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Who wants to Naturally look Younger ?!

Enjoying a Happy Healthy Life !

Enjoying a Happy Healthy Life !

Hi Everyone,

Today have some awesome simple tips for looking younger and they’re all natural too !!

Tip #1: Reduce toxins. I’m talking about toxins like cigarette smoke, air pollution, excess alcohol, and toxins in our food and water supply. Of course, if you’re smoking, I really recommend you do everything you can to stop ASAP.

For your food supply, stay away from processed foods that have all kinds of artificial colors, chemicals, and sweeteners. They do nothing but erode your health, and after years, it’s my observation that they can start to make you look older (probably because they are “dead foods” void of quality nutrients).

I try my best to eat wholesome, unprocessed foods every chance I get. And besides a few glasses of wine a week, keep your alcohol intake low and your skin and internal organs will thank you by remaining healthy and young.

As far as water, I don’t recommend regular tap water at all. I recommend that you fill your body with purified water. We’ll talk more about that in a minute.

Tip #2: Increase your essential fat intake. When I grew up in the 80s and 90s, the media constantly said that all fat was considered bad. Well, that isn’t true at all. There are great fats out there that your body needs, especially for skin integrity and to help your skin be healthy. They are called essential fatty acids, and your body simply can’t produce them on its own. You need to get them through your food intake.

Most Americans are deficient in one of the essential fats called Omega-3s, and you can really see this deficiency in their skin—it’s typically dry, cracked, or wrinkled.

To avoid this, make sure you’re eating good sources of these fats from fish like wild salmon, tuna, and mackerel. Other sources of essential fats include nuts like pistachios, walnuts, and almonds, along with seeds like flax seeds and pumpkin seeds.

Every day, try to eat a serving of fish (such as salmon), ¼ to ½ cup of nuts and/or seeds, or take a tablespoon or two of a good essential oil like Udo’s Oil or Barlean’s Omega Swirl oils. You can add these oils to salads, protein shakes, or vegetables.

Tip #3: Get some sun. A lot of people think that you should avoid the sun at all costs as it can prematurely age your skin and increase your cancer risk. But the truth is that you need to be exposed to sunlight (without gobs of sunscreen on) in order for your skin to manufacture Vitamin D, which a lot of people are deficient in these days.

Here’s what MayoClinic.com has to say about Vitamin D:

Vitamin D is found in many dietary sources such as fish, eggs, fortified milk, and cod liver oil. The sun also contributes significantly to the daily production of vitamin D, and as little as 10 minutes of exposure is thought to be enough to prevent deficiencies. The term “vitamin D” refers to several different forms of this vitamin. Two forms are important in humans: ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). Vitamin D2 is synthesized by plants. Vitamin D3 is synthesized by humans in the skin when it is exposed to ultraviolet-B (UVB) rays from sunlight. Foods may be fortified with vitamin D2 or D3.

The major biologic function of vitamin D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, helping to form and maintain strong bones. Recently, research also suggests vitamin D may provide protection from osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), cancer, and several autoimmune diseases.

To add to this, I think there is a correlation between low Vitamin D intake and migraine headaches and depression, too.

Now what I recommend is getting 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight a day, if possible. I’m not talking about going out in the blazing sun at noon and frying like an egg. I’m talking about going out earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon, and getting some sun with as much skin exposed as you can; within reason, of course. No streaking. =)

What’s more, you don’t always have to wear your sunglasses. A lot of sunlight is absorbed through your eyes, and not wearing sunglasses is a great way to help your body produce more Vitamin D.

Of course, overexposure to the sun is going to make your skin look like a leather handbag. But a little sun each day can do wonders for your health and mood.

Tip #3: Increase your fiber intake. A lot of people go out and buy expensive detox pills, and follow extreme cleansing diets to try and stay young and healthy. You don’t really need to do all these things. Instead, keep your fiber intake at about 30 to 40 grams a day. (The average American probably gets 10 to 15 grams of fiber a day … Not good.)

What fiber does is help cleanse your entire digestive system. It’s like a broom that moves through your intestines and helps to clean the “gunk” out of your body. This will help prevent disease and keep you healthy, vibrant, and young.

Here are some great fiber sources:

  • Barley has 12 grams per ½ cup
  • Beans like black beans, navy beans, refried, and lima beans all have 6 or more grams per 1/2 cup
  • Bran cereal has 13 grams per 1/3 to 1/2 cup
  • Peas have more than 9 grams per 1/2 cup
  • Corn on the cob has 5 grams per ear
  • Strawberries have 4 grams per cup, raspberries have more than 5 grams, and blackberries have more than 7 grams
  • Potatoes with the skin—a medium-sized spud has 5 grams
  • Broccoli has 7 grams per ¾ cooked cup
  • Oatmeal has 7 grams per ¾ cup
  • Apples have 4 grams of fiber in the form of pectin
  • Dried fruits like figs and pears have more than 10 grams per ½ cup

Tip #4: Eat all day: Of course, with all my friends, when I see them lose 10, 20, 30, or 40 pounds, they always look younger—sometimes decades younger.

With this in mind, this tip has to deal with meal frequency. A lot of people in America have one, two, or three meals a day, and that’s really the worst way to eat. The best way to eat is to enjoy a small meal that includes protein, essential fats, and healthy carbohydrates (like fruits and vegetables) every three hours.

By eating every few hours (this DOES NOT have to be a huge meal folks, it can be some fresh strawberries with some nuts and yogurt)  your body is able to absorb the nutrients from food much better (and nutrient deficiencies can increase the rate at which you age). What’s more, eating frequent meals will boost your metabolism to help you lose weight and look younger, too.

Tip #5: Less sugar, more antioxidants. My final tip today (I’ll be back tomorrow) has to do with reducing your sugar and increasing your antioxidants. Less junk and more good stuff.

The average American consumes about 173 grams of processed sugar a day. Some teenagers are consuming 200, 300, or even 400 grams of sugar a day. This is extremely bad because:

  1. These processed sugars don’t have any real nutritional value, and eating them will lead to nutrient deficiencies that cause you to age faster.
  2. After you consume sugar, your body is still starving for nutrients so your cravings increase, which leads to weight gain that makes you look older. Plus, sugar is highly addictive so you keep eating more and more, and it’s converted to fat very easily in our bodies.
  3. Sugar creates a toxic environment inside your body that increases your chances of getting certain diseases like cancer.

Needless to say, you want to stay away from these processed sugars. I recommend no more than 30 grams of processed sugar a day. The American Heart Association agrees.

So keep your processed sugars down, and replace these empty calories with fruits and vegetables that are packed with antioxidants. In case you don’t know, antioxidants are kind of like “microscopic doctors” that keep your body healthy by fighting off free radicals (which are molecules, atoms, or ions that can cause premature aging and disease).

The free-radical theory of aging (FRTA) states that organisms age because cells accumulate free radical damage over time. But you can combat free radicals by increasing your intake of certain foods that are high in antioxidants.

For example: Green tea, strawberries, acai berries, pomegranates, blackberries, and blueberries all have high antioxidant levels. Vegetables also contain antioxidants, as well as chemicals called phytonutrients that are anti-aging in nature.  I recommend that you “eat the rainbow” of colors each week from colorful fruits and vegetables to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients and antioxidants you need to fight aging.

Bonus Tip:

Enjoy that avocado for energy

Enjoy that avocado for energy

Keeping your energy up throughout the day is simple…
I eat tiny snacks throughout the day( you’ll know when you need that energy boost) whether it’s a bite of salad, a piece of cheese, or an apple. I also keep avocados around so I can cut one in half and put lime juice on it. It’s the greatest snack—it has good fat and will really fill you up.

Here’s to feeling Younger on the Inside and Reflecting it on the Outside folks !!

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