Do you long to look and feel younger?

May 18, 2009

Haven’t you always yearned for those school days to come back?

Well, I have. The memory of those carefree days are a treasure when you know that life only has a lot of responsibilities and stress as bonus, in store for you. But when you were in school you wanted to go to college and once in college you wanted to be out working asking no more of your parents’ money. The moment you step into that independence you realize the mistake. But it is too late. You can’t go back.

It is the same with ageing. As a child, you want to be an adult and fight with everyone you know claiming your adulthood. And past your twenties, you start fighting for youth throwing in money on salons and cosmetics.

The Free Radical Theory of Ageing

What are Free Radicals?

Normally, pairs of electrons surround the nucleus of an atom. When an electron loses its pair, the molecule is then called a free radical. This happens due to metabolism or when cells burn oxygen for energy. Certain environmental factors, smoking, tobacco, radiation, sunlight, stress and over exercise can lead to the formation of free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive and can cause damage to the cells as they try to snatch electrons from them to pair their unpairedones. As the cells get damaged, they die (cellular degeneration) causing the organism to start ageing. Wrinkles, gray hair, the skin losing its vibrance and texture are the first signs of ageing. Apart from cancer, many age-related diseases are also directly linked to free radical damages.

How can you reverse the damages?

That is when antioxidants come to the scene. The word ‘antioxidant’ is not new to our generation. Antioxidants include Beta-carotene, Lutein, Lycopene, Selenium, Vitamins A, C and E. Antioxidants are molecules which are capable of terminating the activities of free radicals. But the bad news is that, you body does not produce much of antioxidants by itself. You need an adequate supply of antioxidants through your daily diet. And that’s exactly where you fail. You have a pathetic daily diet which does not give you your necessary vitamins and nutrients.

What should you do?

First, eat well. To promote health on a cellular level and to prevent cell damage, you should take a balanced diet with a good supply of whole grains, dairy products, nuts like walnuts, peanuts, almonds and olives, avocados, fish oils, apricots, citrus fruits and green vegetables.

  • Exercise well. Do not overdo it.
  • Have 5 servings of fruit and vegetables daily.
  • Have green tea! Catechin polyphenol in green tea is a great antioxidant.
  • Grape seed extracts and Rooibos are good antioxidants.
  • Other beneficial herbs which you include in your staple diet include Garlic, ginkgo, billbery, asian Ginseng, pine bark and the like. Ask a herbologist or an Ayurvedic medical practitioner for advice on the herbs suitable for you.
  • Take natural supplements! Know how much is enough and never over supplement.
  • Do not go by the media or the ads. Consult a health professional.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult a doctor before administering any remedy even if it is herbal.

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