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5 Foods Which Can Make You Look And Feel Older Than You Are

5 Foods Which Can Make You Look And Feel Older Than You Are

What You Eat And Drink Can Affect How You Look And Feel

In an age where food really matters, there are specific kinds of foods that contain specific kinds of ingredients that will do your body only harm should you continue to consume them on daily basis.

We can no longer ignore what we eat as it endangers our health and ages us faster than we can blink. By eliminating these foods or bringing the intake to a minimum we will be able to not only see the waistlines shrinking but also find ourselves looking and feeling a whole lot better overall.

What is the secret to staying “Forever young”? Let’s get to it and see what needs to be altered from our daily diet.

1. Hydrogenated Oils or Trans Fats

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    Seriously, these components have swallowed up America whole with practically contaminating everything from cookies to fried foods to “healthy” snacks, you name it—it’s probably there.

    These oils turn into an unhealthy fat storage, or trans fats, and have been long linked as a direct contributor to heart disease and obesity rates in this country. Nonetheless, people continue to choose foods that they are used to because old habits die-hard, it is comforting, and most, cost less.

    So how many potato chips can you eat or baked goods, or your favorite snacks? Well turns out that if you read the label and the trans fat IN A SERVING is less than 0.5 grams, the actual food label will read ZERO trans fat, according with the Mayo Clinic.

    Therefore, if the ingredient states partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated-anything-oil you should know to either not eat it or limit the intake.

    Hello cholesterol hike! Remember Margarine verses Butter?

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    We have been fed with nonsense for over forty years, and if you cannot do without a taste of butter always choose butter over margarine.

    Assistant Professor of medicine Timothy Harlan, M.D. at Tulane University School of Medicine said that trans fat cases inflammation, and he explained that aging a “chronic inflammatory state” in itself, and reassured that one can look older by consuming trans fats regularly.

    Back to butter–trans fat intake is 3.3 g verses 15 g that is in margarine. The “bad” fats will cause obesity, spikes in cholesterol and high blood pressure.

    Through these health problems alone a person is bound to age faster. The FDA had finally recognized that hydrogenated oils are not safe for consumption…Really? Thanks, it’s been a while, let me get my arteries cleaned up here…

    Bottom line is–read your labels, and change your habits or it will not be the only thing that will be dying pretty hard here…

    2. High fructose corn syrup or HFCS

      We ARE going here! This GMO (Generically Modified Organism) ingredient is literally pushed in to everything that we eat.

      The heavy consumption of HFCS causes obesity, liver failure, heart disease, tooth decay…shall I keep going? Listen, if you want more sugar I’d rather have you eat apples all day long and dark chocolate. The HFCS is toxic to your body, there is really zero benefits in it but gazillion damages.

      Sodas, and all kinds of non-organic drinks contain it, so do your cookies, jams and almost anything out there that is why reading your labels is essential.

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      Dr. George Bray (North American Association for the Study of Obesity) had long called for dangers of obesity from the HFCS, especially from the soft drinks. A 20-ounce Pepsi bottle equates to 17 teaspoons of sugar in accordance with the Chicago Tribune.

      The HFCS has clear and present dangers due to the amount of fructose it contains—average of 80 percent in comparison to table sugar that has 50 percent of fructose. It’s easy—since there’s more fructose in HFCS, it goes straight to your liver, causing liver damage called “fatty liver” that is affecting over 70 million people.

      In addition to the health issues that are mentioned earlier, the rising amount of sugar intake has been also associated with hypertension, metabolic syndromes and insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes, among the few.

      Daily high amounts can lead to “accelerated aging” as well, states Dr. Mark Hayman, a Director of Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. Not convinced still? Listen, you don’t have to be an expert in this field to read about all the negative things the HFCS brings to you.

      Too much sugar is not good period, but HFCS brings you a quadruple dosage of what you should not have, and it has been called a “silent killer” for a reason. Yes, healthier foods are more expensive, but the price you pay today for them will be the price you will not have to pay for your health tomorrow.

      3. Refined Salt

        By now it is common knowledge that salt adds to water retention in your body, but this is not the only problem here. The Russians call salt the ultimate “white death”.

        This is because salt is a contributor to hypertension or a raised blood pressure, which directly causes: heart failure, kidney stones, water retention, a link to stomach cancer among the few. Excess salt leads to skin puffiness and swelling says Dr. Gillian McKeith in her book “You Are What You Eat”.

        However, how much salt you should have is dependent on how healthy you are and your diet.

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        If you are under 50, says the Harvard Medical School, and you are in a great health and have no high blood pressure then you do not have to worry about salt intake’s dangers. What you must do is to avoid high salt and processed foods.

        The HMS also says that the folks with high blood pressure and diabetes should not have more than 2300 mg of sodium, or 1 teaspoon a day.

        Perfect example of foods to completely avoid is the Top Ramen, which alone has over 700 mg of sodium in one soup, in ONE!!! PS: The chicken flavored one has 890 to 910 mg…Yes, you heard this right! Therefore, please choose wisely, salt only if necessary, and salt less!

        4. Processed Meats

          Your daily lunchmeats such as deli, prosciutto, bacon (YES, sorry!) and sausages usually contain various but heavy amounts of preservatives which can cause skin irritations and inflammation.

          Eating more of red meat also is able to interrupt your body’s ability to produce collagen, states Health.com, so this alone can age your appearance greatly, since collagen is what keeps our skin looking younger, firmer, and healthier.

          Hefty consumption of red meats can also lead towards a heart disease, as they are high in saturated fat.

          The lead author Dr. An Pan of the Harvard School of Public Health study on red meat and mortality rates had concluded a direct association and evidence of eating high amounts of red meat with the coronary heart disease, stroke and some cancers (NIH.org—National Institute of Health). Hence, limit on deli meats and substitute with fish or turkey breast pieces instead. While bacon may be good for your soul it certainly is not good for your body or arteries. Stay heavy on veggies and you will never age faster than you need to.

          5. Alcohol

            As much as we all love a little cocktail here and there, we must not forget that alcohol is processed through the liver. The healthier the liver is the longer we will live, and the better we shall look.

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            We are not talking about having a glass of wine a day. We are talking about having several drinks a day or more. Our liver processes toxins when we drink alcohol but it needs time to repair. Whatever contaminants your liver had not time to process will come out on to your skin.

            Acne, possibly of rosacea and wrinkles are all skin-aging results from the built up toxins from the liver, and since alcohol is considered a toxin, these are the possible side effects, explains Dr. Ariel Ostad from the American Academy of Dermatology.

            Alcohol even makes salty and fatty foods taste better and triggers the urge for more, so we are back at eating foods that age us faster. Lastly, frequent alcohol consumption will dehydrate the body, and can lead to a more serious and deadly liver disease such as Cirrhosis.

            So how much is “safe” to drink? The Harvard School of Public Health tells us no more than one drink per day for women and two for men (not hard liquor).

            With all that said, choose carefully, read the labels, avoid heavy indulging into the above foods and ingredients. Always choose veggies and fruits to satisfy your hunger, sugar and soul. Be well.

            Featured photo credit: Woven Baskets of Joy/ GM Yogma via flic.kr

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            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

            In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

            Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

            Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

            Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

            Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

            The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

            There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

            How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

            According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

            Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

            Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

            The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

            Listen carefully:

            We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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            The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

            Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

            8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

            There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

            Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

            1. Pray Daily

            You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

            When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

            Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

            Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

            2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

            A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

            By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

            Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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            If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

            This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

            How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

            3. Smile Often

            Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

            Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

            Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

            The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

            4. Organize Your Working Desk

            A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

            When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

            Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

            Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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            5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

            I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

            Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

            What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

            6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

            God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

            I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

            I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

            7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

            You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

            How do you do that? This is my formula:

            First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

            If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

            If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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            If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

            Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

            8. Go Exercise

            Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

            The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

            You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

            12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

            The Bottom Line

            It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

            It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

            Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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