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people don’t need to worry about salt intake, even if they suffer from high blood pressure, noting, “Research shows that people that follow the national guidelines for salt intake tend to die younger. Instead, it’s important to keep magnesium and potassium levels up by adding 200 milligrams of magne- sium and 500 milligrams of potassium to your supplement regimen every day.” To prevent and control diabetes,

Teitelbaum emphasizes, “Avoid sugar; it causes premature cell aging that affects all body systems.” He explains that excess sugar and its byproducts age and stiffen cells. Dozens of studies directly link sugar and aging, including a PLoS Genetics study from the University of Montreal. (Also see GlycationExplained.)

Reproducing cancer cells typically

don’t die as other cells in the human body are programmed to. Recent re- search by Baylor University and others based on the Human Genome Project strongly suggests that curcumin taken as a dietary supplement (400 mg a day or more) can persuade cancer cells to commit suicide and stop their wild and potentially fatal reproduction. Ganghu further recommends limit- ing exposure to environmental toxins from sources such as common garden and household chemicals and agricul- tural spraying (choose organic for safety).

Weight Control A large body of research from institutions such as the National Institute on Aging and the International Longevity Center shows that avoiding obesity and manag- ing weight is paramount for longevity, as well as for preventing many of the diseases associated with aging. The Centers for Disease Control and Preven- tion reports that people with a body mass index (BMI) over 35 are at an 18 per- cent higher risk of earlier death from all causes than those that maintain a normal body weight (BMI of 25 or under). Hormones can be a factor in weight gain for perimenopausal and menopausal women, says Ganghu, so it is important to be tested. She also notes, “A loss of muscle mass due to aging can affect weight because muscle tissue is metabolically more active than fat tissue, creating a vicious circle.” She

recommends strength training to im- prove muscle strength and mass. Typically, two 20-minute sessions a week with moderate weights are enough to create “Michelle Obama arms,” says Kathy Smith of Park City, Utah, a DVD fitness entrepreneur and a spokesperson for the International Council on Active Aging.

Good Posture “We spend a lot of time driving, working on computers and other activities with our arms in front of us. This causes chest muscles to contract and become tight as we age, drawing the head forward and rounding the spine, which produces a pronounced slouch,” says Smith, author of Feed Muscle, Shrink Fat Diet. Bending, stretching and strength

training strengthens the shoulder and back muscles that help us stay upright. Smith recommends a “walking desk”, es- sentially a treadmill with a board across the arms where a laptop can rest, and the user walks at only one to two miles per hour. “You’re moving, not sitting, and that is really important,” says Smith. Yoga postures like the cobra and the

bow are also helpful, as are visits to a chiropractor or other structural therapist.

Healthy Skin “Your skin is a roadmap of your overall health,” says Dr. Rick Noodleman, a dermatologist who practices anti-aging medicine in California’s Silicon Valley with his wife. He explains that skin ag- ing is caused by the three D’s: deflation, descent and deterioration. All of them can be reversed.

Deflation is the loss of volume and moisture, which can be offset by proper internal hydration, healthy nu- trition and good moisturizers. “People can make new collagen well into their 80s and even 90s,” he says. Deteriora- tion is the loss of skin tone and elastic- ity that can accompany stress, poor diet and lack of exercise.

Noodleman recommends regular exfoliation of skin on the face (an eco- nomical home facial with baking soda and water or eggs is high on his list) and dry brushing the whole body. He also notes that new laser treatments, acupres- sure facelifts and other spa treatments can help temporarily minimize wrinkles

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Dry Brushing Dry brushing stimulates oil pro- duction, circulation that tightens skin and lymphatic drainage for detoxification and improved im- mune function. It also exfoliates. Using a moderately stiff brush with a long handle, start with the feet and vigorously brush eight long, smooth strokes in each of the listed areas, always brushing toward the heart:


Soles of the feet Tops of the feet Calves Shins

Both sides of lower legs Upper thighs Inner thighs Backs of thighs Buttocks Lower back Sides (love handles) Belly

Breasts (very gently) Chest Palms of hands Forearms, front and back

Upper arms, inside, outside and back Upper back and shoulders Neck (brush toward the face in this instance only)

Face (use a softer cosmetic brush or similar device)

Source: Teresa Tapp, an exercise physiologist and nutritional coun- selor, in Safety Harbor, FL

and bring back a youthful glow. It’s not hard to be vibrant, healthy and energetic at any age if one is living a healthy lifestyle. “I feel like I am 30. I expect to feel that way for the rest of my life,” says the 60-something Teitelbaum. “Of course, I’m not at the beach in a Speedo,” he quips. “Who wants to look 20? There is also a certain beauty in age.”

Kathleen Barnes is a freelance writer, book author and blogger. Her most recent title is 10 Best Ways to Manage Stress. Learn more at

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