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I recently ran into a woman (Yvonne) at our local shopping mall that I went to college with in the early 1980’s. She came right over to me and said, “Sherry!” and gave me a hug.
I hate to say it, but I barely recognized Yvonne because she had aged so dramatically. Thank goodness I remembered her voice, so I quickly recovered and avoided hurting her feelings by not knowing who she was.
It’s a fact that time marches on for all of us, my friend, and eventually we all show signs of aging.
It’s a touchy subject for a lot of people, and has certainly helped fill the waiting rooms of plastic surgeons all over the globe.
Sometimes the results of these youth-restoring procedures are great, and other times…well, let’s put it this way—I don’t think someone with “trout pout,” bulging apple-like cheekbones or an inability to move their facial muscles necessarily looks younger.
But in any event, the good news is that, even though you can’t stop the clock from ticking away the years, there is a whole lot of things you can do to help retain a more youthful appearance.
Without the expense and risks of plastic surgery!
Here are the biggest bangs for your buck in terms of fighting the aging process:
1) Drink enough water
Notice I underlined the word “enough.”
The vast majority of us don’t even come close to drinking enough water. Most people don’t bother drinking any water at all unless they’re thirsty, and by then, they already may be well on their way to dehydration.
Or worse yet, when many people are thirsty, they drink soda instead!
Water is vital for healthy, younger-looking skin. It provides natural moisture and carries needed nutrients to the skin, and it sweeps away waste products, both of which in turn help keep your skin smooth and clear.
There are a variety of factors that affect how much water the average person needs (including exercise level and the amount of natural water you get from your foods), but a good place to start is to drink at least 5 to 8 8-oz. glasses a day.
Another good rule of thumb is to drink half the number of pounds you weigh in ounces of water every day. So for example if you weigh 150 pounds, you should aim to drink 75 ounces of water each day.
Just avoid drinking large amounts of water with or immediately following your meals, as it may dilute your digestive enzymes and hamper your digestion.
2) Use the right moisturizer
If you're noticing little lines and wrinkles on your face, there’s no need to rush out to the department store cosmetics counter and drop a bank roll on special creams and moisturizers.
Because simple, old Vitamin C cream can do a much better job for a fraction of the price!
Studies suggest that Vitamin C applied externally to the skin may help stimulate the growth of new collagen.
And applying Vitamin C cream to your face can help plump up wrinkles, restore skin tone and fill in small lines, giving you a more youthful, radiant appearance.
Look for creams that contain a 10% concentration of Vitamin C.
3) Exercise—the anti-aging must
There's no denying it--if you want anything that resembles a measure of health (and to avoid looking older than your years), you MUST move your body.
Engaging in a regular exercise routine that facilitates better, more supportive muscle tone will help firm up sagging skin, plus sweating helps your body release harmful wastes and toxins from your precious skin.
Now, before you start with your excuses, exercise doesn't have to mean joining a club or investing in expensive equipment.
For example, there are a lot of great DVDs out there. I was inspired to start my karate training after doing Billy Blanks' Tae-Bo for 4 years in my living room.
P90X, Insanity and T-25 are also intense workouts (but not for the faint of heart!).
Yoga is excellent and there are classes offered practically everywhere you turn.
There are also free weights which are relatively inexpensive, plus running or walking is basically cost-free (except for good shoes).
Just get your doctor’s OK (especially if you haven’t exercised in a while) and MOVE—you’ll LOVE the results when you look in the mirror for many reasons!
4) Have a nutritious diet rich in antioxidants and fiber
This is crucial…and not optional.
Your skin MUST get the nutrients and antioxidants it needs (like Vitamins A, C and E, as well as zinc and selenium) to look and stay healthy, plus fiber is important for helping to carry away skin-harming waste products.
Trust me, if you exist on mainly packaged foods, fast food, soda and coffee, you can practically count on a lousy complexion, poor skin tone, skin problems and looking FAR older than your years.
To encourage great health in your skin (and all your other organs too!), you HAVE to eat the foods that give your body the nutrients, antioxidants and fiber it needs.
Now, I know what you may be thinking. “Why can’t I just take a vitamin pill instead?”
Because, my friend, your body knows the difference and is best suited to derive its nutritional needs from real foods. The best multi-vitamin in the world can’t come close to what you’d get from eating a healthy diet.
And the best part is, eating nutritious real foods can be positively delicious…if you use the Great Taste No Pain system.
The GTNP manuals explain the health price that you pay with a junk food diet --you will be shocked to see all the ways poor diet choices can affect your health (including your skin).
They also show you the exact foods to eat (and which ones to pair together) to help promote better digestion and elimination of wastes.
The recipe book makes eating right tasty for the tongue too. It's loaded with easy, delicious recipes that will likely soon become your favorites!
And if you have gluten issues, no worries. Great Taste No Gluten
will give you all the same food pairing information as Great Taste No Pain, plus you'll get a collection of scrumptious gluten free recipes and guides for keeping gluten out of your life.
Get the system that's right for you and use it.
5) Stop smoking
Nothing will destroy your skin and age you faster than smoking.
Smoking accelerates the normal aging process of your skin, contributing to wrinkles. These skin changes can occur after only 10 years of smoking and are IRREVERSIBLE.
Smoking causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin. This impairs blood flow to the skin, robbing it of oxygen and important nutrients, such as vitamins A and C.
Smoking also damages collagen and elastin - the fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. As a result, your skin can begin to sag and wrinkle prematurely.
(That’s what happened with my college classmate Yvonne, by the way. She was a smoker in college and still is, based on the fact that I could smell smoke on her when she hugged me.)
Quitting cold turkey isn't for everyone. There are loads of stop smoking aids and programs out there, so there are no excuses. Your body will say thank you in ways you can’t even imagine.
You can do it!
6) Get essential fatty acids
You need good levels of Omega-3 essential fatty acids to maintain healthy cell membranes and reduce the production of inflammation-causing chemicals that can irritate skin tissues and age you.
Unfortunately, our typical diets are grossly lacking in Omega-3 EFAs. While they're abundant in many fish, most people don't eat fish 7 days a week...so most of us are low in Omega-3 EFAs.
That's why a fish oil supplement like VitalMega-3 is such a great idea for so many people.
VitalMega-3 gives your skin a healthy daily dose of the EPA and DHA that are highly recommended by most experts.
Not only will it benefit your skin, but studies show Omega-3 EFAs are also helpful against excess cholesterol, joint aches and pains, brain health and even high blood pressure!
Time stops for no one, but you can certainly help S-L-O-W the process of aging and encourage a younger appearance.
Put some of the strategies I’ve outlined above to work for you, and see the tremendous difference they can make!
To your health,
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PPPPS: Violette looks younger and has lots more energy!
I am so grateful for discovering your "Great Taste No Pain" program. For years, I have been searching and searching, trying to find the right diet, trying to eat healthy, (no fried foods, a fruit here and there, cooked vegetables). I knew it was still not right.
I have been following your Great Taste No Pain plan and wow...it is just amazing. No more constipation (I have suffered from constipation all my life). The bloating after every meal, snack, etc...is all gone.
My energy has increased tremendously. My mind is sharper. Even my skin / complexion are softer. I feel and look younger. Grocery shopping is so simple now. I am on the Great Taste No Pain program for life.
I want to take this opportunity to tell you that your books are so easy to read and understand, everything is so true and realistic. The Great Taste No Pain program is easy to follow, and is not "a lot of work" like most diets are. This is just the simple way of life.
Thanks so much for being there Sherry.
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