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7 Tricks For You To Look As Young As You Feel

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Whether you’re 40, 50 or more, there’s chances that you feel much younger.

Well, the good news is that feeling could help you live longer!

Researchers at University College London have a theory:

“Someone who feels younger is possibly healthier than someone who feels olderthey have fewer diseases, they may be more mobile,” says Andrew Steptoe, one of the study authors.

So what could you do to feel even younger?

1. Be Optimistic And Full Of Energy

 

No need to be 20 and dancing all night long to feel like your life can be full of joy and fun. Find a hobby that you can share with friends or family, go out and discover new places. You will feel energized and positive.

“It’s totally possible to rediscover that zest and optimism you felt when you were younger,” says Caroline Adams Miller, author of Creating Your Best Life. “In fact, recapturing those qualities is essential to living a healthier, happier life in the long run.”

2. Exercise In Moderation

No matter how many birthdays you’ve celebrated, exercise can make you look younger and fitter for your age when done on a regular basis.

A brisk walk under the sun, even if it’s freezing outside, will give you youthful, glowing skin. Your sweat will clear your skin of impurities and dirt. It will also open up your pores, allowing a free flow of air. Yoga and Tai Chi Chuan could add to these benefits flexibility and focus, keys to healthy aging.

Roy J. Shephard, a medical researcher at the University of Toronto, found that exercise reduces biological aging by as much as 20 years in people with good genes.  Not only exercising would make you feel and look good, it could also helps increase your overall lifespan and keep diseases away.

3. Eat Your Greens

Nutrition plays a major role in how your body ages.

The latest research shows that a low-glycemic diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein is the healthiest,” says Dr. Jeffrey Benabio, Physician Director of Healthcare Transformation at Kaiser Permanente Primary Care.

One great example is the Mediterranean diet, rich in plant-based foods, whole grains, nuts, and red wine (in moderation!). It also involves eating fish twice each week and cutting back on salt. Research shows that this type of diet may help you age better by warding off heart attacks, strokes, and premature death, according to Harvard Medical School.

An added bonus: Benabio says that foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as walnuts, salmon, and flaxseed, help your skin manufacture the essential oils it needs to protect itself and look younger.

4. Surround Yourself With Love

Aging successfully, according to George E. Vaillant, whose book Aging Well describes the decades-long Harvard study, is something like being tickled: it’s best achieved with another person. Whether your social connections are with a spouse, offspring, siblings, bridge partners, and/or fellow hikers, they’re crucial to good health while growing older.

No one is certain exactly how a social network may help you stay healthy, although some research has shown that men and women who live alone tend to eat less well, which could jeopardize their physical and mental well-being. People with social connections also may have stronger disease-fighting immune system.

At RAND, a policy research “think tank” in Santa Monica, behavioral scientist Joan Tucker, PhD, says that having people in your life can make you feel loved and cared for, which can enhance your mental well-being. At the same time, a spouse or close friend can also remind you to go for walks or share your meals, which can have benefits for your physical health as well.

 

 

“Having someone push you to get out and exercise might not make you feel loved in the short run—in fact, it may be quite irritating,” says Tucker. “But it can be very effective in getting people to change their behaviors in positive ways.”

 5. Know What Makes You Happy

The pursuit of happiness is as critical as life and liberty. Happiness boosts the immune system and helps tamp down stress. Involvement with activities, people and experiences that bring joy and contentment also boost optimism and positive attitude, both of which are linked to longevity. And pursuing reasonable pleasures helps one live more fully in the moment.

Cultivate what psychologists call an “observing ego.” Pay extra-close attention to your mood for a few days. Jot down what’s happening during times when you feel particularly happy, as well as what circumstances drain you or trigger anxiety.

Who are you with? What are you doing? What are you thinking about? How do you feel physically and why? How can you get more of those good feelings and minimize the less-good ones?

Don’t assume you know already; you risk falling back on clichés. Learn your personal triggers so you can fully understand how to find happiness and stay happy.

6. Shake Things Up

The brain loves novelty. Although different types of mental skills change with age, the brain never loses the ability to grow. And trying or learning new things builds new neural connections all through life.

Maximize brain fitness and the body will follow in kind. Staying receptive to new ideas also fuels curiosity, open-mindedness, and creativity—traits linked to healthier aging.

Consciously pull out of familiar ruts.

  • Listen to some music that became popular after your 20s and 30s, even if you don’t think you’ll enjoy it.
  • Keep looking (and more important, feeling) contemporary by visiting a cosmetics counter for advice on fresher makeup.
  • Try shopping with someone in their 20s or 30s to experiment with new looks in clothing or glasses.
  • Travel to a new locale or to try a new experience.

7. Get Your Vitamins & Ailments

A variety of vitamins and antioxidants could help improve the health and quality of your skin, hair and nails, as well as your joints, lungs, heart…

Research has found that vitamins C and E, as well as selenium, can help protect you against sun damage. They may reverse some of the discoloration and wrinkles associated with aging as well. The saponins and other organic compounds found in Gotu Kola stimulate your skin healing process, reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles and other blemishes.

The plant also has chemicals known as triterpenoids, which address underlying issues causing hair loss or thinning hair, ranging from stress reduction to actual stimulation of hair growth. It was shown to maintain connective tissue and strengthen weakened veins.

It was proven that almost every cell in your body—including your eyes, brain, heart and kidney—can benefit from astaxanthin.

Recent laboratory studies show that astaxanthin can even increase life span! Their conclusion: astaxanthin shows “demonstrable promise for slowing age-related functional decline.”

Of course, it could feel overwhelming to look for these vitamins—and more—in your diet only. That’s why the health industry develops dietary supplements. Take a look at CRI Naturals or the natural beauty supplement RenewGlow to find the perfect vitamin/micronutrients formula for your needs.

These are only a few tips to live a healthier, happier and longer life.

I’d be happy to know what you think and what makes you be happy and healthy.

The more we share, the better we’ll all feel.

 

 

 

References

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Anti-Aging Cosmetics Supplement and Health Remedies

Shea Butter: Cleopatra’s Favorite Cosmetic You Can Eat

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No matter where you go, no matter where you shop, you’ve seen some kind of Shea Butter. You’ve certainly heard it called “the best of what nature has to offer” but you don’t really know why. Is it just a marketing gimming? Could one simple product offer that many benefits? What actually is Shea Butter?

Shea Butter, Where Do You Come From?

Nuts3Sometimes referred to as “women’s gold” in Africa—because so many women are employed in its production—shea butter is a cream-colored fatty substance made from the nuts of Karite trees—also called trees of life. Not cultivated, these trees grow only in the wild Sub-Saharan Africa. They can take up to 50 years to mature and live up to 300 years!

 

Shea Butter’s skin care and healing properties were first harnessed thousands of years ago, in Ancient Egypt. Accounts from as early as Cleopatra’s Egypt speak of caravans bearing clay jars of valuable shea butter for cosmetic use.

7 Health And Beauty Benefits Of Shea Butter

While Africans have known for thousands of years, Western countries are just beginning to recognize the considerable health and beauty benefits of shea butter. Here are only a few of them:

1)    Moisturizer

The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to help protect the skin’s natural oils and it is the perfect remedy for winter skin. A drop or two in your bath will feel like an instant moisture injection.

“I lather my entire body, including my scalp, from head to toe with raw African shea butter. It’s a routine that I’ve been doing for at least 15 years. I often tell people I have a shea-butter robe J I did it my entire pregnancy. My mother is worked up [with stretch marks] and I’m her only child. I was worried because it’s hereditary. But I have no stretch marks. It’s amazing.” Amber Rose

2)    Skin Protection

Since Cleopatra, Shea butter was and continues to be used to protect the hair and skin in the fierce sun and the hot dry winds of African deserts and savannah.

It contains cinnamic acid, a chemical that blocks some ultraviolet rays from the sun. When the pure butter is applied to the hands or face, it takes a while to soak in so it provides a barrier against irritation from wind, cold, and irritation from friction and harsh soaps and detergents.

“I started using African shea butter oil for the winter time because it’s good for windburn and super dry skin. My cheeks have started to get red and discolored in the cold, and it seems to be working.” Lindsay Walsh

3)    Skin Soothing

Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.

Karite butter could also heal your skin. Its high fat content makes it an effective and soothing salve for minor cuts and burns—like surn burns or razor cuts—, and it is very effective in treating chapped lips, feet, and hands.

4)    Hair Care

karitem-arbre_kariteShea oil is rich in stearic and oleic fatty acids. It doesn’t saponify in the soap-making process, which leaves the oils free to moisturize and protect skin and hair. That’s why it is used in shampoos to repair damaged hair and reduce dandruff.

“Shea butter make your curl pattern come out much more defined.” Andrea Thomas

5)    Anti-Inflammatory

For centuries, Shea Butter has been used as a medicinal ointment to treat joint pain, muscle ache, bruising and swelling.

In 2010, results from a clinical test shows that Shea Butter contains triterpenes compounds that exhibits significant anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour activity. It helps to reduce joint inflammation while improving circulation.

If you have muscle soreness after a strenuous exercise, apply Shea Butter generously over the affected area—it may take a few hours to a full day before you notice the reduction in pain. For good joint health maintenance, apply Shea Butter on your muscles and joint before and after your exercise. This will help reduce muscle fatigue and pain.

6)    Nasal Decongestant

Nuts2A clinical test proved that Shea Butter was more effective in clearing the airway than conventional nasal drops.

For blocked nose or nasal congestion, rub Shea Butter into and around your nose. Apply onto your chest as well. You should feel better pretty fast. 

7)    Nutrition

The shea tree nuts are naturally rich in vitamins and minerals. Inside the fruit is a seed rich in the mixture of edible oils and fats—the shea butter—a crucial nutritional resource for millions of rural households.

Raw African Shea butter is very high in antioxidants, vitamin E and essential fatty acids that help keep your cells young and properly lubricated. When ingested instead of applied topically, those same therapeutic compounds go to work inside your body.

So get a little adventurous! Try something outside the box and consider using Shea butter as a super food. Remember to source your Shea consciously and make sure it’s 100% pure, unrefined, raw and organic.

Knowing that something is so pure and clean that you can eat it is great confirmation that putting it on your skin is safe to do as well. Why use chemical laden lotions that can make you sick if swallowed when you can use a pure and clean plant butter that has a history of use as a food? After all, what you put on your skin eventually ends up in your blood.

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