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Dr. Raju can customize a proactive, preventive strategy for keeping an youthful, healthy appearance!

Conventional wisdom tells women to brace themselves for the aging process: get ready for your body to change, your looks to go downhill and your skin to head south.

The good news is that there has been an authentic leaps forward in our understanding of what causes skin to age, and it centers around its cause and treatment!

Internal causes of inflammation

  • Undiagnosed food sensitivities & leaky gut
  • High-sugar diet
  • Additives, artificial sweeteners, and trans fats
  • Stress
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Toxin or prescription drug overload
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Autoimmune disorders

Eating too much sugar or high-glycemic food ultimately leads to a process in which sugar molecules in the blood bond to proteins and DNA. Over time this process affects collagen proteins, changing their shape, flexibility, elasticity, and function. The result is premature aging and additional inflammation.

To significantly improve the tone and texture of your skin, you need to soothe inflammation on two fronts:

  1. Neutralize free radicals (unstable oxygen molecules created by the above causes) both inside and out.
  2. Boost immune function through good nutrition, supplementation, hormonal balance, detoxification, and topical support.
Inflammation and skin

By the time a woman notices visible signs of aging (usually in her late 30’s or early 40’s), it’s highly likely that her body’s been operating with low-grade inflammation for years.

Inflammation is ideally a normal, short-term natural immune response that involves the release of immune cells by your body to counteract infection and heal trauma. At that point, this response is supposed to be turned off. But if it stays activated, immune cells will remain in circulation and can damage healthy cell functions like natural skin rejuvenation and turnover.

Some major antioxidants helpful to the skin:

  •  Vitamin C (found in plant-based foods)
  • Vitamin E, specifically high-potency tocotrienols (good sources are rice bran oil and palm fruit oil)
  • Coenzyme Q-10 (or ubiquinol, found naturally in our cells but decreases after age 20)
  • Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA, available from both plant and animal sources)
  • Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE, found in fish)
  • Carotenoids (phytonutrients found in the red, yellow, and orange flesh of plant leaves, flowers and fruits)
  • Bioflavonoids (good sources include green tea, soy isoflavones, red wine, and other plant-derived foods)
Neutralizing free radicals antioxidants to the rescue!

Antioxidants are molecules that inhibit the oxidation of other molecules. They neutralize free radicals and quench minor inflammation by “sacrificing” one of their electrons without adverse effect. Since free radicals are always present in our bodies, we must have a constant supply of antioxidant nutrients to keep our skin cells healthy. In addition, research shows that antioxidants may actually encourage our cells’ enzymes to repair damage.

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