It is beautiful that the soul is indestructible and immortal. Perhaps it is the presence of this living spirit in us that drives us to keep our bodies just as imperishable. Thus, the pursuit of the fountain of youth.
The proliferation of beauty and wellness centers, anti-aging clinics and spas is positive proof that there is a demand to be filled. And this demand is more a need to extend life and to preserve youthfulness.
Sharing a few helpful tips will certainly offer you various approaches to keeping healthy, fit and attractive.
Balancing your fat
Going on a zero-fat diet has its downside. Not all fats are bad. There are good fats one needs in order to insulate the body, improve digestion, regulate vitamin and mineral absorption, satisfy the taste buds, protect vital organs and body parts, and more importantly, assist in the production of appropriate hormones.
Example: The adrenal glands, thymus, kidneys, and other glands use fats to help make hormones. The adrenals specifically require a specific fat, cholesterol, to produce hormones such as progesterone and cortisone.
Can you imagine what would happen if, say, your thymus is sluggish? This crucial gland regulates immunity and the body's entire defense systems.
Take a closer look at the other glands: Thyroid-regulates body temperature, weight, and several metabolic functions Kidneys-regulate blood pressure, circulation and filtration of the blood
Action plan: See a specialist. Check your blood today. Ask for a hormone profile. Start taking in good fats.
It is during the peri-menopausal and menopausal stages when hormonal imbalances will be experienced. Many will attribute their balding head, hair loss, irritability, declining libido, dry skin, weight gain, high blood pressure and high cholesterol to aging. But what is aging if not the drying up of the fountain's youthful waters?
The key is your hormones.
Linda Reyes, 49, a successful banker, complained about the all-too-familiar symptoms of aging. Unable to get out of bed due to exhaustion despite a good eight hours of sleep, she sought the help of a new and popular wellness clinic set up by Florida-based cardiologist Dr. Cris Enriquez, who also specializes in complementary medicine.
After a simple blood test, Linda was determined to be already menopausing, and had a hypothyroid condition. Her treatment included bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. It differs from the conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) program, which is produced from the urine of horses.
BHRT, on the other hand, utilizes hormones from plants and has no side effects. Their molecular makeup is similar to those produced in the human body. Thus, it's called bio-identical BHRT. However, it's not available over the counter from a regular pharmacy. The clinic's supply is sourced from the US.
In Linda's case, she was treated with estradiol, progesterone and testosterone. Today, she is back to her usual energetic self, and her libido is comparable to a woman in her 30s. But it isn't only women who will need BHRT. There is also a specific program for men who suffer erectile dysfunction and chronic fatigue.
The good oil
There is a simple regimen you can do to address dry skin.
Drink 10-15 glasses of water daily. After taking one glass of water, wait 45 minutes. Then, 30 minutes before bedtime, drink 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. This is designed to increase the good fat in your body. Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fat, just like avocados and almonds. This fat raises good cholesterol (HDL) and lowers bad cholesterol.
If you have a few days' drops of oil left, dab a drop or two around the eye area. But if you feel like it, rub gently all over your face. And the next morning, just like magic, your skin will be more supple and moist.
While a little cheese can be good for you, remember that its saturated fat is 66.8 per cent. Depending on the amount of cheese you eat, it may be safer to eat a lean steak, whose saturated fat content is only 46.5 per cent - shocking, but true. And don't worry about peanuts: 50.6-per cent monosaturated fat and 17.7-per cent saturated. It's a safe snack which can stimulate your brain function as well.
Cory's Low-Fat Diet Dressing
1 c extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp raw wild honey
2 cloves garlic
¼ c apple cider vinegar
2 tsp sea salt 1 tsp mustard
Optional: 1 tbsp yogurt or fresh kefir
1. Shake well in a tightly covered bottle.
3. Shake well before serving.