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Anti-Aging Guide

September 11, 2012

Written by Christine G. Adamo

While you’ll always look fabulous to us, knowing your anti-aging options never hurt…

The art of looking young using surgical and non-surgical anti-aging techniques is highly celebrated – and heavily practiced – the world over. None of us is entirely immune to the whole host of unhealthy habits, practices, and stressors of life.

Over time, they affect our bodies and our appearance. They make us look older than we feel and (heaven forbid) older than we are. But, to a certain extent, you can control the aging process by making lifestyle choices which prevent or reverse the signs of aging.

So, what exactly can you do to halt the aging process, look younger, and feel better?
  • Put yourself on an anti-aging diet.
  • Supplement your anti-aging routine with vitamins.
  • Revamp your look with an anti-aging skin care regimen.
  • Keep up on new procedures like anti-aging facial treatments.
If looking youthful is important to you, the time to take action is now. The clock never truly stops ticking, but you can sure give it a run for its money. Read on for timeless beauty tips and anti-aging strategies that will give you a youthful outlook. Learn even more by browsing our website for additional information on each topic.

Put Yourself on an Anti-Aging Diet

Why not put yourself on an anti-aging diet that’s rich in youth-making nutrients?

In the two-part “Bizarre Anti-Aging Foods” video series, Dr. Mehmet Oz (Dr. Oz to Oprah fans) introduces viewers to exotic foods which make people worldwide feel younger and live longer – from Japan and Central America to Korea and Sardinia.

The Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmerman tells Dr. Oz, in Part 1, that such people “eat foods we’re unfamiliar with” in the U.S. They also defy time by adopting entire lifestyles which keep them looking great and feeling their best well into what we’d call old age.

At the top of Dr. Oz and Zimmerman’s exotic, anti-aging food list are:
  • Natto (Japan) – fermented vitamin-rich soy beans which ease aches and pains
  • Gooey Duck Clams (Seattle, WA) – iron-rich seafood that’s available online
  • Octopus (Greece) – low cholesterol protein that keeps well when frozen
But, don’t fret if traditional fare sounds a bit more palatable…

Plenty of other foods can also boost your body’s own healing capabilities. The following list of must-eat foods was inspired by and is based, in part, on SELF Magazine’s “38 Anti-Aging Foods: Live a Longer, Healthier Life with These Key Ingredients” slideshow:
  • Fruits – blueberries, raisins, kiwi, dried cherries & strawberries
  • Vegetables – baby spinach, kale, celery & poblano peppers
  • Grains & Legumes – bulgur wheat, quinoa & black beans
  • Nuts – almonds, walnuts & pistachios
  • Spices – cinnamon & curry powder
  • Dairy – nonfat plain Greek yogurt

Supplement Your Anti-Aging Routine with Vitamins

According to SELF Magazine, many of the food items mentioned above can help achieve specific, body-related goals. It’s important to note, too, that more than one pull double duty (ex: baby spinach, cinnamon and blueberries) to reverse the signs of aging in multiple ways.

If you want to address a particular anti-aging issue, there’s probably a supplement you can take. But, before you plunge into a bottle of Vitamin K, C or E consider ways to get adequate nutrition out of food itself. That is, after all, what a healthy diet achieves.

The Mayo Clinic says whole foods offer three main benefits dietary supplements don’t:
  • Phytochemicals & Antioxidants – both slow aging, heal tissues, and protect cells
  • Fiber – high-fiber foods contain key nutrients, aid digestion, and prevent illness
  • Micronutrients – unlike supplements, whole foods offer a range of nutrients
It’s also advisable to consult a doctor, dietician, or nutritionist before changing your diet. While you’re at it, have them order a blood analysis so you’ll know what your nutrient starting point is. That will give you a baseline to measure your progress against.

Revamp Your Look with an Anti-Aging Skin Care Regimen

Dermal fillers and injectables help plump the face where needed and fill in fine lines and wrinkles to improve your skin’s appearance. Many offer long-lasting, if not permanent, results. To maintain that youthful look, consider revamping your skin care regimen:
  • Cleanse – use a gentle cleanser in the morning and again at night
  • Moisturize – follow with a moisturizer suited to your skin type (SPF 15+)
  • Chug-a-Lug – drink 64 oz. of H2O daily to keep your lips and skin hydrated
  • Don’t Be Shy – ask your plastic surgeon to recommend a great skin care line
Give your anti-aging routine a flavorful boost, too! As SELF Magazine notes, “fruits and veggies that contain lycopene and beta carotene help block UV rays to thwart aging [while] Vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen, helping prevent fine lines”.

Foods identified as being rich in skin-smoothing nutrients include:
  • Fruits – kiwis, blueberries, strawberries, lemons & dried cherries
  • Vegetables – kale, baby spinach & poblano peppers
  • Nuts & Other – walnuts & marinara sauce
Who knew looking younger could taste so good? Mmm, mmm!

Keep Up on New Procedures Like Anti-Aging Facial Treatments

Today’s most popular anti-aging facial treatments deliver a healthy glow, give your face a more youthful appearance and turn back time – pretty darn quickly! A skilled practitioner will know which surgical and non-surgical procedures can most benefit you.

Non-surgical and surgical anti-aging facial treatments include:
Before scheduling any surgical anti-aging face procedure, consult with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Likewise, before scheduling any non-surgical, anti-aging procedure, consult with a plastic surgeon or fully certified and licensed practitioner.

Throughout the entire anti-aging process, we hope you remember one thing:  feeling fabulous may be a state of mind, but looking fabulous is an art you can always perfect.
 

 
 


 
 

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