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Goji berry, or Lycium barbarum, belongs to a family of plants called Solanaceae. It is also popularly known as Chinese wolfberry. This fruit tastes like raisin and is used as ingredient for soups and other Chinese dishes. It grows from a woody plant in China and parts of eastern Europe.
This fruit is being hailed to be the new miraculous fruit for its nutrient-rich contents. It is known to be a ‘super fruit’ as it contains more vitamin C than oranges, more beta-carotene than carrots, and contains complex phyto-nutrients and flavanois, including betaine, physalin, and solavetivone. It is said to be good for boosting the immune system, liver, and promotes good eyesight and healthy skin.
This fruit has become popular worldwide because of its many health benefits on peoples’ over-all wellness. People who consumed goji berry, both in dried and juice form, claim that they have experienced a significant improvement on their energy levels, better moods, and reduced pain from the discomforts of arthritis. There have been reports as well of celebrities munching on this fruit as their secret to their youth, like Madonna and Mischa Barton.
Aging is said to arise when free radicals (substances formed in the course of normal biochemical processes) accumulate in the body, damaging our tissues and DNA. This damage brings about chronic inflammation and irreversible DNA damage, which eventually lead to age-related conditions such as cancer and heart disease.
While a person’s genes naturally affect life expectancy, health specialists estimate that they account for only about 30% of the difference in longevity rates. Diet, lifestyle, improved health care, and other factors are believed to play a more telling role. Studies show that we can now take steps to slow down aging. A study of overweight people found that those who reduced their calorie intake by 25% for 6 months recorded lower fasting insulin levels and lower body core temperature, both of which are markers of longevity. Here are some tips to slow down aging to live longer life:
Have a meaningful physical activity. Staying active keeps body fat levels down and activates the brain. Studies show that those who are active tended to retain their cognitive function better and longer than those who are sedentary.
Eat right. Loads of fruits and vegetables are rich sources of antioxidants and bioflavonoids known to help neutralize free radicals. Stick to moderate serving sizes and offset your calorie intake by being active.
De-stress. Take time to relax, it maybe meditation, yoga, religion, a cup of tea, or a simple walk in the garden.
Sleep well. Lack of slee increases the risk of obesity and can affect metabolism and hormone production. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
Glowing and clear skin requires a healthy diet, lots of water, exercise and plenty of rest. Skin crises on the other hand, are caused by a number of things. First, stress triggers skin breakouts and rashes. Exposure to excessive dirt can cause blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. It is important to wash your face with a mild cleanser at least twice a day. Alcohol and smoking also cause wrinkles, lines, and discoloration so avoid them if you can.
For facial care, avoid using regular soaps as they can leave considerable amounts of residue that aggravate clogging and infection. Rinse thoroughly and refresh your face further after cleansing using a toner to remove any excess cleanser and to help the skin return to a normal ph balance. Exfoliate dead skin cells using a product with alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA), then moisturize (optional if you have oily skin) and finish off with a sunscreen.
Take care of the skin on the neck and chest as well as they are the first to show the telltale signs of aging. Use a facial cleansing cream to hydrate these areas and finish with a facial moisture cream.
Apply a moisturizer for the rest of your body especially the hands, and put on sun block with a high sun protection factor (SPF) when going outdoors or before hitting the beach.
Another great tip to achieve great skin is to load up with fresh tomatoes. The fruit is especially beneficial when cooked as more of the carotenoid lycopene makes it into the skin, where it can limit UV damage to lower skin-cancer risk. Proper care and tomatoes are indeed a great combination to great skin this summer.
Youthfulness and beauty seem to go hand in hand together. As you get older, some beauty spoilers start appearing so it is best to take preventive measures early on to preserve your young and glowing look. Here are wonderful tips that work:
- Get defensive on your skin with a daily SPF. This helps prevent wrinkles, blotches, and protects skin from cancer and other diseases.
- Avoid foods that have anything with a dark pigment like wine, soy sauce and coffee as these may cause yellowish teeth. You may chop on apples, carrots and cucumbers instead that naturally cleanse the teeth.
- Add saltwater fish in your diet that contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which help regulate skin’s glow and luster.
The goal is to bring a greater flow of blood to your hair follicle faster and to make your scalp more flexible. You can do this by becoming serious about massage treatments that you do yourself at home. Massage will also help carry away carbon dioxide and waste and speed the removal of oil and dead dells that combine to form debris on your scalp’s surface. Such debris hardens and sticks to the scalp, reducing circulation and eventually destroying hair roots. Often, this debris can’t be seen by the naked eye because it can form in the skin’s pores and be invisible.
With the fingertips of both hands placed firmly on your head, push the skin under your hair in circular motion for about ten seconds, moving from place to place on your head until the entire scalp is covered. Do this until your head tingles and feels warm (from increased circulation). Pay special attention to thinning areas or bald spots. You can’t massage too much and don’t be afraid to rub vigorously.
Next, after the blood is coursing through your scalp, take a clump of hair in each hand and pull on it gently with a smooth, firm motion and hold it for a count of three, then release and repeat until you have “pulled” the hair over your scalp.
The hands are one of your body parts that will always give your age away. Your face maybe baby soft and clear but the passing years show on an aging woman’s hands. Aging hands that cannot be rejuvenated by moisturizers and creams may need spa treatments.
Paraffin hand treatment.
Hands are submerged in heated wax, usually three times, to allow moisture into the deeper layers of the skin. The hands are then covered up with a plastic wrap and mitts to keep the paraffin working on your skin for 10 minutes. The result is soft, smooth, supple hands.
Hand restoration treatment
A high-tech machine softens, firms and tones skin, and lessens wrinkles. This technology is known as micro current therapy, which uses a machine from CACI, or Computer Aided Cosmetology Instrument, of Europe. The therapy involves gliding two probes over your hands, sending electrical impulses to your muscles to tighten them and stimulate cell rejuvenation.
The great news is science has granted you one more great reason to enjoy your daily cup of coffee.
One answer to keep you youthful through the years is to take a balanced diet that supplies antioxidants.
What’s the big deal about antioxidants? They are nature’s way of protecting the body from physical illness and degeneration by helping neutralize harmful substances called free radicals accumulate naturally at low levels but harmful environmental factors such as too much sun exposure and pollution from cigarette smoke and exhaust fumes can speed up their toxic effects. That includes making you look older than you should.