Ginger is an oft overlooked miracle worker. It is a normal part of the Asian diet but rarely incorporated into the Standard American Diet (SAD!). Not only will ginger boost your immunity, but it is a massive anti-inflammatory. Why is this a plus for anti-aging?
The immune system responds to injury or disease with inflammation. This is a normal, reparative reaction that is necessary for healing. But not all inflammation is good.
“When inflammation persists beyond its intended borders and purpose, however, the immune system mistakenly attacks normal cells, and the process that ordinarily heals becomes destructive. It is now widely accepted that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many serious illnesses, especially those related to aging,” says Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Continue reading →
Are you a frequent flier or making a long haul flight for business or pleasure? If you are, know that flying can age you. De-hydration, reduced oxygen, confined space, bad food and over-exposure to too many people and their germs takes its toll on your face and body. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself. Continue reading →
I have become a tad obsessed with ginger of late because I have been reading so many Deepak Chopra’s books. His references to Ayurvedic healing brought me to the many benefits of ginger. I add it to cookies, soups, and freshly squeezed juices. Here are six reasons why you should buy some ginger immediately! Continue reading →
Every time I choose what I am going to eat I ask myself: what can this food give back to me? If the answer is nothing (as is the case with processed foods, white starches, sugar etc.) I won’t eat it. I try to always eat strategically which is why educating oneself about food is the first step to anti-aging and better immunity.
Our bodies have a natural detox system that gets rid of toxins that it accumulates from foods and the environment. Help your body work efficiently by regularly indulging in foods that help clean it. We cannot always control our environment and food that is tasty AND detoxifies is an excellent method for battling free radicals, cell decay etc. The below are 11 natural foods that help your body eliminate toxins. Continue reading →
You’ve heard the word. You’ve probably heard about it in relation to diet. Cut your finger accidentally and the area will swell, redden, and heat up. This type of acute inflammatory response is the body’s reaction to trauma, and it’s an essential part of the healing process. But inflammation can be harmful when it hangs around too long and refuses to leave. When the inflammation switch refuses to turn off, the body operates as if it is always under attack (the older we get, the more likely this is to happen). White blood cells flood the system for weeks, months, and even years. Continue reading →
Throughout my research on anti-aging, I discovered the unusual (and rather underused) power of herbs and spices. The average person simply reaches for salt, pepper and tobasco sauce at the table – and indeed these condiments are the few on offer at restaurants or in people’s homes. Imagine a restaurant that brought you an array of diversified compatible condiments for each dish?
This rainbow of offerings should be on hand at home where you can take a little pride in shocking your dinner guests and family by adding new flavors on a regular basis. Shake up the spices in your habitual routine by incorporating curcumin. It’s earthy, warm taste is usually used to enhance curries but I add it to everything – because I know all of its miraculous benefits!
And even before I was a ‘happy homemaker’ I was taking curcumin to counter the effects of my wild hedonism. It worked! The vampire lives on as Botox free as ever… Continue reading →
Economizing can bite into your Botox budget but you can get plumper skin by eating a few stalks of celery a day. Celery is rife with a magical mineral called silica. This mineral helps the firmness and structure of your skin and makes nails and hair stronger. Because our food is being grown in mineral-depleted soil (thanks to chemicals, fertilizers etc) we are gaining fewer minerals from our food.
Celery is one of the Dirty Dozen of foods grown naturally that are most vulnerable to absorbing chemicals. Therefore, it is essential that you buy organic. Continue reading →