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Elixir of life

health-and-fitness Updated: May 05, 2008 19:28 IST
Dr Anjali Mukherjee
Dr Anjali Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
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Everyone wishes they could look young forever — you might yourself have often wished for a ‘magic pill’ that could halt disease, wrinkles, and all the other normal processes of ageing.

In recent times, anti-ageing or antioxidant therapy, that claims to be able to do this, has become extremely popular.

Of thin skin and grey hair
It takes just one damaged cell to trigger the process of ageing. Antioxidant therapy basically works at protecting individual cells of the body and keeping them young and healthy. <b1>

As we age, our bodies undergo many gradual changes—our skin becomes thinner, our major organs work slower and our hormone levels and resistance to diseases begin to decline.

Anti-ageing therapy works by first understanding how the various systems in your body are handling the ageing process and then deciding on a regimen that will suit you best. This differs from person to person because ageing occurs at a different pace for everyone.

Do or diet
Diet plays a crucial role in the anti-ageing process.

If you have any nutritional deficiencies or hormonal imbalances, dietary changes are suggested for you, in addition to your nutrition programme, which will consist primarily of antioxidant vitamins, minerals and herbs.

You will also be advised to exercise, as regular exercise helps improve blood circulation, metabolismand keeps all body parts in good health. Remember,what goes into your body shows up in your appearance.

You can slow down the pace at which you age. Making certain dietary rules a part of your lifestyle can help you in this. Water is one thing that your body needs to perform biochemical processes that make your skin clear, bright and beautiful.

This powerful and easy-to access-nutrient will help you to take a few years off your appearance in no time.Learn tomake your diet themost important part of your anti-ageing prgramme.

Eat the freshest possible fruits and vegetables, combined with low- fat sources of protein and lots of fibre and some amount of complex carbohydrate.

A diet that’s rich in proteins and essential fatty acids helps to reduce inflammation, lowers your blood sugar and keeps your skin radiant and healthy.

Some proteins a day will keep mood swings at bay
Protein is absolutely essential for repairing the damage done by free radicals.

Lack of protein prevents cellular repair and makes you age faster. What’s more, it also has a positive effect on your moods and prevents mood swings. Include plenty of antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, Coenzyme-Q and alpha lipoic acid in your diet, as these improve gum health and make your teeth strong and healthy.

You can never truly do an anti-ageing programme unless you get plenty of rest and at least five days of moderate exercise in aweek. While it is unrealistic to hope to remain young forever, a few dietary changes can stagger the process of ageing by a few years.

(Dr AnjaliMukerjee is a nutritionist and founder of Health Total, a counselling centre. Direct your queries to query@health-total.com )