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Everyone gets old. That's the reality of life...everyone is in the departure lounge...we just don't know when our plane is leaving ! And as you while your time away, your mind and body changes. On a seemingly superficial level, we all get wrinkly skin, gray hair and fading youthfulness. On a more profound level, our eye sight and other senses may get worse, our body may lose it abilities and our brain may not be as sharp as it used to be. But let's not get too down in the dumps !
Some people still manage to look younger despite the age – Michele Pfeiffer, Jaclyn Smith, Kim Basinger, and Raquel Welch seem to defy conventions and look youthful and glamorous into their 40s, 50's and beyond. How do they do it ? Most likely, they will say “exercise, no smoking, protection in the sun, and watching what they eat. Some may even admit to a bit “surgery” on the quiet. However many of these beautiful women keep aging at bay by eating or drinking fresh fruits and vegetables. With this in mind, it's time to find out more about the secrets behind anti-aging juice recipes.
If there is any secret behind anti-aging juices, or, more importantly, the ingredients that go into them, it's the word antioxidants. Fresh fruit and vegetables are packed with these bad boys.
The Battle between Antioxidants and Free Radicals
The term “antioxidant” refers to a variety of substances in the body and in the foods that people eat. These include vitamins, minerals, and many other phytonutrients that have oxidative functions. Their primary function in the body is to fight off the age-accelerating factors called free radicals. Free radicals are products of cellular oxidative processes that not only cause aging, but also cause the weakening of the immune system.
Though antioxidants are naturally produced by healthy cells, the amount becomes lesser with age and medical conditions. Thus, aging people can benefit by taking these antioxidants orally to augment the waning levels of antioxidants.
A delicious alternative is by consuming foods and drinks that are rich in antioxidants. Combining this kind of diet and exercise in a regular manner is the ‘secret’ of most celebrities who seemed to defy age.
Two of the most powerful antioxidants are the flavonoids and carotenoids; often found in dark chocolate and carrots. When making anti aging juices, use fruits such as acai berry, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, red grapes, blackberries, raisins, plums, and prunes that are packed with antioxidants. For vegetables, juice alfalfa sprouts, beets, red bell pepper, spinach, eggplant, corn, kale, broccoli flowers, onions, and Brussels sprouts are excellent sources of antioxidants.
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How Anti-Aging Juices Work
Aside from the fact that it helps people delay the process of aging, juices are delicious. Unpalatable juices can also be customized using recipes that integrate delicious fruits with veggies that are packed with so much ‘antioxidant goodness.’
Thus, a person can easily concoct the juice that is ideal for his or her taste buds. In addition, juices are easy to take making them ideal for busy people. Rather than grabbing a coffee on your way to work, why don’t you grab a freshly juiced fruit, veggie, or a combination? Smoothies are another, more filling, alternative.
Anti-aging juices are light too and can be perfect for people on a diet.
When it comes to anti-aging, helping your body look after itself is a better policy than defying it or making it perform abnormally to stay young. Ask Pete Burns about that ! This is where eating and drinking fresh fruits and vegetables comes into the picture. Indeed, the modern-day fountain of youth might be sitting right there in your kitchen...or at a fresh food market nearby.
- To get you started, check out these great JUICE RECIPES that you should definitely try!