex control aging by counter-acting the effects of stress giving our bodies time to recover.

Sleep is “the great healer”. Research at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., shows that less than an average of 9.5 hours of sleep at night causes premature aging and the science of circadian rhythmicity (light-and-dark cycles) explains how sleeping controls eating and stress. The hormonal changes caused by sleep deprivation and more free radicals mean faster aging.

Avoid pre-mature aging by establishing a regular, restful sleep cycle even if it’s only 7 or 8 hours. Adopt a relaxing routine, bath, herbal tea, reading 20-30 minutes before bed time, go to bed at the same time every night, do not eat 2-3 hours before going to bed as it impairs both digestion and sleep and avoid any caffeine after 11 am.

4) Drink Lots of Good Quality Water

Your body relies on water to detoxify properly and water is also essential for supple, younger looking skin and bright eyes. Good quality water is either distilled or reverse osmosis Consider 6-8 glasses of water throughout the day essential, more if your consume coffee and if you do, remember as a diuretic, coffee flushes water from your system so be sure to add back 4 times in water to coffee consumed.

5) Switch to Good Fats

Many people are deficient in the essential fat called omega-3. Youth is often recognized by supple and smooth skin, shiny hair, nails, joints and muscles. You’ll feel and look well when your daily consumption includes cold-water fresh fish, raw nuts and seeds (not roasted or salted), avocado, good quality olive, flax or  hemp oil, organic or free range poached or soft-boiled eggs. As a bonus, you’ll also get their anti-inflammatory benefits.

6) Drop The Salt Habit

Look for good sodium sources. Your body can’t use the sodium from inorganic table salt or other similar inorganic sources. Instead get your sodium from foods such as sea salt, celery, cabbage (red), apples, asparagus, beets, greens, carrots, chickpeas, kale, parsley, turnips, dates, fish and lentils.

7) Laugh Often, Laugh Well

The Time Jan. 17, 2005 issue stated “It’s no joke: laughing may be one of nature’s cleverest tricks for keeping us healthy and safe” says.

Laughter, happiness and optimism have also been linked to our aging process and have been shown to block pain and reduce stress levels.

In 2001 Lee Berk, Professor of Pathology and Anatomy at Loma Linda Uni. in California tracked two groups of cardiac patients, one group got 30 minutes of comedy a day plus normal medical therapy, the other just normal therapy. At the end of the year, the laughing group had lower blood pressure, lower stress-hormone levels, fewer episodes of arrhythmia and fewer repeat heart attacks. There is certainly a lot of interest in the benefits of the laughter so be sure to make it a significant part of your day, every day.
(C) Copyright 1994-2008 Diane McLaren www.healthyyounaturally.com

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Diane McLaren (www.dianemclaren.com) is a co-author with Anthony Robbins, Wayne Dyer and others in a best selling Wake Up ... Love The Life You Live book and creator and author of the recently published BODiWELL Health System found at www.bodiwell.com.

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