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Inspired Living

Wellness Wednesday - Reverse Aging and Improve Health with Diet

MarikaTaylor

As we start to age we all wish we could reverse the signs of aging, so we invest in products and procedures to help us look younger; when in fact all we really need to do is eat the right foods.  By eating a balanced diet; it not only keeps your weight down, maintains your health, but slows the aging process.  There are numerous foods that help reverse the aging process and keep the body healthy, but here are the top 6:

Incorporate Omega 3’s in your daily diet.  It is recommended that you eat about 3 oz. of Omega 3’s daily. Foods that contain Omega 3’s include:  Flaxseed, walnuts, kale and spinach, but seafood is the best source. There are also Omega 3 supplements that you can buy; however consuming vitamins through your diet is always a best option.

Eat antioxidants – By eating various fruits and vegetables every 3 to 4 hours it helps to protect your cells from free radicals. Choose fruits and vegetables of various colors to provide the maximum disease fighting benefits.

Increase fiber intake – By increasing your fiber intake it keeps your blood sugar levels down and promotes heart health. The daily recommendation is 25 to 35 g per day; however most Americans eat half or less. To increase fiber intake eat such foods as lentils, chick peas, apples, barley and raspberries.

Eat slowly – Consuming a lower calorie diet has been linked to longevity and research has shown that by eating slower can automatically help control calories. Instead of diving into to your next meal, eat little bites and chew thoroughly at each meal.

Eat healthy Fats – Yes some fats are good and we need them. Consuming a variety of healthy fats such as almonds, olive oil, and avocado can lower bad cholesterol and decrease your risk of atherosclerosis.

Add protein to every meal – Protein is necessary for daily repair of nearly every single cell in your body. Getting enough is critical to your health and vitality, especially as you get older. Protein should consist of about 30% of daily calories. Choose lean protein such as chicken, turkey, egg whites, and beans.