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SW: Nutrition & Fitness Channel
Reported February 16, 2012

5 Things That Age You

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) --Aging is part of life, but who says we have to look it! Did you know women with less education are often perceived as older? We'll break down the five things you can do to stop the hands of time in its tracks!

From magic potions, to wrinkle removers, to fat injections and much, much more.
Women have been searching for the best way to help them look and stay young forever and 60-year-old Sherie Mason is no different.

“The most recent thing that happened was I got my first age spot,” Sherie Mason told Ivanhoe.  “I cleanse, but then I use an anti-aging serum all over my face."

Every year, Americans spend $8 billion on cosmetics, and trips to the plastic surgeon are up 59 percent since 2000!

“I’m not used to seeing any lines and they are coming so I don’t like them,” Mason said.

But before you nip and tuck, Dr. Jennifer Landa says staying young has a lot to with how you live. First up, toxins.

“Staying away from toxins is a big thing that people can do to avoid looking old and feeling old,” Jennifer Landa, M.D., a chief medical officer in anti-aging regenerative medicine at BodylogicMD told Ivanhoe.

The toxin BPA in plastic water bottles mimics our hormones, specifically estrogen, which can give women an imbalance and increase risk of heart disease, causing our organs to age.

“Aging of all of our organs every single internal organ, including of course the skin, which is one of our biggest organs,” Dr. Landa said.

Besides plastic water bottles, watch out for canned food. It could contain BPA too! Look for labels that say BPA free. Also try taking milk thistle supplements, which help the liver cleanse toxins out of the body. Another trigger for aging is inflammation.

“One of the biggest that we can talk about is sugar,” Dr. Landa explained.

Sugar causes our body to store fat which increases the risk of inflammation.

“Inflammation in the skin and sugar causes cross linking of collagen and causes wrinkles,” Dr. Landa added.

And get this, sugar is in all white and brown foods too - like bread, potato, and pasta.Another way we speed up aging is a lack of vitamins.  A study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows healthy levels of vitamin D may help to slow the aging process and protect against age-related diseases.

“One thing you can do is 15 minute sun exposure per day with no sunscreen,” Dr. Landa said.

From 15 minutes in the sun to 7 hours in bed! Sleep is an aging culprit too.

 “We all need to sleep 7 to 8 hours to get the best effect of our anti-aging regimen,” Dr. Landa added.

Lack of sleep lowers your immune defenses, inhibiting cell turnover, causing your skin to look dull and droopy. Lastly, make dinner plans with your girlfriends, it helps with your social life and blocks stress.

“We need to have fun and depression is really something that ages people,” Dr. Landa explained.

A study found that satisfying friendships can protect against obesity, depression and heart disease.

“Stress increases the hormone cortisol and anything that we can do to decrease the hormone cortisol will slow down the aging process,” Dr. Landa said.

Sherie is not scared of getting older but she’s not ready to give up the fight against her wrinkles just yet.

“I wanna look young as I can, as long as I can,” Mason concluded.

Tips to help you look as young as you feel.

Other things recommended by experts include hyaluronic acid, a natural substance in the skin, retinols and a massage. They all help to beef up elasticity by stimulating the production of collagen. But also put on a happy face! People perceive those with broad smiles as being younger than those who don’t smile as much.

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