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HindustanTimes Wed,27 Aug 2014

Natural ways to prevent premature ageing

IANS  London, May 16, 2014
First Published: 18:19 IST(16/5/2014) | Last Updated: 16:46 IST(17/5/2014)

Ageing begins from when a child is born. However, there are other factors that can lead to premature ageing, including the usage of incorrect skincare products and gorging on unhealthy foods. One can achieve a perfect skin by including turmeric, ginger and green leafy vegetables in the food intake, says an expert.

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Speaking at the Anti-Ageing Health and Beauty show, held at the London Olympia recently, Geraldine McCulgan of the College of Naturopathic Medicine said, "What you eat today... you wear tomorrow."

The beauty therapist shared some helpful tips on natural choices for anti-ageing and the small changes that one can effect in one's lifestyle to help slow down ageing.

Accelerating ageing is affected by the following
Glycation (the process of sugar and it affects joints) 
Inflammation
Lack of nutrients
Overload of toxins
Free radical damages
Stress
Loss of ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) which regulates cellular energy
Lack of oil and water

Read: Wonder ways to slow down ageing

So if you want to slow down ageing, McCulgan recommends following a diet made up of whole grains, vegetables, legumes, mild-sweet and non-sweet fruits. One can also try the following things:

Avoid refined sugar
Eat protein with every meal
Swap refined sugar products with wholegrain alternatives
Eat plenty of fibre rich vegetables
Include cinnamon - lowers blood sugar levels
Consult the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale - which identifies the anti-oxidants in foods

Read: Household bleach: the latest anti-ageing remedy?

Inflammation is behind many degenerative diseases, so here we have some advice from Geraldine on how to reduce it:

Eat organic
Turmeric
Ginger
Green leafy vegetables
Fermented foods
Acid/Alkaline balancing
Omega 3 fatty acids

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