Bad Habit: Too Much SugarThe amount of sugar you consume matters for longevity. The refined sugar in sweets and carbs causes inflammation, which leads to the slow destruction of every tissue and organ in your body. Inflammation also increases the risk for age-related diseases like cancer, heart disease, joint pain, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.
Holistic Fix: BLD Power Combo
While you work on taming your sweet tooth, start to reverse the years of damage caused by inflammation at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eating anti-inflammatory foods may help to avoid spikes in blood sugar and possibly repair the harmful effects of eating refined sugars. Additionally, these foods can help to stabilize insulin and reduce cravings. Add seven walnuts to cereal or yogurt at breakfast. They're full of good fat to help fight inflammation. At lunch, have celery sticks; they have anti-inflammatory properties and may help to potentially ward off memory loss. Cook your dinner with crushed garlic, which prevents blood vessels from contracting and raising blood pressure.
Bad Habit: Too Much Sun
Years of sun overexposure can cause damage to your skin in the form of freckles, age spots and discoloration. Even if you've suffered a series of sunburns, you haven't ruined your skin. Start reversing sun damage and boost cell turnover.
Holistic Fix: Retinol
Retinol is a form of vitamin A that penetrates the skin through the sebaceous glands to combat pigmentation and boost cell turnover. It can help your skin look more plump and firm. You'll find retinol cream in drugs stores across the country. Start applying three times a week at night.
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