While we’re bombarded with the idea of beauty being all about youth and make-up, true beauty is ageless and radiates from within. It is at its peak when we enjoy good health, both physical and mental.
THE MAGIC OF SLEEP
Research has linked a lack of sleep to accelerated aging and sometimes even premature death. Sleep helps balance our hormones (such as cortisol, insulin and leptin), keeping us young and our libido intact. Most of this rejuvenation occurs in a stage of sleep called REM (rapid eye movement), when damaged cells in our bodies are repaired. If you need support for quality sleep, consider a natural supplement such as Red Seal Sleep Easy.
The fastest route to a better body is simple: good posture. Poor posture and muscle tone add years to your appearance and can make you look heavier. Hunching also compromises the respiratory system and the ability to take deep breaths to ensure adequate oxygen in your body. Retrain muscles to help you stand tall and straight. As any yoga teacher will tell you, the secret to eternal youth is a flexible and strong spine, so think of that every time you’re tempted to slouch.
EAT YOUR WAY YOUNGER: SEVEN SECRETS
Stabilize your blood sugar.
A diet high in carbohydrates and sugars leads to insulin sensitivity which wreaks havoc on the organs and is one of the fastest ways to speed up the aging process. Reduce refined white-food products and add spices such as cinnamon or cloves to help stop sugar cravings.
Eat the rainbow.
Consume a variety of fruits and vegetables in every colour. These are packed with the phytonutrients and fibre that help you stay healthy.
Water is essential for glowing, clear skin. If you don’t like water, try herbal teas.
Get your recommended daily intake of the essential fatty acids found in oily fish, flax seed, nuts and seeds or use supplements. They all help to keep skin looking youthful and provides the nutrients for brain function.
Go for vitamin C.
It helps to build collagen and skin elasticity and is important for healthy gums. If you suffer from bleeding gums, tired and stiff joints, dry skin and hair or bruise easily, it may be that you need more vitamin C.
Green tea is a good source of an amino acid compound called theanine, which can act as a natural mood booster. It’s a rich source of antioxidants and is considered one of nature’s anti-aging remedies.
Keep it moving.
Probiotics, acidophilus yoghurt and fermented foods help to keep the intestinal tract and digestion and immune systems healthy.
TOP BEAUTY TIP
The easiest (and cheapest) way to upgrade your look is simply to smile – and share it. It’s an instant face lift. Sharing a smile makes others feel good, which in turn boosts your overall mood. Let your smile look its best with white teeth and healthy gums.
We brush our teeth at least 720 times each year and these days many are turning to more natural options. Red Seal’s Baking Soda Toothpaste boasts improved anti-cavity protection; it breaks down into tiny particles that penetrate enamel crevices to remove food particles and deep stains. It also helps to neutralize plaque acids. The fresh taste and clean feeling of baking soda may encourage you to brush even longer.
NINE GOOD REASONS TO USE RED SEAL’S BAKING SODA TOOTHPASTE
1 Stain-removing qualities with no harsh bleaches or abrasives
2 Antibacterial action
4 Provides baking soda extra freshness
5 Helps neutralize plaque acids and decay
6 Natural colours and flavours
7 Super-strong minty flavour for clean breath
8 Contains five natural herbal extracts and oils
9 Paraben free
By Julie Fergusson, Red Seal Naturopath
Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.
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