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health-and-fitness Updated: Mar 16, 2009 17:42 IST
Shikha Sharma
Shikha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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For those of us who want to look young forever, there are many products and therapies that can help. The basis of anti-ageing includes the following: detoxification, therapies for body and skin and rejuvenating nutrition and skincare. All these steps are most essential for slowing down the ageing process, because without detoxification the other two treatments do not work.

Ageing takes place due to many processes happening in our bodies. The first is a person’s genetic clock: deficiencies created over time deprive the cells in our bodies of essential nutrition and they begin to die out earlier or they begin to underperform, leading to ageing. The areas of the body that first begin to reflect signs of ageing are high-exposure or high-function areas like the skin (especially the skin on the face and hands), hair, muscles and the functioning of the liver.

As we go through life, the build-up of toxins in the body and the effects of stress on one’s system accelerate ageing. Early graying of hair, loose muscles, dry and pigmented skin, weak bones and low reserves of energy make their presence felt. Ageing depends on one’s genes, environmental stress and proper nutrition. Since we cannot change our genes, anyone looking to reverse the ageing process must focus on lowering stress levels, improving nutrition and altering one’s lifestyle.

Detoxification is the first and most important step because before beginning any rejuvenation programme, one has to remove all existing toxins from one’s system. Toxins are accumulated in a person’s body over a period of time. The many chemicals we consume over a period of time begin to slow down the super cleaner of the body – the liver. As the liver slows down, typical symptoms begin to appear: baggy eyes, skin pigmentation, loose skin, reduced facial glow, water retention, cellulite and fluctuations in energy levels.

Cleaning out the liver involves following a particular diet plan along with certain body therapies. The eating plan rests the liver while simultaneously nourishing it. The therapies give the skin an opportunity to flush out toxins (the skin is one of the largest organs of excretion), while the kidneys assist the process by eliminating toxins via the route of urine. The intestines also assist in flushing out toxins.