Aging is the natural process our bodies go through, and regardless of whether or not we want it to, it’s going to happen to each one of us. We can’t prevent it. The majority of us over the age of 30 groan at the thought of yet another birthday.
We all have preconceived ideas in our heads about what aging means….being confined to a wheelchair, a cupboard full of medication, weekly visits to the doctors, unable to do the things we love to do, becoming a spectator of life and not a participant, wrinkly faces and bodies...you get the idea.
If we have family members with certain sickness and diseases, we may think it’s inevitable that our life will take the same path. And you’re right, it could very well end up that way….IF our lifestyle, diet and mindset resembles that of the relatives with those same diseases.
The thing is, research tells us that although genetics certainly play a role, what plays an even bigger role is our Lifestyle, Diet and the way we Think.
This is great news!
We can decide for ourselves the extent to which we will or will not age well. It’s a big mindset change, but one that is so worth changing.
Basically, if you want to end up like your relatives, then continue living the same way they do...after all, we learn our traits and habits from our family, and these traits and habits form how we live our lives and then get passed on to our children...and so on. The cycle continues.
If though, you decide that you want to break that cycle for yourself and the next generation, and choose for yourself how you’ll proceed through the aging process, then Yay for you!!
To get you started on your way, read on for my Top Foods for Aging Well, and Foods That Speed Up Aging.
Top Foods For Aging Well:
Green leafy vegetables - Spinach, kale, beet greens, swiss chard - These supply much needed nutrients to support eye health, skin, bone health and prevent diseases
Wild-caught fish - Slows the aging process by providing anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fats
Berries - Powerhouse antioxidants
Anti-oxidant rich Teas - Such as green tea, oolong tea, white tea and rooibos tea. These contain polyphenols that protect cells from free radical damage.
Herbs - Garlic and Turmeric contain cleansing nutrients and anti-oxidants that can slow down aging
Foods That Speed Up Aging:
Artificial sugar or other artificial ingredients - The large number of chemicals in these cause faster aging.
Refined sugar - This is the top food that causes faster aging in most people. It damages cells and causes wrinkles.
Alcohol - Overall, alcohol is pro-inflammatory and speeds up aging. The occasional glass of red wine may be beneficial as it contains resveratrol, an important anti-oxidant.
Grains - If not sprouted, these are pro-inflammatory and speed up the aging process.
Trans fats and hydrogenated oils - Promote inflammation due to being processed, which may lead to heart disease, premature aging, and some cancers.
Yours in health,
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May Anne Jordens-LaFlamme is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the owner of "Wellness with May Anne." She is passionate about helping women look and feel their best, so they can live a more fulfilling life - without dieting, deprivation, relying on willpower or cooking separate meals for the family.