These days it seems that we’re all trying to find the “magic bullet” that delays natural aging. Advertise anti-aging properties of a product and it flies off the shelves. But if you’re really interested in staving off the inevitable signs of age, some experts say one solution is found in the grocery store, and it’s not in the beauty or supplements aisle. Instead, look to nourish your body from the inside out by ingesting fruits, vegetables, green tea and a host of other healthful foods that are rich in antioxidants and other potentially age-deterring compounds.
The quality of the food we eat is more important than how much we eat. When it comes to the worst dietary culprits, potato chips, sugary drinks and meat top the list. If you focus more on food quality, then I’m willing to bet that you can lose body fat, have more energy, build muscle, and improve your overall body composition and health. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that a fast food cheeseburger with French fries and soda has far less nutritional quality than grass fed beef (that doesn’t come from a factory farm) on a sprouted grain roll. A vegetarian who eats mostly white bread, crackers, chips, and other highly processed foods is consuming far less nutrients than who eats lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, legumes, and whole grains.
Changing your diet to include these kinds of age-defying super foods isn’t as difficult as you might think. Fruits and vegetables are easy to slip into each of your meals or eat as snacks, practically guilt free. You could substitute potato chips with carrots & hummus (for a crunchy, tangy, sweet taste), switch ice cream with Greek yogurt topped with honey or agave nectar, and exchange cookies with grapes etc. Take a look at some of the other amazing health benefits founds in all sorts of foods at your local grocery store:
Basic Benefits of Healthy Foods:
Fruits: They are full of vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients to protect skin, eyes, bones and immune system.
Dark Green Vegetables: These kinds of veggies have some of the highest ANDI scores, a scale adopted by Whole Foods to indicate overall nutritional value of food. Including broccoli, spinach and other leafy greens, they are powerful detoxifiers, which help prevent cancer and heart disease.
All Other Vegetables and Salad: Anything the vegetable groups is good for you, especially providing rich sources of vitamins A, B group and C plus beta-carotene that support the immune system and heart health.
Legumes, Peas, Beans and Lentils: These contain a good balance of protein and complex carbohydrates. They are rich in B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, iron and fiber, which lower cholesterol.
Nuts and Seeds: Great source of protein and fats containing omega-3 and omega-6 oils. These protect against heart disease and stroke. They improve immunity and are a super anti-aging food for the skin.
Whole Grains: Brown rice, rye bread, oats and brown pasta are all complex carbohydrates with lots of fiber and are vitamin dense.
Good Fats and Oil: Cold pressed oils provide essential antioxidant protection for the skin. Other excellent sources of heart healthy fats include avocados and coconut meat.
Fish: Look for the oily kinds like tuna, salmon, herring and sardines. These “brain foods” contain vitamins A, B, D and E and omega-3s to boost the immune system and maintain those gray cells.
Lean meat: Chicken and turkey are healthy, low-fat proteins with lots of vitamin B. Protein is vital for cell repair.
Cheese and milk: These should be kept to a minimum, but eat lots of live yogurt, which has plenty of probiotics for a healthy digestive system.
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