Unlocking the Fountain of Youth

Whether you are old or young, there are 5 keys for unlocking the fountain of youth. Do you want to look and feel younger than ever? If you are young, how would you like to stay that way? I’m talking about reviving and preserving your youth. The best cure is prevention and while these unique concepts are easier said than they are vital to your success.

mind-your-mental-health-fitness1. Promote Mental Health

Having a healthy mind could be the determining factor that separates success from failure. Even cancer patients undergo mental exercises because without the right mindset you are limiting your chances of success. Implementing the power of motivation, affirmations and practicing mental exercises such as meditation, reading and problem solving you become more likely to see results that last a life time. These mental exercises have also been proven to lessen, prevent and in some cases cure the symptoms of illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Schizophrenia, Depression, ADHD and many others. Like I said, “prevention is the best cure” mental illnesses don’t have cures because these practices have to be continuous in order to suppress the symptoms. 

On the other hand, utilizing the power of positive thinking will boost your awareness and productivity making life and all it’s problems less devastating.

2. Shield Liver Health

The second key to unlocking the fountain of youth is building and maintaining a healthy liver. The liver is responsible for breaking down fat and converting food into energy. If your liver is unhealthy, which in today’s society is normal, your liver will actually begin to store fat as opposed to breaking it down. In addition, your liver is what metabolizes estrogen and also rids your body of various toxins. Estrogen has the capability of storing as much fat as possible but predominantly in those “hard to target areas” – which are the lower abdomen, butt and thigh regions. 

On the flip side, a healthy liver will allow your body to breakdown as much fat as possible. Everywhere you go, there are toxins and more often than not, you are surrounded by free radicals. Free radicals destroy DNA on a molecular level, constrict blood flow and cause cancer. With a healthier liver you can bypass many of these side effects and illnesses. Ultimately, a healthy liver will prevent your body from shutting down while burning as much fat as it can. Try to avoid things like smoking, drinking alcohol and eating processed foods as much as possible.

Overtime, your liver becomes weaker – drinking lots of water and taking healthy supplements like milk thistle and yellow dock root will help to regenerate, purify and protect your liver.

3. Build Lean Muscle

Many people often look past the health of their liver and just skip ahead to this step, but wonder why their gains are not coming as fast as they should. It’s counter-productive because the human body is built and maintained by balance. When your liver becomes healthier and you start working out, not before, you should notice that your ability to burn fat has increased almost ten-fold.

Building lean muscle mass increases your metabolism, natural production, release and secretion of testosterone and human growth hormone and is the overall healthy solution. The bone’s in your body become denser, preventing the onset of osteoporosis and arthritis but if you already have these problems the symptoms can become reduced. (Consult with your healthcare professional first.) 

4. Optimize your Hormones

Hormones are responsible for many chemical processes throughout the body. Between the ages of 13 to 17 our hormones reach uncontrollable peaks, which is why we were able to virtually eat anything and everything and not gain weight or body fat. Obviously, over time, our hormones slowed down. The two main hormones we want to optimize are testosterone and the release of human growth hormone. These are all-natural hormones that everyone produces. 

More testosterone results in building more muscle faster and burning more fat, more often and more frequently. The question many people have is “should I start out with lifting weights or should I do cardio first?” The answer isn’t as simple, because everyone is different. However, lifting weights increases the production and secretion of both testosterone and human growth hormone while widening your blood flow pathways (veins, arteries, capillaries, etc,.) On the other hand, cardio allows more blood to pass through which is optimal for feeding your muscles with oxygen and vital nutrients.

battle-against-aging5. Enhance Skin Health

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and by not taking care of it you are prone to failure and various illnesses. No one enjoys the side-effects of aging unless you are trying to grow a beard like me but other than that there are no visible benefits to it. I remember working out at least five times per day my senior year in high school and gaining over 20 pounds of lean muscle in just that first month, but over time as I started to do more cardio and lose weight, I began to notice the development of stretch marks. Since then I have been experimenting with all natural ingredients to help combat stretch marks but have also stumbled upon additional benefits.

5 Nutrients Combat Aging Effects

Aloe Vera – Plant, oil or gel-form the benefits will be great. We all know the healing properties that Aloe Vera provides, but in the same manner it contracts your skin leaving a nice firm feel to it. Aloe Vera in some cases has been proven to treat skin ulcers, eczema, psoriasis and dandruff. It acts as a moisturizer without the greasy feeling. Aloe Vera contains two hormones called auxin and gibberellins which are responsible for both rapidly and naturally healing wounds while providing anti-inflammatory benefits. Some research indicates that aloe vera can act as a laxative to help relieve ulcers and improve digestion. It is both topical and consumable. 

Contains over 75 different nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols, amino acids and salicylic acid; improves elasticity of skin, hydration, firmness, complexion and I would keep going but I think you get the idea.

Castor Oil – Castor oil is medically known as a laxative, but in my world it is considered a miracle. I can’t figure out one use castor oil cannot provide its user with. Castor oil fights off infections by inhibiting the growth of bacteria and fungi, cleanses, moisturizes, softens, heals and soothes the skin. Castor oil is absorbed by a few layers of the skin and begins detoxifying from within. It is a remarkable anti-oxidant and contains many compounds that combat the effects of aging. I have also found that it can accomplish many great things for your hair! When it comes to preventing the side-effects of aging, castor oil is best applied topically and acts as a catalyst which improves the absorption of all other ingredients in this list.

Vitamin E Oil – This is known for treating your skin and improving its texture. Vitamin E oil just like every other ingredient on this list can be consumed or applied topically for experiencing the benefits. It promotes hair and nail growth, and has established itself as the go to resources for treating scars, due to rapidly promoting cell growth and restoring natural elastic properties. It acts through promoting two important protein components which are collagen and elastin. Vitamin E Oil prevents dehydration of the skin and helps to maintain its natural moisture balance. Vitamin E Oil can also heel sun burns just as Aloe Vera does but with the addition of protecting you from getting sun burnt and therefore is an active ingredient in sunscreen. The anti-oxidant properties present are proven to fight of the damaging effects of free radicals and will minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – This one might seem odd given you already follow my health and fitness advice and continue to cook with this ingredient. This one can be very oily but acts as the opposite on your skin and just as every ingredient on this list it may be consumable and topical by everyone, no matter your complexion. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is absorbed deep within the layers of your skin, providing you with glowing and moisturized skin. This is great for my people, who are “ashy” – apply even a small amount to your knees, feet and or elbows and you are set. Extra Virgin Olive Oil protects the skin from damaging ultra violet radiation, encourages new cell growth, helps repair damaged cells, combats free radicals, strengthens cells, and works well with toning and exfoliation. 

Coconut Oil – Last but not least is coconut oil. This has been used for many health benefits but the most renown are exfoliating, conditioning, restoring, hydrating and moisturizing the skin. Because coconut oil penetrates deep within the layers of the skin it also acts as an anti-oxidant, fights inflammation and kills bacteria. It’s been said that this works well for cleaning dirt, removing makeup and dead skin cells. People often use coconut oil to treat rashes and bug bites because helps to soften, repair and protect skin cells. 

Finding the right ratio that works for you could take some time but make sure you do not overdo it with the oils because they can become counter-productive by clogging up your pores making it impossible for your skin to breathe. Coconut, olive and vitamin e oils should be used sparingly but you can use a higher concentration and every part of your body except your face. 

By following these tips you will notice that your skin begins to look and feel younger. This will enhance your complexion and mood. For the women who are concerned about their hair, I’d suggest you mix up an extra batch then apply to your hair at least twice a week and witness instant and almost miraculous changes.

Every ingredient here has been shown to be healthy and beneficial when consumed, applied to your skin, nails or hair. These are the miracle ingredients some are better for certain things, but where one might not soar in one area there’s another one that will compensate for it.

All of these ingredients have anti-oxidant capabilities. Due to the things we eat, our environment or even our own lifestyle choices such as smoking, we end up with free radicals in our body. Free radicals will take oxygen away from our cells, which causes our cells to weaken and become damaged. Damaged cells contribute premature aging in our appearance. Polyphenols are antioxidants, which means that when absorbed into our skin, they will combat the free radicals, preventing them from doing damage.