Anti-Aging really depends on how well your body is able to heal itself through-out your life. You are only as young as your body heals. It’s really not time that ages you, but rather a lack of true nourishment on all levels; mind, body and soul. A healthy mind experiences calm and peace, is constructive, sustains healthy relationships and remains motivated to seek purpose. An enlightened spirit is open, content, trusting, feels grateful, positive and has faith and trust in the higher purpose. The body is well when exuding abundant energy and feeling strong. It’s important to choose activities, foods, thoughts and people that truly nourish these levels. The speed at which we heal is directly linked to the quality of our lifestyle choices. When you look in the mirror and see an aged reflection looking back at you, what you see is the result of what is happening inside of your body.
The great news is that your body is forgiving and renewable. The best help you can give your body is to ensure your cells receive all the nutrients essential to cellular health, including antioxidants. An antioxidant is any substance that reduces, neutralizes, or prevents damage due to oxidative stress caused by free radicals in the body. A variety of antioxidants are commonly illustrated by the vast colors of fruits and vegetables. They are able to neutralize unstable free radicals by donating one of their own electrons to stabilize the free radical, thereby allowing healing to occur.
A free radical is a single atom, or group of atoms, that has at least one unpaired electron making it unstable and highly reactive, causing it to attack molecules by capturing electrons and then modifying chemical structures. Free radicals damage cells. This accelerates dis-ease and creates the illusion of aging by breaking down your collagen. Free radicals come from both internal and external sources. Within us they come as natural by-products of ongoing biochemical reactions occurring in our normal metabolic functions, as well as in our detoxification processes and immune system defence. Externally we are exposed to substances that contribute to creating free radicals in our body such as drugs (prescription, over the counter and recreational) smoke, tobacco, fried foods, plastics, UV rays, air pollutants, pesticides, radiation, and alcohol to name a few.
In society we often equate aging to our skin. Free radicals wreak havoc on our skin resulting in diminished elasticity, uneven skin tone, age spots and wrinkles. Emotionally, when we “worry ourselves to wrinkles” we age more rapidly by creating free radical damage. This just goes to show that free radicals are not created on purely the physical level, it is very important to also mind our thoughts. Expensive creams are not the answer because they do not repair the internal cellular damage.
Glutathione (GSH) is the Mama-bear of all antioxidants. It is actually produced in the body by our cells. I came across this major anti-oxidant when I was researching a particular dis-ease last year and it has continually blown me away. Not only has it been pivotal in my own healing, but also has had off the charts miraculous results in typically “un-curable” dis-eases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes and even autism. It works directly in the neutralization of free radicals, reactive oxygen compounds and maintains antioxidants such as vitamins C and E in their active forms. Glutathione plays a role in the detoxification of many foreign compounds, is an essential component of the human immune response and can slow down the aging process.
Vegetables and fruits are nature’s gift to the human body and we need to eat them raw. While Glutathione does decrease with age, eating raw broccoli, avocado, asparagus, and spinach is known to boost glutathione levels.
Upon researching, I came across Glutathione on the internet in capsules, pills and in powder form but it’s important to note that these don’t really work because in order for the body to make Glutathione (remember it is only made IN the body) it requires the exact chemical nutrient precursors combined inside the body. These precursors are the 3 amino acids cysteine, glutamic acid and glycine. Undenatured whey protein is one of the best precursors (building blocks) of Glutathione.
As important as it is to nourish ourselves on a cellular level with glutathione, healing is also about letting go. It’s not just what you add, it’s equally about what you remove, like negative thoughts and attitudes, old behaviour patterns, food choices, unhealthy relationships, unconstructive habits, stress, toxins, inflammation and so on. Our health and how well we age is relative to the person we are today, the sum total of all of our experiences in every area- physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, stress, age, attitude and gratitude.
All the activities in your life including eating, sleeping, conflict, love, attitude, stress and most of all gratitude- all effect how your genes will be expressed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
C S Bromley is a Holistic Beauty & Physical Well-being Specialist and WBFF Bikini Pro. Her passion is to help women take control of their bodies, minds and spirits, and create balance and harmony in all aspects of their lives. With emphasis on beauty being that of self-love and her life-long passion for fitness and the healing arts, C S Bromley wants to empower women to sparkle by making lifestyle changes necessary for their best possible health & happiness.
C S Bromley has authored Conscious Living and Be-U-ty. She is also active in working with and fundraising for orphanages, schools and non-profits globally that support children affected by illness and/or poverty.