In our endless obsession to stay forever young, scientists and health experts are continuously searching for the next best thing in the world of natural health to bring the aging process to a screeching halt. But the reality is that there is no one single magical elixir or “cure” that can prevent our bodies from getting older.
However, some research has shown that although we can’t completely stop aging from occurring, we can actually slow down and curb its negative effects through the use of whole foods and natural health supplements. If we are willing to change our eating habits and be proactive in our health, we can indeed experience renewed energy, radiant glowing skin and reshape our body to look and feel younger than we actually are.
The Role of Detoxification and Aging
The majority of anti-aging education focus has been on using antioxidants as preventing and treating free radical damage. However, detoxification plays an equally critical role in supporting the aging process. While women today put an average of 515 chemicals a day on their bodies and many of us live primarily on a fast food diet, it’s no doubt that we must take measures to detoxify our bodies in order to prevent the acceleration of aging.
Here are my top 5 favourite natural alternatives to toxic fancy face creams and expensive medical procedures.
A part of the chenopod family, these brilliant bright red root vegetables are loaded in vitamins and minerals that help damaged skin repair itself by stimulating new skin cell production. Packed with Vitamin A, C, folate, iron, potassium, manganese and fibre, beets are the perfect skin food to protect against premature wrinkles.
Beets also contain nitrates (these have a different effect than the ones that are artificially added to meat) which promote blood flow to the brain, helping to fight dementia and assist in focus and concentration. Studies have shown that the extract of the red beetroot (Beta vulgaris L.) may be effective in suppressing the growth of multi-organ tumors.
This powerful superfood contains loads of skin-loving nutrients including beta-carotene and Vitamin C. Its high alpha-lipoic acid content helps to regenerate glutathione, which is made by the liver to help repair and rebuild tissue, eliminate toxins and protect us from the aging process.
Kale is abundant in diindolylmethane (DIM), a natural plant indole which promotes liver detoxification. Research has shown that DIM can inhibit the growth and invasion of breast cancer cells.
Cacao is one of the highest antioxidant and longevity touted foods in the world. Rich with magnesium, iron, zinc and phosphorous, this ancient nut promotes liver detoxification, builds strong nails and hair and supports healthy skin.
With nearly twice the antioxidants of red wine, and up to three times the antioxidants found in green tea, this powerhouse can help stave off cancer and prevent oxidation of fatty substances. The Phenylethylamine (PEA) found in cacao may help to postpone the onset of dementia.
This water-grown algae offers more chlorophyll per gram than any other plant on earth. Since chlorophyll is a naturally occurring molecule that gives plants their green colour and allows them to absorb energy from light it also gives the human body abundant energy when consumed.
Rich in enzymes, chlorella quickly promotes rejuvenation of cells, protects against cancer, neutralizes free radicals and extracts toxins such as heavy metals from the body. Chlorella can actually help our DNA repair itself and slow down the aging process.
5) Seabuckthorn oil
A rich source of the essential and yet rare fatty acid, Omega-7, Seabuckthorn promotes collagen reproduction and supports the health of hair, skin and nails. With high antioxidants such as beta-carotene and Vitamin E, Seabuckthorn has the ability to combat wrinkles, dryness and enhance cell tissue regeneration while aiding in the healing of wounds.
Taken both internally as a tea and capsule or used topically on the skin, Seabuckthorn is an effective supplement in supporting a youthful vibrant glow.