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Anti Aging Superfoods For Looking Younger

Look and Feel Younger Thanks to Superfoods

Skin Care for Healthy SkinSometimes you may wonder if there is more you can be doing for yourself then just your skin care regime. If there is someway to facilitate your skin's natural ability to regenerate itself past the use of the anti aging creams and moisturizers that are part of your daily routine right now. You can actually facilitate your skin looking younger and more radiant by watching what you are eating and watching your diet. Several anti aging diets have been touted to assist your skin in maintaining its youthful appearance let us look at a few.

1. Low GI Diet.

The Glycemic Index Diet focuses on decreasing the amount of blood sugar in your body. The typical diet today consists of a lot of highly processed foods which break down into sugar. Sugar the body cannot use to regenerate itself or assist in maintaining the healthy skin. The anti aging diet encourages the consumption of fruits and vegetables which are low in sugar and healthier for the body generally speaking. When your body as a unit is healthier it becomes more able to take care of itself and regenerate its cells keeping your skin younger and healthier looking.

2. The Antioxidant Diet

A diet high in antioxidants has been proven to reduce the number of free radicals in your body overall. The free radicals have been proven to cause the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. An anti aging diet which reduces the amount of free radicals ultimately assists in delaying the onset of fine lines and wrinkles.

3. Dr Perricone's Diet.

Touted as a wrinkle cure diet and a natural facelift diet, this diet is high in antioxidants and the essential fatty oils necessary to facilitate good skin health. Both the Perricone Diet and the 28 day Perricone diet contain Super foods which fuel the body making it more energized and healthy. The diet rich in needed nutrients helps the body to regenerate itself leading to a natural face lift without the benefits of creams or surgical procedures.

4. The Okinawa Diet

Balancing the amount of the right carbohydrates, fat, fiber and proteins is a cornerstone to this diet. The diet encourages eating low sugar content foods and low density calorie foods to increase you lean body mass and decrease your overall fat body mass. Along with encouraging exercise this diet works to make the body healthier and in turn help you look younger and more fit then before.

But regardless of the diet you actually choose it is critical that you take good care of yourself and your body to maximize your chances at a more youthful appearance. Decreasing your body fat and increasing your body lean mass goes a long way not only to helping you feel your best but to helping your body be its best and most able to heal itself from the natural wear and tear that comes from aging.

By: Gerald Markowitz

Gerald Markowitz is a health advocate who has been researching natural skin care products that help maintain a youthful appearance. Find out more about some of the most effective treatments on his site http://www.HealthandSkinCareSite.com

Painting by: Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)

Spirulina – The Blue Green Wonder

What is Spirulina

Spirulina is the most powerful known blue-green algae. Spirulina is a simple, one celled form of an algae thriving in warm, alkaline freshwater bodies. The name "Spirulina" itself comes from the Latin word for "helix" that stands for spiral; describing the physical configuration of the organism when it forms swirling, microscopic strands. Spirulina powder is about to become the number one superfood across the globe. Spirulina has been developed as the "Food of the Future" because of its amazing ability to synthesize high quality concentrated food more efficiently than other blue green algae. Most notably, Spirulina consists of about 70% complete protein and it also contains all essential amino acids in an almost perfect balance. Beef for example only contains about 22% of protein. So Spirulina is a natural health supplement containing far more protein than any other food known today. Spirulina is higher by volume than any other natural food and almost all nutritional supplements on the market.

This blue green algae is probably also the most exhaustively researched food micro algae ever. Spirulina has many uses and is oftentimes used by people in their own self care program for weight loss and cancer prevention as it offers more nutritional improvement for weight control and purifying blood. Spirulina is dried and pulverized to powder. For centuries it has been used as an abundant source of nutrients and has been proven to possess a vast array of medical uses, including its use as an antiviral, weight loss aid, antioxidants provider, and lipid reduction agent. Spirulina is meanwhile available everywhere around the globe. It is mostly used as an additional dietary supplement but also as whole food. It is usually obtainable in different forms which consist of powder, tablets, or flakes. I personally use a spoonful of Spirulina inmy morning shake after my workout session. That's when the body needs the energy of Spirulina most.

Spirulina also contains a high volume of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Other beneficial nutrients are GLA fatty acid, essential fatty acids, lipids, nucleic acids (RNA and DNA), vitamin C, Vitamin E and B complex. It contains phytochemicals like phycocyanin, chlorophyll and carotenoids. But we're not done yet; Spirulina is also a quality source of potassium and it contains large measures of iron, phosphorus, calcium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, selenium, sodium and zinc! The protein in Spirulina is unlike other forms of protein as the protein contained is a gigantic 85-95% viable parts, which means its one of the two largest obtainable forms of protein for the body, in existence and only dried egg supplements contain more usable protein than spirulina powder.

Spirulina powder uses Sun energy and converts it into a massive supply of vitamins, minerals and proteins. Spirulina should be used by your whole family. It is perfectly safe for children and it has shown to supercharge vitality levels and increase stamina while strengthening the immune system. This greatly improves skin tone and nail and hair growth whilst providing a large quantity of nutrition with nearly no calories at all. Long before it became a supplement industry favorite, Spirulina was already used regularly by indigenous peoples all over the planet. For more than 40 years now, Spirulina has been researched for its amazing nutritional properties. Research has long proven thje effectiveness of Spirulina and people are starting to realize the power of Spirulina and recognize it as the remarkably superior food with monumental potential as a medicinal drug, that it is. Spirulina powder is often combined with fruit and vegetable juices or shakes and can also be added to food dishes to spike the nutritional content. For those of us without the time for daily preparations, it it is also available in tablets and capsules. The daily intake of Spirulina should be about 3 gram.

The Secrets Of Nutrition and Healthy Foods

About Nutrition and why you need to Eat Healthy Foods

Artichokes Pistachios Quinoa Yummie! Superfoods DinnerMore and more people understand that diseases and even depression can be prevented and healed with natural ways rather than chemicals. During the past century we developed a quick fix option for most of our common diseases. We've been spending billions on pharmaceutical medicines, for the purpose of suppressing the symptoms but not healing the root cause of the problems!

Lately many of us are also realizing that we have been fooled all along! And that there are many natural alternatives to prevent illness and disease rather than treat it. And we find that mother nature has given us the most wonderful medicine already; natural foods, packed with antioxidants and all kinds of nutrients, all designed to nourish our bodies, to keep us healthy and to give us strenght to work at an optimum level; and all that is necessary for evolution to work. Natural grown, whole grain and organic foods and their nutritional elements are also used as medicine.

You can discover the healing secrets of food all by yourself, take the responsibility of your own health into your own hands. Doctors give you medicine and cut things out to solve the problem, a naturopathic Nutritionists follow another principle. They treat patients as one whole element of body, mind and soul. If you look at it that way you get a much broader view of deficiencies that may be causing the illness. Treatments are specific to each individual, making sure you take a balanced combination of nutrients and minerals. Such treatments are always tailored specifically to your individual needs, to get your body back to full strength and make or keep you healthy.

Why are Whole Foods so Important.

Some whole foods that contain a high range of important nutrients are often called superfoods e.g wheatgrass, sprouts, spirulina, and more.All whole foods are a mixture of vital nutrients and other minerals, so while a food may be rich in one particular nutrients it may also contain other valuable nutrients and health-giving factors in lesser doses. Finding healthy foods that even taste good and give you the best nutrition are a big part of the fun of eating well, no matter if you live alone, or with your family.

What makes a Healthy Diet?

The answer can be given in one single sentence:

Nutrition determines how we look, how we feel, how we work, if we will be nervous, tired, pessimistic, joyful, comfortable and happily active, whether we will age prematurely or enjoy our lives to the full.

Try these steps to improve the nutritional content of your food:

Eat healthy organic food whenever possible. Try to find superfoods and food supplements in your neighborhood. Inform yourself; read articles about healthy foods. Super Foods may be a bit more expensive, but you can be sure that the food you are eating has not been processed and has been grown without the use of fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, and other poisonous chemicals.

Here are some Food Processing Rules to Follow

  • Include as many superfoods in your diet as you can.
  • Eat lots whole grains.
  • Also eat the skin of vegetables and fruits.
  • Don't cut, juice, wash, or soak fruits and vegetables until you are ready to use them.
  • Drink lots of fresh fruit and vegetable juice.
  • Add plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to every meal you eat.
  • Eat raw food whenever possible. If you're cooking your food, use as little water as possible.

Unfortunately, some of the best superfoods might not be available in your neighborhood, but that isn't so bad anymore as it was only a few years ago, If I would have even known about Acai berries for example, ten years ago, I still wouldn't have had the means to go to Brazil to get some. Today it's far easier, you just visit our health shop and you order all the superfoods you ever wanted and they are at your doorstep 2 days later! That's what I call progress.  Or you go to the next online bookstore and order a book full of superfood recipes and you start cooking healthy foods with the everyday superfoods what you can get in your neighborhood.