First, nobody who wants to stay young should smoke. This cause internal and external wrinkles and introduces cadmium, a toxic heavy metal, into the system as well as the free radicals, toxic byproducts of oxygen, which many scientists believe accelerate aging. They can cause mutations in DNA and implicated and inflammatory conditions, degenerative arthritis, cancer and alterations in the immune system, but can be neutralized by eating green vegetables. With which they combine readily and safely.
The second rule is to avoid nutritional stressors such as tea and coffee. ‘These do you no good at all,’ said Dr de Winter. ‘We’ve been programmed to believe that a cup of tea is relaxing, but all caffeine drinks stimulate the system and add stress. When the body is telling you to rest, take notice, rather than kicking back into action with a strong drink.
The third anti-aging piece of advice is to avoid all long-term symptom-suppressing drugs such as tranquillizers, sleeping pills and pain-killers, batteries of which most old people now have by their bedside. ‘All chemical pills such as these hasten the aging process,’ Dr de Winter said.
And finally, avoid all hard drugs of addition. This includes alcohol. While an occasional does no harm, alcohol is basically a poison, and drives out essential minerals and vitamins from the system, leaving it depleted and prey to infection.
Dr de Winter believes the question of heredity is a ‘beautiful excuse’. ‘Cancer, for instance, runs in families, but so does the way we live. I think it is more likely that bad habits and bad examples are passed on, rather than actual genes which make us age quickly.’
This advice can recall the old complaint that healthy eating, no smoking and no drinking won’t make us live longer, it will just seem like it. However, Dr de Winter says: ‘It’s a question of motivation. Those who seriously want to stay young will heed the advice.’
The biggest factor by far in youth preservation is attitude. ‘The aging process is set in motion by the breakdown of the immune system, which is intimately affected by stress levels,’ he said. ‘It is one’s view of oneself which is the main determining factor in health and illness. I have observed so many times that those who are self-pitying, defeatist and melancholy are far less likely to recover than cheerful, outgoing individuals. Those who don’t, won’t. Strange as it may seem there are people who actually prefer to be old and decrepit.
You are young so long as you wake up in the morning and your body is silent, not complaining in any way. It is always a good sign if you don’t know where your vital organs are. It means they are not playing up.