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Anti Aging Tips by Theresa Albert
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There are a few things that you are probably doing that are making you look older than you are. Some of them affect the outside, some of them affect the inside, and all of them are easy to change. Here are the 4 steps you need to take to look and feel younger.

Alcohol
Alcohol dilates the capillaries in the face and can cause a permanent mottled look.

What to do:
Drink as little 
alcohol as possible and give your body some rest once in a while. Remove it altogether for at least a few days in a row each month.

Splash cold water on your face if you are a "flusher" to bring the inflammation down.

Sugar
Sugar/High Fructose Corn sugar-by far this is the single most overused "food" in our roster. For starters, it is the #1 contributor to obesity and nothing makes you look older than being overweight. 

What to do:
Simply removing sugar (especially liquid calories) will remove a few pounds from your belly. The secondary benefit is the reduced oxidative damage and inflammation that sugar imposes on your cells.

Bad fats
Saturated and trans Fats are inflammatory and therefore contribute to a sallow look of the skin and dull hair.

What to do:
Skin needs the healthy fats of nuts, seeds, avocados (recipe) and whole grains to repair and glow. Avoid all deep fried foods, reduce saturated fat from meat and increase the good fats.

Dehydration
Without water every cell in the body is less lump. This appears on the skin first contributing to the saggy and sallow look of age.

What to do:
Drink water, at least one litre each day on top of your usual routine of consuming lots of high water foods like watermelon, cucumber, berries and lettuce. (That is your usual routine, right?)

 

Photo Credit
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Racheal McCraig Photography

Theresa Albert, Food Communications Specialist, Nutritionist
Theresa's French Canadian influences are a part of her "no bologna" style as everything is on the table...not just the dinner. She has the unique ability to distill complex health concepts into simple, savvy steps to improve any lifestyle choice. Because she wants to have it all too, she gets to the point with humour and truth.
Theresa is a sought after media commentator and lifestyle pundit on many topics with a particular fascination with human relationships with food and culture. Her words can be read in such esteemed publications as The Toronto Star, Metro News, Today's Parent, Canadian Living and Canadian Family, Best Health and Shape Magazine. Her opinions voiced on CTV Newschannel, CBC and Global are always informative, thoughtful and entertaining. She has two books published in Canada and the US: Cook Once a Week, Eat Well Every Day and Ace Your Health, 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck.
She can be found on twitter as @theresaalbert and at 
www.myfriendinfood.com