Saturday, January 12, 2013

Top 10 Anti-Aging Foods

Aging isn't just about how you look.  It's also about how you feel.  When you feel like you did in your youth or in your younger years and can still keep up with the same amount of physical activity you did then, it shows in how you look, feel, and behave.

That's reason enough to "obsess" if you will, over trying to keep our bodies from aging.  We must protect our bodies from sustaining irreversible damage. Good nutrition and exercise are two ways we can try to do this.  But with so many different food choices out there, how do we know which ones work the best at anti-aging?

The pictogram above was created by Nutrition Solution Lifestyle™ as a quick reference guide to anti-aging food choices. 

1. Avocado 
If you're not sure how to pick avocado to buy or how to slice it, check out this article -

2. Ginger 
Would you like to see a video on how to select, store, and prepare ginger?  Check this out -

3. Cruciferous Vegetables 
Did you know that cruciferous vegetables are also useful in warding off cancer?  But what are considered cruciferous vegetablesRead this to find out -

4. Whole Meal Pasta and Rice 
We're not too sure what the difference is but when you search for whole meal  pasta, it tends to be cross-referenced with whole grain pasta.  However, WebMD has a list of beneficial whole grains, which includes breads, cereals, and rice.

5. Soya 
Here we're actually referring to the soya bean which is an edible species of legume. It is high in protein, making it an ideal protein source for vegans.  It also offers many other health benefits, including a source of isoflavones, which many menopausal women seek for its estrogen-like effects.

6. Garlic
Garlic is one of the most commonly used cooking spices.  Although many people complain about garlic because of its tendency to linger in mouth after eating (causing bad breath), fresh garlic used in recipes provide numerous cardiovascular benefits.

7. Nuts 
Pretty much every nut offers some amount of cardiovascular protection.  They're rich in essential fatty acids and have a low glycemic value (great for diabetics or those with concerns about blood sugar levels).

8. Berries
Berries are rich sources of powerful antioxidants.  Antioxidants help to free damaging free radicals from the body.  Many berries also contain vitamins and fiber. 

9. Water 
Since the cells in our bodies are composed of mostly water, it makes sense that we should drink plenty of fresh, clean water on a daily basis.  Studies of humans who have lived to be over 100 years of age, have found that these individuals have also had a diet that included mineral-rich water.  Our health team recommends adding these minerals to your drinking water by adding a sachet of mineral-rich X2O

You don't have to wait till summertime to enjoy watermelon.  As long as you can grow or buy some watermelon, you should enjoy it.  Watermelons are rich in flavonoids, carotenoids, and triterpenoids, making it a great source of natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant health benefits.


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