Last week, we gave an insight into the relationship between foods and the ageing process. In the process, we told you about some food that degenerate the body. This week, we bring you the second part of how you can age graciously; without wrinkles, stooping, cramps, etc.
Some of those foods that we should start eating a lot more if we want the ageing process to be slower, in order words look younger than your biological age. Of course, food is not the only factor that regenerates or degenerates the system. Some day soon, we will discuss other factors. As they say, watch what you eat!
Foods which can help regeneration and anti-ageing include
•Raw nuts, seeds, soaked and sprouted grains
•Almonds, especially if they have been soaked in water for 24 hours
•Fruit and vegetables especially sprouts
•Beans that have been soaked for 8 hours. (That is, ‘sprouted’. This makes them alkaline)
•Brown rice that has been soaked for 22 hours. This makes it alkaline
•Organic Cottage cheese and yogurt. They are alkaline. The bacteria have changed the original milk.
•Goji Juice – This is probably the best anti-aging substance in the world.
•Bee Pollen (not for everyone-some are allergic to pollen from some
•Antioxidants (eg vitamin C, vitamin E, pycnogenols, coenzyme Q10)
•Evening primrose oil
•Foods with omega 3 fatty acids (e.g. flaxseed oil) and
•Foods with omega 4 & 5 fatty acids (e.g. evening primrose and fish oil).
•Gentle sunlight (vitamin D)
•A good night’s sleep every night, average at least eight hours every day. Lack of sleep is Cumulative.
Take note also, that:
In addition to the foods listed above, a frequent drink of good water is crucial. We believe that the best water is water that has been filtered by reverse osmosis. Next best would be spring water. Tap water is not as good because of the chlorine and the fluoride (although it is better than nothing). Distilled water is not as good for you – its energy has been altered. In some parts of the world, distilled water is labelled “not for human consumption”. Mineral water is not as good because the minerals are not in a form your body likes. Water that comes from the top of mountains is no good because, according to genius Victor Schauberger, it is lacking in oxygen. Many people’s health problems and anti-aging would improve if they would just drink more good water!
Nutritionists like to divide food into a number of different groups. I suggest that you think about dividing food up into two food groups.
One group produces acids when it is digested. The other group produces alkalies when it is digested.
Our bodies are constantly producing waste products, much the same as the exhaust coming from the back of your car. Waste products are acidic. They are called toxins. Toxins cause tiredness, pain and aging.
Therefore, if you want more energy and less pain and anti-aging, you need to eat less acid-producing food.
Foods that produce acids are carbohydrates and proteins. ‘Foods’ such as tea, coffee, soft drinks, sugar, flavourings, artificial sweetener and preserved meats are even more acidic, that is they are toxic. And pollutants; such as heavy metals and pesticides are even worse.
To neutralise an acid you need an alkali. The main foods that produce alkalis are fruit and vegetables, particularly leafy, green vegetables, such as sprouts, parsley and cabbage. That is why people should eat LOTS of fruit and especially vegetables, for anti-aging. Raw is best. And steamed is much, much better than boiled (as it retains the vitamins and minerals).
Once you begin to understand this, it is easy to see why so many people are suffering from health problems. Have a look at what people put into their shopping carts next time you are at the supermarket. (Lots of white bread, soft drinks and preserved meats). And have a look at what people have on their plate next time you are in a restaurant. Lots of carbohydrate and protein, and very few vegetables, except maybe for some lettuce.
This is not to say that we don’t need protein and complex carbohydrates. We do. The key is BALANCE. We need to balance the acid-producing foods we eat with much more alkali-producing foods, especially if we suffer from symptoms such as tiredness, pain, illness, gas and skin problems.
These food and drink options will help your body fight off the damage caused by aging (see exotic anti-aging foods for some odder longevity foods). Just work them into your daily and weekly meal plans and you’ll be getting extra vitamins, antioxidants and other substances that will help your body fight age-related illnesses. Start today!
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Avocados lead my list of anti-aging foods because that are just so delicious. Of course, avocados are loaded with healthy fats to help improve your cholesterol, but the main reason to eat avocados is because they taste so good.
I know I need to eat more omega-3s and that fish are a great source, but I have to admit that possible mercury contamination of fish has got me a bit scared off. That’s where walnuts come in. Turns out that walnuts are a great (and mercury-free) source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Eat a handful or two a day for all your omega-3 needs.
3. Green Vegetables
I know, it’s pretty boring to talk about the need to eat more vegetables — but here’s the thing, we all really need to do it. In fact, if the country could get 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day, we’d see a huge decrease in heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and more. So find some way to eat one more veggie or fruit this week, then add another next week until you get to 9 servings. Focus on leafy or deeply colored vegetables for the most benefit.
Water is good for you. This seems pretty basic. There is some disagreement in the medical world whether drinking TONS of water is really a good idea, but while they sort that out stay focused on water. Your goal should be to make water your primary drink. This way, you’ll be drinking a no calorie, no chemical drink all day long instead of the many, many high-calorie, high chemical alternatives.
Berries are packed full of antioxidants and other chemicals that your body can use to make repairs and prevent some of the damage caused by aging. Note that best of all, berries taste really, really good. Be sure to eat your berries without any sauces or sugars. Just enjoy them plain for their goodness.
6. Green Tea
Green tea has been a longevity supplement in Asia for thousands of years. It is a great thing to work into your daily life. Green tea contains high concentrations of just the chemicals your body needs. Green tea is also inexpensive, delicious and gives a mild (and gentle) energy boost from its caffeine.
7. Red Wine
Red wine is good for you — it contains a substance called “resveratrol” that help your body fight off age-related illnesses. At the end of your day have a glass or two to relax and unwind. You’ll get the benefits of a delicious drink along with the anti-aging properties of resveratrol.
Beans are a great source of healthy protein and antioxidants. Really, beans are a wonder food. Some researchers (like T. Colin Powell) believe that animal protein may cause many of the illnesses we face as we age. Switching to a (healthy) vegetarian diet certainly will help improve the health of your heart and arteries. Beans are a necessary part of any healthy vegetarian diet. If you don’t want to go all the way to vegetarianism, then just start by substituting a few meals a week with bean-based entrees.
When I think of fruit, I don’t always think of melons. That’s a shame because melons have some of the best nutritional profiles of all the fruits. They are pulpy (so they fill you up) and contain lots of vitamins for your body. Work melons into your daily/weekly diet and you’ll be reaping health benefits as you enjoy them.