A nutrition rich diet is the centerpiece of a vibrant long life. Health experts agree that the food health pyramid needs to be modified as we age. Your diet must become even more nourishing, even higher in antioxidants as the years pass. A good diet improves health, provides a high energy level, maintains harmonious system balance, keeps memory and thinking sharp, staves off disease, and contributes to a youthful appearance. The aging process slows down if your internal environment is good.
Lower your daily calories to reduce the signs of aging. Overeating dramatically hastens the aging process: moderate food intake may extend lifespan as much as ten years. Your body needs fewer calories and burns calories slower as you age; optimum body weight should be 10 to 15 pounds less than in your 20s and 30s. A low calorie diet protects DNA from damage, and prevents tissue degeneration. An easy way to control a slow upward weight gain is to compose your diet of 50% fresh foods.
Fresh, organically grown foods protect your skin from aging. Your skin is a diet window. Already saturated with chemicals from pesticides, preservatives and additives, today over 70% of our foods are genetically altered. Brown age spots and rough skin texture are signs that our bodies are less able to process our foods correctly.
Keeps your glands young. Trace minerals, essential fatty acids and protein are important for youthful gland function. Good gland foods: sea foods and sea greens, fresh figs and raisins, pumpkin and sesame seeds, broccoli, avocados, yams and dark fruits. herbal digestive tonics with ginger, mineralizers from dark leafy greens like spinach, herbal adaptogens like ginseng are gland boosters.
Eat your way to radiant health.
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Diets for healthy healing Linda Page Ph.D., Tradition Naturopath.