The Secret to Eternal Youth- The Natural Way
The Celebrities Secrets to Eternal Youth…
Whilst waiting for an appointment today, I picked up a glossy magasine and flicked through pages and pages of beautiful celebrities, who seem to be defying the ageing process.
So what is their secret? I have no doubt that many of these have had a helping hand from a talented plastic surgeon but I also believe that some celebrities, like J Lo for example, have actually turned to a healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle programme, to keep them looking young and beautiful.
So what is the Celebrity Secret to eternal youth? And how can these celebrities, famous for their partying and wild ways, still look so great, the natural way?
Well firstly, I always tell patients who want to get healthy that they can make up for lost time. It is never too late to change your ways. Research suggests that people who engage in unhealthy lifestyles, who haven’t crossed the line and suffered from irreversible health consequences, can change their future if they leave behind bad habits and embrace a healthier lifestyle.
So brushing Botox and Plastic surgery options to one side, here are my Top Ten Tips to Staying Young the Natural Way.
1: Reduce Stress:
Studies show that high stress levels can cause physical changes in the body that can accelerate ageing. When stressed we produce high levels of hormones such as Adrenaline and Cortisol, which can increase our Blood pressure and place our hearts under stress, weaken our immune systems and lead to conditions such as anxiety, depression and insomnia.
2: Exercise more
Doing regular exercise not only helps us to lose weight but it can also boost our mood, keep our hearts healthy and improve our brainpower. One study from UCLA suggests that walking just ten minutes a day can reduce our risk or Alzheimer’s disease by up to 40%.
3: Stay Hydrated
Drinking plenty of water and avoiding dehydration is important for our physical well-being. Water also hydrates our skin, improves its elasticity, reduces wrinkles and gives us a glowing complexion. Try to drink 8-10 glasses of water per day, restrict caffeinated drinks to 1-2 per day and avoid fizzy and sugary drinks. Drinking too much alcohol is not only bad for our livers and brains but can also dehydrate us, so keep within the healthy limits 14 units and below per week for a female and 21 units and below per week for a male.
4: Eat Well
Fruits, nuts, vegetables are rich in antioxidants. These chemical compounds act as a defense against the free radicals that can accelerate ageing. Vitamin C (Oranges, Grapefruits, and Tomatoes), Vitamin E (Avocados, almonds) and Carotenoids (Apricots, Mangoes, Spinach, and Broccoli) neutralise toxins and boost our immune system as well as helping to prevent ageing.
5: Cut out the Sugar
It is a well-known fact that sugar is bad for our waistline and increases our risk of heart disease and Diabetes. We also know that too much sugar can speed up the body’s ageing process and make our skin look older.
6: Sleep well:
Sleep is vital for our health. It is the crucial time where our body cells renew and regenerate. Without good sleep our immune systems weaken, our brain function slows and our appearance suffers, dark circles appear under our eyes, we get poor skin, wrinkles and outbreaks. Try to regulate your sleep patterns and aim for 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night.
7: Add in the Good Fats
Omega 3 Fatty Acids, found in many foods including Salmon, nuts and seeds, can help reduce our ‘Bad fats and Total Cholesterol’ levels, reduce our risk of heart disease, boost our mood and brain power and keep us looking younger for longer. They can help to prevent the signs of ageing by reducing inflammation in the body
8: Sip on Green Tea:
Antioxidants are not just found in fruit and vegetables. The Polyphenol Epigallocatechin gallate (ECGG) is a super antioxidant abundant in green tea. It helps with cellular rejuvenation, aids healing and is also thought to speed up metabolism as well as helping to keep our brains sharper as we get older.
9: Avoid Sunburn:
Some sunlight is good for us; it produces Vitamin D, which is needed for healthy bones and immune system. Overexposure to the sun is not so good; it can result in free radical damage, breaking down the collagen in our skin, causing drying, wrinkling, pigmentation and premature ageing. It also increases our risk of Skin cancer. Protect your skin against direct sunlight by covering up, avoiding the sun at peak times and using a good Sun Protection cream,
10: Keep Smiling
No this last one is not a joke. When we are happier our body produces endorphins and serotonin that make us feel good, reduce our stress levels, lower our Blood Pressure and boost our immunity. Stay happy, stay healthy