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Want to Stop Aging? Spice Up Your Life

Want to Stop Aging? Spice Up Your Life

Want to Stop Aging? Spice Up Your Life

I constantly tell my patients, “If you want to stay young, don’t reach in your medicine cabinet—reach in your pantry.” And when it comes to anti-aging, some of the healthiest foods are the littlest ones: herbs and spices.

These mini-foods are at the center of nearly every culture’s medical traditions, from India’s Ayurveda to the writings of Hippocrates, because they work—something that modern science is now proving.

To reap the full benefit of spices and herbs, however, you need to use a lot of them. Think about how Indian, Thai, Mexican, or Italian food makes your taste buds sing (and sometimes sets your mouth on fire). That’s the kind of spiciness you need to get any real anti-aging benefits.

So starting today, resolve to break through the bland barrier. Seek out recipes loaded with herbs and spices—and in particular, aim for dishes that feature at least two or three of the “powerhouse” anti-aging herbs and spices I talk about here.

Want to Stop Aging Spice Up Your Life

1. The “pie” spices.

If you reach for these spices at Thanksgiving and then ignore them the rest of the year, it’s time to give them the respect they deserve. Here are just some of their anti-aging properties:

· Cinnamon boosts your insulin sensitivity, protects against metabolic syndrome, lowers your blood pressure, and may even fight cancer by slowing the development of new blood supplies to tumors. It can also reduce your total cholesterol and triglycerides.

· Ginger has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and can ease arthritis pain.

· Nutmeg and cloves help combat the unpleasant (and very unsexy) digestive problems that crop up as you get older.

If you think these spices only have a place in cakes, cookies, and pies—think again! You can add them to anything from soups and curries to veggie dishes and homemade barbecue sauce. And Indian cuisine is loaded with these little age-fighters.

2. The “clear-out-your-sinuses” spices.

Right now, you may think of cayenne pepper and black pepper simply as hot. But you should also think of them as healthy.

Cayenne, for instance, lowers your blood pressure. It also helps prevent the accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) — aptly named substances that contribute to aging, diabetes, cataracts, and even Alzheimer’s.

And how about humble black pepper? This unsung hero protects against inflammation, helps you build a strong and healthy gut, and stimulates the breakdown of fat cells so you can lose weight more easily.

3. The “curry” spices.

Curries and other Indian foods contain dozens of potent anti-aging spices and herbs, and some of them are easy to find in any grocery store. Think curry powder, turmeric, coriander, cardamom, mustard seeds, and cumin (which is also a major player in Mexican food).

Turmeric, in particular, is a heavy lifter when it comes to health. It can lower blood sugar and “bad” cholesterol, and it has powerful cancer-fighting properties. There’s also evidence that it protects against Alzheimer’s.

Mix the “curry” spices together, and they’ll work synergistically to give you a massive dose of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, metabolism-boosting, energy-boosting, and anti-aging chemicals. And to raise their potency even more, mix them with…

4. Anti-aging herbs.

As a kid in an Italian family, I grew up inhaling the wonderful aromas of oregano and basil. Today, I know that these herbs aren’t just tasty foods—they’re powerful medicine. Oregano contains minerals, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids that make your skin and hair look young. Basil also contains anti-aging minerals, and research shows that it can lower fasting blood glucose levels in diabetics.

And don’t toss out that parsley garnish! Parsley can lower your blood sugar and blood pressure, and it contains apigenin, which boosts the power of other antioxidants. Fresh cilantro is another super-hero, because it contains a chemical that binds to toxic metals and pulls them out of your body.

Finally, did you know that the herb rosemary symbolizes memory? The reality lives up to the myth in this case, because research shows that rosemary helps protect against age-related memory loss. In fact—are you ready for this?—one study found that even smelling rosemary can enhance your memory.

The message from science is clear: to turn back the clock, spice up your life. So be generous with your favorite herbs and spices, and experiment with new ones: Fenugreek. Saffron. Epazote. Za’atar. You’ll broaden your culinary horizons and excite your taste buds—and at the same time you’ll make yourself younger, and healthier. How’s that for “good eats”?

Kellyann PetrucciDr. Kellyann Petrucci is a nutrition and lifestyle expert and author of five healthy-lifestyle books from John Wiley & Sons. A certified nutrition consultant and board-certified naturopathic physician who focuses on helping people launch their own transformations, she has 20-plus years of clinical experience. She is one of the few practitioners in the United States certified in biological medicine by the esteemed Paracelsus Klinik Lustmuhle in Switzerland. She appears regularly on national and local television, and conducts workshops and seminars to help people feel and look their best. She also authors the popular drkellyann.com, providing nutritional news, tips, and inspiration. She has two children and lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
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The Secret To Aging Gracefully

The Secret To Aging Gracefully

The Secret To Aging Gracefully

Recently over dinner, a friend I’ve known for 15 years told me that I am “aging well.” I was both flattered and intrigued by the compliment. Of course I quickly realized this didn’t mean I wasn’t aging at all, but that there was something about the way that I was aging that stood out to him.

I thought about the comment over the next few days and considered what “aging well” meant to me. As I slide into my 40s, aging well isn’t just about counting the lines on my face, it’s about feeling good in my own skin. Aging well is about taking care of my body so that I can enjoy the next 40 or so years of my life with energy, low stress, vitality, limber joints, strong muscles and organs that do their job and don’t get sick.

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But aging well is also about taking care of my spirit — nourishing my emotional body as much my physical body — with thoughts, experiences, people and activities that bring me joy, and avoiding those that don’t.

My perspective on aging has changed in the past few years. I actually feel grateful to be aging, because I feel so much happier with who I am today than I did 10 years ago. By incorporating healthy lifestyle choices like whole foods, daily exercise, enough sleep, plenty of water, chemical-free sunscreen and appropriate supplements — I believe the biggest difference to how I am aging comes from one thing: how I handle stress.

I feel like I’m finally learning how to use my inner guidance system — the intuition and feelings that steer me in the right direction and help me avoid the stressful choices I could be making that would accelerate aging.

Stress can come in many forms — physical, emotional, mental — and not all stress is bad. Eustress (“eu” means well or good in Greek) was a term coined by endocrinologist Hans Selye to describe the kind of stress that activates your body to work towards a tangible goal. Instead of causing your body and mind to shut down or go into fight-or-flight mode, eustress actually motivates you to get what you want!

So as I age, I’m getting better at noticing what triggers my stress response and getting into the habit of mentally reframing the difficult moments into an opportunity to motivate myself to learn and grow in the process.

Here are three steps you can take to reframe stress and use it to your advantage to age well and gracefully:

1. Realize that not all stress is bad.

There is a type of stress that feels more like excitement or anticipation that you can actually thrive on. Eustress can be motivating and helps you reach the goals you care about most. But when the stress scale tips to worry or anxiety, think about your overall health and well-being and ditch it right then and there.

2. Realize that problematic situations can be seen as opportunities for growth.

When faced with a challenging event like a disagreement with a colleague at work, there are always two roads to go down: You can either approach the situation as a problem, or as an opportunity for spiritual growth. This not-so-subtle distinction can mean the difference between distress and eustress — always try to choose the latter.

3. Know your triggers and respond mindfully.

One fast way to turn off the negative stress response is to take a few deep breaths when you feel yourself being triggered. Keep in mind that you have the power to change your perspective on any situation. You can either choose to “fly off the handle,” or you can stay calm and collected. Just those few breaths can make all the difference, cueing your brain to shift out of aggression and into a more stable state of mind.

I realize now that there are a million tiny stressors around me all the time, and it’s up to me to navigate not only how I react to them, but also how I choose to make them a part of my life (or not). By making how I feel my top priority (rather than what I accomplish, who I impress, what I look like, etc.), I am making conscious choices every day to shift my attention and thoughts to what will bring me joy, gratitude and love.

Beyond gray hair and wrinkles, I think aging is an attitude — and aging well means facing life with a youthful spirit. Each day I strive to find new vitality for life, and new things to be grateful for and excited about. I’ve noticed that the more I focus on gratitude, the healthier and happier I am.

I’m excited to continue aging well over the next years of my life. More than ever before, I feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. I’m not out to impress anyone, to prove myself, or to conquer the world — I feel very much at peace with who I am and where I am in my life. And if that’s aging well, I’ll take it!

This article originally appeared on MindBodyGreen

 

KaiaRomanHeadshotKaia Roman is an entrepreneur and public relations consultant who focuses on the planning and implementation of communications strategies for people, projects, and products working towards a better world. From moving to an eco-commune at age 7, to being trained as a mind-body therapist at age 11, to creating the first college major in Sustainable Living in the U.S. and co-authoring the first book ever published on biodiesel fuel at age 22, Kaia’s life has been anything but ordinary. She has been the publicist for rock stars, shamans, and scientists, launched multiple companies, produced music festivals, served on many non-profit Boards, and been a guest on the Today Show. Kaia has lived in several countries, practiced yoga in India, studied nutrition and constitutional medicine, and hitchhiked and surfed her way around the world. However, her greatest accomplishment and life adventure is that of motherhood; Kaia has two magical daughters and has been married to her wonderful husband Dan since 2003. She can be reached at www.kaiaroman.com.

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7 Common Mistakes You Do Everyday That Make You Age Faster

7 Common Mistakes You Do Everyday That Make You Age Faster

7 Common Mistakes You Do Everyday That Make You Age Faster

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Many things are thought to be outside of our locus of control. Aging quickly is often something that people think falls into this category. Thankfully, if you feel you are aging too quickly, there are ways to reverse the process.

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How can I stay young, you ask? This article will address exactly that, by discussing some ways to avoid adding unnecessary extra miles to your body:

1. Actually Do Work

Thanks to dishwashers and other conveniences, we do less than ever before. Women, in particular, used to both eat less calories and burn more while doing housework. If you don’t do the grunt work, plan on exercising more.

2. Stop Slouching

Slouching is horrible for your posture, and whether you’re aware of it or not, there’s a good change that you’re doing it. One recent study showed that half of its 56 subjects who text on a daily basis experienced pain in their neck, hands, or arms. This was further exacerbated by excessive texting.

3. Eat In-Season Foods

Once again, thanks to technology, we can eat nearly any food during any time of the year. Unfortunately, foods eaten out of season are generally lower in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. They are also less likely to be grown locally, and are generally more expensive.

4. Actual Human Interaction

There is empirical evidence that actually talking to people, face-to-face, brings a number of health benefits. It may seem archaic at times with smartphones, but it benefits your vagus nerve, along with your mood.

5. Not a Fan of Tan

Tanning may be in vogue, but it is dangerous. Tanning beds, in particular, emit over 12 times as much radiation as the sun, making it much more likely you’ll get cancer. Being pale has its benefits.

6. Don’t Ignore Stress

Even if we ignore it or pretend it’s not there, stress still eats away at us. Do daily meditation, yoga, or other relaxation methods, and deal with your problems. Chronic stress can cause issues like sleep problems or acne breakouts.

7. Don’t Get Stuck to Your Desk

Sitting for extended periods of time increases your risk for cardiovascular disease, even if you do 30 or more minutes a day of moderate-to-vigorous exercise. Try to take breaks while working, and get moving!

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6 Homemade Face Masks to Remove Dead Cells And Look Younger

6 Homemade Face Masks to Remove Dead Cells And Look Younger

Homemade face masks are used to clean the skin naturally and they have long been part of beauty regimens, you may already know about how toxic for your skin a chemical treatment can be, that’s why there are many natural options with various ingredients for every type of skin. So here we give you 6 homemade face mask to remove dead cells and look younger.

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Clay face mask 
Clay is an excellent absorbing agent; it helps in removing the sebum, dead skin and dirt so that your skin looks clean, soft and youthful.
Peel off homemade face mask
Gel based mask that removes dead cells from the top layer of the skin, leaving behind fresh and youthful skin. Peel off masks brighten up a dull complexion, you can use oatmeal, which is rich in vitamin B and E
Moisturizing homemade face mask for normal skin
Mash half avocado, pear, and add one teaspoon of sunflower oil. Apply and leave on for ten minutes then wash it off with warm water.
Anti-aging homemade face mask for wrinkled skin
Take two tablespoons of oatmeal with a half cup of milk and cook gently until it becomes soft, stir with two teaspoons of olive oil. Let it cool, apply it to face and leave it for twenty to twenty five minutes and wash off with warm water.
Oily skin homemade face mask
Beat one egg white until it becomes thick and mix one teaspoon of honey, then add one teaspoon of lemon juice and apply gently to face and leave it for ten minutes and wash it off with warm water.
Dry skin homemade face mask 
Beat one egg white until it becomes thick and add one teaspoon of honey and sunflower oil, apply to face, leave for twenty minutes and wash off with warm water.

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How to Make Homemade Wrinkle Remover for the Face

How to Make Homemade Wrinkle Remover for the Face

How to Make Homemade Wrinkle Remover for the Face

This is a great option if you are starting to notice signs of aging, (or signs of wisdom!) wrinkles on your face, but wisely enough you don’t want to put syringes in your face!

You can make this great home remedy facial mask at home, safer and cheaper! Here some natural remedies for facial wrinkles:

Ingredients:

– 1/4 cup plain yogurt
– 1/2 banana
– 1 teaspoon honey

The lactic acid in yogurt gently exfoliates your skin while honey moisturizes your face.

Begin by mashing up half the banana and mix with ¼ cup yogurt and honey. Spread the mixture all over your face, rinse after 15-20 minutes.  It’s easy to do, nourishing for your skin, and your face will look and feel amazing!

If you are allergic to any of these ingredients please do not put this on your face, check our page for recipes you are not allergic to.

Edited 7/31/14 SCD