Healthy Ways to Slow Down Aging.
Some men and women who are already in their sixties still look as if they are in their forties, or some of those who are in their fifties look as if they are in their thirties. What are their secrets? Is there really such a thing as fountain of youth?
Antioxidants are key in helping you stay youthful. They neutralize what scientists call “free radicals”. Free radicals set off a chain reaction that can kill cells, tear holes in cell membranes, mutate DNA which is the mastermind of cell activity. Two known antioxidants are Vitamin A and C. The best source of vitamin C is citrus fruits. Rich source of Vitamin A are carrots, squash, spinach and collard greens.
Get out and walk! Walking strengthens the bones in your lower half, making you less susceptible to osteoporosis. A brisk pace usually means covering a mile about 15 minutes. Brisk walking is a good alternative for those who are reluctant to do traditional aerobic exercises.
I am sure you’re not surprised to hear that healthy eating is also a player in the age slowing process game. The main health goal in cutting down fat content in the diet is to prevent your vital arteries from clogging up with cholesterol. The standard advice has been to shift from animal-based foods like meat and butter to vegetables. The following foods have been recommended by nutritionists as fat-busters. Polyunsaturated fats. The best source is sunflower-seed oil. It tends to lower blood cholesterol levels. Water-soluble fiber, which binds with water and cholesterol components in the gastrointestinal tract, helps remove the cholesterol from the system. Best sources are beans and oat products and fruits with pectin such as oranges and apples. Fish, particularly salmon and mackerel, is one of the best things you can eat to stay healthy. Many types of fish contain a component known as EPA (eicosapentanoic acid), which nullifies the high fat content found in fish. Nutritionists recommend that you eat fish at least three times a week. If you are really serious to lower your blood cholesterol, eat a standard portion of fish and a hefty portion of water-soluble fiber a day.
While you’re in the battle to keep that youthful look, remember to stay on top of your dental care, stop smoking (if you’re a smoker), manage your stress and relax and enjoy life! Later this week I will blog about some great relaxation techniques.