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Anti-Aging Tips

Hi! I'm Dr. Terrie Van Alstyne, I’m a Naturopathic Doctor and Chef and today I want to talk about some anti-aging tips.

We may be blessed with good genes and born with great skin but over the course of our lifetime exposure to toxins, alcohol, chemicals, heavy metals and sun damage causes the lines and wrinkles to form. If we have a lack of antioxidants in our diets the free radical damage that we're exposed to continues to impact our skin. It's important to be taking high doses of antioxidants in supplements and in foods. The supplements would be vitamins C, A, E. and D. and bioflavonoids. In food, we need fruits and vegetables with bright colors such as berries, which are high in antioxidants.

Having dry skin causes the skin to age and it's often caused by a lack of essential fatty acids. We get these in fish oils and in vegetarian versions of EPA and DHA. The key with fish oils is to make sure it's the smallest fish possible, like Krill, Sardines, Herring and Anchovies. Smaller fish have much less heavy metal toxicity, that's why it's important to take them in small doses every day.

Sun damage is another thing we all know is aging the skin and wearing natural sunblock when the sun's at its highest peak is important. But it's also important to expose yourself to sunlight the rest of the time without sun block, because we need to convert vitamin D from the sunlight into the active form in our body, which helps with calcium deposition into the bone, enhancing bone density, it boosts the immune system and regulates mood. In fact, there's vitamin D receptors in every cell in the body and it's required for every cellular and systemic function in the body. In the winter, make sure that you're taking vitamin D. I find the easiest one to take is the liquid because you can do a dropper full once a week and you'll getting enough.

Another key cause of skin aging is liver toxicity. The liver becomes toxic when we drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, take drugs, take prescription drugs and are exposed to heavy metals and other toxins and chemicals. A huge source of chemical exposure is fragrances, and these are perfumes, the plug-in perfumes that we have in our houses, skin care products that have perfumes in them and laundry detergents with perfumes. All these things are toxic to the body and the liver.