My Anti-Aging Secrets – Revealed!
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on November 26, 2009 by Paulina Nelega, RH
I’m not anti-aging, as in “against” aging. To me, there’s something beautiful about wearing my experiential wisdom on my physical body. That said, I definitely aim to age gracefully. And a gloriously skin-tightening, brightening, illuminating facial serum never hurt anyone, either!
Truth be told, I am a sucker for anything life-extending related. Let me elaborate: I am a self-professed eco-luxury skin care whore. There, I said it. Internally and externally, I will climb the walls with my well-manicured nails to get to the latest, greatest skin-healthy product – especially when it’s wrapped in gorgeous environmental (of course) packaging!
Every once in a while, though, I rein myself for a little self-talk, and ask myself if the product in question is really doing its great work: helping me fight the battle against premature aging. Do I really see fine-lines disappearing? Are my sun spots really fading? Or am I so enamored with my new hope-in-a-jar that I convince myself of the changes when looking in my mirror? Seriously folks, probably the latter. And then I remember that at every point in my life, when I have looked my absolute best, there have been consistently present factors. These tried and true beautifying tips I share with you now (and they just happen to be the top proven anti-aging treatments, as well. Bonus!):
Many foods and drinkables contain vital phytonutrients: members of the antioxidant family that scavenge the “free-radicals”, or oxygen molecules, that oxidize and therefore contribute to our aging. As well, aging is related to the inflammation of our tissues, something else that our diets can combat. By choosing a diet rich in anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory foods, we can significantly delay the aging process. Choose from:
– Cold water fish: The American Heart Associate recommends eating fish twice weekly. Salmon is a household staple for me!
– Brightly colored fruits and veggies: make a rainbow on your plate! And go raw as often as possible, since cooking can kill off most of the vital enzymes and energy harbored in fruits and veggies. Go for a salad a day, a fresh juice, and fresh fruits. My personal anti-aging faves:
*Water – I drink at least 8 glasses per day.
*Acai, acerola, blackberries. They make the smoothest smoothies.
*Sprouts – all kinds! And try a sprouted grain bread, super yummy. Super good. Anti-aging Superstar.
*Nuts and seeds – I sprout these too. Natch.
*Yogurt – you know I love my healthy bacteria!
*Green tea – Drink up! I also use green tea as a facial toner, which absorbs UV rays and eliminates free radicals.
Regular exercise boosts blood circulation, which not only keeps the body functioning on optimal levels, but brings a healthy glow to the skin. Don’t smoke! And wear sunscreen. My reminder is the video above, which I encourage you to view and share with your loved ones.
And speaking of loved ones, this video serves to remind me of the greatest anti-ager of all: Love! Love yourself, love others, and you will remain ageless. I guarantee it!
Ah. An unending life full of raw food, gorgeous skin and hair, shoes, and love. I don’t know what more a girl could ask for.
How’s that for Sage advice?
Love ;-), Sage
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan