Is it possible to slow down the aging process? If so, what do we need to do? I for one am interested in the answers, since I work with seniors and am one myself.
One answer to the question can be found in the grocery store, or farmers’ market in my case. Many studies have confirmed the link between a healthy diet and prevention of age-related or chronic conditions. According to Susan Moores, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, “dietary choices are critical to delay the onset of aging and age-related diseases, and the sooner you start, the greater the benefit”. So the old saying “you are what you eat” is true.
As we age, we become more susceptible to the effects of oxidative stress (kind of like rusting) and inflammation. The theory is that foods containing antioxidants and other beneficial compounds help cells ward off the damage. “All foods fit into three categories,” says Dr. Nicholas Perricone, the best selling author. “Pro-inflammatory, neutral or anti-inflammatory.” Perricone says you can help to slow aging at the cellular level by opting for foods that are anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants. In contrast, foods that have large amounts of saturated or trans fats, sugars and starches cause insulin levels to surge and accelerate the aging process.
For maximum benefit, load up at the market on a variety of healthy foods, including these 20 foods, to slow aging:
- blackberries (here we go with the berries again)
- red grapes
- cherry tomatoes
- onion family, especially red onion
- cereal bran
- DARK CHOCOLATE (yea)
- black tea
- green tea
Other foods to eat include fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, low fat yogurt, nuts, and legumes which are packed with nutrients and very few calories. And last, but most important, water.
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