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Ways to reverse ageing, naturally

Ageing is a part of life, yet no one wants to age before time. Fortunately, ayurveda has many procedures, nutrition plans and herbs to delay the signs of ageing and keep the body youthful. Shikha Sharma writes...

brunch Updated: Mar 03, 2012 20:13 IST
Shikha Sharma

A geing is a part of life, yet no one wants to age before time. Fortunately, ayurveda has many procedures, nutrition plans and herbs to delay the signs of ageing and keep the body youthful.

Nutrition
Foods have different effects on the body. Some can have an inflammatory effect which causes the body to age and develop disorders. The second type of foods gives energy and some degree of regeneration. But it is not very effective, and hence ageing continues. The special third kind of foods (coupled with therapies) slows down ageing.

NutsFoods that cause accelerated ageing: Sugar, refined foods like maida, cornflour, sooji, other refined carbohydrates, alcohol, too much salt, dairy products with oxytocin, non-vegetarian foods, fried foods, and packaged foods. Certain lifestyle traits such as sleep deprivation and stress result in ageing.

Nutrition for rejuvenation
The foods that aid in slowing down ageing work by replacing old cells with better cells. These include all foods that are highly alkaline in nature after digestion. Some examples of such foods are:

Herbal plants: Aloe vera juice, amla juice, seabuckthorn, rhododendron, barley grass juice, wheat grass juice, harar.
Spices and condiments: Ginger, cinnamon, saunf, elachi and cumin seeds.
Seeds and nuts: Flaxseed, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pinenuts.
General foods: Mung and wheat sprouts, fruits, vegetable juices. Foods that are free of preservatives and organically grown.
Meal times: Fixed meal times should be followed. Ideally between 7 am and 6 pm.
Seasonal foods: Try to avoid non-seasonal foods.
Food combinations: Certain food combinations produce toxins and should be avoided, such as dairy and fruits, fruits and cereals, melons and citrus fruits and non-vegetarian food and fruits.
(To be continued)

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