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8 Tips to Maintain Your Youthful Look and Vigor


As you get older, you may feel the effects of age, but that does not mean you can’t add vigor and youth to your looks. Keep in mind, youthful vigor and good health are not just for the young. Though aging is an inevitable part of every person’s life, how well one deals with it is what matters.

Preserving one’s youthful vigor and looks is not really that complicated, especially now that we have countless options to slow down the aging process. In the infographic below, Genemedics provides ways that would enable you to hold a youthful glow regardless of age.

Good nutrition, regular exercise, and proper hydration are your first line of defense in the battle against aging while coping with stress, getting enough sleep, and pursuing social activities can fight aging’s psychological turmoil. With a healthy body and charged mind, individuals can experience vitality at any stage of life.

Getting older should not worry or trouble anyone. Old is a relative term, defined as the point in life when a person has reached a stage of fading vitality. Even as you age, you do not have to experience the mental and physical challenges of old age. There are ways to revitalize the body and maintain youthful vigor even well into your declining years.

The secret to fighting aging is embracing a healthy attitude. An optimistic approach towards your life and your pursuits to stay mentally and physically active will eventually improve your desire to live a vigorous, happy, and dynamic life.

Read on for insightful tips on how you can maintain your youthful vigor and keep looking fresh as a daisy no matter what age you are.


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Anti Aging Foods and Ingredients


Here are some great foods for your anti-aging diet and skin care routine.


Beets – Beets are an anti-aging super food. Beet roots contain powerful anti-oxidants and they have a red pigment that makes them a great ingredient for making liquid blushes and lip color. You can’t get make-up more natural than that! Beets are also a great multi-vitamins, lower blood pressure,  boost stamina and cleanse your liver.

Honey – Not only is it a tasty and healthy sweetener, it is good for your skin. Honey is great for skin rashes and dry spots. It is especially yummy to use in lip balms for dry and chapped lips. Honey can even be use on wounds because of its natural anti-bacterial qualities so it can aid in healing your skin as well. It makes a great healing, facial mask that you can apply as is or add to a homemade cream.

Baking Soda
Recent discovery made that consuming a small amount of baking soda daily can prevent premature aging.
Baking soda is a versatile ingredient and can be used to make anti-bacterial facial scrubs. It is safe and mildly abrasive making it a good cleanser for all skin types and acne prone skin. Baking soda is also great for your teeth and is found in alot of common toothpastes.

Ginger – This flavorful staple of Chinese cuisine has analgesic and anti-bacterial properties. It promotes good circulation and is a good ingredient in creams and shampoos. It also smells heavenly.

Lavender – This herb is wonderfully soothing to inflamed and acne prone skin because it is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It is commonly diluted in rose water or witch hazel to make an astringent for the face. It also repels bug and soothes insect bites and even helps you get to sleep.

Milk – This ingredient is commonly used in baths to soothe and exfoliate. The lactic acid in milk helps to slough off dead skin cells so that new ones can emerge. Milk can also be used to make facial masks as well.

Carrots – Carrots are very high in vitamin A and are a source of vitamin C, folacin and potassium. Just cook them lightly and blend with a bit of honey to make a great facial mask.

Oats– They are more than just breakfast food. Oats can be very soothing and anti-inflammatory and make great additions to a baths perhaps after a bad sunburn.

Green Tea – This powerful tea has long been held in high esteem for its healing properties. It has a soothing and calming affect on skin and is a wonderful ingredient for sunscreens, moisturizers, and toners. It is especially helpful for rosacea and acne.

Fruits And Vegetables
Probably the best foods you can eat are fruits and vegetables.  They are loaded with vitamins and minerals and, when eaten raw, have powerful enzymes that actually help your body with the digestion process – leaving more energy for you to use on other things.Fruits and vegetables are also loaded with antioxidants which fight of free radicals.  Free radicals actually play a major role in aging and are thought the be major contributors to disease so the more of them you can fight off, the healthier and younger looking you will be!Fruits and vegetables are considered as natures healing foods, as they prevent us from harmful compounds by removing waste and cleanse our body cells.

Essential Fatty Acids
Fatty acids might not sound like something that are good for you, but they are.  The Omega-3 fatty acids in particular are essential for keeping your cell membranes “fluid” which helps with a host of body functions not the least of which is younger looking skin.  You can get these essential fatty acids from cold water fish like salmon and tuna, flax seed oil and walnuts.

Fiber is key to keeping your digestive process working and it can also help keep your cholesterol levels in check. While this might not do a lot for your outer appearance, it can do a whole heck of a lot for your insides and this in turn will help keep you vibrant and youthful.It’s especially important to get enough to keep your bowel movements regular, after all, who can look energetic and youthful when they are constipated?  Fiber can be found in whole grains, black beans, pears, prunes and apples.When buying whole wheat breads, don’t be fooled by the words “whole wheat” on the label, look at the ingredients and make sure the very first one is whole wheat or whole grains.  Otherwise, you are not getting a full whole wheat product.

Finally, the last of the anti aging foods I want to talk about isn’t really a food at all – it’s water.  Plain and simple water.  You need to drink plenty of it to keep you hydrated.  This not only helps with the inner functions of your body but will also help your skin and hair look younger

These anti aging foods slow the aging process from the inside. Check out great recipes to take care of your skin on the outside in the highly recommended Naturally Skinsational eBook.

Go ahead, Eat the Fries but Still Stay Thin


Would you like to eat fries and stay thin?

A too strict diet can come back to haunt you in a bad way.

There are cases when people who had been depriving themselves with the good stuff like cake ends up eating the whole lot instead of just a slice. Allowing yourself to eat the things that give you pleasure in moderation is the key to maintaining your healthy diet.

But what is a moderate eating?

For a foodie, a large order of fries every week will sound fair.  The gym rat will say a small order with no condiments like mayonnaise once every three months would suffice.

Who is making the right choice?

Both of them are…

Remember, it is all about making the right choices for yourself.

Always choose the one you love the most.

  • If you love pizza, skip the milk shake.
  • If you want the cheeseburger, do it without the soda and fries.
  • If you want the cake, let go of the sloppy joe.

Balance these indulgences with exercise and healthy diet.

Tips on How to Enjoy Food without the Guilt

Just remember the following:

  1. If have issues on health or overweight, talk to your doctor first before you undergo any diet or exercise.
  2. It is important that you also know your ideal weight and you do some exercise.  Otherwise, the food you eat will not be a reward but the bane of your existence in the future.
  3. Do not be afraid to carry a diary of food with you at all times.  It will help you keep track of what you ate the whole week.  It will also remind you to not over indulge. It will make you consider how you would balance an indulgence with a healthy meal.

Decadence that you can allow yourself to enjoy

  • French Fries – A potato dipped in oil is no longer a vegetable so this is best paired with a salad.  It does taste good especially when it still hot and crispy. But have you noticed how it does not taste as great if you do not eat it as soon as you placed it on the table? The solution:  order just small share to enjoy.
  • Cheeseburger – Sure you can treat yourself to a piece—once a week.  If you have been eating healthy the whole week, this would be a nice prize for a job well done.  If you can grill your own, choose a turkey patty to reduce some of the guilt.
  • Bacon – Four slices of sizzling pork bacon would be great on a weekend.  Just make sure that you reduce your intake of salt six days before and after your treat day.
  • Ice cream – If you are having a hard time resisting this cold treat, then grab a cup of vanilla flavored ones. Another nicer option is frozen yogurt.  There are a lot of brands out there with great flavors.  You can even add up some strawberries, banana, almonds, or walnuts into the mix.


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Pump Yourself Up With Nutrients


Our bodies crave all the healthy nutrients it can get.

The more nutritional goodies you feed yourself, the easier it is for your body to work on anti aging benefits.

If you starve yourself of nutrients the body has to work harder just to maintain your normal, daily functions.

So, what I always think of and try try try to do is this:

*  Make sure everything I eat has some good nutritional value to it  *

Yes, just look for the most nutricious things we can find. We can eat our junk foods just make sure it has some good nutritional values.

For instance….

Dr. Oz recommends eating white kernel popcorn that’s popped in olive oil!!

It’s great tasting and good for you at the same time.

Also, take a look at these…..

  • Pizza -order it with lots of veggies: mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, peppers
  • Hummus
  • Salsa
  • Pesto
  • *Everything* Bread & Buns for Burgers
  • Crackers…there’s alot of great 7 nutritious crackers out there with Almonds, Pecans, etc

Our bodies crave and THRIVE on what we feed it.

Don’t deplete it….feed it!!

When it’s depleted it has to work much harder to fight off sickness and AGING. 

Just put a little thought into what goes into our mouth as far as the nutritional value goes.

Your body will thank you!

Best of health to all !!!

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Cajun Style Sweet Potatoes – Fat Burning Recipe

Makes 2 Servings


• 2 medium (5oz) sweet potatoes
• 1 teaspoon paprika
• ¼ teaspoon onion powder
• ¼ teaspoon thyme
• ¼ teaspoon rosemary
• ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
• Pinch of cayenne pepper
• 1 teaspoon olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 375oF. In a small bowl, stir together paprika, onion powder, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
2. Slice the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise.
3. Brush each half with olive oil.
4. Rub the seasoning mix over the cut surface of each half.
5. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet or in a shallow pan.
6. Bake until tender or about 45 minutes.

Nutritional Facts

(Per Serving)

  • Calories: 124
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fat: 2g

Find More Fat Burning Recipes in the Metabolic Cooking – Fat Loss Cookbook

Apple Mustard Pork Tenderloin – Fat Loss Recipe

Makes 4 Servings


• 1 pound pork tenderloin
• ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
• 2 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce
• 1 clove garlic
• 2 teaspoons soy sauce
• ½ teaspoon grated ginger
• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard


1. Place the pork in a slow cooker (or in a baking dish).
2. Combine all remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
3. Pour mixture over pork, coating the pork generously.
4. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours (or 45 minutes at 350oF in cooking in oven).

Nutritional Facts

(Per Serving)

  • Calories: 182
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fat: 6g

Find More Fat Burning Recipes in the Metabolic Cooking – Fat Loss Cookbook

Hot Paprika Shrimp – Fat Burning Recipe

Makes 2 Servings


• 8oz shrimps, shelled and deveined
• 1 tablespoon macadamia oil
• ½ teaspoon paprika
• Pinch cayenne pepper
• 2 cloves garlic, crushed


1. In a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the shrimp and garlic.
in the oil for about 5 minutes until it’s pink.
2. Sprinkle the paprika and cayenne over it.
3. Cook for about another minute and serve.

Nutritional Facts

(Per Serving)

  • Calories: 159
  • Protein: 23g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fat: 7g

Find More Fat Burning Recipes in the Metabolic Cooking – Fat Loss Cookbook

Ginger Beef – Fat Burning Recipe

Makes 2 Servings


• 2 sirloin steaks (4oz each), cut in strips
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 small onion, diced
• 1 clove garlic, crushed
• 2 diced tomatoes
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger
• 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
• Salt and pepper


1. Place the oil in a large skillet and brown the steaks in it over medium-high heat.
2. When both sides are well-seared, add the onion, garlic, and tomatoes.
3. In a bowl, stir the ginger, salt and pepper into the vinegar and add that mixture to the skillet, stirring to combine.
4. Cover the skillet, turn the heat to low, and let the whole thing simmer until liquids evaporates completely.

Nutritional Facts

(Per Serving)

  • Calories: 208
  • Protein: 31g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fat: 8g

Find More Fat Burning Recipes in the Metabolic Cooking – Fat Loss Cookbook

Apple Oatmeal Pancakes – Fat Burning Recipe

Makes 1 Serving (4 to 6 small pancakes)


• 6 egg whites
• ½ cup oatmeal (dry)
• 1 tablespoon unsweetened apple sauce
• Pinch of cinnamon powder
• Pinch of stevia
• 1 apple, diced finely
• ¼ teaspoon baking soda
• Cooking spray


1. First heat a frying pan until hot and then reduce to medium temperature. After mixing together all the ingredients in a blender (except for the diced apple), spray some pam (or other cooking spray), drop by spoonful onto the pan.
2. When bubbles start to form, place evenly on pancake some of the diced apple.
3. Let them set in before flipping the pancake.
4. Makes about 4-6 pancakes depending on the size.

Nutritional Facts

(Per Serving)

  • Calories: 240
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fat: 0g

Find More Fat Burning Recipes in the Metabolic Cooking – Fat Loss Cookbook

Pineapple & Pear Smoothie

Pineapple & Pear Smoothie for a younger looking YOU!
This smoothie is great tasting and you’ll love the added benefits of age-defying antioxidants.

Here’s to a younger looking you!

  • 1/2 cup Pineapple juice
  • 1/2 t Lime peel, grated
  • 1 T  Lime juice
  • 1/2 Frozen banana chunks
  • 1 cup Pear sliced
  • 1/2 cup Soft Tofu
  • 1  T yogurt
  • Ice

Pour juices into blender, then add pear, lime peel,yogurt, tofu and banana. Blend on high until smooth.

Drink up…and enjoy!


DIY Skin Care Recipes

The below all natural skin care recipes are updated/added frequently to the site.

Please check back often for more new recipes.

Updated 7/13/2015

Scrubs Masks Moisturizers Smoothies
Body Scrubs Masks Moisturizers Smoothies
Almond Oil Body Scrub Sour Cream Mask Cure-All Moisturizer Pineapple & Pear Smoothie
Salt Glow Scented Body Scrub Apple Zinger Facial Mask Acne
Scented Salt Body Scrub Creamy de`collete` Mask
Strawberry Belly and Breast Scrub Exfoliating Foot Mask
Sugar Body Scrub Peach Mask
Mother’s Bath Milk Pumpkin Facial Mask


ScrubsBody Scrubs

Almond Oil Body Scrub


  • 1/2 cup almond oil
  • 1 cup salt, any kind – the different sizes give a different feel
  • 5-10 drops of Vitamin E
  • Few drops of scented oil of your choice

Salt Glow Scented Body Scrub


  • 1 cup salt, any kind – the different sizes give a different feel
  • 1 cup vegetable oil, any kind – a lighter one might rinse off more easily
  • 1 cup unscented liquid soap
  • Few drops of scented oil of your choice

Preparation:Mix all the ingredients and massage into the skin… use a light touch, especially with the coarser grains of salt, until you are used to it. Shower as usual. This will give your skin a polished, moisturized glow while removing dull, dead cells. Do not use on irritated skin or right after shaving.

Scented Salt Body Scrub:


  • 3 cups fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup sweet almond oil essential oils as desired

Preparation: Mix salt, olive oil, and almond oil in a glass bowl. Add an essential oil, such as peppermint, for scent. Store in a tightly sealed glass jar. This scrub is perfect after a bath or shower while the skin is still warm and damp. Massage a tablespoon or two onto the skin in small circles. Leave on for five to 20 minutes, then rinse. * Note: Do not use any equipment with copper, aluminum or teflon finishes because these will react with the ingredients. Stick with stainless steel, glass, ceramic or plastic. Also, if the scrub is used on children, the elderly, or if pregnant, check with an aromatherapist concerning the use of essential oils.

Strawberry Belly and Breast Scrub

This soft-skin body scrubs smells as delicious as it feels. Fresh, ripe strawberries make an excellent cleanser and moisturizer. Rich in healthy skin nutrients (such as vitamins A, C, and E) they possess a harmonious pH balance, like skin itself.


  • 12 ripe strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons cold-pressed avocado oil
  • 4 tablespoons pureed cucumber (with skin and seeds)
  • 3 tablespoons distilled witch hazel solution
  • 3 tablespoons rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon aloe gel


  1. Trim the strawberry stems, cut away any white parts, then mash with a fork. Pour the avocado oil into another bowl, add the pureed cucumber, and stir well. Add the mashed strawberries and witch hazel. Sprinkle the rice flour over the wet mixture and fold in. Last, add the aloe and stir to form a smooth paste.
  2. Mist your breast and upper chest with a body mist. Leave for 5 minutes, then apply the scrub with your hands or a sea sponge. Relax for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Dry and moisturize.

Sugar Body Scrub


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil


Mix sugar and oil in a glass bowl. This scrub is milder and simpler to make than the salt scrub. If this scrub is for one person, it might be better to cut the recipe in half.

Mother’s Bath Milk


  • 2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons dried rose petals (can be obtained at large health food stores)
  • 1/2 cup ground oatmeal (grind oats finely in your blender)
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil or other favorite oil

Preperation: Mix all ingredients well and keep in a glass jar in the refrigerator. To use, put as much as you like into your bath under running water. You can also buy reusable muslin tea bags at the health food store and place the mixture in these. To use, just drop one in the bath water.


Apple Zinger Facial Mask (For Oily or Acne Prone Skin)


  • 1 medium size apple, grated fine
  • 5 tbs. honey

Preperation: Mix the grated apple and honey well. Smooth over skin and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.

Sour-cream mask


  • Honey
  • Sour Cream

Preperation: Mix up an equal portion of honey and sour cream. Massage gently onto your skin. Rinse it off in 20 min.


Creamy de`collete` Mask


Help is here!!  Summertime brings out all of our cute tank tops, spaghetti straps, sundresses, bathing suits and bikinis.

Time to show off more skin.

Have you had too much sun damage in the de`collete area?

Does your de`collete` leave you feeling self concious?

Worried that crepiness on the chest will give away your age or even make you look older then your age?

Well, if you answered a big YES…

Here’s an easy solution that you can whip up right at home!

Feel more confident about those wrinkly skin woes.  To help plump up the skin fast and give it a much more youthful appearance just follow along with this easy-to-make creamy mask created just for your de`collete` area.

Here’s all you need:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 T honey
  • 1/2 T olive oil
  • 2 T yogurt

Preperation: Mix together and brush onto chest area. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes then rinse.

Nutritious for your skin!

  • Egg white tightens the skin temporarily and forms a protein film.
  • Honey & olive oil lock in moisture acting as hydrating humectants.
  • Yogurt’s lactic acid helps with brightening the skin for more luminous appearance.

To further dimish the look of wrinkles and crepiness, just brush on a shimmery bronzer!

Now go out there and look great…TURN SOME HEADS!

Exfoliating Foot Mask


  • 1/2 C. oatmeal
  • 1/2 C. cornmeal
  • 1/2 C. coarse salt
  • 1/2 C. unscented body lotion
  • 4 T. aloe vera gel

Preparation: In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Slide feet into mixture and rub, beginning at toes, working up to heel and ankle. Do one foot at a time, rinsing in a separate bowl of warm water.

Peach Mask


  • Fresh peach
  • Olive oil

Preperation: Mash a fresh peach and mix with just enough warm olive oil to form a spreadable paste.  Smooth on clean wet skin, leave on for 15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.  Afterwards use a moisturizer suitable for your skin type.

Pumpkin Facial Mask

Pumpkin is loaded with natural exfoliating acids and antioxidants.  Pumpkin pulp is great to brighten skin, soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Recipe ingredients for dry or combination skin:

  • 1/2 cup fresh pumpkin pulp
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Preperation: Puree the fresh pumpkin pulp into a thick paste, add the eggs.  Stir in the omega rich almond milk and honey.  Apply to a cleansed wet skin and leave on for 15 minutes.  Rinse with cool water and moisturize with your favorite cream.

Recipe ingredients for oily skin:

  • 1/2 cup fresh pumpkin pulp
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (OR) cranberry juice.

Preperation: Puree the fresh pumpkin pulp into a thick paste.  Add either the apple cider vinegar, with its excellent cleansing properties and alpha-hydroxy acids or cranberry juice which is full of nourishing antioxidants.  Stir into a rich paste and apply to cleansed wet skin and leave on for 15 minutes.  Rinse with cool water and moisturize with your favorite cream.


Cure-All Moisturizer

Straight olive oil serves multiple purposes. If you can’t stand the smell, add a few drops of essential oil.

Use as a moisturizer for dry, rough spots on your knees and elbows.

To soften cuticles, dip a cotton ball in some olive oil, dab on tops of fingernails and rub in.

For a great split ends treatment, shampoo hair, use olive oil in place of conditioner on ends only, and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.


Pineapple & Pear Smoothie for a younger looking YOU!

This smoothie is great tasting and you’ll love the added benefits of age-defying antioxidants.

Here’s to a younger looking you!


  • 1/2 cup Pineapple juice
  • 1/2 t Lime peel, grated
  • 1 T  Lime juice
  • 1/2 Frozen banana chunks
  • 1 cup Pear sliced
  • 1/2 cup Soft Tofu
  • Ice

Pour juices into blender, then add pear, lime peel, tofu and banana. Blend on high until smooth.

Drink up…and enjoy!

Also for more great natural skin care recipes we highly recommend the Naturally Skinsational Recipe eBook.

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Naturally Skinsational – Rejuvenating Skin Care Recipes


Naturally Skinsational recipe ebook 

The Naturally Skinsational recipe ebook provides a wonderful selection of homemade natural skin care recipes for facial treatments that have been formulated especially for the rejuvenating needs of aging skin with simple, common ingredients right from the kitchen.

Naturally Skinsational revolutionizes facial rejuvenation representing the next generation of natural skin care treatments which are found right in any kitchen cupboard. This Recipe eBook is literally overflowing with quick and easy natural skin care recipes formulated specifically to address aging skin concerns.

Did you know that over 80% of current medicines are based upon properties found in nature? The powerful medicinal attributes of herbs have long been known by herbalists as evidenced through centuries of herbal lore. With pressure from consumers and advocates for all natural products, cosmeceutical companies have begun to focus more attention on utilizing natural ingredients in their beauty and skin care product development.

Naturally Skinsational provides consumers with a wonderful alternative to effectively treat the needs of their aging skin. Consumers now have a choice. They can either stand forlornly in front of expansive department store displays of anti-aging skin care products not knowing which one will actually have an impact in addressing their facial rejuvenation desires or they can march right into their own kitchen to whip together a wonderfully fresh anti-aging skin care treatment.

The Skin Care e-Learning and Resource Center’s Natural Skin Care Recipes site first introduced homemade skin care recipes that focused on the rejuvenating properties of natural ingredients. By unlocking the mystery of herbal attributes, Naturally Skinsational combines the rejuvenating properties of natural ingredients together into recipes that effectively treat a range of aging skin care issues.

The e-book is also full of fascinating “Skinsational Tips” along with the expansive array of over 150 rejuvenating skin care recipes that include masks, peels, toners, moisturizers, spritzers, steams, under eye treatments and even special occasion facial treatments that feature enticing recipes such as “The Love Scrub” or “Boo Berry Peel”. The e-book reaches it finale with a comprehensive glossary on the rejuvenating attributes of an extensive listing of natural ingredients.

The Naturally Skinsational Recipe eBook is truly an exceptional and absolutely enjoyable, from beginning to end, natural skin care recipe ebook.

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Herbs That Help Keep You Young

Herbs have been used for centuries to heal what ails you as well as for preventative reasons.  They have many uses when it comes to preventing aging and there are herbs you can use to reduce physical as well as mental decline.  Here are some of the most popular herbs that can help you stay young.

Ginseng has long been touted as a wonderful herb for overall health but it also has many effects that can help reduce the stresses of aging.  One of these is that it helps to keep you on an even keel, thus reducing the damaging effects of stress on the mind and body.  It can also help to fight colds and reduce fatigue as well as sharpen the mind.

Used in traditional Indian medicine, this herb has natural antioxidants and is effective in treating infectious diseases.  In addition to strengthening your immune system, it also can relieve anxiety and depression.  It is also thought to help your brain by stimulating the growth of dendrites and axons.

Gingko Biloba
This herb used in traditional Chinese medicine is very popular today and is known to increase oxygen levels in the brain thus increasing memory and cognitive function.  Studies have shown that it may be able to improve the memory of Alzheimer’s patients.

St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort has been used to treat depression for quite some time now but it can also help the body to repair itself and is a great herb to take if you have insomnia.  When taken orally, it can actually help revitalize you on the outside as it helps to repair damage done by daily stress and oxidation to the skin.

Gotu Kola
Gotu Kola is another herb that can be great for restoring youthfulness of the skin.  It has been used for ages to help heal scars and burns and has natural restorative properties that can help rejuvenate the skin.

Milk Thistle
This herb has been used to treat the liver for thousands of years.  The active compound, Silymarin can change the liver membrane so that toxic chemicals are repelled and can also help the liver regenerate it’s own cells.  The liver is what filters toxins out of the body, so the healthier it is the less effects of aging can drag us down.

There are a host of other herbs that can help with your overall body function as well as protect you from the ravages of aging.  However, some of them can have adverse affects on any medications you might be taking so it is advised that you check with your doctor before adding any herbs to your daily regimen.

Blueberries, The Anti Aging Super Food

Do you want to counteract the physical and mental effects of aging? Then you should try to eat more blueberries!  This powerful little berry is loaded with antioxidants that help fight free radicals associated with disease and ageing.  It’s also loaded with nutrients and tastes great too!

In fact, blueberries have the highest capacity of antioxidants than any other food – along with other berries like strawberries and blackberries.  Blueberries also contain compounds that help to keep cells from aging, helping you to look and feel younger and they also help with your mental capacity too.

Blueberries are loaded with anthocyanin which is what gives them their wonderful color.  This compound as well as the anti inflammatory properties of blueberries is also thought to slow down the loss of mental function that is so often associated with aging.  In fact, researchers report that blueberries might even help with slow down the cognitive deterioration that comes with Alzheimer’s disease.

Another age related problem that blueberries can help ward off is loss of coordination and balance – a major factor in age related accidents.  Recent studies showed that people who ate 1 cup of blueberries a day performed 5% better in motor function skills than those who ate no blueberries.

Per serving, blueberries pack a wallop of nutritional value while having few calories.  They are also a low glycemic index food meaning that that they won’t spike up your blood sugar like other fruits.  They are packed with flavinoids, tannins, antioxidants, phytochemcials, iron, manganese,  Vitamin C, and vitamin E – all of which can help prevent serious illness and disease.

Since the compounds found in blueberries can protect your DNA from damage, it is thought that they can play a role in preventing such deadly disease as cancer and heart disease.  In addition, researchers also believe they may help reduce the damage done after a stroke as well as prevent urinary tract infections, lower cholesterol and improve eye sight.  Due to it’s high anti-inflammatory properties, it is also though that blueberries can help provide some relief to those that suffer from arthritis.

While all this is evidence that blueberries can help your body on the inside, what about the outside?

When it comes to looking younger, blueberries can‘t be beat!  It seems that inflammation is a major cause of skin aging and wrinkling so, once again, the powerful anti inflammatory properties of blueberries come into play.   In fact, the world renowned dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone recommends including antioxidant rich blueberries in your daily diet in order to help you skin look younger.

Unlike some other anti aging foods, blueberries are readily available and easy to eat.  You can include them on your cereal, eat them with yogurt or ice cream and include them in a huge bowl of fruit for a snack.  Heck, they even taste great  by themselves!  So why not make it a point to include antioxidant rich blueberries in your daily diet today – your body will thank you for it tomorrow!

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