Fight aging with good nutrition!

Marie France Bodyline
Healthy foods

Aging. The one thing in life we can't avoid or take control of, like passing of time. As inevitable as it may sound, aging is something we all don't want to talk about, but fortunately, there are things we could do to slow it down and stay healthy.

Eating healthy and aging has always been intertwined. Our parents always have told us that to promote longevity and support a good quality of life, it is essential that we maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle by consuming nutritional foods, exercising and relaxing our mind and soul. And they could not be more correct.

Before we dwell into the many things that help slow down aging, let's briefly talk about what happens when we age. Basically, our bodies become less efficient at maintaining muscle mass and the proteins in our body begin to degrade as we age. Amongst women particularly, loss of bone density starts to show up as we age, and some start showing signs even in their middle age. In some people, our immune systems start to weaken as we age too, which may lead to various foodborne illnesses that you probably never even heard of when you were younger.

Now, for the foods that actually help provide extra ammunition against signs of aging, and perhaps aging itself. We've got the homework done for you so that you don't have to.

Avocado

Avocado
Good source of Vitamin E and can help to maintain healthy skin and prevent skin aging and also help alleviate menopausal hot flushes.

Berries

Berries
Contain powerful antioxidants (flavonoids and anthocyanins), which help to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals and aging.

Dark Chocolates

Dark Chocolates
High concentration of antioxidant flavanols in cocoa beans helps reduce inflammation of the skin caused by exposure to UV light.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous Vegetables
Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, turnip, sprouts, radish and watercress assist the body in its fight against toxins and cancer.

Herbs and Spices

Herbs & Spices Garlic - A clove of garlic a day (raw or cooked) helps to protect the body against cancer and heart disease.
Turmeric - Rich in antioxidants and prevents free radical formation.
Ginger - this spicy root can boost the digestive and circulatory systems which can be useful for older people.
Cinnamon - May help lower blood sugar

Walnuts

Walnuts
Rich in potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and selenium, all of which can enhance the functioning of digestive and immune systems, improve skin and help control or event prevent cancer.

Soya

Soya
Menopausal women might find that soya helps to maintain oestrogen levels and may alleviate menopausal hot flush, and further protect against Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis and heart disease.

Watermelon

Watermelon
Both the flesh and seeds of the watermelon are nutritious. The flesh contains vitamin A, B, and C; the seeds contain selenium, essential fats, zinc and vitamin E, all of which help against free radical damage and aging.

Water

Water
Drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday in order to remain healthy. Water helps us to get rid of the toxins and unwanted waste material from the body.

Fish

Fish
Certain fish provide omega-3 fatty acids that help combat inflammation in the body. Omega-3 fatty acids are famous for preventing premature aging.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Helps in reducing cholesterol levels, lower rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer and prevents loss of age-related cognitive thinking.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal
Non-instant oatmeal is rich in B vitamins, which also increases your blood sugar slowly. This keeps you from getting hungry very often. Oatmeal also is an excellent source of magnesium and also vital for a healthy skin.

Yogurt

Yogurt
Excellent source of calcium, vitamin D and proteins, all of which are important for your skin. Yogurts also contain probiotics, which can reduce the inflammation that your skin might have and increase the oxygen levels that your skin receives.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes
Contain lycopene, an antioxidant compound that helps maintain youthful skin texture and may reduce the risk of some types of cancer (especially prostate, lung and stomach cancer) as well as heart disease.

White and Green Teas

Teas
White and green teas contain the most powerful antioxidants that lower the risks of conditions such as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

Grapes

Grapes
Grape seeds contain the quintessential grape seed extract that is a complex antioxidant. It also contains resveratrol that protects collagen from free radicals and protects your blood vessels.

Long story short, our mind may stay young but body doesn't get any younger by the days. By combining a healthy eating habit, active lifestyle and a positive mindset, we could perhaps increase our chances in living a happier and longer life. Incorporate the above foods or ingredients in your meals, and you will probably start seeing the differences as you go along.

Getting a balanced diet is essential in making sure your nutrient supplies are intact. Nutrients such as protein, calcium, fiber, Vitamins C and D and minerals are as important as they are helpful or functional to your aging body, cells and muscles. All of these nutrients not only helps one by slowing down the signs of aging, but also to live better, and most importantly, reduce the risk of chronic diseases and supports a balanced living. As you age, knowing what your body wants and needs would also be very helpful in getting through the different phases of aging. Women, for instance, would generally require more amounts of nutrients such as calcium more than men, so it is pertinent that women start drinking calcium-rich milk or other supplements from the time they enter their 30s.

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