A nutrition rich diet is the centerpiece of a vibrant long life. Health experts agree that the food health pyramid needs to be modified as we age. Your diet must become even more nourishing, even higher in antioxidants as the years pass. A good diet improves health, provides a high energy level, maintains harmonious system balance, keeps memory and thinking sharp, staves off disease, and contributes to a youthful appearance. The aging process slows down if your internal environment is good.
Lower your daily calories to reduce the signs of aging. Overeating dramatically hastens the aging process; moderate food intake may extend lifespan by as much as ten years. Your body needs fewer calories and burns calories slower as you age; optimum body weight should be 10 to 15 pounds less than in your 20s and 30s. A low calorie diet protects DNA from damage, and prevents tissue degeneration. An easy way to control a slow upward weight gain is to compose your diet of 50% fresh foods.
Fresh, organically grown foods protect your skin from aging. Your skin is a diet window. Already saturated with chemicals from pesticides, preservatives and additives, today over 70% of our foods are genetically altered. Brown age spots and rough skin texture are signs that our bodies are less able to process our foods correctly.
Keep your glands young! Trace minerals, essential fatty acids and protein are important for youthful gland function. Good gland foods: sea foods and sea greens, fresh figs and raisins, pumpkin and sesame seeds, broccoli, avocados, yams and dark fruits. Herbal digestive tonics with ginger, mineralizers from dark leafy greens like spinach, and herbal adaptogens like ginseng are gland boosters.
The best anti-aging foods:
• Fresh fruits and vegetables! Fresh foods gives you the most vitamins, minerals, fiber and enzymes. Plants have the widest array of nutrients and are the easiest for your body to use. Enzyme-rich fruits and vegetables are the essential link to stamina levels. (Increased free radical production, abnormal tissue formation (fibrosis) and reduced digestive capacity are all hallmarks of aging, and directly related to low enzyme activity.) Organically grown foods insure higher nutrient content and aren’t sprayed with toxic pesticides. Have a green salad every day! European research reveals the immune cells of vegetarians are twice as effective as meat eaters in killing cancer cells.
Note: Eat fresh foods whenever you can. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices offer quick absorption of antioxidants, which protect the body against aging, heart disease, cancer, and degenerative conditions.
• Sea vegetables are the ocean’s superfoods. They contain all the necessary elements of life and transmute the energies of the ocean to us as proteins, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, chlorophyll, enzymes and fiber. Sea greens and sea foods stand almost alone as potent sources of natural iodine. By regulating thyroid function, they promote higher energy levels and increased metabolism for faster weight loss after 40.
• Whole grains, nuts, seeds and beans for protein, fiber, minerals and essential fatty acids. Sprouted seeds, grains, and legumes are some of the healthiest foods you eat… living nutrients that go directly to your cells.
• Cultured foods for friendly digestive flora. Yogurt tops the list, but kefir and kefir cheese, miso, tamari, tofu, tempeh, even a glass of wine at the evening meal also promote better nutrient assimilation. Raw sauerkraut is especially good for boosting friendly bacteria. (Avoid commercial sauerkraut processed with alum) Bonus: Cultured foods act as a mild appetite suppressant for better weight control.
• Six to eight glasses of pure water every day keeps your body hydrated and clean.
• Green drinks, green foods, miso and brown rice keep body chemistry balanced for optimum health.
• Two to three tablespoons of healthy, unsaturated fats and oils keep your body at its best.
• Fish and seafoods 3 times a week enhance thyroid and metabolism for weight control and brain acuity.
• Eat poultry, other meats, butter, eggs, and dairy in moderation. Avoid fried foods, excess caffeine, red meats, highly seasoned foods, refined and chemically processed foods altogether.
To Life-long health,