Most of us have heard it all our lives, “You are what you eat”. Well, if what you most want to be (and feel and look) is young, here’s good news. New research shows that a diet rich in vegetables, whole grains, and seafood can help you look and feel younger, and keep you living longer. Try incorporating these anti-aging foods into your diet.
Because they’re filled with phytochemicals, blueberries help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress on the body, helping prevent cell and tissue damage, which contribute to the aging process. Opt for wild blueberries, which contain more anthocyanins than domesticated varieties.
Raw almonds are packed with magnesium which plays an important role in slowing the aging process. They’re also high in healthy fats and protein, which means they’ll keep you going and make you less likely to snack on less healthy options.
Tomatoes are jammed packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants that help fight aging. Cooking your tomatoes boosts antioxidant level. However, if you’re more interested in their Vitamin C content, eat them raw.
Inflammation plays a big part in the aging process. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as flax seed, help reduce inflammation. Look for bread containing flax seed. Toss them in your smoothie. Or take them as a supplement. Look for milled or ground flaxseeds, since whole flaxseeds could pass through your digestive system without breaking down.
Spinach is rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants, to help reduce inflammation and cellular damage, and fiber to assist in the digestive process and keep you feeling younger. But be sure to keep your spinach refrigerated, since the amount of antioxidants in spinach can drop by half, after just a few days in a room temperature environment.
Legumes pack a lot of fiber and protein and are low in carbohydrates, making them a great choice if you’re trying to lose weight. They’re also loaded with anti-inflammatory compounds, for slowing the aging process. Go for red beans, black beans, and pinto beans which contain the highest amounts of antioxidants.
7. WILD SALMON
Salmon is packed with healthy protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and help slow the aging process. For the best results, eat wild salmon and avoid the farmed stuff. If you’re not a fan of salmon, you can get much the same benefits from sardines or tuna.
Most yogurt contains probiotics, which can help in the digestive process and combat inflammation in the gut. Because probiotics target inflammation, they play an important role in regulating the entire system. Try to pick yogurt with high fiber and low sugar content.
Turmeric is loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that can help the digestive process and slow aging. Found in most Indian curry dishes and available in most grocery store, turmeric makes an excellent addition to any meal. But be warned, this yellow spice can stain clothes and even countertops.
In addition to adding these anti-aging foods into your diet, be vigilant about getting enough sleep, keeping stress to a minimum, drinking plenty water, limiting sugar, and exercising, as often as possible.