Cleopatra did it. She used apple cider vinegar, almond oil, Dead Sea mineral scrubs and honey and milk baths.
Dr. Oz certainly does it. He experiments with everything from argan oil for shiny lustrous hair to a honey and cinnamon facial mask.
And millions of men and women worldwide do it every single day, spending countless dollars on high-end creams or plastic surgery, often for only temporary effects. There is another way, however, to achieve a healthy, youthful glow that lasts – from the inside out.
Besides adequate hydration, plentiful sleep, stress management and eating whole foods, some herbs and natural supplements have stood the test of time to slow the inevitable aging process.
In traditional Chinese herbal medicine, the herb Fo ti, also known as He Shou Wu, is a root that has been used for thousands of years as a longevity tonic. Its nickname is “the black-haired Mr.” for its startling ability to turn gray hair back to its original color.
Fo ti nourishes and tones the kidneys, for when the kidneys age, so does the entire body. Fo ti contains a compound that rejuvenates the whole system, particularly the nerves, brain and endocrine systems. Fo ti supplements are available in capsule and liquid herbal extract.
Another promising anti-aging supplement is a superfood used for countless years in Chinese medicine. Goji berry, also known as wolfberry, rejuvenates the skin, eyes, hair, energy, and mood and stimulates longevity.
The Tibetans call goji “the happy berry” due to its tendency to elevate one’s mood.
A legend has it that a Tibetan monk lived to be a few hundred years old because he drank the well water that a goji berry limb had dipped into, infusing the water with its healthy effects.
Goji also has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants found in any berry. Packaged dried goji berries are generally tart and tasty.
Yet another rejuvenating supplement comes from the red wine grape. Resveratrol packs an anti-aging punch. It is a potent antioxidant and inflammatory retardant.
Resveratrol is known as the “French paradox” because the French are known for their cardiovascular health despite smoking and consuming rich foods. They attribute this to their high red wine consumption.
The resveratrol component in red wine also combats high blood pressure, may help replicate healthy cells and helps protect the brain from the effects of aging.
Expensive creams and cosmetic surgery only morph the surface of our bodies. To anti-age from the inside out is to also bring yourself to even greater overall health.
This is the essence of a lasting and youthful glow.
Regina Cannella writes about various health issues from her home in Charleston. This article is provided in collaboration with Health Smart in Bluffton. gina@health smartsc.com