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Anti-Ageing Foods

 

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Most people would agree that an ideal diet to combat the aging process would be one rich in vegetables and fruits, whole grain products, fish oils and fiber. Lowering your amount of sugar and fats is very important to keeping healthy and retaining that younger look. Besides these rules, there are still other foods you should consider for a healthier lifestyle.

Below are 10 foods in the anti-aging category that will help you get back your youthful vitality and strength..

Some people believe avocados are vegetables, but they're actually fruits. They provide the body with "good fats" or mono-unsaturated fats, which you need in order to fight the so-called "bad" cholesterol in your body. Avocados provide you with Vitamin E, which is necessary for a healthier skin. Vitamin E also helps fight premature aging of the skin, because it is a good source of potassium, which helps fight high blood pressure.

Berries

Black grapes, black currents and blueberries are full of phytochemicals, which are also called flavonoids. These flavonoids act as an antioxidant to shield the body from free radicals, which are known to cause premature aging.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables include watercress, broccoli, turnips, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and radishes. These types of vegetables help prevent toxin build-up in the body and help guard against certain types of cancer. In order to enjoy the most of the above vegetables, you should eat at least 115g (4oz.) of one or more of these per day. If possible, eat them raw, and if you must cook them, steam them lightly in order to save the live enzymes they contain.

Garlic

Garlic is not just for fighting off Vampires; studies have shown that if you eat just one garlic clove per day (cooked or raw) you can help protect against cancer and heart disease. An IOWA study showed that women 55 to 69 years old reported less risk of getting cancer of the colon. The results of a subsequent study (in India) indicated that garlic significantly helped control levels of cholesterol and aid in thinning the blood much better than taking aspirin.

Ginger

Ginger aids in boosting digestion and your body's blood circulation. And it also helps ease the pain of rheumatism, which plague older people.

Nuts

Walnuts provide large amounts of selenium iron, potassium, zinc and magnesium and copper. But they also have a very high caloric count. You should eat nuts daily on your cereals and your desserts. They aid you digestive system boost your immune system and help in preventing cancer. Nuts also help lower your levels of bad cholesterol.

Soya

Soya helps maintain levels of estrogen in women going through menopause. And it helps ease the effects of hot flashes that accompany menopause. Soya is also effective in fighting heart disease, Alzheimer's and osteoporosis. Soya products that have been fermented are better than those that are modified genetically because they are much easier on the digestive system. They also contain more nutrition.

Whole Meal Pasta and Rice

Complex carbohydrates provide a good amount of iron and fibre. They are also excellent energy boosters, and you should incorporate them into your diet every day. Brown rice and whole wheat past are a great source of the B vitamins.

Watermelon

Watermelons are very high in nutrition. They contain vitamins A, B and C, and you get good amounts of zinc, vitamin E, fats and selenium from the pips. These nutrients help guard against ageing and help rid the body of free radicals. Watermelon juice is also very healthful.

Water

You need water to help keep your body healthy and functional. You should drink eight glasses of water per day. This helps filter all the waste by-products and toxins from your body. You should avoid sweet drinks that are processed and choose fresh juices and skim milk. You should not drink too much coffee and tea.


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