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Papaya: the natural anti-wrinkle remedy 

papThis article is for all you girls out there that are obsessed with wrinkles and who spend huge amounts of money on lotions, creams and whatever the cosmetic industry is throwing at you with the promise of making you look younger or prevent aging.

But hear this out, in order to get smoother, younger looking skin you should work from the inside (not only from the outside) by eating more of this sweet, buttery-textured fruit.

In fact, recent researches shows that a diet high in carotenoid-rich foods, such as papaya, helps boost people's defences against the sun's damaging rays and, as a consequence, helps fight off wrinkles on your skin.

More papaya = less wrinkles
The intense orangey-pink colour of papaya means it’s full of cancer fighting carotenoids. A recent study conducted on individuals between the ages of 40 and 50, showed that those who had the highest skin levels of carotenoids had the smoothest, youngest looking complexions. Their furrows and wrinkles were not as numerous or as deep.

And researchers speculate that this was due to the high concentration of provitamin A carotenoid phytonutrients in papayas circulating in the bloodstreams of the younger looking group.

Carotenoids are a family of antioxidants that include body helpers like beta carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, just to name a few. They are very powerful antioxidants and a good source of vitamins A, C, and E. 

In particular, it’s lycopene (highly reactive toward oxygen and free radicals) that works the magic on your skin.

But it’s not only about skin
Scientists have documented this common sense observation by finding that papaya promotes digestive health and intestinal cleansing, fights inflammation and supports the immune system. It protects lung and joint health, revitalises the body, and boosts energy levels. Papaya is a potent cancer fighter that is highly effective against hormone related cancers as well as other cancers. New research shows papaya can stop the growth of breast cancer cells, halt metastasis, and normalise the cell cycle.

In addition, papaya contains the digestive enzyme, papain, which is used like bromelain (a similar enzyme found in pineapple) to treat sports injuries, other causes of trauma and allergies.

Finally, the fibre present in papayas can help bind the toxins that cause cancer. In the colon, these toxins help in keeping the cancer causing toxins at bay. The other nutrients contained in papaya are also known to reduce the risk of cancers, especially that of colon cancer.

The AgeLESS™ protocol in the eBook gives a detailed strategy for anti-ageing and the recipe chapter gives an excellent papaya shake recipe.




Getting fit by exercising less

If burning fat were as straightforward as hopping on the treadmill from time to time, you wouldn’t see so many chubby runners. Many people exercise constantly, experience cravings as a result, eat a ton and never lose weight. For most people, it doesn’t matter how much they exercise; if their diet is off, the weight will catch up with them especially if they’re doing the wrong kind of exercise.

Burning calories through cardio is not the best way to burn fat because the actual caloric burn of aerobic exercise is minimal.

To put it into perspective, an hour on the treadmill burns off approximately one muffin or slice of cake, which is not a great proposition. Therefore doing more cardio is not the answer.

The good news is that you don’t need to grind it out on the Stairmaster or cross trainer with the gym masses to achieve remarkable results. Exercise is not about “burning off” calories or punishing yourself; it’s about achieving hormonal and metabolic changes within the body that maximise fat burning and muscle toning with the minimum amount of stress on the body as possible.

A “Dose” of Exercise

There is a common assumption that more exercise is better. It isn’t.

If we’re talking about a dose of medicine, a small amount has no significant effect, while a large amount is fatal. 

The dose-response model can be applied to exercise, as well. Make no mistake, exercise is a stressor.

With “death” being the end-result, clearly more is not better.

Borrowing from the world of pharmacology, I think of exercise as a “dose”; too little has no significant effect while too much is harmful.

As you can see, a relatively minimal amount of exercise can produce optimal results. But while some exercise produces a positive effect, too much will result in net negative effects (marathoners beware).

The dose-response model can be applied to the following concepts, as well:

  • Too little of a micronutrient will produce no positive effect, a moderate amount is optimal, while too much can be toxic.

  • Too little sunlight will risk Vitamin D deficiency, while too much risks sunburn. (By the way, if you don’t get at least 15 minutes of sun a day, take a Vitamin D supplement.).

  • Too little protein results in muscle catabolism while the optimal amount maximizes muscle growth and repair. Any more than that is a waste.

If more isn’t better, how do you achieve optimal results?
The goal is to maximize the net positive effects of exercise before reaching the point of diminishing returns. An optimal dose of exercise produces desired hormonal and physiological response with the minimum amount of stress.

Short bursts of intense exercise and occasionally lifting heavy things.

Have you ever noticed that most endurance athletes are pencil thin, pale, and look a little unhealthy? But what about athletes that are required to perform short bursts of maximum output, like sprinters? They are ripped!

This is what happens when you run too much; your body doesn’t know you are running a marathon or if you’ve just been run over by a truck. Your body simply knows that it is experiencing significant trauma. Hence your hormones go wacky, your fight-or-flight stress response is heightened and your body pumps you full of stress hormones. For long-term training, fat loss and health, this is all bad news.

Because it’s always trying to recover from what you just did to it and protecting itself from whatever might happen next, your befuddled body never has a chance to heal. As a result, your body gleefully eats away at your muscle.

While endurance training sends a signal to become more energy efficient and use more fat as fuel, high intensity training sends the muscles an adaptive signal to become bigger and stronger and more efficient using glucose for fuel. With high amounts of endurance training you are at a higher risk of fat storage due to starvation response and associated metabolic slowdown when not replenishing enough calories after a long run, not to mention fat gain after overdoing it with post-exercise binges.

The Fat Loss Puzzle details the FitSMART™ programme involving simple, time effective exercises, some where you only exercise for literally minutes for maximum fat burning.