Have you ever met someone new, they tell you their name, and at some point later in the night you happen to learn their age, and you immediately think to yourself “Damn she looks good for her age, what is her secret?”
Some people will come right out and ask what is their secret, while others will keep it inside, silently trying to figure it out, hoping it is just due to “good genes”!
Well, I tend to have a big mouth when I am interested in something, and I also tend to have a hard time shutting up when I am passionate about understanding something. So, I have asked many people what their “secrets” are when it comes to the habits, routines and rituals of people I view as successful.
You look amazing for 55?
Good luck shushing me up. I need to know what you do and how you do it!
Check out some of these habits of our forever youthful sisters and learn some new anti-aging hacks!
Cytokinins & Coconut Water
Cyto WHO? Yes…Cytokinins. Basically these are plant hormones found in plants (like the coconut, my FAVE) and studies show these compounds may have anti-aging benefits and may help to ward off cancer.
Where to get your Cytokinin fix?
My absolute favorite source is from the Coconut. Unfortunately, since I do not reside on a tropical island, I do not have access to coconut trees on a daily basis. But, I HIGHLY encourage you to incorporate coconut water into your diet! Check out this page here to read about my favorite coconut water beverage.
This is not to be confused with coconut milk, as these are entirely different. While both have major health benefits, I prefer Coconut Water because of its low caloric content, mild flavor and super refreshing qualities. Coconut water is also high in potassium, magnesium, calcium, antioxidants and amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. In fact, coconut water contains a higher level of the amino acids alanine, cysteine, and arginine than regular dairy milk…did I mention it is super low in calories?
Drink up, and pretty please replace those sugary sports drinks with some delicious, all natural, ultra refreshing coconut water!
It is very hard these days to discuss anti-aging hacks and to not hear the term collagen pop up in one way or another. The reason for this is that collagen is amazingly important for our body, especially if your goal is to maintain a youthful look.
Collagen is, in essence, the glue that holds us all together. Seventy percent of our skin is made from collagen, and as we get older, our collagen levels begin to drop. Studies have shown that by the time we turn 21, our production of collagen starts to decline. And by the time we turn 60, well ladies, we have about half as much collagen as we did when we were just turning 21! The good thing is that there are many ways to incorporate collagen into our diets in multiple formats ranging from pills to drinks to protein powders.
Speaking of anti-aging, collagen is excellent in aiding to hide cellulite and stretch marks by generating stronger and thicker skin. Collagen has been shown to also help with sun damage on the skin, and to aid with the growth of hair and nails. Supplementing with collagen is also awesome for joint and bone support. The reason for this is that collagen helps to connect our bones to our tendons and ligaments. With strong connections, you are less likely to suffer from fracture related incidents, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions in the body.
Bone Broth Collagen
Here is the really good stuff! Let me back up first start by explaining what exactly bone broth is, and why it is one of my all time favorite products.
Essentially, bone broth is a homemade broth that starts with a pot of water that has been simmering with the bones and connective tissue of either cows, chickens or sometimes fish.
It may sound strange, but it is delicious and highly nutritious (it tastes similar to chicken or beef broth). It is full of minerals and nutrients (like calcium, magnesium and phosphorus), but most importantly collagen (see above).
When collagen is cooked, it turns into gelatin, which is chock–full of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. In addition to being high in all natural protein, bone broth has also been shown to be fantastic for your gut health and the fight against inflammation in the body. It helps boost the immune system, ward off Osteoporosis, helps with joint problems, and similar fabulous for your skin and nails.
Bone Broth Collagen Vs. Collagen Peptides
Both of these protein sources are excellent, and you really can’t go wrong with either (unless you are Vegetarian, then this is not for you. It is impossible to get collagen protein from non-animal sources).
Basically, collagen peptides provide collagen from only one source, typically from bovine (cow) hides. Most decent bone broth collagen powders will provide three types of collagen from different sources, usually from cow, beef and turkey.
I have tried many types of bone broth collagen powder, and my favorite is by Ancient Nutrition (I love the vanilla)! I usually just add half water and half almond milk to my shaker, it is really good.
Jojoba Oil For Younger Skin
When it comes to removing my makeup every night, or refreshing my face in the morning before I start the day, I 10000% recommend picking up some organic Jojoba oil.
It is inexpensive, and literally makes your face glow.
Jojoba oil is the best moisturizer I have ever used, and has been shown through dermatological tests that it can help with the fading of superficial facial lines, wrinkles and fine lines. This all natural oil increases the skin’s suppleness and can help in the fight against acne, an added bonus.
While I am still a fan of coconut oil as a moisturizer, I have since moved onto Jojoba oil as my new favorite, as it is not as greasy and is quickly absorbed into the skin. Jojoba oil is a perfect anti-aging hack because its composition is most similar to our own natural skin oils, so it penetrates quickly and leaves behind a smooth and glowing face, without clogging your pores!
Feel younger yet?
If you aren’t convinced yet, I encourage you to check out my product review page here, and read my honest opinion on these products. As I mentioned in my About page, I am an everyday chick, just trying to find a way to look and feel my best. And I am passionate about sharing my experience with all of my sista’s out there.
What you put in your body matters and what you put on your body matters, I promise you it does. Take your time, do your research, and make the healthiest choices that you can.
I’d love to hear some feedback from you.
Leave your comments or questions below, I would love to connect!
All the best,
**This post is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations related to your individual situation.**
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