The golden rules of ageing well

Alas, the fountain of youth is probably just a myth! Ageing is a fact of life, but we can each play a good or a bad part in the process. Growing older is not an illness, it´s an art!
We´ve known for a long time now that our lifestyles, especially when it comes to nutrition and physical exercise, help to prepare some of the ground for our elder years. Of course, there will always be certain things that are beyond our control; we´re not usually able to master all the variables of the environment we live in, or guard against all illnesses.
Our own individuals efforts have in recent years been accompanied and supported by scientific progress in anti-ageing. Founded on the latest expertise in the physiology of the human body, anti-ageing is a field that seeks to influence the cellular mechanisms involved in the ageing process.
Although ageing is not an illness, as we know, it is a physiological process which affects the whole body. Our cells renew themselves less and less often, since the genetic make-up they contain is time-limited, leading to organ problems. Add to this the impact of oxygen, which as its name suggests, oxidises, and you get destructive free radicals in cells. Skin wrinkles, vision and hearing deteriorate, muscles soften, bones become porous, and intellectual faculties diminish.
Anti-ageing, which relies on this scientific expertise in cell biology, has developed very targeted treatment protocols. Anti-ageing science cannot, however, promise miracles and its effectiveness is no substitute for following the minimum guidelines for a healthy lifestyle.

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Healthy eating

Hippocrates made nutrition the primary medicine with his famous quote 'let your food be thy medicine'.
The latest research confirms that the vitamins and substances in food have anti-ageing effects.
Supplements have become increasingly important as a way of helping us cope with the hazards of modern life (urban living, overly rich food, fast food): poor quality food exposes us to imbalances, even deficiencies.

Coenzyme Q10 Selenium and Vitamin C
Coenzyme Q10, a nutrient that specialises in protecting the cardiovascular system, also strengthens the immune system as a whole. It is also essential to the proper functioning of skin cells, which it helps to eliminate free radicals. Selenium, an essential trace element in the human body, is a major antioxidant that combats free radicals, just like vitamin C, with which it acts in synergy.
Royal jelly Vitamin E
Royal jelly, rich in vitamins (notably vitamin B) and amino acids, is particularly useful for people who are tired and stressed, as it boosts vitality. Vitamin E targets the membranes that surround our cells by blocking the spread of chain reactions due to the free radicals that can destroy them.

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Listen to the wisdom of the ancients

For thousands of years, plants have been known in various Chinese, ayurvedic and Amazonian medical traditions to prevent ageing and decay. Their effectiveness has been confirmed by medical studies which have tested their active ingredients. The latest pharmaceutical techniques now enable us to extract the precious active ingredients they contain.

Biocurcumax® Ginseng
Used in Indian cooking, turmeric (curcuma longa) is a spice known for its antioxidant properties. Studies show that the curcumin it contains protects brain cells from degeneration. A mysterious 'tonic root' discovered in the Far-East over 5000 years ago, the ginseng root is considered to be a universal remedy, a 'panacea', from the name 'panax' by which it is also known. It has numerous indications for all the bodily functions that typically diminish with age. It is also a known aphrodisiac.
Ginko Biloba Green tea
Discovered thousands of years ago, ginkgo biloba is recommended for improving cognitive functions after the age of 50. Its effectiveness is believed to be due to the flavoglycosides and terpene lactones its contains. Green tea plays an important role in preventing cardiovascular diseases, particularly atherosclerosis: the flavonoids it contains limit the risk of thrombosis, replace bad cholesterol with good cholesterol, and help to reduce blood pressure.

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Take hormones, if needed

With age, the production of certain hormones essential for memory, intellectual faculties and libido starts to diminish. The logical solution for countering the effects of ageing is to take a hormone supplement. Testosterone, pregnenolone, DHEA and melatonin are all hormones or hormone precursors which can help to improve our vitality.

Androtiv Gel Melatonin
Testosterone has a significant effect on libido, reduces feelings of tiredness and limits mood changes. It increases muscle mass and bone density by preventing the weakening of the cardiac muscle. Produced continually, in the dark, night by night, melatonin acts against free radicals. It is particularly useful for preventing the degeneration of neurons in the brain.
DHEA Pregnenolone
DHEA is the most abundant hormone in the human body and is essential to life. It improves memory and has a positive effect on wellbeing and mood. Reduced DHEA is linked to a number of chronic illnesses. Pregnenolone improves concentration, stimulates reflection, thought and memory. It also has positive effects on stress and depression.

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Take care of yourself

Ageing well is above all an art. Taking care of your physical appearance is not trivial; on the contrary it is absolutely essential for staying in shape! Creams and massage oils can help you feel 'good about yourself', like you´re young again!

Natural anti-wrinkle cream
Hyaluronic acid forms a film which evens out surface skin cells and retains water, giving a smoothing, softening and wrinkle reducing effect!

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Do physical exercise

The importance of physical exercise speaks for itself: 5-6 hours per week of physical exercise slows down atherosclerosis, fights sarcopenia (muscle weakening), and improves the bioavailability of hormones. But you don´t have to go and register at a gym: walking, instead of taking the car to travel a few hundred metres and taking the stairs instead of the lift or escalators are just as acceptable as physical activities!

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Stimulate your intellect

Like our muscles, the brain needs to be trained and stimulated in order to keep functioning well in the long term. Each of us must establish our own brain fitness programme, for which the key phrase is 'change habits'. Depending on what grabs you, your programme could include activities such as playing videogames, map reading, learning to play a new musical instrument, doing mental arithmetic, lowering the TV volume to listen better, reading a text upside down…let your imagination guide you!

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