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Reveal the real secrets of youth with Grace Belgravia experts

May 18th, 2015 | Beauty, Fitness, Lifestyle, Nutrition

Fairytale inventions like the fountain of youth have created a society where we are always searching; for the right product, the treatment that works, the quick fix and even reversal tactics with injections and lifts, nips and tucks. This week our experts at Grace Belgravia, shared their combined knowledge on ageing, giving insight into how we can use science to ensure we age gracefully.

Grace Belgravia’s Medical Director and co-founder, Dr Tim Evans, hosted the event, with Nutritionist Henrietta Norton opening the panel contributions.

Henrietta discussed how ageing can be positively influenced by the nurturing capabilities of food and how our diet plays an integral part in our life-health span.  Foods have the potential to cause inflammation and oxidative stress in the body.  Her key advice was:

  • Avoid sugar  – we all know this is found in natural food such as fruits, but is even in the coating of coffee beans and charred food!
  • Top foods that promote healthy ageing included saturated fats which are high in vitamin D and help to maintain the strength of the muscles, heart support and immunity
  • Sulphur rich foods, such as garlic and eggs, are also important in supporting the detoxification process;
  • Eat intelligently:  fad diets, fasting and that ‘quick fix’ have more chance of speeding up your ageing process than slowing it down. As with the turtle and hare, slow and steady wins the race to looking youthful;
  • For supplements, Henrietta’s top tips for everyone were Vitamin B Complex, Omega 3 fish oil, Vitamin D, Flax and Probiotics. 

Next, Grace’s Rehabilitation trainer, Jason Reynolds, pinpointed the three things you need to work on to ensure you age well:

  • Lean body tissue
  • VO2 max, and
  • Leg strength.

Our muscle is the largest organ group in our body and so the more we have, the longer we stay fit. A high VO2 Max allows our body to take in maximum amount of oxygen throughout the body, even when resting and leg strength is essential because all our movements, regardless of age, involve our legs and so keeping them fit is vital.

Then came Wholistic Dermatologist, Dr Julia T Hunter, who discussed the concept ‘from health comes beauty’:

  • the products she recommends will only be 30-50% effective if you don’t have the right diet and exercise as the core to your anti-ageing programme;
  • Julia revealed that 90% of her patients with skin issues such as acne or enlarged pores have poor eating habits.
  • Beginning with the right mindset is key – slow down the ageing process by understanding that illness, disease and skin problems are not inevitable – they can be prevented by living a certain way of life alongside supplements and high quality skincare.

Last but by no means least, the CEO of Life Length, Stephen Matlin, gave a talk on telomreres, the protective caps on each end of every chromosome in our body:

  • During the course of our lives our telomeres become shorter and our cells then divide. When they erode to a critical length, cells can no longer divide, causing us to age.
  • In fact, telomere shortening is considered by many scientists to be the key contributor to the ageing process, and hence measuring the rate at which the body is ageing can help to predict what health problems might arise as you age, and take proactive measures to stop them from happening.
  • At the Grace Wellbeing and Medical Clinic, telomere measurement tests are available through a simple blood test – they even tell you your estimated biological age based on your test results and to determine the best way to approach ageing well  – a real modern day equivalent to the fountain of youth.

The hot topic of ageing well underlines the Grace Ethos – that ‘prevention is the medicine of the 21st century’ and this insightful and information panel discussion served to highlight the secrets of inside-out beauty.