Green Anti-Aging Staples: antioxidants as defense against free radicals; vitamin D for its anti-cancer properties and sun protection to guard against skin cancer and photoaging.
First and foremost – after the physical of course – is to protect what you have.
It has to be said that as individuals we vary. Our ages and overall health differ. There isn’t one, universal, green prescription that fits us all. There are however few things that we all have in common.
All aging bodies “rust”. Well, it may not be the same kind of rust as on metal, but we are “rusting” nevertheless. Unless you maintain healthy anti-oxidant levels, you’re inviting free radicals to invade and destroy your body. (Aging bodies have the highest levels of free radicals.)
According to National Center for Biotechnology Information and U.S. National Library of Medicine:
“Cancer and atherosclerosis, two major causes of death, are salient “free radical” diseases.
A role of oxidative stress has been postulated in many conditions, including anthersclerosis, inflammatory condition, certain cancers, and the process of aging. Oxidative stress is now thought to make a significant contribution to all inflammatory diseases (arthritis, vasculitis, glomerulonephritis, lupus erythematous, adult respiratory diseases syndrome), ischemic diseases (heart diseases, stroke, intestinal ischema), hemochromatosis, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, emphysema, organ transplantation, gastric ulcers, hypertension and preeclampsia, neurological disorder (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy), alcoholism, smoking-related diseases, and many others.”
It’s essential to take anti-oxidants, daily. The most popular are: vitamin A, C and E.
As many experts agree, a simple nutritional supplement, vitamin D has the power to guard us against most common cancers. Have your body’s levels of vitamin D checked and if necessary, start taking vitamin D supplements. The risk of having cancer increases with age…
Skin photoaging is a major concern, particularly as we age. Wrinkles, sagging skin and sun spots are the result of a lifetime of sun exposure, tanning in the sun and / or on a tanning bed. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends the use of sun block daily, regardless of weather. (There is plenty of controversy surrounding the safety of sun blocks. Many sources recommend less toxic alternatives, I’ll write more on the topic of sun blocks in the near future.) For now, protect yourself from accelerated aging and skin cancer with some type of sun block, cotton clothing and large (wide-brimmed) hats.
To summarize, the three most important Green Anti-Aging Staples are:
- vitamin D
- sun protection
Keep in mind that this brief article on Green Anti-Aging Staples is but a preface to blog posts that will explore the subject in detail.