Aging Gracefully and Naturally
A look at how - and if - we can delay aging, naturally.
Miracle of Magnesium?
"This mineral is so important for our energy system,
nervous system, heart, and blood sugar control and all diagnoses and symptoms
we get as we get older that it should be an integral part of a longevity
program," says alternative medicine expert Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, author of
several books including The Miracle of Magnesium.
The recommended daily allowance is about 300 to 400 mg for men
and women, but Dean says we may even need more since magnesium is difficult to
absorb. Absorption also tends to decrease with age.
Boost your magnesium and here's what you can expect:
"Within a couple of days, your energy picks up, your bowel
movements are better, and your skin and libido will improve," she says.
"When I look at all the different conditions that magnesium can be involved
with treating, I am not surprised at the amazing results. Vitamins and minerals
are absolutely required to run the body."
Magnesium-rich foods include brown rice, wheat bran, wheat
germ, almonds, and peanuts. If you choose supplements, follow dosing
instructions on label.
The fountain of youth may be located in the deep sea, says
"Certain ways of eating cause a subclinical inflammation
that leads to all types of problems from accelerated wrinkling and heart
disease to Alzheimer's disease and certain cancers," he tells WebMD. But
"fruits, vegetables, and lots of cold-water fish like salmon reduce
inflammation on a cellular level."
What's more, "we know that if we eat anything that causes
rapid rise in blood sugar, you get a burst of inflammation on a cellular
level," he says.
Try the three-day nutritional facelift, Perricone suggests.
For lunch and dinner, eat a green salad (making a dressing out
of olive oil and lemon juice), 3 oz of broiled salmon or another cold-water
fish such as tuna and mackerel, and strawberries, raspberries, and/or
blueberries for dessert.
Fatty fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and a deficiency of
omega-3 has been linked to an array of diseases as well as premature aging of
the skin, he says.
Also, drink 8-10 glasses of water a day to keep skin hydrated
and supple, he says.
"You will see a difference in as little as three days,"
he says, starting with "a radiant glow, puffiness diminished, and your skin
will look more toned. You will see changes in cholesterol levels as your good
cholesterol goes up and your blood pressure returns to a normal level. [And]
you will have more energy and elevated moods."
Too fishy for you? Take fish oil capsules instead.
Chill Without a Pill
Transcendental meditation is becoming so mainstream in the U.S.
these days that it is popping up in schools, hospitals, law firms, government
and corporate offices, and prisons. In fact, one study done with researchers
from the Orentreich Foundation for the Advancement of Science in Cold
Spring-on-Hudson, N.Y, suggests people who meditate regularly have levels of an
age-related hormone that is comparable to their nonmeditating counterparts who
are five to 10 years younger. And a growing body of evidence suggests that
transcendental meditation also helps lower blood pressure and reduces the risk
of heart attack and stroke.
Transcendental meditation involves sitting with eyes closed and
thinking of "a meaningless sound" (mantra) for 20 minutes a day.