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Anti-Aging Eating

In this day and age, people are living longer and longer which is fantastic news for us all!  Human advances in medicine and other pertinent areas have extended the average lifespan for humans to 77.2 years!

A longer lifespan is great for us all, yet as we get older it's typical to experience a variety of aged-related problems. While living longer is our goal, I think we all agree we can do without the physical aging part. What can be done to combat the aging process?

Heart disease, memory loss, and wrinkles, to name a few, are all aging symptoms we will all experience sooner or later due to free radicals.

Free radicals are harmful oxygen molecules that damage our cells leading to several age-related problems.  But how can we combat these free radicals?  The answer...by eating citrus fruits!  Their abundant source of vitamin C helps prevent wrinkles, protects our arteries, and reduces our risk of heart disease and stroke. 

Recently, scientists have identified some key nutrients in food that can help with anti-aging.  Let's take a look at the foods that can help us combat the effects of aging.

What foods are best for anti-aging?

Spinach and Grapefruit

Spinach is rich with carotenoids, which help to protect the eye from macular degeneration (a leading cause of blindness in the elderly).

Grapefruit is full of glutathione, which helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Tomatoes and Watermelon

Tomatoes and watermelon both contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant.  They are so powerful that they can even help prevent the growth of tumors!

Other Important Nutrients

As we age, our appetite naturally slows down and our body absorbs fewer nutrients as it once was able to do.  Couple that with the fact that many of us simply do not eat the right amount of fruits and vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, and we have a diet that's lacking.  To make sure you eat the right amount of nutrients everyday, include the following in your diet to insure you're giving your body what it needs.

Beta-Carotene: This can be found in carrots, yellow squash, sweet potatoes, and bright colored vegetables.  This antioxidant helps prevent wrinkles, dry skin, cataracts, heart disease, and cancer.  One sweet potato gives your body about 15 mg. of beta-carotene:  the amount doctors recommend we take in each day.

Vitamin E:  Found in nuts, wheat germ, and cooking oil.  Consuming the right amount of vitamin E can help cut the risk of heart disease in half.  All you need is just two teaspoons of sunflower seeds a day to get in half of this important nutrient.

Zinc and Calcium: These are the two most important minerals in your diet!  Calcium can be found in dairy foods, and green leafy vegetables.  Calcium is also crucial in preventing osteoporosis.  Zinc can be found in meats and shellfish, which helps to keep the immune system strong.

B Vitamins: The B vitamins help to maintain our energy and keep our nerves and brain healthy. You can find B vitamins in leafy greens, potatoes, bananas, meats, and legumes.

Our nutritional needs change as we age so make sure your diet changes along with what your body needs.  Paying just a little more attention will help you live a long life of health and vitality!


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