Slow the Aging Process with Tea
Aging, whether you like it or not, is a natural part of life. Unfortunately, everyone grows old and eventually dies. Not to be a killjoy, just stating the obvious. The natural aging process is something we can do very little about.; however, there are a few things we can do to help us age more gracefully. While we can’t control all of the factors, we can influence them in a positive direction.
Intrinsic & Extrinsic Aging
Aging occurs in two different ways. The first is intrinsic aging which occurs naturally according to genetically determined processes. The second is extrinsic aging which is pretty much our own fault. It involves external forces which we have allowed to influence our body’s aging process.
Intrinsically, the cellular structures of our body are designed to divide and multiply. As part of their normal metabolic processes, the cells produce a bit of yin and yang. The byproduct of their biological programming is the production of free radicals. These little freeloaders contribute to the aging process. However, to offset these free radicals, the cells also naturally produce antioxidants. They bring balance to the force allowing for the natural aging process to carry on as normal.
Extrinsically, things happen in our environment that contribute to this imbalance. An imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants is called oxidative stress and it contributes negatively to the aging process, meaning, it pretty much just speeds it up.
Where we live, our life choices, what we eat, what we drink, our exposure to the sun, pollution, radiation, etc all have an impact on the aging of our bodies. These external forces can cause cellular damage which can vary in their severity depending on the person. They can also increase the number of free radicals in our bodies and this further leads to that oxidative stress we talked about earlier. There are many theories about why we age, but they all agree on one thing and that is that aging is inevitable.
If aging is inevitable, is there anything we can do to slow the aging process?
Our bodies make antioxidants on their own to balance out the free radicals created naturally by the cell’s metabolic processes, but when extrinsic forces damage the cells even more free radicals increase. By increasing the number of antioxidants we are consuming, we can better level the playing field.
Tea just happens to be full of antioxidants including EGCG which is a specific antioxidant known for fighting free radicals associated with premature aging. Tea is also rich in amino acids, catechins, vitamins, and minerals. They all work together to slow the aging process. They might even help you maintain that glow with healthier and more vibrant skin.
The most critical life-sustaining force is water which is the number one support of cell function. The more you make water a part of your normal daily intake, the better your body will be at completing its metabolic tasks. Tea starts with water and since hydration is critical to cell function, this is a great place to start.
Study after study has shown that tea can help fight the effects of aging as well as aid in other critical functions such as the respiratory and digestive systems. Tea can cleanse the body aiding in more efficient organ functionality and it can help our internal systems run on all cylinders.
Are there specific anti-aging teas?
While quality loose-leaf tea in any category could be a healthy option, we have compiled a list of anti-aging teas that have amazing benefits including Green Tea, White Tea, and Tulsi. These teas are rich in antioxidants. Really, it matters not which tea you decide on, you’ll still get all of the anti-aging and rejuvenating results along with the fantastic taste. Choose what suits you and what you can make part of your daily routine.
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