Best Foods for Anti-Aging
If you’re going to lie about your age, you should at least try to get away with it. Although we can't slow down father time, there are a number of things we can do to slow down the affects of aging. At the top of the list is keeping your calorie and saturated fat levels to a minimum. A healthy diet is important, but so is exercise to maintain a target of 5-10% below your ideal body weight.
Do the best you can to stay away from the danger foods such as salt, sugar, processed and greasy foods. Eat as much whole grain, fruit and vegetables as possible and try to eat more fish. We have all heard of the importance of omega 3 and 6 in our diet - these magical essential fatty acids could be the number one source of food for anti-aging. We also need food rich in vitamins and minerals, and foods that are raw over cooked.
Here is a list of some of the best known foods for anti-aging:
Cruciferous vegetables - vegetables such as kale, turnip, sprouts, radish, cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage are known as helpful in the fight against disease for their antioxidants and vitamin and mineral content. Try to eat them lightly cooked or even raw so that their important enzymes remain intact.
Fish -Mackerel, salmon, lake trout, herring, sardines and albacore are cold water fish which are awesome for their omega threes. Omega threes are called essential fatty acids because they are essential to life and they can't be reproduced in the body. So go fishing and reap the benefits of these anti-aging super foods.
Garlic and Ginger - Garlic has shown to be an important factor in reducing the risk of disease. It is known to help thin the blood and reduce cholesterol levels, which is key for reducing the risk of heart disease. As well, a study mentioned in a Women and Fitness article, says "41,837 women between the age of 55 and 69 suggested that women who ate a clove of garlic at least once a week were 50 percent less likely to develop colon cancer." Ginger is known to be helpful in alleviating rheumatic aches and pains and helps boost the circulatory and digestive systems.
Some suggestions for creating meals with these and other anti-aging helpers can be found in here.
You may not want or have the discipline to change your diet over night, but if you can move towards including these foods into your current meals you will have noticeable results in a fairly short time. There is no time like the present to help slow down the aging process.
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