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How to prevent premature ageing

If you think how well you age is all down to your genes, think again; there are actually many things you can do to help ward off wrinkles. To help keep your skin youthful and supple, check out these 7 ways to beat wrinkles and premature ageing.

Protect yourself from the sun

Premature ageing is often seen as unavoidable and a natural part of getting older; however, up to 90 per cent of the visible signs of ageing are caused by the sun, even though they may not show up until years after sun exposure has occurred. To help avoid premature ageing, wear an SPF of at least factor 15 every day (even on cloudy days as UV rays can penetrate clouds) and switch to a higher SPF when the sun is at its strongest.

Cut down on sugar

While the majority of premature ageing is caused by sun exposure, poor diets can also be to blame for wrinkles. Sugar is a staple of many people’s diets, yet is also a leading cause of skin ageing. When blood sugar levels are high a process called glycation occurs which damages the collagen in your skin. Once damaged, the collagen hardens, leading to wrinkles and sagging. To keep skin firm and smooth, make sure you check the sugar content of products and cut down on sugary foods.

Stop smoking

Smoking is not only notoriously bad for our health and a major cause of cancer and heart disease, it can also be disastrous for your appearance. Cigarette smoke can irritate the skin and deprive it of oxygen and nutrients, while the act of smoking can cause wrinkles to appear around the mouth. If you are a smoker, one of the best things you can do for your appearance and health is to try to break the habit now.

Keep skin well hydrated

In order to keep your skin supple and smooth, it is essential to keep it hydrated both inside and out. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day to maintain your skin’s moisture levels, and eat foods such as fruit and vegetables which have a high water content. To moisturise the skin from the outside, use a moisturiser suitable for your skin type or hydrating oils such as vitamin E, avocado or almond oil. Also, it may be worth getting a humidifier to counteract the drying effects of central heating and air conditioning.

Get your eyes tested

The area around your eyes can be one of the first places to display signs of ageing such as fine lines and crow’s feet, and these can be exacerbated by unconscious frowning or squinting caused by poor eyesight. If you find yourself regularly squinting to see better, it is important for both your health and appearance to get your eyes checked and invest in some glasses or contact lenses if required.

Eat wrinkle-busting foods

To help ward off wrinkles, try to eat a diet full of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help to keep skin supple and nourished from within, preventing dehydration and dryness, while antioxidants help fight against the free radicals that cause wrinkles. Good foods to stock up on include oily fish, flax seeds and antioxidant-rich berries. Spinach is also a good source of lutein, which recent research has shown can prevent wrinkles by helping to retain the skin’s moisture and elasticity, increasing lipid levels and preventing damage caused by free radicals.

Avoid stress

You might not think that your state of mind has much to do with the state of your appearance, but this is not the case. In fact, a study has shown that chronic stress can actually accelerate cellular ageing, leading to wrinkles. To help keep your skin wrinkle-free, try experimenting with some stress-busting techniques to help cope with stressful situations, such as meditation, exercise or yoga.

http://www.realbuzz.com/articles/7-ways-to-beat-wrinkles/

durian

Durian is an exotic, expensive, and seasonal fruit that has rich content of phytonutrients, antioxidant, protein, vitamins and minerals. Durian can give more spirit and energy to your days because it has high calories and carbohydrate (both are good source of energy). Main ingredients that contribute a lot to the benefits are Organosulfur Compounds and Tryptophan, but there other healthy components like dietary fiber and protein. Yet, durian does not have cholesterol. Many folk medications use durian’s leaves and roots to treat fever.

The Organosulfur has benefits as followed.

  1. To inhibit the formation of blood clots, thus prevent from heart attack and stroke.
  2. To control the inflammatory enzymes, thus also prevent from cardiovascular disease.
  3. To act as antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial.
  4. To help you get good complexion, healthy hair, glowing skin, better brain function.
  5. To treat muscles soreness, enhance balance blood sugar, reduce stiffness and pain, and improve joint flexibility.

The tryptophan or L-Tryptophan has benefits as followed.

  1. To treat anxiety, bulimia, depression, insomnia, migraine, nightmares, compulsive disorder, and stress.
  2. To help you get better sleep, especially if you take some calcium with it.
  3. To help the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, obsessive compulsive disorder, premenstrual syndrome, suicidal related depression, and pain release.

Some people can not stand the smell of durian, while the rest love it so much. It tastes like heaven for those who love, even just by smelling the odor will make people curious. Countries in Asia are main producers of durians. They are Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Philippine, and some others. There are hundreds variants of durians, but only some are heavily planted and sold. If you buy durians, you would want to choose ones that are big, fresh, fully ripen, and have solid stems. It is usually fully ripen in 2 to 4 days after falling from the tree, the best time to enjoy the flesh.

Health Benefits

  • Raises serotonin levels…Creates an over-all sense of well being and aids in depression.
  • It has a high amount of protein and amino acids (22 out of 24)…Good for muscle building and organ function.
  • High in antioxidants…For anti-aging benefits including enhancing the appearance of your skin.
  • It has the most complete nutritional profile of any fruit…Certain groups of people in Asia live on it, and nothing else, for up to 2 months at a time.
  • It is power packed with nutrients, including essential fatty acids and organo-sulfur compounds…For increased energy, endurance, mental clarity, and cellular health.
  • It enhances libido…It helps revitalize the desire for sexual intimacy
  • Rich history of traditional uses…Anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, Thermogenic, calms fever, aids healing of swelling and skin diseases.

Drinking Durian For Beauty

 

According to David Wolf’s “Eating for Beauty”

 

Durian contains high levels of tryptophan. This is an amino acid and a tryptamine (similar to serotonin, melatonin, and DMT). Researchers have discovered that tryptophan helps both anxious, depressed, repressed people, as well as insomniacs. Tryptophan works by raising serotonin levels in the brain. When serotonin levels increase, a euphoric feeling is felt as a free passage is cleared for nerve impulses to travel.

 

Durian is such a strong blood cleaner that eating a few durian a day can change the odor of urine (urine is filtered out of blood).

 

What gives durian its strongest beautifying characteristics is its high concentration of raw oleic fats (and vitamin E), sulphur compounds, and soft proteins. Durian actually contains one of the highest concentrations of protein of any fruit, making it an excellent muscle builder.” Organic sulfur

compounds among other properties in durian are very cleansing for the body.

Durian provides “more concentrated healthful energy in food form than any other product the world affords” – to keep the body vigorous and tireless; the mind alert with faculties undimmed; the spirit youthful.

Nutritive Value per 100 g

  • Vitamin A: 20-30 I.U.
  • Ascorbic Acid: 23.9-25.0 mg
  • Vitamin E: “high”
  • Calcium: 7.6-9.0 mg
  • Phosphorus: 37.8-44.0 mg
  • Potassium: 436 mg
  • Thiamine: 0.24-0.352 mg
  • Riboflavin: 0.20 mg
  • Niacin0.6: 83-0.70 mg
  • Iron: 0.73-1.0 mg
  • Sugars(approx.) 12.0 g
  • Protein: 2.5-2.8 g
  • Fat: 5.33g
  • Fiber: 3.8 g
  • Total Carbohydrates: 30.4-34.1 g
  • Calories: 144

Today at the drugstore, the clerk was a gent.
From my purchase this chap took off ten percent.
I asked for the cause of a lesser amount;
And he answered, Because of the Seniors Discount.

I went to McDonald’s for a burger and fries;
And there, once again, got quite a surprise.
The clerk poured some coffee which he handed to me.
He said, For you, Seniors, the coffee is free.

Understand– -I’m not old—I’m merely mature;
But some things are changing, temporarily, I’m sure.
The newspaper print gets smaller each day,
And people speak softer—can’ t hear what they say.

My teeth are my own (I have the receipt.),
and my glasses identify people I meet.
Oh, I’ve slowed down a bit…not a lot, I am sure.
You see, I’m not old…I’m only mature.

The gold in my hair has been bleached by the sun.
You should see all the damage that chlorine has done.
Washing my hair has turned it all white,
But don’t call it gray…saying blond is just right.

My car is all paid for…not a nickel is owed.
Yet a kid yells, Old duffer…get off of the road!
My car has no scratches… not even a dent.
Still I get all that guff from a punk who’s Hell bent.

My friends all get older…much faster than me.
They seem much more wrinkled, from what I can see.
I’ve got character lines, not wrinkles…for sure,
But don’t call me old…just call me mature.

The steps in the houses they’re building today
Are so high that they take…your breath all away;
And the streets are much steeper than ten years ago.
That should explain why my walking is slow.

But I’m keeping up on what’s hip and what’s new,
And I think I can still dance a mean boogaloo.
I’m still in the running…in this I’m secure,
I’m not really old…I’m only mature.

Contributed by Prerna @ Pravs World
Picture: http://www.seniorcitizenhumor.blogspot.com/

Unless you have extraordinary genes and a super-immune system, smoking tobacco will eventually have a negative impact on your health. But it’s not just the inside of you that will be affected by every stick you puff on. The outside of your body will also sooner or later reveal the harmful influence of smoking.

The skin of smokers can look prematurely older than that of non-smokers. This is not just anti-smoking propaganda but scientific observation based on several research studies.

For example, a 2002 South Korean study found that smokers between the ages of 20 and 69 had more facial wrinkles than non-smokers and ex-smokers of the same age.

A 1991 study found that heavy smokers (one to two packs a day) had five times more premature wrinkling than non-smokers. Smokers who sunned themselves one hour a day for many years had twelve times more wrinkled skin.

Smoker’s face
Dr. Douglas Model who observed that people who had smoked for more ten years shared common facial characteristics coined the term “smoker’s face” in 1985. The picture is not a pretty one (Source: Stop Smoking Today)

  • Prominent lines and wrinkles are usually noticeable emanating from the corners of the eyes (“crow’s feet”), even extending on to the cheek. The cheeks themselves may appear sunken.
  • Other wrinkle lines become etched perpendicular to the lips, with shallow lines forming on the cheeks and lower jaw.
  • Some male smokers may also develop a distinctive feature referred to as “cobblestone wrinkles”, which are wrinkles that run down the back of the neck.
  • The underlying bone structure of the face becomes more visible under drawn, taunt skin that has lost its elasticity.
  • The skin may take on a dry, tough and leathery appearance.
  • A mottled, slightly reddened, orange and purple complexion may occur. The smoker’s complexion may develop a grey, unnatural pallor because it is more atrophied than a non-smoker’s skin.

If you are in your twenties or thirties and think that your skin still looks good compared to your non-smoking friends, you are not quite in the clear. Research has found that the difference between the skin wrinkling of smokers and non-smokers becomes most apparent after the age of 40.

Skin damage
Smoking is believed to damage the skin in several ways. The heat of the tobacco smoke that surrounds a smoker’s face has a dehydrating effect. Long-term facial movements like squinting and puckering of the mouth may form premature wrinkles.

Anything that restricts circulation will affect the health of your skin. Nicotine constricts blood vessels by reducing their inner diameter so blood flow is restricted. Oxygen and other nutrients cannot be delivered as fast as they should be. The carbon monoxide produced by smoking binds to 12 percent of hemoglobin, meaning there is 12 percent less oxygen that can be carried in the blood.

Smoking destroys vitamins A and C, antioxidants that protect the skin against damage from pollution and free radicals. In women, smoking interferes with estrogen production, leaving skin drier than it should be.

Research also indicates that smoking damages collagen and elastin, two substances that give your skin firmness and elasticity. Interestingly, another study found that emphysema was more severe in smokers with wrinkles. The connection is still not clear though it may be because smoking hastens the breakdown of elastin, a protein responsible for elasticity of the skin as well as lung cells.

Hair and teeth
Adding insult to injury, smoking may also affect your crowning glory. There is some evidence that nicotine and cotinine can alter the DNA of hair follicle cells. Also, small blood vessels supplying hair follicles are constricted.

The American Academy of Dentistry reports that male smokers can lose 2.9 teeth for every ten years of smoking while the female smokers can lose 1.5 teeth. This is probably due to plaque buildup, which leads to periodontal disease. Another reason could be poor circulation in the gums and facial bones.

Other unpleasant side effects of smoking are yellowish, stained teeth, darkened gums, and breath like an ashtray.

Thicker waistline.
Male and female smokers usually have a higher waist-to-hip ratio than non-smokers even if they are of the same age and weight and even if they have normal body fat percentages. One possible explanation for this is that smoking increases cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone that seems to direct fat to be stored in the abdominal area.

Vanity
Vanity can be a powerful motivator to quit smoking and it can literally save your face. I know someone who quit in her mid-thirties. Now in her early fifties, she has much younger looking skin than her friends and sisters who continued puffing away.

Article: http://www.tinajuanfitness.info.com
Picture: http://www.funnyzone.org


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