6 Facts about Female Hormones

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6 Facts about Female Hormones

How Aging Affects Women’s Hormones

When you’re a woman, “hormones” can seem like a dirty word. From your first period, hormones are blamed for bad moods, blemishes, and weight gain. And while that may be true to some extent, the endocrine system does so much more. It’s tasked with managing all parts of life: eating and sleeping, sex and reproduction, growth and healing, and more. (1, 2)

But when hormones get out of whack, they can have major impacts on your body and brain. Understanding how hormones work can help you appreciate them and prepare for the hormonal changes you’ll experience as you get older. (1, 2)

6 Facts That Will Help You Understand Female Hormones

 1. Hormones Affect Everything

Glands throughout your body produce hormones all day long. Those hormones communicate with each other, as well as other compounds in your body, to make sure they remain in balance. (1)

You might have heard some hormones referred to as “good” or “bad”, but like most things in life, hormones can’t be categorized as just one thing. For example, estrogen gets a bad wrap for causing hot flashes but it’s also responsible for keeping bones strong. The stress hormone cortisol reduces inflammation and regulates your blood pressure. Although too much cortisol can lead to digestive problems and weight gain. Hormones are part of every aspect of daily living, and they can have a number of effects on our bodies. (1, 3)

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2. Small Hormonal Changes Have a Big Impact

Hormones can be compared to Goldilocks and the three bears. You don’t want too much or too little. Instead, you want the amount of each hormone to be just right. (1)

Even small hormonal changes can throw you out of balance. For instance, when the range of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) changes by even a little, it can affect your metabolism, memory, and body temperature. (1)

3. Testosterone Isn’t Just Important for Men

While some people think of testosterone as “the male sex hormone” and estrogen as “the female sex hormone”, both sexes need this pair of hormones. For women, testosterone is important for libido. If you noticed your sex drive decline in your thirties, that’s totally normal. This is the time when women’s testosterone levels decline, too. Supplementing testosterone can be helpful for low libido, but it’s still unclear how safe it is to use testosterone for sex drive long-term. (1)

Women can also produce too much testosterone and develop polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). About 10% of women in their reproductive years are affected by PCOS. The condition can be painful and cause infertility, as well as long-term health issues like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. (1, 4)

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3. Insulin Is a Hormone Too!

Did you know that insulin is one of the hormones your body produces? Its job is to control your blood sugar levels. When your body ineffectively uses it, type 2 diabetes develops. Having type 2 diabetes can put you at higher risk for serious issues like stroke, heart disease, blindness, and kidney failure. You can prevent type 2 diabetes by maintaining a healthy weight by exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet. (1)

4. Your Body Weight Influences Your Hormones

Insulin isn’t the only hormone affected by your body weight. Changes in weight can affect estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid hormones. Gaining or losing weight can also impact leptin, the hunger hormone, and ghrelin, which is responsible for satiety. (1)

Exercising not only will help you maintain a healthy body weight but can affect your hormones. Exercise increases dopamine in your brain, which reduces stress and depression. Working out does wonders for serotonin, which promotes restful sleep. Estrogen and testosterone get a boost from regular physical activity, too. (1, 5)

Supplements are a great added support as part of a healthy lifestyle. Calcium HMB (beta hydroxy beta methylbutyrate), a compound with over 90 clinical studies and 5 US Patents found in AgelessLX is proven to:

  • Reduce muscle loss

  • Improve post-workout recovery/soreness

  • Enhance fat loss when combined with diet

  • Enhance muscle strength when combined with exercise

  • Increase stamina

The best workout plan for increasing hormones is a combination of weight training and cardio. Additionally, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) releases more of these hormones and raises your levels of human growth hormone (HGH), which regulates body composition. (1, 5)

5. Parathyroid Hormone Could Be Stealing Calcium from Your Bones

You probably already know that having too little calcium in your bones can cause osteoporosis. But did you know that a specific hormone could be stealing calcium from your bones? (1, 6)

Your parathyroid gland, which is located next to your thyroid, produces a hormone that regulates the level of calcium in your bones and blood. If you’re not getting enough calcium from supplements or dietary sources, the parathyroid hormone (PTH) will cause your bones to release calcium into your bloodstream. Once your blood has enough calcium in it, your body will stop producing PTH. Hyperparathyroidism causes your parathyroid to overproduce PTH, eventually causing calcium. It’s common to treat hyperparathyroidism by removing the parathyroid gland. (1, 6)

6. Non-Hormonal Treatments for Menopausal Symptoms

When you think of women’s hormones, menopause quickly comes to mind. It’s the most infamous effect of hormonal changes as women age. (2)

The ovaries start producing less estrogen and testosterone around the time a woman turns 50. The pituitary gland will make more follicle-stimulating hormones to try to make up for those falling hormone levels. These hormonal changes signal the beginning of menopause. (2)

While menopause and its symptoms, such as hot flashes, irritability, and insomnia are normal, they can be uncomfortable.  Many women also experience decreased libido and vaginal dryness which can alter her sex life. These lower estrogen levels can also lead to osteoporosis and a higher risk of bone fractures. (1, 2)

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 At one point, it was common to take a combination of estrogen and progesterone to deal with the symptoms of menopause. But long-term use of this therapy increased the risk of stroke, breast cancer, blood clots, and cardiovascular disease. (2) 

Now, it’s considered safe to use estrogen and progesterone as a short-term treatment for menopause symptoms, but there are also non-hormonal methods available. These are medications that treat symptoms. For example, researchers are studying a neurokinin-3 receptor blocker that would prevent the brain from sparking hot flashes. (1, 2)

You’re probably tired of hearing it, but menopause symptoms are just one of the things that will be improved by leading a healthy lifestyle. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and managing stress will improve several symptoms of menopause. (2)

While hormones are undoubtedly complicated, a little bit of knowledge can go a long way. If you’re concerned that your hormones may be out of balance, call your doctor to see how they can help.

Watch a Video Podcast!

We know that hormones do have an effect on our aging but is it everything?  Is there anything we can do about it?  You can get the answers from Dr. Stephanie Grey in The Hormone Dance to Live and Age Well episode on the Evolving Ageless video podcast You’ll definitely want to check it out!

Every week the Evolving Ageless video podcast takes you into the minds and behind the scenes of doctors, clinicians and many other experts in the health and beauty field – covering a variety of topics specifically for women! Don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode!

Sources

  1. https://www.prevention.com/health/a31672318/female-hormones/
  2. https://www.rush.edu/health-wellness/discover-health/hormones-you-age
  3. https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/what-is-cortisol#1
  4. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pcos/symptoms-causes/syc-20353439#:~:text=Polycystic%20ovary%20syndrome%20(PCOS)%20is,fail%20to%20regularly%20release%20eggs.
  5. https://www.piedmont.org/living-better/how-exercise-helps-balance-hormones
  6. https://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/parathyroid-and-osteoporosis-connection#1

How A Morning Routine Can Boost Your Health

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How A Morning Routine Can Boost Your Health

Did you know that your morning routine can significantly impact your overall wellbeing? Whether you’re dragging your body out of bed at 11:00 am or popping up cheerfully at the crack of dawn, the way you wake up sets the tone for your entire day. By taking a closer look at your morning habits, you can take better control of your health with a few simple adjustments.

It’s no secret that most of us lead very busy lives. Rushing out of the house to work or wrangling the kids for school can leave us with scarcely a moment to breathe. Is creating a morning routine, then, even feasible or worthwhile? The answer is a resounding yes, and here are 3 major reasons why.

Why Do You Need A Morning Routine?

A morning routine affects more aspects of your life than you may realize. If you find yourself dragging by the end of the day, frazzled at work, or generally stressed out, the culprit may be the way you start your day. Here are some reasons why establishing a healthy morning routine is so important–and how to do it.

1. To Increase Productivity

The age-old concept of “waking up on the wrong side of the bed” is not without merit. Have you ever hit the snooze button too many times and woke up late? Can you recall the mad scramble to get to work on time, and the way it seemed to impact your entire day? That’s because the way you start your morning can affect your productivity and performance.

A routine is something we do regularly until it becomes almost automatic. When you have a healthy morning routine, you’ll be better prepared to face the tasks ahead. Since waking up is a gradual process, you’re not likely to be at peak performance if you woke up 5 minutes before hurriedly heading into work. You’ll be sluggish, tired, and probably pretty cranky. (1)

waking up on the wrong side of the bed


How To Do It

A great way to create a productive morning routine is to start with your wakeup time. If you’re the type who’s always running late, you may need more time to become alert and alive in the morning. Gradually set your alarm clock earlier by 15-minute increments every day until your body gets used to it. Move your alarm clock across the room so you’ll have to get up to turn it off. 

With the extra time you create–even if only 30 minutes or an hour–you can then establish new healthy routines. Instead of grabbing a drive-thru breakfast, try making yourself a balanced meal that you’ll look forward to waking up for. Take a few minutes to write down your intentions for the day or a to-do list of goals to accomplish. These simple tricks will get you in a productive mindset, creating concrete tasks for your brain to accomplish. Accomplishing them will feel like a reward in of itself, fueling feel-good feelings throughout your day and week. (2)

2. For Your Physical Health

Stress wreaks havoc on the body. The fight-or-flight instinct triggers a cascade of physical reactions that impact everything from your mood to vital organs like your heart, lungs, and muscles. It’s easy to see that waking up in a panic is not the right way to start the day.

When you don’t have a morning routine, it’s difficult to consistently put healthy habits in place. The stress hormone, cortisol, is especially damaging to the body and can cause you to put on excess weight. Carrying more weight can, in turn, lead to additional health problems and an overall feeling of low energy. On the other hand, a healthy morning routine can revitalize you. It’s a positive conclusion to a restful night’s sleep, allowing you to feel in control and prepared.  Even by implementing a few small changes, you can dramatically lower your stress levels. (3)

Supplements are a great support to any healthy lifestyle. Establishing a routine of taking a vitamin at the same time every day will form a healthy habit. It will also help you get the most out of your vitamin supplement. AgelessLX is a wonderful addition to your daily routine. With over 90 clinical studies and 5 US Patents, it has the muscle-building power of HMB which helps you to look and feel ageless! The impact of age related muscle loss affects every cell in the human body. Through improving strength and endurance, HMB promotes energy and stamina so you can stay active and accomplish more throughout the day!

AgelessLX is proven to:

  • Reduce muscle loss
  • Improve post-workout recovery/soreness
  • Enhance fat loss when combined with diet
  • Enhance muscle strength when combined with exercise
  • Increase stamina 

How To Do It

As we already discussed, setting a wakeup time and sticking to it is essential. After that, what you eat and whether you move in the morning can greatly impact your health. Exercising for at least 10 minutes, for example, releases a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps with self-control and energy levels.

Taking the time to eat a healthy breakfast should also be an essential part of your morning routine. You’ll be less likely to feel the midday slump and should still have some energy reserves after work to accomplish tasks at home. (4)

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3. For Your Mental And Emotional Wellbeing

A stressful start to the day doesn’t just impact our physical health. Our mental and emotional wellbeing and stability will flourish when we eliminate as much chaos in our lives as possible. What you do when you wake up can have a huge impact on your mind and emotional state.

Mental stress and emotional fatigue can also affect our relationships at work and at home. We may struggle to maintain healthy sleep patterns, which will have a domino effect on our morning routine. Feeling overwhelmed, sad, anxious, and stressed will bleed into every other area of our lives. Having a healthy morning routine, though, can help mitigate negative feelings.

How To Do It

Take time in the morning to think about positive, peaceful things. Deep breathing exercises, prayer, and practicing stillness can ground you in the moment and help relieve stress. It will also prevent you from immediately rushing to your tasks and creating a feeling of panic.

You can also review your day at night, seeing where you need to make adjustments. This will set you up for the next morning, giving you a positive outlook and a sense of intentionality to your days. All of these things help create a positive, peaceful feeling in the mind and heart. (1)

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It’s Okay If You’re Not A Morning Person

Some people are adept at implementing healthy morning routines. Many of us, though, are not. It’s important to remember that it’s okay not to be a morning person! Even if sunrise isn’t your thing, you can still implement these changes gradually and adapt them in a way that works for you. The important thing to remember is to be consistent until the changes become second nature.

As you develop your morning routine and add new practices, be adaptable and flexible with yourself. Change takes time. Even if it’s difficult for you to create your new routine, know that the benefits will ultimately outweigh any difficulties you encounter. (1)

Watch a Video Podcast!

Morning routines are one of the best ways to manage stress. When we have a consistent plan to start our day everything always falls into place. Did you know that stress has a huge impact on how we age?  Check out our Evolving Ageless video podcast episode Managing our Stress by Reclaiming our Self-Respect with Brodie Welch. You’ll definitely want to check it out!

Every week the Evolving Ageless video podcast takes you into the minds and behind the scenes of doctors, clinicians and many other experts in the health and beauty field – covering a variety of topics specifically for women! Don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode! 

Sources

  1. https://www.verywellmind.com/morning-routine-4174576
  2. https://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/the-ultimate-guide-your-most-productive-morning-ever.html
  3. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-relationships/201407/the-physical-dangers-stress
  4. https://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2015/12/15/11-tweaks-to-your-morning-routine-will-make-your-entire-day-more-productive/#218da2a2465f

When Skinny Fat Is A Sign: What You Need To Know About Sarcopenia

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When Skinny Fat Is A Sign: What You Need To Know About Sarcopenia

As we begin to experience the signs of aging, doesn’t it seem like there’s a snowball effect to it? You suffer an illness that takes away your mobility for a little while, then you don’t get back into exercise. Soon, your joints suffer and then one winter it’s a tumble on the ice and BAM! Hip replacement city. Yes, the snowball effect is hard to ignore. 

Sarcopenia is considered a natural part of aging, but one that can also hasten the process. It can start the snowball rolling. But what is it, exactly? And is there any way to stop it, or slow it? 

The short answer is YES, sarcopenia doesn’t have to be a part of YOUR aging.

Sarcopenia is, at the bottom of it all, muscle loss that’s associated with aging. It’s a fact of life that as we age, we lose muscle mass. This is unfortunately how it goes as mere mortals, and it has to do with the build-up and tear-down processes that your muscles naturally go through. (1)  This is where AgelessLX can provide support!  A key ingredient found in AgelessLX, Calcium HMB, has been clinically proven to protect bones and reduce muscle loss – things that many of us experience as we age.

It’s likely you’re familiar with metabolism… your body’s ability to assimilate food into fuel. Sarcopenia touches on other “isms”: anabolism and catabolism. These ‘isms’ are your body’s processes for muscle build-up and tear-down, and they get wonky as we age. Anabolism, as you might expect if you’ve heard of anabolic steroids, is the process of build-up. Catabolism, like a cataclysmic event, is the break-down.

What exactly happens with Sarcopenia? It is oversimplifying things to blame it solely on the body’s ability to break down muscle by overriding its ability to build muscle.  

This is exactly why we created AgelessLXIn addition to supporting muscle mass, the ingredients found in AgelessLX boosts energy, increases endurance, and eliminates fine lines and wrinkles.

As we age, a host of factors come into play, including hormone changes and revised dietary needs. Even our propensity to be more sedentary can start that snowball effect. 

Bodies in motion, do tend to stay in motion and bodies at rest… well, you know how the saying goes.

Diet

Eat as well as you possibly can. Consume only the best sources of natural protein, such as those found in wild salmon, quinoa, and raw nuts. Look for clean sources of protein, no fatty, salty meats. Sorry, salami. Not today. (4) 

Eat lots of nutritious, whole fruits and veggies; think of giving your body only things it can really use. Consume natural foods it can pull lots of good stuff from. Always remember: as we age, we change. Our hormone levels, and our ability to assimilate and hold vitamins and minerals changes too. You can’t necessarily know what is changing and where. But you can assist your body as it ages by doing your best to get the good stuff in, and keep the bad stuff out.

Supplements are a great idea too. As we age, our bodies don’t utilize vitamins and minerals as they once did. So it’s a great idea to lend a helping hand with an extra boost of Vitamin D, Vitamin k2 and HMB which are all ingredients you will find in AgelessLX!  These not only will help to maintain the muscle you have but will also aid in building muscle! As an additional support, AgelessLX will also help protect bone, joint, brain and heart health!

 

Exercise

Women, particularly around middle age and menopause, tend to struggle with weight. We often go to great lengths to be thin, but our efforts may be doing more harm than good. With that said, keeping your body moving is absolutely vital for aging gracefully. You can get some really great tips on The Ideal Workout for Women over 40 podcast!  Find this and other great episodes at evolvingageless.com.

So Rule #1 when exercising is to pick something you’ll actually do. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t do it. Your NordicTrack knows what I’m saying. Weightlifting and yoga are two great options for maintaining muscle mass and improving balance, two things that become crucial as we age. The aftermath of slipping on the ice is a completely different ballgame when your body is in good condition. The stronger your muscles and the healthier your joints, (AgelessLX supports these!) the more agile your whole self is. 

No, aging isn’t the most comfortable thing. But it can be a very valuable experience, and certainly, your participation is key. 

Approach it with an informed perspective, and you’ll really be giving Father Time a run for his money, no matter what snowball fight he starts with you.  

Adding AgelessLX to your daily regime will enhance and improve your overall well being and even help to slow down the aging process! With consistent use, most women see and feel results in just 2-3 weeks. With over 90 clinical trials and 5 patents, AgelessLX is proven to:

 

  • Reduce muscle loss
  • Enhance muscle strength when combined with exercise
  • Increase stamina
  • Improve bone and joint health
  • Stronger Hair and Nails
 

Check out our science page at AgelessLX.com/science to learn more about our 5 patents and over 90 clinical studies.  

 

Want to learn more on how you can #LiveAgeless?  AgelessLX allows you to retain your muscle while building more. It also burns more fat than diet and exercise alone, it boosts energy, it gives your skin a tight glow and strengthens hair and nails in women of all ages! You can try AgelessLX risk-free with our 30 day money back guarantee! 

Be sure to also check out evolvingageless.com for our weekly podcasts where you can go inside the minds and behind the scenes with trusted doctors, nutrition, beauty experts and more!  We are on a mission to change the way women age.  Join us and #LiveAgeless!

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Can You Boost Your Metabolism for Weight Loss?

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Can You Boost Your Metabolism for Weight Loss?

It happens to the best of us. Sometimes, even if you’re active and eating pretty healthy, weight just appears on your body as you get older. And like many people, you probably feel frustrated and are looking for ways to lose that weight.

“Metabolism” is a big buzz word that comes to mind when we talk about weight loss. There are numerous articles out there with catchy headlines like “10 Ways to Rev Up Your Metabolism” or “The 6 Best Foods to Eat to Boost Metabolism”. It’s easy to get caught up in these tips and tricks when you want to drop a few pounds. But can you actually speed up your metabolism in order to lose weight?

Understanding Metabolism

Metabolism is generally misunderstood, probably because of all of those articles just begging us to click on them. And it’s not just misunderstood by the average person; scientists don’t fully understand metabolism either. (1)

When we offer metabolism-boosting tips like “drink green tea” or “take this supplement”, we operate as though metabolism is something simple that we can control. But it’s actually a lot more complicated than that.

Metabolism is present in every cell of your body. It is a series of chemical reactions that convert that calories you eat into fuel to keep you functioning. The way your body uses that fuel may also be somewhat surprising. (1)

How You Burn Energy

Your body burns energy in three major ways every day:

  1. your basal metabolism, which is the energy used to fuel your body’s basic functioning while you’re at rest. Half of this energy goes to your body’s major organs, the brain, heart, liver, and kidneys. The other half goes to the muscles, fat, and digestive system.
  2. the energy you use to break down food
  3. the energy you use for physical activity (1) 
Your basal metabolism, the energy your body uses while at rest, accounts for most of the calories your body burns each day. In fact, it accounts for 60 to 80% of your daily calories burned. For the average person, physical activity uses only 10 to 30% of the calories used each day. And the last 10% of energy goes to digesting food. (1)

Everyone’s Body Is Different

One thing researchers don’t understand is why metabolism varies so much between people. Two people with the same body weight and composition can have vastly different metabolisms. (1)

However, scientists have found some factors that help decide how fast your metabolism will be. They include:

  • lean muscle – Lean muscle burns more calories at rest than fat does, so people with more lean muscle have a higher basal metabolism.
  • age – Even if the amount of fat and muscle tissue you have stays the same, your metabolism declines as you age, starting at 18. Researchers are not sure why this is the case, but they do know that it happens.
  • sex – Women burn fewer calories than men with similar body composition, no matter their age.
  • genetics – Some families tend to have higher or lower metabolic rates, although this is another factor that scientists don’t know the reason behind. (1)

Can You Really Speed Up Your Metabolism?

With all of that information about metabolism, we come back to this question: Can you speed up your metabolism to lose weight?

The attention-getting headlines promising you the best foods to speed up your metabolism are wrong. There’s not a food, dietary supplement, or specific diet that will boost your metabolism. While some foods, like coffee and chili, do speed up your basal metabolism a bit, the amount of change is so slight and brief that it doesn’t lead to weight loss. (1)

While that might be discouraging, don’t despair. There are a few things that you can do to increase your metabolism and help you lose weight and keep it off for the long-term.

Build Lean Muscle

Building muscle is one of the most effective ways to speed up your metabolism. Muscle uses more energy than fat while your body is at rest, so having more lean muscle boosts your basal metabolism, which accounts for most of the calories you use in a day. (1)

To build lean muscle, try to engage in two or three strength building workouts each week. While your mind might immediately go to weight lifting when you think about building muscle, you can also build lean muscle through bodyweight exercises and high intensity interval training (HIIT). Taking a power yoga class can also help you build lean muscle, as many yoga poses are actually bodyweight exercises. (2)

The more lean muscle you build, the more calories you will burn while at rest. If your goal is to lose weight, make sure that you don’t increase the number of calories you eat. (1)

Avoid Crash Dieting

Crash dieting, where you lose a large amount of weight over a short period of time, actually slows your metabolism down long-term. This makes it harder to keep the weight off. And even if you regain that weight, your metabolism may remain slower than would be expected for someone of your weight. (1)

Instead of overly restricting your caloric intake, find a diet that will work for you for the long-term. It’s better to lose weight slowly and be able to keep it off than to drop pounds quickly only to regain them because a diet isn’t sustainable.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep deprivation is linked to obesity and diabetes. It alters glucose metabolism, as well as the hormones that regulate metabolism. (3)

If you’re having trouble getting a good night of sleep, try setting up a nighttime routine where you go to bed at the same time every night so your body knows what to expect. It’s also helpful to limit your exposure to blue light from smartphones and computers in the evening. Try to put your phone away an hour before bed. If you have to use your phone or computer late in the evening, wear blue light blocking glasses. (4)

While speeding up your metabolism isn’t as simple as some articles may suggest, it’s still possible. Focus on making long-term, sustainable changes in order to increase your metabolism and lose weight.

Sources:

  1. https://www.vox.com/2016/5/18/11685254/metabolism-definition-booster-weight-loss
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise/how-to-build-lean-muscle#4-ways-to-build-muscle
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2929498/
  4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/17-tips-to-sleep-better

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The Best-Kept Secret Of Aging Gracefully And Avoiding Wrinkles

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Wrinkles, unlike diamonds,
are not a girl’s best friend.

It seems like once you notice a little laugh line here or a crow’s foot there, they start popping up everywhere. Wrinkles are a natural byproduct of aging, a rite of passage, you may say. Indeed, in many ways, they are like a badge of honor.

They’re a sign that you’ve been places and done things, and that’s all well and good. But this is the era of 40 being the new 20 and looking in the mirror to find a wrinkled face staring back at you can be a harsh reality.

But knowledge is power! And while you can’t totally erase your wrinkles, you really can minimize their appearance. The key is, as always, to take care of yourself and to do good things for your aging skin. Give it what it needs, and treat it well.

And although you’re not going to Benjamin Button your face overnight, the visible signs of aging are really a reflection of what’s going on INSIDE your body. That’s why creams, serums and other topical skin care, can have a minimal effect on your skin’s appearance, tending to specific aspects of your health can have a much larger impact!

Free Radicals + Oxidative Stress = Wrinkles

Your skin has been with you your whole life, and yet it is constantly renewing itself too. You are comprised of billions of cells, constantly breaking down and rebuilding. Every part of you goes through a total metamorphosis every 7 or so years. So really, it’s more accurate to say that you’ve been covered in skin your whole life.

The skin you’re in is just not the same skin you were born with. It has literally been made new, over and over. It’s incredible. Your body is a wonderland, girl, that’s not just a thing John Mayer says… it’s bonafide fact.

The thing is, with all the renewing and changing, on a cellular level, it doesn’t always go smoothly. Cells don’t always make a perfect copy of themselves like they’re supposed to. One part’s a little shorter this time than it was before. Oxidative stress made a mess of that copy. Over time, environmental factors like air pollution take an even bigger toll.

When you slice open an apple and walk away for a few minutes only to return to a brown apple, you’ve just witnessed ‘oxidation’. The sugar in the apple reactions with oxygen in the air to cause, get this…AGING!

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When metal is exposed to air, it also oxidizes. The rust you see is the equivalent of aging. Although that worn, colorful patina can usually fetch at a higher price at the Farmer’s Market, it’s a sign of degeneration and aging. Something similar happens to your cells, and that’s what oxidation is all about.

Back to the whole bit about your body being a wonderland, every time you breathe, your body is being fed. It receives that life-giving oxygen, and it uses it as fuel to renew cells and keep you in top shape.

But on occasion, that process doesn’t go exactly as planned, and free radicals are a byproduct of that little ‘oopsie’. What’s a free radical? It’s a molecule in search of its perfect match, but it’ll pair up with anyone. And that, just as in real-life relationships, is the wrong thing to do.

The pairing will work for a time, but it will be unhealthy and stressful. Too many free radicals result in oxidative stress, the rusting of your cells, and that, my friend, is how wrinkles are made.

Diet + Lifestyle Changes = Fewer Wrinkles

“So, wrinkles are caused just by breathing?” Well, when you put it like that, it sounds so wrong! They’re also caused by EATING. You’re welcome. 

Really, free radicals are just a part of life. So before you go trying to eradicate every little one, get a grip!

There are many things you can do to help avoid wrinkles, and every one of them has to do with being kind to yourself.

  • Don’t smoke.
  • Never drink alcohol to excess, or better yet, avoid it altogether.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, mostly plants. If you do eat meat, make sure it is from happy animals who had a good run in life. Don’t char it, and don’t char your vegetables either. The black stuff that is produced when you char your food is unfit for human consumption and a free radical factory!

Foods that are high in antioxidants are your best friend. Leafy greens, carrots, berries, and nuts are all great examples of foods that will help combat the signs of oxidative stress. Anti-oxidants. It’s right there in the name.

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It’s important to take great care of yourself, in order to age gracefully. Very true. But it’s worth mentioning that the aging process has so much strength and beauty built right into it. Aging offers dignity. Markers in time to ensure you’re always growing and learning, always evolving. You’re beautiful, friend, believe that. Wrinkles included.

Many of the ingredients in AgelessLX® act as antioxidants in the body, circulating to keep that perfect balance to avoid tipping into oxidative stress. AgelessLX® prevents muscle loss and increases muscle mass so you can burn off that glucose before it has a chance to oxidize it’s way into your wrinkles.

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You can also join the Ageless Transformations Health Reset Challenge and link arms with clinical experts in age-reversing science as they guide you through customizing your anti-aging nutrition plan, daily workouts to keep it fresh and fun and the community to realize your ability to reverse signs of aging and defy the clock.

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