The Top 5 Anti-Aging Tips:
"The Recipe For Youthfulness"

After reading these anti-aging tips that could be you

CC Photo Courtesy of bingbing. After implementing these anti-aging tips that could be you jumping there!

Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. But at fifty you get the face you deserve.

- Coco Chanel

Follow these 5 anti-aging tips to make sure you deserve the best!

The Recipe For Youthfulness

  1. Hormone balancing anti-inflammatory diet
  2. Positive attitude - love yourself
  3. Hormone replacement therapy (if needed)
  4. Selective sun exposure
  5. Exercise

1. Hormone Balancing Anti-Inflammatory Diet


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Silent inflammation and hormonal imbalances lead to accelerated aging. Fortunately, a good diet helps you to balance your hormones and reduce inflammation.

Dr. Diana Schwarzbein, renowned endocrinologist and menopause expert claims that aging is an auto-immune process.

"Your own body over time destroys itself through inflammation!"

- Dr. Diana Schwarzbein

In ideal situation your immune system would fight against viruses, parasites and bacteria. However, undigested foods, over-sensitivities to foods and allergies can keep your immune system constantly alert. This continuous low-grade systemic inflammation makes you age faster than you normally would.

Dr. Schwarzbein also says that 70-80% of the cells of the immune system are located in the digestive tract. If you follow a diet that improves the health of your digestive tract, you'll be able to stop the inflammation and restore or maintain your hormonal balance.

So, the most important of all anti-aging tips is to eat an anti-inflammatory hormone balancing diet!

2. Positive Attitude - Love yourself!

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Positive attitude is everything! There are complete anti-aging programs built on positive thinking and learning to love yourself again.

How does positive attitude deliver its benefits?

Through your hormone system and your actions.

When you are happy, you secrete less stress hormones. Even if something stressful happens, you can handle it better and come out of the situation less frizzled. As you appreciate yourself, you don't let other people bully you or treat you badly.

If you love yourself, you'll take care of yourself. You are important enough that you'll form habits that are good for you. You will follow a good diet. You ensure you get enough sleep. Inadequate sleep is a big factor in aging. You'll do your facial exercise and try to avoid tobacco and alcohol. You'll have a good beauty routine and visit cosmetologist often enough.

You can, for example follow the classic 4-step skin-care routine:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Tone (or Exfoliate)
  3. Moisturize
  4. Protect

You can get more routine ideas in Paula Begoun's article Beautiful Skin In 5 Minutes.

You love yourself, so you happily do what is best for you. Plenty of women get into the pressure of family and kids, not taking enough time for themselves. You deserve some time just for yourself. Taking care of yourself puts you in a better position to take care of others as well.

3. Hormone Replacement Therapy (Only If Needed)

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If you are not able to balance your hormones with a good diet and lifestyle, you should consider getting your hormone levels measured. Hormone balance affects both your well-being and your appearance!

Lately, replacement therapies for minor hormones like Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and DHEA have gained popularity as anti-aging cures. Take almost any anti-aging tips article and they are there! However, the imbalance in minor hormones is often caused by an imbalance in one of the main hormones. For that reason, you should always get the main hormones tested first.

As you address the main hormones first, in many cases, the problems with minor hormones take care of themselves with no extra effort.

According to Dr. Schwarzbein, the most common hormonal imbalances are:

  • Low thyroid
  • Low insulin or high insulin
  • Adrenal gland burnout
  • Progesterone issues
  • Estradiol issues
  • Testosterone issues

You should take always take your hormone replacement therapy seriously. Visit a good endocrinologist and make sure you'll get bio-identical hormones. Don't replace a hormone that you can adequately produce. Mimic normal physiology by taking your replacement hormones with a similar pattern than your body would produce them. Make sure you'll get all the necessary follow ups to see how your treatment proceeds.

4. Selective Sun Exposure

Photo Courtesy of the New England Journal of Medicine and the person in the photo.

You are not safe even if you would be inside. The image on the left was published in The New England Journal of Medicine article on Unilateral Dermatoheliosis.

That means one sided sun damage.

He is a 69-year old former truck driver. He has been driving a delivery truck for 28 years and thus getting heavy UVA exposure - but only to the left side of his face.

This is a concrete evidence on how dramatic influence the sun has on your skin. After seeing that you'll want to protect yourself from the sun!

Sun exposure is one of the biggest factors causing skin aging.

The damage creeps on us without noticing. There is a method called UV photography that makes tha damage visible. It shows that the damage accumulates over years. Even teenagers have sun damage that shows in the UV photographs.

In UK, Cancer Research UK is running the R UV Ugly? campaign that brings the UV skin scanners to the shopping centers. Check out this Daily Mail article that presents a picture of a young woman with noticeable UV damage.

It really pays off to protect yourself from the sun! But this is one of the anti-aging tips that is easy to say, but not always easy to do. Especially if you have a sensitive skin or sunscreen allergy. Also, the safety of sunscreens has been discussed a lot lately. Fortunately, you can always wear some physical protection. Yay for the pretty sunshade hats!

5. Exercise

Not only get the face you deserve, get the body too!

The most anti-aging form of exercise is resistance training. Having lots of lean body mass keeps your metabolism healthy and running smoothly. Relaxing exercises are also anti-aging, like yoga or walking. And don't forget your facial exercise!

Seize the day - take a minor step towards youthfulness:
Take one simple thing from one of these anti-aging tips and do it today!

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