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Dr Perricone shares his anti-ageing tips

Article by Fabafterfifty

We asked Dr Perricone, author of 7 Secrets to Beauty, Health and Longevity what impact diet and exercise can have on anti-ageing

Why is exercise important?

“Exercise increases the immune system’s ability to prevent infection. Further, when we exercise, we perspire and many of the body’s toxins are eliminated in sweat. Simple exercise such as a brisk walk each day can make a tremendous difference in overall health and beauty”

What can be done to improve metabolism?
Metabolism boosters that I recommend are cold water fish and essential fatty acids. Perhaps the greatest superfood that help the body metabolize (burn) body fat are omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFA’s), which are found in cold water fish such as salmon. These essential fats, particularly the omega-3s, are extremely important in energy production within the mitochondria. Omega-3 EFAs also inhibit the production of the enzyme fatty acid synthase, which plays a role in the storage of calories as body fat.
In the Perricone Weight Loss Diet you will find an entire book with ground breaking suggestions for foods and easy to find nutritional supplements that will have tremendous impact on thermogensis and metabolism.

Omega-3 fatty acids can also increase thermogenesis, thereby dissipating calories in the form of increased body heat, instead of storing them as body fat. Ongoing research suggests that EFAs may be able to directly influence important metabolic genes in our cells – genes that control how we synthesize glycogen and how we store and burn fat.

Why is coffee bad for you on an anti-ageing / weight loss diet?

“It has been shown that drinking just two cups of coffee can increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol. An elevation of this hormone can have adverse effects on the immune system, brain cells, sugar metabolism and weight gain. In addition, coffee drinking has been reported to cause weight gain. When coffee drinkers substituted tea, especially green tea, they discovered that it had the opposite effect and helped them lose weight.”
How can we benefit from eating foods rich in omega 3 such as salmon ?
“The flesh of salmon contains DMAE, a powerful antioxidant. This chemical stimulates nerve function and the muscles to contract and tighten under your skin. A diet high in DMAE will enable you to think more clearly, improve memory and increase your problem-solving ability. In general the higher the fat content of fish, the higher its omega-3 content and the higher its ant aging brain and beauty benefits. Wild cold water fish, including salmon, have the highest levels of omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acids make up much of the fat in our brain cell membranes and are such critically important anti-ageing nutrients and agents of good mental health.”

In eating our 5 a day are there any foods that we should avoid and why?
“A number of popular fruits and vegetables have a very high glycemic index so be vigilant. Carrots have a high glycemic index, higher than cookies or ice cream. Yet carrots have vitamins and fiber so they possess redeeming qualities that cookies do not. Cooking and juicing makes a difference too. For example, carrots rate higher on the glycemic index if you cook or juice them. So, if you eat a carrot, have it raw.”
“Veggies to leave on your plate:- Parsnips, baked potato, fava beans, pumpkin, beets, corn, sweet potato, cooked carrots”


Is there anything that can be done to our skin to repair the after effects of summer holidays and too much sun exposure?

“When the skin has taken a beating, you can’t get too many antioxidants! Skin care rich in antioxidants will speed up the healing process, as will taking an anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen. A natural treatment with aloe leaf will help soothe and calm any pain and discomfort and moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Vitamin C cream is a powerful antioxidant as also acts as an anti-inflammatory to help resolve the burn more rapidly.”

What can we do to protect our Skin in the winter months against the colder weather and central heating etc.

Winter takes an especially hard toll on the skin. To protect skin from harsh winter conditions, follow this advice:
• Apply antioxidant rich moisturizers to skin while it is still damp from the shower
• Stay hydrated with pure spring water
• Protect your skin from harsh weather conditions (wind, cold, sun). apply a phospholipid based moisturizer over your treatment products to protect skin
• Follow the same advice to protect skin from overheated, dry interior spaces, such as home and office.
• Increase your intake of the omega 3 family of healthy fats, including salmon, sardines, anchovies, sablefish, halibut and take high quality fish oil capsules for supple, smooth skin from the inside out
• Use topical antioxidants to treat the underlying cause of dry skin—inflammation
• Follow the anti-inflammatory diet of high quality protein, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy fats.


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