Saturday, October 19, 2013



The World's Best Forever Young Secret
Not too long ago, Madonna, the ageless superstar, announced to the world that she was embarking on a "salmon rejuvenation" program to "knock twelve years off of her appearance."
Though it might be ambitious to think we can knock more than a decade off our looks, think again. If anything can do it, it is the antiinflammatory lifestyle of diet, nutritional supplements, and topicals. This is because inflammation is responsible for many of the internal and external signs of aging.
Madonna's truly inspiring sense of determination and commitment will go a long way to helping her achieve her goals. Madonna's dedication to the salmon diet has also inspired me to have a little fun, as you will discover in the upcoming pages.
Why Eating Salmon Is Antiaging
I have to say it once more: I am probably the single greatest advocate for adding wild salmon and other omega-3 cold-water fish (think sardines, anchovies, halibut, sablefish, trout, and so on) to your daily diet.
Wild salmon contains essential fats and powerful antioxidants, such as the carotenoid astaxanthin, that have important antiinflammatory properties.
Salmon is also probably the world's most heart-healthy source of protein. It is rich in long-chain omega-3 essential fatty acids—the most beneficial kind-—-which protect heart health, inhibit inflammation, act as natural antidepressants, increase feelings of well-being, and help keep skin young supple, and radiant.
Protein for Cellular Repair
Wild salmon and other cold-water fish are great sources of protein, which is necessary to maintain and repair the body-—including the skin—on a cellular level. The lack of protein is first visible in the face, even in a young person, but especially as we age.
Like a Surgeon
Not only plastic surgery can give you that sculpted look. Adequate protein is vital, because without protein, you will lose contours and definition in your face. This is another reason why a diet rich in salmon is important for Madonna if she wants to maintain that chiseled look of high cheekbones, well-defined jawline, good eye contours, and so on.
Protein cannot be stored in our bodies. For good health and outstanding cellular repair, protein needs to be eaten with each meal, and salmon is an outstanding protein source. Women, however, are very often protein-deficient, which shows up in their faces. Men, on the other hand, do tend to gravitate toward protein and are more likely to go for a burger or a steak while women choose a salad—or worse, a cookie. This is one reason (but not the only one) why men appear to age better than women.

As a dermatologist, I know that when it comes to their skin, women will invest great sums in topical products, procedures, and so forth. 
But there is a little beauty secret that is worth its weight in gold. If women understood that eating a simple, inexpensive small can of sardines or salmon would give their skin an unrivaled radiance, softness, and suppleness, like nothing else in this world, those foods would fly off the supermarket shelves. You would see a stampede toward the fish aisle. While the extraordinary multiorgan benefits of sardines and wild salmon almost sound like a fantasy, they are very real. Try canned salmon and sardines, which also contain both skin and bones, to experience just a few of these skin, brain, mood, and health and energy benefits of these amazing omega-3, protein, and calcium-rich fish, including:
Decreased inflammation in all organ systems, including the skin
Decreased body fat
Ample quantities of high-quality fat and protein
Beautiful skin
Elevated mood
Improved brain function
Increased energy
Improved athletic ability
Decreased puffiness
Decreased fine lines and wrinkles
Decreased sagging
Increased radiance and glow
Dramatically improved acne and decreased acne scarring
Improved attention span
Stabilized blood sugar levels
Lowered insulin levels
Healthy serotonin levels
Decreased appetite
You will notice a visible difference in as little as three days, with even more dramatic results by week's end. After four weeks, your friends and family will be commenting on how different you look.
And when you look in the mirror, you may begin to wonder, "Who's that girl?"
   Salmon: Fish for Compliments,  Anti-inflammatory Extraordinaire
If we are going to rate a food group as either pro-inflammatory or antiinflammatory, we will find that protein, on the whole, is neutral. However, some sources of protein, such as the fish listed above, provide powerful anti-inflammatory benefits because of two of their constituents:
Omega-3 essential fatty acids
The carotenoid antioxidant astaxanthin, introduced in
chapter 4
Thus wild salmon is anti-inflammatory. Beef and other forms of meat that are not grass-fed, like most meat available in supermarkets, tend to be high in saturated fats, making them pro-inflammatory.

The Borderline: Exercise:
Moderation Is Key
Madonna has, also reportedly started a more cardiointensive gym routine. Her rigorous routines are already legendary. But she needs to be careful and not subject her body to too extreme a workout. She should exercise some restraint because overexercising can produce inflammation-generating free radicals. It is not just pollution, poor diet, and the like that generate an abundance of free radicals; they also result from the metabolic process that takes place internally from overexercising and can damage the cell's DNA. That is why the previous chapter is dedicated to yoga. Madonna (surprise!) is reportedly an avid practitioner of Ashtanga yoga, a particularly strenuous form.
Exercise is vital to your health. It is also unsurpassed at lowering blood sugar, a key antiaging strategy. There are many studies proving that exercise can take off pounds, reduce the incidence of heart disease, lower blood pressure, improve mood, solve sleep problems, and even cut the risks of certain cancers. Exercise will also ensure that you have beautiful skin. Studies have indicated that exercise benefits the skin in much the same way it improves bone and muscle quality.
Youthful Skin—Naturally
When the skin of those who exercise regularly is examined under a microscope, the impact of their high fitness levels is clearly apparent. The skin is thicker and has more and healthier collagen, the fibers that give the skin its strength and flexibility. Exercise also increases circulation and gives the skin a healthy, radiant glow.


A Note on Chia Seeds

As you have read throughout this book, chia seeds are truly a super-food for their many benefits: healthy weight loss, their omega-3 profile, and their considerable (and unique) ability to increase endurance and stamina. I want to again thank Bob Terry, Ph.D., the technical service adviser of Green Foods Corporation, for his outstanding scientific insights and Jason Nava, the executive vice president of Green Foods Corporation, for generous help in explaining the benefits of both chia seeds and the green foods.


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