As we age the general consensus is that it's normal for most of our physical and mental attributes to decline, sometimes dramatically. But that doesn’t have to be the case. My view is that it’s not normal, nor do you have to endure a significant loss of mental sharpness, increased fatigue, decreased libido, and all the rest of the negative mental and physical signs and symptoms associated with aging.
You can take two approaches with anti-aging. One is the superficial approach using skin care products, plastic surgery, botox and anything else that tries to make you look younger without really changing anything else. The second is to take a systemic approach in which you the reasons for aging and treat the whole body to deal with the causes rather than to cover them up.
The superficial approach is endemic in our society, fostered by massive companies that by using aggressive marketing and pervasive ads have made ``youth is beauty`` our new mantra.
However, the fact is that, except for those that medically need it, the superficial approach is mostly smoke and mirrors. Sure it may feed you ego and that in itself may help you out psychologically if you overly dependant on your looks, but it doesn't really do anything all by itself for the real cause of your aging body and all the important vital functions.
You can sand, peel, inject, apply, suction, cut and paste, and all the rest but what you're really doing is setting yourself up for more and more of the same. That's because regardless of what they tell you, none of it lasts. In fact almost all of the treatments increase aging by stressing out the body so that it may age even faster. You may look better on the outside but inside you’re still the same old you or perhaps even worse.
After all, think about how the body responds to injury. First it tries to heal the injured tissue but then the catabolic processes take over if the inflammatory stimulus is chronic. The chronic inflammatory response that’s induced and also behind much of our aging process is the real culprit that’s needs to be addressed if you’re going to counter some if not most of the aging process.
In fact one of the more credible theories of aging is based on an increased inflammatory response leading to degenerative changes in the tissues of the body. Some feel that many of the conditions that afflict us as we age, including the superficial signs of aging, are associated with inflammatory responses. Various levels of chronic inflammation are associated with all the diseases associated with aging, including cancer, heart disease, and many forms of physical and mental deterioration.
What you need to do is to decrease damage to tissues in the body, and provide effective ways for your body to repair itself. This is done by decreasing inflammation and oxidant damage to the body as a whole rather than just making an anti-aging statement.
You can't provide intensive protection against free radicals that damage the DNA, and you can't decrease inflammation in the body, from plastic surgery, creams and lotions. It just doesn't work that way. You have to work from the inside out rather than the other way around.
The answer is that ageing is strongly influenced by the way we lead our lives, especially our activity level and nutrition. And part of the nutrition end is using the right nutritional supplements that work synergistically with the rest of the anti-aging plan.
For example systemic antioxidants, and natural anti-inflammatory and immune system stimulators increase the ability of the body to repair itself and help to decrease damage to all of your body from the environment and aging.
My hope is to give you the information you need to counter the negative effects of aging, and help you enjoy a healthier, disease free, more vibrant life.