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Unlock the Secret to Anti-aging?

While many of us dread the thought of aging, did you know that getting on in years isn’t the biggest factor in premature aging? Studies have shown that the real culprits are oxidative stress and glycation in our body. Here are some tips on how we can slow down the aging process.

5 Main Causes of Aging:
*Oxidative stress
*Weak immune system
*Poor lifestyle habits

Oxidative Stress
Free radicals are produced in the body when it is exposed to UV rays and harmful substances such as cigarette smoke and alcohol. This causes inflammation, damage to cell membranes and DNA, and degradation of collagen and elastin. Aging signs include sagging, wrinkles and age spots.

How to Fight Against Oxidative Stress

1. Key to fight against oxidative stress: enzyme
Our body mechanism is designed to fight against oxidative stress, and the solution lies in the antioxidative enzymes in our body. This is why it’s so important to consume proteins and vitamin C that can encourage enzyme production.

2. Eat these foods to fight against oxidative stress
Foods rich in vitamins C and E, carotenoids and polyphenols are great for fighting oxidative stress. Lemon, nuts, tomatoes, salmon, apple and green tea are rich in these nutrients and can be beneficial in keeping aging at bay.

3. A healthy digestive tract is just as important
When the digestive tract isn’t healthy, it’s assimilate nutrients for delivery throughout the body and they’ll simply go to waste. We suggest consuming yogurt and food that are high in bifidobacteria and probiotics in order to maintain a healthy digestive system.

When we consume sugar and refined carbs and blood sugar is high, sugar molecules combine with proteins and fats in a process called glycation. The aging happens when sugar latches onto collagen or elastin, making them less flexible. Wrinkles and tough skin ensue, and skin heals more slowly too.

How to Fight Glycation

1. Choose Low GI Food
Food that are low in GI prevents spikes in the blood sugar level after a meal and lowers the risk of glycation in the body. A level of 55 is considered as low GI.
Low GI food: germinated brown rice, tofu, lettuce, carrots, mushrooms, chicken, prawns and eggplants etc.

2. Eating at the Right Time
Studies have shown that having breakfast each morning can help stabilize blood sugar levels to avoid spiking after lunch. It’s also best to leave a 4-5 hours gap between lunch and dinner in order to maintain a stabilized blood sugar level.

3. Eat Your Veggies First
Dietary fiber in your gut slows sugar absorption. Make it a habit to eat your vegetables first (fiber), followed by meat or fish (proteins), leaving rice or noodles (carbohydrates) for last.