“Never ask a lady her age and a gentleman his salary!”
This is a popular saying and is nearly universal in appeal. However, I feel that this is no longer valid for women only. Even men want to look younger than their age, youth is after all a symbol of an activity, vitality, productivity and strength. Today, cosmetics and technical advancement are even challenging the eternal truths of advancing age. That’s why the term anti-aging today, sounds a reality and not a dream. Yes, we can stop time from influencing us.
There are some changes in the body as time goes by and the body gets tired and experiences an urge to slow down. The metabolic rate goes down. Free radicals are produced in higher concentrations on account of weak immune system and tiredness in the body. The hormones are produced in smaller amounts and the growth of new cells and tissues is almost put to an end due to no new growth hormone produced. This collectively leads to aging. The free radicals produced put strain on the aged body and there is a resultant wear and tear of tissues and organs within.
These reasons have lead to an exploration of how aging can be curbed. Antioxidants have been identified as one leading player in anti-aging therapy which neutralizes the free radicals, makes them inactive and hence stops the destruction of other cells and tissues. Vitamins in form of A, C and E are good antioxidants and hence foods rich in these are good sources of antioxidants. Papaya, carrots, dry fruits, citrus fruits like oranges, kiwi, sweet lime, lemon are some of these. In addition to this, Vitamin B helps in improving memory and controlling nerve impulses. Other substances with known anti-ageing properties on account of inherited nature are ginkgo biloba, green tea, red wine and royal jelly. The amazing fertility of queen bee helps in imparting anti-ageing properties and red wine is known to have anti oxidant and anti cancer benefits. Ginkgo biloba protects nerve cells and green tea is a powerful antioxidant.
Botox is a chemical group derived from botulinum toxins which is a product of a micro organism. Hence Botox is an organic product obtained from living beings. These have been used since the last decade for the cure of various neurological diseases but since 2002, Botox has been used as anti aging therapy widely. This is on account of the ability of botox to fight wrinkles and fine lines on the skin folds due to ageing. Sagging of skin is also treated. This is because the muscles which lose their elasticity are softened and paralysed by an injection of botox so that the lines and wrinkles are reduced or zeroed down. The repeated facial expressions over the years cause the appearance of these fine line in the not so young and with a series of botox, these lines can be shed away. However, whether the muscles are able to impart facial expression sis yet to be explored as these are permanently paralysed.
But technology comes with a price. Isn’t it a wiser idea to adopt a healthier life style to keep the signs of aging away?