Why do we age?
The fact that we age is part of life – we grow up in this knowledge, become adults and do not remain children forever. But why are some people blessed with health and youthfulness into old age, while others suffer from the typical conditions of ageing much earlier? Science is still a long way from finding the answers to these questions, but some of the factors are now considered to be well established. A brief overview:
- Genetic basis: The way in which each human body behaves is partly conditioned genetically. We are currently unable to affect that area.
- Healthy lifestyle: The fact that a healthy lifestyle prevents illnesses and keeps us looking young and attractive for longer is widely known. Factors such as food, sleep and exercise are important here, as is avoiding alcohol, nicotine and activities that cause stress – as far as possible.
- Environmental factors: Traffic noise, environmental pollution and UV radiation can also accelerate the ageing process. Extensive protection is therefore strongly recommended for the skin in particular – that applies, above all, to sunbathing and using solariums.
Apart from protecting ourselves against UV radiation, in principle we can only affect the second category of factors. The nutrition and active ingredients we take on board play a decisive role here: the more completely we provide our body with what it needs, the better it can defend itself against free radicals. How do we do this?
Here´s how to protect yourself from the inside
The following three substances are considered to be particularly effective in combatting free radicals. By means of a very carefully coordinated and consistently maintained diet, it is possible to give the body these substances in sufficient quantity. If your everyday life only allows you to achieve this to a limited extent, however, appropriate nutritional supplements such as those from #INNERBEAUTY are an excellent alternative.
- L-cysteine: This is a protective amino acid which the body cannot completely synthesise itself. It therefore depends on a supply from the food we eat. Typical sources of L-cysteine include salmon, prawns, soya beans and some types of nuts. And another thing: L-cysteine also plays an important part in beautiful hair.
- Selenium: Selenium contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system. It is present, above all, in fish and pulses, in smaller amounts also in pig’s liver and nuts. Selenium is an essential trace element that the body is not able to produce itself. The right supply from your diet – or a nutritional supplement – is therefore crucial.
- Coenzyme Q10: This substance in the human body is involved in the processes in which the body releases energy. The body produces its own in part, but part of it is also supplied by the food we eat. Meat, poultry and fish are good sources of Q10.
Anti-Ageing for young and beautiful skin
Although anti-ageing is an issue that affects the whole body, we usually first notice the signs of ageing in the skin. As we advance in years, the capacity of the skin to protect itself from oxidative stress declines. More and more skin cells are attacked, while cell renewal functions ever more slowly. The connective tissue cells produce less collagen, which is responsible for the elasticity of the skin. The production of hyaluronic acid also declines. As a result, the skin cells can store less water and the skin becomes gradually drier, duller and ultimately loses its youthful freshness.
But you can do something about it! Here, too, the first rule is: expose yourself to as few harmful environmental factors as possible, avoid stress and lead a healthy life. But there are other ways to affect it, too: give your body the key ingredients it needs to slow down skin ageing with the right food and support it with the latest nutritional supplements. The collagen they contain can help to maintain the elasticity of your skin or even to restore it a little. Hyaluronic acid binds water and therefore ensures that your skin is well hydrated and retains or recovers its youthful radiance. Another supportive ingredient is biotin, which helps to maintain normal skin.
With good creams, masks and treatments, these active ingredients can be applied to the skin from the outside. You can also look after your appearance from the inside with high-quality nutritional supplements.