Foods That Reverse Aging
Eva R. Marienchild
Scientists today are pretty much in agreement over the fact that nutrition will help us get over the hurdle of aging, while helping us stay vibrant longer. By now, it’s well understood that what we put in our bodies affects our mind-body connection. In general, there are certain food guidelines we should follow as we get older. For instance, we should consume fewer calories and avoid saturated fats and we should load up on whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Oily fish is also good once in a while. We should also cut down drastically or eliminate entirely processed sugar and salt (try using stevia, which is a natural grain sweetener and a pinch of sea salt now and then).
In addition, there are certain foods that have been proven to aid in helping to reverse the aging process:
These vegetables include kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, watercress and Brussels sprouts (radish is also a cruciferous vegetable, although a less well-known one). These foods help fight cancer and eliminate toxins that accumulate in the body. It’s important to eat them raw or blanched, so the powerful enzymes stay intact. Try to have one serving a day.
Garlic, whether eaten raw or cooked, protects against cancer and heart disease. Try to eat one clove a day. Garlic reduces cholesterol and thins the blood more effectively than aspirin.
The avocado is usually eaten with salads and entrees as if it were a vegetable. It is popular as the main ingredient in guacamole. This food is full of healthy monounsaturated fat, which helps reduce the bad type of cholesterol. In addition, it contains Vitamin E, which helps maintain healthy skin and reduces menopausal flashes, and potassium, which keeps water retention down and reduces the chances of your getting high blood pressure.
All black and blue berries -the dark berries- such as blackberries, blueberries, black currants and black grapes are chock-full of flavonoids, phytochemicals which protect the body against free radicals, which are unpaired atoms or groups of atoms that are formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules (these may result in accelerated aging).
Soy products, in particular fermented soy, which is easily digested and less likely to lead to food intolerance, helps menopausal women to maintain their proper estrogen levels. It has been known to help protect against Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis and heart disease.
Most nuts possess valuable amounts of minerals. This particularly applies to Brazil nuts and walnuts. Nuts also help control cholesterol level. Try to eat them raw, whenever possible and be careful to avoid rancid nuts.
Whole grains and legumes
This category - whole grain pastas, breads, rice and legumes - provide the body’s 'fuel'. Complex carbohydrates don’t convert to simple sugar, which contains relatively little nutritional value for your body. The longer chains of sugar molecules take more time to break down, which provides the body its needed energy throughout the day. These foods have a great deal of fibre, as well. Brown rice is also rich in the essential Vitamin B's.
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