Foods that Slow Aging and Help You Look Younger

Our society has become hyper-sensitive to health and wellness.

That being said, we should all know by now what foods are bad for us. These foods include fast food, trans-fats and foods high in simple carbohydrates such as sugar and white flour.

We all know what we should avoid, but what foods are actually good for us?

What foods should we be eating to slow the aging process and extend our lives?

Throughout this article, we’re going to discuss several foods that can keep you healthy and young looking.

How Can Food Keep You Looking Young?

It is important to note that as we age, we can become deficient in certain vitamins and minerals that may not have affected us in our younger years. As you get older, you may not be able to digest food as well as you did when you were younger, and so you aren’t getting the same nutrients out of your diet.

Much of the aging process is attributed to the fact that our cells start to break down and decay, leading to wrinkles and problems with skin elasticity. Free radicals contribute to this process significantly, so it’s important to eat foods that are rich in the antioxidants that destroy them.

According to the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, “blueberries are among the fruits with the highest antioxidant activity.”

The highest concentration of antioxidants are found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables. The riches sources of these free radical fighters are berries including blueberries, blackberries and raspberries and leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and broccoli.

How Do Antioxidants Help?

Free radicals are generated through things like pollution, sunlight, even respiration. Though a certain amount of free radicals are actually vital to some bodily functions such as removing dead cells, an abundance of them wreaks havoc on your body.

The anti-oxidants in the fruits and vegetables we discussed attach themselves to free radicals and carry them safely out of your body to help protect from the ravages of time.

Other good sources of antioxidants include:

  • Salmon, which is also rich in omega 3’s. Read our Benefits of Omega 3’s article to see how this helps keep you young and healthy.
  • nuts
  • dark chocolate
  • green tea

If you can make it a point to institute these foods into your normal diet you will not only will slow down the aging process, but you will also protect your body from diseases that come with age, such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease and stroke.

Eat them raw as much as possible because cooking can damage the antioxidants and enzymes that fight free radicals. If you do cook them, just steam them so that they’re al-dente (still firm) because the more you cook them, the more nutrients you lose.

Finally, if you have the opportunity to purchase any of these foods as organic products, do it; the extra cost is more than worth it. The fact that there are no pesticides, chemicals, or artificial ingredients present in the production of these foods will help your body out even more.

If you’re not a big fan of fruits and veggies, you can also supplement with antioxidants though it’s not as good as eating them! Click here to find a good antioxidant supplement.

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