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12 Natural Anti-Aging Solutions

Most anti-aging solutions you see advertised involve products designed to improve the look of the skin and hair. This is because most people’s concept of “anti-aging solutions” is to make you look younger. However, the process of aging is much more complicated than what is happening to your body on the outside. It is also about what’s happening to your body internally. Aging can affect hormonal balance, strength of the immune system, mental capacity, sex drive, sense of balance, movement, stamina, joint pain, and more. The following are 12 natural anti-aging solutions that will help you slow down the aging process holistically both on the outside and on the inside:

1. Drink A Lot More Water

Drinking more water is probably the simplest thing you can do to slow down the aging process. Studies have shown that most people are chronically dehydrated. Water helps to lubricate the skin from the inside out and works far better than any lotion you could buy. Water also helps by keeping the skin elastic. This means the more water you drink, the smoother and less wrinkled your skin will be.

2. Eat More Blueberries and Other High Antioxidant Foods

Who needs age defying cosmetics when you can get a much greater anti-aging benefit from eating antioxidants. Antioxidants rid the body of free radicals that form at an increasingly higher rate as we get older. The more antioxidants you eat, the more free radicals you’ll eliminate. Unfortunately, the modern diet is abysmally low in natural antioxidants. Most of the antioxidants have been processed out of the processed foods that have become a staple in the American diet.

Eating a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially organic ones, will ensure you get a nice supply of antioxidants. Blueberries, in particular, are loaded with antioxidants. Other berries like raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries are also exceptionally good sources of antioxidants.

3. Eat More Magnesium

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends that men and women get between 300 and 400 mg of magnesium a day. However, studies have shown that most people don’t get anywhere near this amount. This is because most of us don’t eat enough of the foods that are high in magnesium. These foods include dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, and mustard greens. They also include green herbs like parsley, cilantro, basil, thyme, and dill. Nuts and whole grains are also relatively high in magnesium.

Magnesium helps control insulin levels in the body which in turn regulates the blood sugar levels. Maintaining a healthy blood sugar level ensures that glycation, one of the primary culprits of the aging process, is minimized.

In glycation, sugar destroys and deforms protein.

4. Reduce Inflammation By Eating the Right Foods Chronic inflammation increases with age. Premature aging occurs when the inflammation process is accelerated. On the other hand, aging can be delayed by reducing inflammation. Inflammation causes the skin to wrinkle. Chronic inflammation also causes other aging processes such as a decrease in mental capacity and stiffness in the joints.

5. Exercise

One of the best ways to reduce cellulite is to exercise more. Resistance weight training with squats and lunges can reduce the cellulite in your thighs. Weight training also helps prevent sagging skin. Tightening the muscles in the face can help prevent sagging of the skin in the face. Aerobic exercise also helps a great deal to slow down aging over-all. This type of exercise strengthens the immune system and helps all the organs in your body function more efficiently. This includes organs like the liver and kidneys which are important to the detoxification process.

6. Stop the Yo-Yo Diet

When you get into the vicious cycle of losing weight and then regaining that weight back, this stretches the connective tissue between the skin and the muscles. This makes the skin sag. If you need to lose weight, it is far better that you do so in a slow and steady manner and then keep the weight off.

7. Lower Your Stress

It is no coincidence that our U.S. presidents all seem to age rapidly while they hold office. Being president is an extremely stressful job and stress causes premature aging more than just about anything else. Stress alters the balance of hormones in the body, shortens the lifespan of cells, causes the skin to wrinkle, causes hair to fall out, alters DNA so it has difficulty replicating, and produces high levels of the hormone cortisol that accelerates the aging process.

If you want to live longer and slow down the aging process, you need to find ways to lower your stress levels.

The first step is to evaluate your life and determine what your primary and secondary sources of stress are.

Next, eliminate or reduce stress where it is possible to do so. Third, find ways to help you relax and de-stress.

Exercise, yoga, taking long walks, writing, listening to music, and aromatherapy are all common methods of relaxing. See what works best for you. The main thing is to understand the need to do so and make sure you fit this into your life.

8. Learn How To Manage Stress Better

Some people find it helpful to temporarily keep a diary of things that trigger stress. Once you have a handle on what’s triggering the stress, it is easier to stop the stress before it escalates and gets worse. It also gives you the much needed self-permission to do something nice for yourself to lower the stress. For example, you might schedule a nice relaxing massage and/or let your partner take on more responsibility.

9. Protect Your Skin From the Sun

By the time you hit your thirties, most people are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to wrinkles. It makes no sense to put undue pressure on the skin. UV radiation causes the skin to wrinkle and dark spots to form, not to mention cancerous growth. UV destroys collagen and prevents the body from producing more collagen. When you are exposed to the sun, it is essential to use a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. This will help prevent dark sun spots from forming and it has also been shown to prevent existing dark spots from getting darker. You can also wear protective clothing like a big brimmed hat.

10. Detoxification

Heavy metals and other environmental pollutants will accelerate the aging process and cause other health issues as well. Detoxing three to four times a year can help keep these out of your system. Drinking more water helps detoxify the body. Eating more greens also help detox the body. There are two foods that help even more. These are blue green algae like Spirulina and the green algae Chorella. One teaspoon to three tablespoons of powered algae mixed in water is a good way to start the day off when you are trying to detox. Another good method of detoxing is to make a tea out of fresh parsley or cilantro.

11. Get More Sleep

When you sleep, the body rejuvenates itself. Cells repair themselves more quickly while we sleep. Nutrients are absorbed better. Cortisol levels are naturally lowered as we sleep. Dreaming helps us organize our thoughts and this can help with memory issues.

12. Stop Smoking

Smoking causes rapid aging. It damages the collagen and the elastin in the skin layers. This makes the skin less elastic and it wrinkles more. Smoking also reduces blood flow and oxygenation of cells which will also lead to skin damage. If you are a smoker, you need to stop as soon as possible no matter how difficult it may be.

In conclusion, each of these natural methods is considered good anti-aging solutions but you shouldn’t expect a miracle from any one of them. However, if you use several natural methods in combination, the effect can be rather amazing. The elusive fountain of youth isn’t a single source but rather a mosaic of healthy living.

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