Food is the single most important thing to consider in our modern life, as what you put in our mouths can dictate our future health and future death, so in this article we are looking at how to eat yourself young in an attempt to reverse the damage already done.
Can We Eat Ourselves Young
Making good food choices can effect different areas of the body so let’s break things down taking body parts and how they are effected, by poor diet, and how they can be effected by precision dieting.
Unfortunately, due the menopause Women’s skin ages 25% faster than men’s between the ages of forty and fifty, as the levels of oestrogen fall. The slowing of collagen production which is the body’s supporting fibre means the skin loses its elasticity.
To get around this naturally eat lots of lean protein to replenish the lost collagen. This can be found in beef, pulses, nuts, oily fish, turkey, chicken and eggs so there are plenty of nutritious options to choose from.
Also try to boost your vitamin C intake as it’s a proven antioxidant in the fight against the Free Radicals that cause wrinkles. Good foods for this include berries, grapefruit, pomegranate, mango, green leaves and other fruits and vegetables, Spinach, macadamia and green tea.
If there are foods that help the fight against wrinkles, it’s just as true that some foods should be avoided. Try to steer clear of sugar, white bread and rice, and any processed products.
If you’re suffering from dry skin it could be that you’re not getting enough fatty acids and vitamin A. Good foods to tackle this deficiency are those with omega-3 that builds skin cell membranes helping to retain moisture, and suppress the inflammatory responses meaning less chance of itching and skin cell shedding.
We can find these properties in oily fish like sardines, salmon, tuna or mackerel, as well as walnuts and pumpkin seeds. In terms of vitamins, it’s vitamin C that boosts collagen production to help moisture retention and hydrated skin, so eat berries and mango for a vitamin boost.
Avoid white rice, white flour breads, pasta and cakes. These products are linked to raised insulin levels and promotion of inflammation causing skin problems.
Nobody like eye bags, it’s not a sign of character, it’s more a sign of no sleep and fluid retention that adds years to someone’s appearance.
In an effort to reduce these bags is to hydrate with water or herbal tea and employ potassium to help flush excess sodium through the kidneys which will reduce puffiness.
This is achieved by drinking juice from Acai berry that is a traditional fix for the puffiness around the eyes. Also try to add the following products into your diet, sweet potatoes, carrots, bananas, prunes, leafy veg, and seafood.
Cut down on salt to reduce the water retention and avoid white versions of bread, pasta and rice.
Over time our teeth discolored through general wear but also when we eat or drink certain foods, making us look older then if we had white teeth. Coffee and red wine immediately spring to mind, and of course there is smoking, which by now we shouldn’t be doing, right?
A good way to combat this is by rinsing your mouth with water after consuming coffee or other foods that will leave a stain. Interestingly, holding a piece of cheese in your mouth after eating fruit can help to neutralize the acid and supplies a calcium boost…who knew, right?
Food to add to your diet to boost calcium which is a great mineral for healthy teeth, is found in green leafy veg spinach and curly kale.
Both red and white wine should be avoided but obviously red being the main offender. Also, black tea and coffee, instead try green tea, and definitely avoid at all costs acid filled drinks like fizzy colas.
Amazingly, the diameter of individual hairs naturally starts to decrease after the age of 25 so it’s common for forty year olds’ to see finer hair. This can be hastened by the lack of micro-nutrients vitamin D, iron and zinc, plus thyroid complaint and menopause.
Foods to consider are those containing natural compounds called lignans that can be found in pumpkin seed oil, flaxseed oil and sweet potato, and linked to hair regeneration. Also, take garlic to increase blood flow to hair follicles, and vitamin B12 in fish, eggs, chicken and milk.
Things to avoid: Cut out additional salt, there is enough salt to be found in all your bought foods, so cutting out salt at the table is linked to lessen hair loss by as much as 60 per cent.
Graying or premature graying is linked to a list of compounds lacking in the blood stream, vitamins B5, B12, folic acid and Copper. So how can we increase the levels of these compounds safely?
The super foods rich in these vital nutrients that enable us to increase our levels look like this. For Pantothenic acid or vitamin B5 try to include whole-grains, lentils, avocado, and green veg in your diet. Any green veg will be naturally high in B5.
Moving to B12, this can be found in dairy products, red meat, white fish, liver, and kidney, so you can give yourself permission to eat dairy if you are fight grey hair.
The Folic acid or vitamin B9 is found in green “leafy” vegetables like and whole-grains. Then finally copper can be found in seafood, nuts, beans, whole-grains, avocado, radishes. So long as your friends don’t mind, it is also present in garlic.
Mushroom also contain copper as does the reishi the Chinese tea made from mushrooms thought to boost blood flow to the hair follicles.
Foods to avoid, and this is a re-occurring theme so we should all be getting used to this, it’s NO Processed foods! Not only do they contain chemicals and preservative, they don’t contain nearly enough nutrients needed for healthy hair or general health for that matter.
Chapped dehydration lips are unsightly and sometimes painful and usually a pointer to a low-fat diet and a deficiency of iron, zinc or vitamins B.
Firstly thing to do is hydrate by drinking lots of water and get hold of fruit containing ‘Carotenoid’. This is a pigment found in mango, carrots, sweet potato and pumpkin that turns the fruit orange or yellow. these fruits contain Betacarotene that is converted into vitamin A used to heal the skin.
The vitamin B2 is the lip-plumping nutrient called riboflavin can be found in whole-grains, dairy products, green leafy vegetables and beans. Iron is present in live, sardines, beef, lamb, duck so that’s a carnivores delight.
Avoid overcooked veg because the process of over cooking destroys the Vitamin B2, and avoid putting fresh meat in the freezer which also reduces the vitamin B2.
Diet To Promote Immune System
If you have been reading all my posts you will no doubt have already realized that there are and will continue to be contradictions in advise when it comes to dieting advise. This is for a number of reasons, firstly, it depends on the results you are trying to achieve, for example, lose weight, gain weight, or tone up for example.
Each of my posts will investigate the best diet in order to achieve a certain goal, already we have looked at foods that can reduce a hand full of ageing symptoms, and now we will look at adding to this by helping the immune system which is building on the superficial aspect of the previous paragraphs.
The following list my not come as a complete surprise but it’s worth looking at and asking how or what they do to benefit us. These are all food stuffs that make it into my kitchen, and when food I find I’m without them I constantly resort to binge on bread and other fillers. Basically, whenever I’m with these super foods I am never satisfied.
So, for foods that keep us healthy and satisfied, let’s take a look at the list.
1. Red bell peppers
My number 1 super food the bell pepper are the bad boys and really mean business. Ounce for ounce, red bell peppers contain twice the vitamin C as a citrus fruit. Rich in beta carotene for healthy eyes and skin and vitamin C to boost the immune system, and help maintain healthy skin.
The humble Broccoli is fully loaded supercharged with vitamins and minerals. Packed with A, C, and E, antioxidants and fiber, broccoli is by far the the healthiest vegetables on the plate. Just don’t over cook, so you lose all the goodness, just blanch or steam it. The only reason it’s not number one is the versatility of the bell pepper.
Garlic is really common place now but it hasn’t always been this way, thankfully it’s common enough that we can eat it without offending anyone. The must have addition to many meals has been recognized to fight infections, help lower blood pressure, slow down hardening of the arteries, and boost the immune system through its concentration of sulfur-containing compounds.
Ginger is another versatile super food used in all manner of dishes from savory to desserts. Its properties aside from packing a punch of taste sensation can help decrease inflammation, nausea, chronic pain, and lower cholesterol. Personal experience has taught me that it can also aid weight loss. Not bad for a root.
Turmeric has been in my cupboard for many years and for many of those year was only brought out to make a curry. Well, times have changed and now turmeric is added to anything that makes sense like vegetable dishes and chicken for example. This bitter spice is believed to be an anti-inflammatory and has been used in the treatment of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and it’s also thought to aid in the soothing of exercise-induced muscle damage.
6. Green tea
This ubiquitous herb seems to be everywhere now and quite right too. This is a superb antioxidant with high levels of epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG which has been shown to enhance immune function, and it’s also a source of the amino acid L-theanine that aids the production of germ-fighting compounds in your T-cells.
Yummy spinach is just Delicious, how can it be healthy when it tastes so good. Try reducing it in a pan with oil and garlic! Rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and beta carotene, which increases the infection-fighting ability of the immune systems, it’s similar to broccoli as a super food which with a light cook releases vitamin A and allows other nutrients..
Chicken is cheap, plentiful and tasty. It’s also high in vitamin B-6 which a key player in the production of new and healthy red blood cells, and when you finish your chuck you may have a broth left over, and that contains Gelatin, Chondroitin, and other nutrients helpful for gut healing and immunity. A 3 once portion of chicken contains 40 to 50% of your daily recommended amount of B-6. Another amazing power food.
A plain Greek yogurt without a pre-flavor and with “live and active cultures” on the label is the holy grail. It can be using in cooking main meals or taken as a dessert in its own right. Add fruit, nuts, or just take it plain, it’s a taste sensation and stimulates your immune system to help fight diseases, and a great source of vitamin D at the same time.
Almonds are full of vitamin E which is key to a healthy immune system plus a number of healthy fats. Just half a cup supplies 100% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E making it a valuable tool in preventing and fighting off colds.
11. Citrus fruits
Well, I have to admit these are not my favorite foods and I can only eat one variety which is the clementines. I know the list here represent a fantastic select of vitamin C boosting super fruits, but sorry, I just don’t like them even though I know I need them. I guess one out of five is better than nothing.
These are great for Vitamin C which protects against colds and aids your immune system and increases the production of white blood cells. Remember, you body doesn’t store vitamin C so it’s important to get your fix on a daily basis.
The Take Away
So, there are a multitude of fruits and vegetables that can help correct deficiencies and damage that essentially rolls back the clock on the ageing process. There are also super foods that can help boost the immune system to keep you safe and healthy so the answer in short to whether we can eat ourselves younger, the answer is yes.
It’s even accepted that the correct diet can under years of abuse and not only stop diabetes type II but reverse it just be eating correctly.
But for now I want to invite you to review a very important documentary and I need you to keep an open mind as you want it. This is a break through documentary called Foods that Cure Disease which talks to doctors and discusses the plague of disease brought on by poor diet and the potential resolution.
If you have Amazon Prime you can watch this free, if not I think you can pay a small charge to watch. Without Amazon Prime here is a YouTube preview. I hope you make the effort because it’s eye opening, even of you don’t agree with it all I suggest you try to incorporate elements of the is into your diet. If you watch it, you will understand.
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