I will admit it – I want to look younger. Doesn’t everyone? From botox to spray on tans, we all have gone to drastic measures in a desperate attempt to at least look more youthful and vibrant. But what if you are trying too hard? What if the answer to anti-aging is as simple as the foods that you put into your body every day? Here are incredible anti-aging benefits that are made possible through a gluten free, no dairy, no soy, vegan, organic whole foods diet.
1. Improved energy levels
Not only do I enjoy looking younger – I enjoy feeling younger, too. The problem is that so many people load their bodies with refined sugars and fats not only make them sick, but also depleting them of energy. By consuming plant-based proteins and fresh produce, I believe that you will feel happier, more energized, and focused throughout the day. You really can’t ask for much more than that!
2. More radiant skin
When I first discovered a whole foods diet, I was in awe. For the first time in forever, my skin was radiant and blemish free! By avoiding processed foods and replacing them with high-quality organic produce and fibre, my skin looked more beautiful than ever. In particular, I believe that meeker red raspberries contribute to my now glowing skin. Full of skin healing antioxidants, these little berries are also full of ellagic acid, which may be anti-cancer. It’s a win win situation!
3. Lower cancer risk
Reservatrol, a member of the plant compounds polyphenols, is thought to be full of antioxidant properties that protect your body against heart disease and cancer. You can find reservatrol in plant-based foods like peanut butter, red grapes, berries, and red wine or grape extracts. Who know that there was a much simpler, cost-effective way to lower your cancer risk? I didn’t, until I heard about reservatrol.
An Indian form of ginger, ashwaganda is a very important herb in ayurvedic medicine that has wonderful antioxidant properties. This essential herb has been around for centuries in India, and it has a reputation for being nature’s natural sleeping pill with it’s meditative, calming, and resting properties. It grows natively in both North America and India, it has been used for hundreds of years.
It is well-known that cortisol is a contributor to insomnia, depression, and blood sugar, and ashwagandha significantly reduces cortisol release from the body’s adrenal glands. This stops all of those awful nights of tossing and turning that so often get in the way of deep, restorative sleep. Ashwaganda also works magically as a natural sedative, for those who have trouble falling asleep. It calms the nerve and puts the body at rest so that the body can get a great night’s rest.
Before taking ashwaganda, it is recommended to first consult with a doctor. Though it is a natural sleeping aid, there is always a possibility that it could react negatively with other medications. It is also wise to learn of any potential side effects, too. Ashwaganda is a remarkable gift from nature, and it has even more amazing health benefits!
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I have never had the pain of dealing with complicated asthma medications and inhalers, but I certainly have always felt for those who had to. Luckily, there is a much safer, more fun, and completely natural way of fighting against this horrible affliction, and it’s a lot more simple than you might think. In ancient cultures around the world, the people used elderberries to treat asthma and other respiratory infections.
Because elderberries are one of the few plant-based sources with an extremely high amount of quercetin, an extremely powerful antioxidant compound, they are an amazing fruit that boosts the immune system, fights colds, flu, and asthma! Research has shown that quercetin is especially great at blocking the release of histamines and similar allergic and inflammatory chemicals in the body, like those associated with asthma!
I recommend taking elderberry syrup regularly if you struggle with asthma. When you are choosing a brand of elderberry syrup, be mindful that not all elderberry syrups are created equally. It is always best to consume organic, natural, preservative-free elderberry syrup whenever possible. If you can make your own elderberry syrup at home, that is even better, so long as all of your ingredients are quality and organically grown to ensure the most health benefits.