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anti-ageing remedy for skin 

Understanding Ageing effect

Q.What causes skin to age?

A.There are two factors : uncontrollable & controllable.
Uncontrollable factors are area over which we have no influence i.e. natural changes in the body's chemistry, extremes of temperature, humidity,wind pollution & the ultraviolet rays of sun .
Controllable factors are : lack of sleep, not drinking enough water, eating a poor diet, lack of regular exercise, stress, smoking & an excess of alcohol.


Q. What constitutes ageing skin ?

A. There are 7 key factors :
  • Reduced water content
  • Reduced elastin & collagen layer
  • Reduced metabolism
  • Reduced cell turnover & a compacted statum disjunction
  • Less able to recover from & repair UV damage
  • Depleted reservoir of essential vitamins,fatty acids, lipids, glycosaminoglycans & moisture
  • Reduced capacity to resist irritation & repair damage .

5 Tips for stocking a healthy kitchen  

Healthy eating begins in the kitchen, whether it's in a home, restaurant, dining hall, or other venue. To get the most out of the recipes you prepare, keep your kitchen stocked with ingredients from the Healthy Eating Pyramid.
1. Produce. Choose locally grown vegetables and fruits whenever you can. Keep on hand garlic, onions, dark salad greens like spinach and romaine, carrots, and apples. When you shop, select produce that looks good, or what's on sale. Read about vegetables, fruits and health or try these delicious vegetable recipes.
2. Grains. Trade in white rice for the bounty of great whole grains: barley, cracked wheat (bulgur), oat berries, quinoa, brown rice, and a host of others. Try whole wheat pasta or one of the whole wheat blends now on the market. Read about whole grains and health or try these whole grain recipes.
3. Protein. Rely on healthy protein such as fresh fish, chicken or turkey, tofu, eggs, and a variety of beans and nuts. And move away from the traditional mealtime paradigm of a large portion of meat at the center of your plate. Instead, build a healthy plate: half the plate vegetables and fruits, one quarter of the plate with healthy proteins, and one quarter of the plate with whole grains. Try these healthy recipes for nuts and tofu, fish and chicken.
4. Fats and oils. Use liquid vegetable oils whenever possible for sautéing vegetables, stir-frying fish or chicken, and as the base of salad dressings. Good choices include canola, sunflower, corn, soybean, peanut, and olive oil. A dash of a specialty oil, like extra-virgin olive oil, walnut or pistachio oil, sesame oil, or truffle oil, can make steamed vegetables come alive. Mashed avocado, rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, makes a fabulous topping for sandwiches. Read more about fats and health, or try these recipes that use healthy fats.
5. Other essentials. Learn what chefs have known for a long time: A small amount of a high-quality ingredient goes a long way toward boosting flavor. Stock your kitchen with good-quality tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, fresh and dried herbs, dried cherries or cranberries, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and a variety of unsalted nuts (such as walnuts, almonds, and pistachios).