Is there anything we can eat to age well? It seems that in the last few years everyone is trying to find the magic secret of a healthy aging. We have become so concerned regarding the way our body – not only, but also our faces – ages that if tomorrow appeared a label is stating anti-aging, we would go and empty the shelves. This magic secret we have all been looking for is right our noses, and no, it is not plastic surgery and anti-aging creams. Some experts say that the secret of a healthy aging can be found at a grocery store: fruits, vegetables, green tea and a variety of other foods that are rich in antioxidants and other anti-aging compounds.
Signs of aging include not only wrinkles but also memory loss, decreased brain activity and an increased risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer. Healthy aging means that we like longer and healthier. Many studies have shown the link between a healthy diet and the prevention of chronic diseases related to aging. Adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes regular and moderate exercise, enough rest, avoiding smoking and a diet rich in healthy foods and liquids may be the best way to fight aging.
Certain foods and drinks contain some substances called phytonutrients, substances able to slow the aging process. Phytonutrients, being part of the antioxidants family, neutralize free radicals – oxygen molecules that play an important role in triggering diseases like osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. As we age, we become more susceptible to long-term effects of oxidative stress – a condition in which the body has an excess of free radicals – and to the inflammation at the cellular level. Antioxidants and their compounds alike are meant to counter the effects of free radicals and thus slow the aging process. Besides antioxidants, there are a number of compounds that influence the aging process.
To obtain the maximum benefit for our body and health, we should eat a variety of foods.
Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants; recommended for consumption are the intensely colored ones with at least five serving per day for maximum benefits.
Whole grains provide soluble fibers that help lower the blood cholesterol levels and also contain phytonutrients in amounts comparable to those found in fruits and vegetables. They are to be served at least three times per day.
Vegetables contain beneficial nutrients similar to those contained in fruits. Besides, they provide very few calories. Plants can be added to the menu 3-4 times a week.
Yogurt contains all the benefits of dairy products. Also, includes biological products that help the intestinal bacteria. It is recommended to eat yogurt that contains active cultures; at least one serving daily.
Nuts or peanuts are an excellent source of B vitamins, beneficial for the heart and brain. The fats contained in them are in the structure of collagen and elastin, helping to maintain the skin structure and strength. However, they are to be eaten in small quantities, because they contain many calories.
Water is essential for maintaining the skin hydration, of the muscles, the circulation and it is vital for all organs of the body. It is recommended the consumption of 2-4 glasses of pure water in combination with other liquids and foods rich in water.
Micronutrients from foods and drinks offer a multitude of beneficial effects. Regarding their impact on the skin, it has been proven to be more efficient when applied topically. Drinking 6-10 cups of green tea daily increases the secretion of substances with a beneficial role in maintaining the health.
A healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet can also improve our health and keep us in shape, but they do not lead to the disappearance of wrinkles. The aging process is related primarily to sun exposure and genetics. To age beautifully, we should avoid the exposure to sun, use creams with protection against the sun, avoid smoking, have a healthy diet and consume enough fluids.
Seeing the glass half full instead of the empty side can contribute on the long-term to the increase of our lifetime. Studies show that seniors who describe themselves as optimistic people have a lower risk about ten times to develop a heart disease or to die from various illnesses compared with pessimistic people. Researchers say that depression is known as a trigger for heart disease.
So there are simpler and effective ways you can turn to in order to slow down the anti-aging process besides plastic surgery and other drastic measures which on the long run will come to have negative aspects upon your body and health.