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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Eat Less, Live Longer, Stay Younger?

There are a lot of anti-aging theories out there and calorie restricted diets is one of them. As strange as it sounds though, research shows that in people of normal weight, eating less (i.e restricting calories) can help us live longer.

It has to do with those pesky free radicals that are the byproducts of cell respiration. It's a type of oxidative damage--kind of like the rust on your car. Say you have an accident and dent the metal. When the metal gets exposed to the air it begins to rust. If free radicals aren't neutralized (this is what all the hype about antioxidants is about), then cells begin to degenerate and eventually die and death of the cells throughout the entire body is what causes aging.

It's a complicated process, but basically a low-calorie diet causes stress at the cellular level, this stress in turn causes cells to clean house so to speak and repair any damage caused by free radicals thereby keeping them "young"--particularly in muscles like the heart.

A calorie-restricted diet does not mean starvation however, it simply means eating the amount needed to get enough nutrients and no more. Most of us overeat, that is, we consume far more calories than we actually need to exist.

Great news for us middle-aged but wanna-be young again types, eh? Too bad it's easier said than done!

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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Green Tea for Health

There's no doubt about it, green tea is good for you. Very good for you. Just one cup of green tea contains as many as 200 mg (milligrams) of catechins, powerful antioxidants that protect our health. Recent studies have shown myriad health benefits to green tea extracts including an anti-tumor effect on breast cancer, reduced mortality rates in adults living in Japan where the study was conducted, and possibly treating inflammatory diseases like psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.

But what about for our health in general? Here are a few reasons you should be sipping 3 to 4 cups of green tea every day:

1. When winter winds blow, skin needs a helping hand to stay hydrated and healthy. The anti-inflammatory properties associated with green tea will keep skin healthy.

2. Add a squeeze of lemon or lime or even some orange juice to that green tea you're drinking. The vitamin C in citrus juice enables catechins to be more fully absorbed by the body.

3. Don't overdo it. Too much of a good thing is well, too much. And drinking the real thing--green tea that is--is far better than popping a few supplements.

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