One of the amazing things about the human body is that it uses the outside to clue us in on what’s going on inside. That gives us a chance to address health concerns before they become serious in many cases, and even reverse the process. Premature wrinkles, skin tone, the condition of your hair, and the way you look and move overall can indicate whether your biological age is higher than your chronological age.
I always, always stress to not focus on numbers- how “old” you are as far as chronological age, how much you weigh on a scale and simply how many calories you ingest. Chronological age is just a number and simply relates to the year you were born, but your biological age refers to how well your body is functioning and can be much higher or lower than your actual age. I’m sure you’ve met “old” young people, and very young older people! I see it all the time.
Here are some tangible signs of aging, and what to do about it:
Red eyes can come from more than just seasonal allergies or staring at the computer screen for too long. Showing up chronically, they could be a sign of Chronic inflammation related to arthritis, a disease often associated with an aging body.
How to stop it: An alkaline diet rich in antioxidants can reduce inflammation, cut down on joint pain and stiffness, and fight aging. When you follow The Beauty Detox plan, you eat a diet of about 80 percent alkaline-forming foods and 20 percent acid-forming foods. That means 80 percent of your diet should be Beauty Fruits, Greens, and Vegetables, while the other 20 percent is for Beauty Protein, Carbohydrates, Starches, and Fats. Very alkaline foods include ripe fruits, sprouts, greens, and other non-starchy vegetables. When you trade in the fast foods and refined sugars for whole, real foods, you may begin to see (and feel) less evidence of chronic inflammation.
Some of the best inflammation-fighting foods are:
- Sweet potatoes
- Walnuts (try my Sweet Walnut Chutney recipe)
Droopy Eyelids or Fatty Deposits Around the Eyes
The eyes aren’t only the windows to your soul, but a peek at the overall health of your body, and that includes the area around your eyes. If your eyelids are drooping, it could be any number of things, including fatigue, allergies, thyroid dysfunction, or fluid retention. In most cases, droopy lids are connected to oxidative stress, which allows free radicals to accumulate and cause cell damage in your body. The good news is that oxidative stress is greatly attributed to eating a poor diet full of processed foods. So stop it! Put down that potato chip and pick up some blueberries (yummy!) or crunchy carrots and jicama to eat with hummus. Free radicals can also come from the environment in the air or water, but a diet high in antioxidants can negate their effects.
How to stop it: Switching to a diet with whole, rather than processed, foods will help. Celery ( an ingredient in the GGS!), can help the skin around the eyes look healthier and reduce puffiness because of a compound inside called polyacetylene, an anti-inflammatory. It also aids your liver and kidneys in getting rid of toxins in the body.
There’s another health perk to noticing and reversing the aging around the eyes, too. A study completed over the course of 35 years by Danish scientists and shared with the American Heart Association in Los Angeles showed that fatty deposits around your eyes could indicate heart disease. While the scientists don’t claim that there’s a direct cause-and-effect link between the two, the study does suggest that premature aging on the outside is indicative of heart trouble on the inside. By noticing that something’s not quite right around your eyes, you may be able to stop heart disease from progressing with a change in diet. Though no one likes looking older than they are, these signs are also wake-up calls to start taking good care of yourself and nourishing yourself with the healing foods you deserve.
Wrinkles and Sagging Skin
Wrinkles and sagging skin may feel like an inevitable part of aging, but some people see wrinkles and fine lines as early as their 20s. There are creams, makeup products, and procedures to minimize their visibility when we attack them from the outside, but the ability to mask them doesn’t mean you can ignore them. If your skin is wrinkling and sagging too early, it’s a sign that you may be able to make lifestyle changes that will reverse the aging process and lead to a longer, healthier life.
If you aren’t feeding your body Beauty Foods, especially those for beautiful skin, like pears, cabbage, and turmeric, you may be seeing deep nasio-labial lines and wrinkles much earlier than you should. Deep nasio-labial lines could point to a congested digestive tract (which leads to congestion in the body overall), an overloaded liver, or mean you’re not getting enough oxygen ( breathe life in deeply!). Part of the Beauty Detox plan involves cleansing the body and all of its organs—to increase Beauty Energy and vitality.
How to stop it: Adding a few components of the Beauty Detox plan, like water and lemon and the GGS, plus incorporating Beauty Foods for the skin into your diet.
- One of the first steps to cleansing the liver involves drinking hot water with lemon each morning.
- Pears are super high in fiber that helps cleanse the colon while simultaneously delivering Beauty Vitamins , E, B, and A, plus minerals. And (and!) it’s part of the Glowing Green Smoothie, which I also recommend drinking every day.
- Cabbage works to cleanse the blood thanks to the vitamin C and sulfur. Just like pears, cabbage is high in fiber and helps clear out waste, too.
- Turmeric contains the powerful antioxidant, curcumin, which is an anti-inflammatory, and turmeric as a whole improves circulation (which then improves your complexion).
Changes in Skin Tone or Texture
As we age, we typically experience changes in our skin tone and texture. Keeping a close eye on your skin can clue you in to problems inside the body, too. Overly dry, flaky skin that crops up could be a sign that you should check out what’s happening with your thyroid. The thyroid’s ability to function depends on several factors, but a weak thyroid is an indication that your adrenals may not be making some of the hormones you need to stay energized and feel young. Both the thyroid and the adrenals depend on the small and large intestines’ efficient waste removal from the body.
How quickly your body ages all boils down to how clean or toxic it is. Work to consistently clear out the sludge, and you’ll notice that your skin glows and feels softer than it did before.
How to stop it: Give your thyroid and adrenals a break by skipping the soy and caffeine. Soy can depresse your thyroid function and could cause damage to the enzymes that synthesize thyroid hormones. You don’t have to add tofu just for “protein”, as whole plant foods naturally contain it. One dense plant source of protein is millet, which contains manganese, a mineral that helps strengthen your thyroid gland. Manganese may also help you maintain your hair color. Try my Millet “Couscous” Salad.
Drinking coffee to combat that chronic fatigue (mentioned in the next section) over an extended period of time could just lead you to trouble with your renal system in some cases, not to mention the highs and lows experienced when you drink coffee, crash, then drink coffee again only to crash again later, can be pretty stressful. The Glowing Green Smoothie will get your day started with a burst of energy without causing a crash later, and you’ll be giving your body a boost, not taxing your organs.
When you stop relying on caffeine and artificial sugars to power through your day and instead depend on whole foods, your energy level will stay more constant throughout the day and your organs can begin to recover. If you need a boost and you’re about to reach for the coffee (again perhaps), I recommend bee pollen (if you have a pollen or other allergy, or are new to bee pollen, check with your doctor first or try a very small amount at first). Not only do you get a dose of Beauty Minerals, you’ll increase your energy, stamina, and immunity. I recommend this to my chronically fatigued clients and share my Energy in a Spoon recipe in The Beauty Detox Foods. Here’s are other ways to get energy without relying on caffeine.
In addition, some of the best foods for detoxifying the liver and kidneys are:
- Probiotic & Enzyme Salad
You Constantly Feel Stressed Out
This has to do with how you feel more than what you see when you look in the mirror (though stress does show up on your face and in the way you move), but it’s important to remember that all that stress you’re experiencing is aging your body. The telomeres, or outermost parts of chromosomes in your cells, shorten when exposed to stress over time, whether that stress comes from a phobia or long-term emotional stress, like the stress involved when taking care of a sick child.
Stress is linked to chronic fatigue syndrome (which will make you feel much older than you are!), and it can eventually result in adrenal fatigue and heart disease. Your body releases cortisol from the adrenal cortex when you’re stressed, which is good for short-term fight-or-flight situations, but is the pits for daily life. If your job or home life is stressful and you aren’t taking care of yourself in a way that will help you alleviate and manage that stress, cortisol is probably running wild in your blood stream, damaging your circulatory system and contributing to weight gain. You could also be experiencing insomnia, panic attacks, and high blood pressure.
How to stop it: You aren’t doomed to a lifetime of stress even if there are some parts of your life that you can’t change yet and wish you could. Take control of your life with a healthy diet, which is obvious of course but also even recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting some exercise (I love yoga, but do what makes you feel great), connecting with other people, and sticking to a routine. Once you’ve started eating better foods and moving around a little, the stress won’t seem as unmanageable. For me, a good shower always helps, and I also really like going for a walk with my ipod (and leaving my cell phone at home for a little while).
Now for the Good News
The good news is this: you are powerful. You have a tremendous amount of control over how quickly your body ages by the lifestyle you lead, and how alive you feel. If you’re noticing signs that your body is aging too fast, you can change your course and stop inflammation in the body. Use the Beauty Detox plan to slow down, or even reverse, aging. Since the real cause of aging is a build-up of “gunk” in the body, cleaning out the internal waste that lingers and slows things down will make you feel lighter and look more radiant.
When you begin to take care of your body, you will not only feel better but you will look better. Isn’t that a nice bonus! Be well, my beloved Beauty Detoxers. 🙂
Thank you so much dear Kimerly for the very interesting post, love Edith
I’m 30 now and have been seeing wrinkles since my mid 20’s!!! EEK!
I feel tired often and my skin is dull and looks in need of a vacation! I’m done ‘playing healthy’ — the body doesn’t lie! It’s time to get serious with my diet!
I am stressed all the time… and have chronic migraines. I recently have been told by my Dr. to try gluten free diet.
Ugh! I have been trying to get rid of coffee but it’s a struggle! I live in London and it is so grey! I mean I’m talking about 3-5 sunny days a month sometimes.It’s the only thing that seems to keep me happy when I miss the sun. 🙁
Kimberly, there are a lot of great points in this article.
I think we can all get a little caught up in the aging process from time to time. I know that it is a concern that many women have.
The more we take care of our bodies, the more our bodies will take care of us.
Getting a lot of fluids, especially water, is a very important part of our health and something that is often overlooked.
I like to add a wedge of lemon for the added benefits as well as the added flavor.
I will definitely be referring to this article again and taking its tips to heart. Thank you!
I have sagging skin ,drastically thinning hair,swollen finger and toe joints and intermittent swollen and painful right leg and knee:(I am 5″3 and weight 112.Run ,walk ,lift heavy things,do yoga,only vice is a glass of red wine and a cup of coffee(weak,organic,and made in a chemex.I avoid cans,plastic ,processed foods,and eat 80% veges and fruit, morning smoothies with kale ,romaine ,hemp hearts,almond milk and frozen bananas and berries.No sugar.No dairy.No meat.Very little grain.Mostly sprouted,soaked oats ,millet and quinoa.No medical screening.Few fillings .Only with material tested by Naturopath to be biocompatible,won’t allow root canals ect.Refuse to take any meds.Have been vegetarian for39 years,vegan for 5.HELP
Hi Heather, you might consider adding in some saturated fats from coconut if you do not eat animal products and maybe bump up your protein intake so that your diet is going in a more grounding, building direction. You probably already get plenty of avocado, but if not, avocado and coconut sound like they could be your new daily bffs! And yes, reducing the coffee and wine to an occasional treat could help quite a bit too. 🙂
IT’S GOOD TO READ SOMETHING THAT IS HELPFUL RIGHT TO THE END WITHOUT HAVING TO BUY A BOOK TO FINISH THE INFO OR A PRODUCT, I LIKE THAT I CAN USE FOOD TO COUNTERACT THESE CONDITIONS, I AGREE WITH THE STATEMENT (WE ARE WHAT WE EAT) PERIOD, I DO NOT MAKE THE BEST CHOICES AND IT SHOWS IN MANY WAYS, I WILL NOTE YOUR VERY HELPFUL INFO AND BEGIN TO HELP MY BODY DO WHAT IT WAS MEANT TO .
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I have been subscribing to your posts for a few months now, and for me, this one really hit home. I’m sitting here having a glass of red wine after putting my toddler to bed, stressing about the last 20 lbs I have to lose since having him. I’m constantly worried about my tired appearance, and destress by watching Real Housewives and having some wine. Exactly opposite of what I should be doing!! This post has really given me a kick in the pants! Thank you for the inspiration!
Thank you, Kimberly! This article was wonderful!
I would like to know what magnesium oxygen you take. I bought the beauty detox book and I have been following your plan and I love it but i’m not sure i’m taking the right magnesium.
What can i do? I am unable to lose any weight even with going to the gym 5 days a week or going to yoga. I dont drink soda, rarely do have and goodies. I eat fruit daily. my portions are small. Meats consist of salmon, chicken hamburger . I also feel bloated alot with lots of gas in the after noon. My stomach looks 2months pregnant and never goes down even after a nights sleep. I have had my hormones checks which they say is fine. I try to eat a gluten free diet. Im sensitive to eggs which i havent had for months. Not much dairy lik echeese milk no yogart.
what else can i try?????
Take all animal products out of your diet! Think about the process involved. Chickens are stuffed into cages and suffer greatly during the slaughtering process. Then you put that pain into your body.
And try to cut down on wheat and gluten. Eat a ton of salads, green smoothies, quinoa, and lentils. Good luck!
Yes, stress and adrenal exhaustion can be turned around. I laid on the couch for over five years due to chronic fatigue, anxiety. Even though I was taking 7 prescription medications per day, I had no life. So, one year ago, I changed my eating habits. I immediately cut out all bad fats, sugar and junk foods. It took me a little longer to see and feel the results, but within a few weeks I had so much energy. I felt peaceful and finally, excited to even be alive. Yes, vegetables, fruits and good food will change your life, make you look and feel younger!
You are awesome, i am sharing your book with everyone i know
I have found this info very encouraging and helpful.Thank you for the probiotic recipe great for a gut that has been ravished by antibiotics.
love your newest book and love the recipes but some of your recipes dont say the servings but just “makes 2 cups” and i dont know how muchtohave soi dont over eat. any answers to this?
Looking forward to trying your millet and kale salads, they sound delicious! Thank you so very much. I have been making your green drink for the past 5 days. I love it! Now I have to learn about the rest of the program ( lunch and dinner). YOur videos are very encouraging!
What foods can I eat to reduce pore size and tighten skin?
Kimberly, how do you feel about matcha green tea for energy?
For almost 7 years now I’ve been suffering from constant Facial Edema, only the face and nowhere else. Heat, humidity and all sorts of food make it swell up like a balloon. Perfect examples would be Heather Locklear, Lara Flynn Boyle and Ashley Judd on their puffy/bloated days.
I eat healthy (also avoiding wheat, yeast and gluten), exercise, drink 2.5 litres of water and not on any medication and I don’t consume alcohol or smoke but the problem persists.
Drink more water, consume low sodium foods and exercise are the only advice I get from both conventional and alternative doctors. Please Kimberly, can you help me?
l am 37 years old and l have black. above my eyebrows and under the eyes what do l do?
What does one do when they eat right but like to drink lots of beer daily?
Eating unprocessed foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables provides the best foundation for our health.We read it time and time again, bit I wonder how many of us stick to these rules?I know a freshly made salad roll for lunch is a real pick-me-up, so much better for you than a pie with sauce. Great article, thanks.
Thank You for the great tips! I think it’s crucial to identify your signs of aging and attack them fast to keep yourself healthy and young! I am a big fan of natural skincare, and I recently came across a brand that refers to itself as a “superfood for the skin”. I immediately fell in LOVE with it, and my skin has never looked or felt better! It is called Airelle, and I highly recommend it to all the natural skincare fanatics out there like me! Eating healthier as you recommend and using a great skincare product has changed my life and self-image!
Hey Kimberly! Your book is the first diet that I have tried that really works and covers all bases! I have to admit though that I am a huge coffee lover. Its not the caffeine that gets me but rather the taste. What would be a good replacement for it? Every time i hear it hurts me I kinda cringe. I used to drink about 4-5 cups a day just because it was a thing me and my grandmother liked to do while watching late night tv. I now have a cup maybe once or twice a week but I can’t seem to drop it.
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Stress really is terrible for your body. Personally I never get stresses, literally never.
I plan ahead, manage my time well, and really take time for myself. You would be surprised how many people are stressed simply because they bit off way more than they could chew (with work, family, and activities).
Also I give zero thought to things I can’t change and I am very accepting of things I can’t change.
Thats awesome! Im trying to get there….
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I’m 24, and already have some serious wrinkles, under and side of the eyes, around the mouth, on the cheeks and especially on my forehead, and not only wrinkles, but the skin on my face looks like a 35 year old, when I smile the wrinkles really stand out, especially on my cheeks, I really don’t look like a 24 year old at all, I look much older, but my lifestyle choices haven’t helped any. I’ve been unhealthy since I was a teenager, eating fast food, sugary snacks (a lot of them) drinking soda and not using any skin products on my face. Is there any way that I can look my age again, and reverse this damage without expensive anti-aging products? 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁
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