What’s an effective approach to healthy aging and anti-aging?

You need to go beyond traditional reverse aging treatment, hyped skin care products, heavily marketed antioxidants, vitamins, creams, supplements and start to understand the science beneath the skin.

It's on -- the race to "anti-age" is a rapidly growing pursuit for many, many people in the Western world. But when you think about anti-aging, what's the first thing you think of? Probably the youthful look of your skin. And while skin care is an important step to healthy aging, it's not the only thing to consider. After all, what's outside very appropriately represents what's inside.

One of the biggest key factors in aging is oxidative stress. The onslaught of free radicals assaulting your body causes breakdown and nearly irreparable damage to the inside and outside of your body.

We'll all age - that's inevitable. But aging gracefully can be accomplished much more easily by paying very close attention, throughout your life, to cellular nutrition

Cellular Nutrition and Healthy Aging

In this world of quick fixes, plastic surgery, and a barrage of "miracle" cures, one thing is clear: These things don't offer a holistic, long-term approach to keeping your entire body fit, healthy, and young for as long as possible. Quite frankly, there's been a failure of prescription medicine in the war on degenerative diseases.

Today, we're living much, much longer than we ever have before. However, the quality of these long lives is sadly degraded by the oxidative damage done to our cells by myriad sources.

The best way to keep our bodies healthy - starting today and lasting a lifetime - is to eat a healthy diet, excerise moderately and consider starting a regimen of supplements that include antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. These important ingredients help keep the cells healthy, inside and out, and remove the danger that the free radicals cause including internal and external damage.

However, because of doctors' bias against nutritional supplements, you may not have heard just how important getting the proper intake of this nutritional regimen is.

While you may have been told to start taking a multivitamin, the truth is, the recommended daily allowances in most of the popular, predominantly poor quality vitamin supplements is far below what you should really be getting in order to attain a healthy aging process.

The Risks of Premature Aging

Premature aging, in a nutshell, is a rapid depletion of antioxidants and necessary compounds in your system. If you're exposed to dangerous free radicals on a daily basis, and you don't take measures to stop this barrage, your body will begin to break down in various ways.

Take, for instance, sunlight. While sunlight exposure does offer us some essential vitamins, it's also an increasingly dangerous source of free radicals. If you don't take measures to protect yourself from the sun, your skin will begin to break down much faster. This leads to wrinkles, sagging, and potential skin cancer. This can be said for any source of free radical exposure, and without the proper quality nutritional supplements, you could find yourself with a host of early aging problems - from cancer, to eye diseases, heart disease, and much more.

Anti-Aging Equals Prevention

While it's tempting to run to your nearest anti-aging doctor for the latest in prescriptive medicine, or to your plastic surgeon to have them cut away unwanted lines, the answer in anti-aging really starts at the core - with preventive health.

Keeping your body replenished with the important antioxidants is the most significant step towards aging gracefully. In the past, this may have meant simply eating healthier and avoiding prolonged exposure to free radicals. However, because of the degradation of the food supply, when you bite into a non-organically grown apple or banana, you may actually be inviting even more free radicals into your system. You need to take optimal levels of nutritional supplements to maintain and promote health throughout your life.

However, nutritional supplementation isn't the only thing you can do to achieve long-lasting anti-aging effects. You also need to begin to reduce your exposure to dangerous free radicals. And one of the most potent sources of free radicals is, of course, smoking.

If you smoke, or if you're exposed to second-hand smoke on a daily basis, you are inevitably aging much faster than if you weren't. Before you can expect any anti-aging processes to work, you have to quit smoking.

The same goes for free radicals found in the food you eat, the air you breathe, and the things you choose to drink. By radically reducing your exposure to chemicals, pesticides, and air pollution, you'll be well on your way to healthy aging.

Supplements and Anti-Aging

A big myth in the world of supplements surrounds the RDIs and RDAs. If you'll look on the back of any food label, you'll find a recommended daily allowance, or RDA list. These numbers are based on woefully low estimates of what it would take to maintain optimal health. The fact of the matter is that our bodies, because of our nutritionally lacking diets, need much more than just the RDA to age gracefully.

So the answer in all of this is finding a nutritional supplement that gives you optimal antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals - not just those based on the governmentally issued RDAs and RDIs. Look for supplements that contain optimal amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E, and other essential nutritional compounds.

Also, you should begin taking fish oil, if you don't already. This compound contains a plethora of important antioxidants, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It's good for your skin, and good for your entire body. Another fantastic source for antioxidants and important bioflavonoids is grape seed extract. Studies have shown that grape-seed oil is even more potent than vitamin E and vitamin C in the quest for anti-aging.

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