Okay, so we can’t beat ‘Father Time’, but we can certainly have an affect on promoting a long, healthy lifestyle. By eating healthy, staying active, and keeping your nutrition in check, you can reap the benefits of feeling great for years to come. Here’s some instructions on which foods will help you age gracefully, healthily, and happily.
These juicy little buggers burst with tons of delicious flavors and health properties! One tomato contains vitamin C, A and K, potassium and fiber! Not convinced yet? Reach for the red ones and reap the benefits of Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that promotes good eyesight. Delicious in practically any recipe, these fruitful veggies aid in the overall development of healthy teeth, bones, skin and hair, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as possibly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
Now is the season to get your hands these delicious fall fruits. Loaded with flavanols, apples are a great source of antioxidants and nutrients. Besides fending off wrinkles, and promoting hair growth, these yummy fruits can also help prevent the development of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Grab one for a tasty, nutritious snack and promote healthy bones, and aid in weight-loss management.
Berries are great superfoods to promote healthy aging. Packed with antioxidants, these naturally sweet fruits are wonderful as a snack or a fun, healthy way to dress up a dessert. High in nutrients, and low in calories, berries can help prevent heart disease and cancer, slow aging, sharpen brain function, and improve vision.
Shadowed by the ever popular green tea, White tea actually has more antioxidants than green tea, even though it comes from the same plant. Try drinking at least one cup of white (or green) tea daily to help fight against certain types of cancer, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and have healthy skin.
Adding spices to your dishes adds flavor, keeps you fuller longer, but also adds short and long term health benefits. Cinnamon alone can decrease blood sugar and cholesterol levels as well as improve your digestive system due to its fiber content. Tumeric helps arthritis sufferers, and paprika and cayenne pepper improves circulation. The list goes on and on.
In general, fish is an important part of your diet as a great source of protein. Choosing wild Salmon protects you from the higher level of PCBS found in farm raised salmon. Rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is good for your skin, helping to reduce those angry, red, inflammations that cause acne. It also prevents the formation of blood clots, and slows down Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related cognitive problems.
xx, Grace Daniel