Anti-ageing from the inside outJun 2016
You probably see the words ‘anti-ageing’ every day, used in advertisements for skin care and cosmetic products.
Many individuals have an anti-ageing skincare regime they follow every single day.
But have you ever stopped for a moment to think about whether you should have an anti-ageing regime from your body?
Ageing begins on the inside, and it is a process that we cannot stop. However, there are various factors that contribute to and potentially speed up the ageing of our body from the inside out, and can affect our overall health.
Through various nutritional and lifestyle interventions, there are ways that we can develop our own anti-ageing regime for our body, to reduce our risk of developing serious illness and to ensure that we spend the rest of our lives as happy and healthy as possible.
Fighting inflammation is key
Having an unhealthy diet and chronic stress are two factors that can cause the body to be in a state of constant inflammation. This inflammation is thought to contribute to a number of illnesses, as our body is placed under stress and our immune system becomes inhibited.
However, we can actively pursue a lifestyle that is anti-inflammatory, namely by consuming foods that are potent in antioxidants, which directly fight inflammation.
One of the most potent antioxidants for fighting inflammation is Ubiquinol, the active (more easily absorbed) form of Coenzyme Q10, with the same antioxidant levels as 50 cups of spinach or 1.6 kilograms of peanuts. Our body makes Ubiquinol, but this production naturally deplete as we age, peaking at the age of 30. Supplementation is suggested if you are above the age of 30, or suffering from high levels of stress or extreme physical exertion – as these processes both contribute to inflammation.
Move every day
Exercise may cause muscle inflammation temporarily, but research has shown that individuals who exercise for at least 20 minutes per day lower their inflammatory markers (the key factors contributing to inflammation) by at least 12%, and lowered existing inflammation significantly. The benefits of exercise for your body are countless, from lowering blood pressure to improving blood flow and strengthening your heart muscle. Everyone should aim to be moving for 30 minutes per day, and if this seems unachievable, break it into two chunks – 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening.
Stress is a key trigger for inflammation. It can also cause your body to send your stress hormones into overdrive, causing your body to become internally fatigued and aged. Research has shown that simple tasks like 10 minutes of meditation per day can not only reduce stress but also reduce inflammation levels, as lower levels of stress hormones contribute to a lessening of the inflammatory response in the body.