Proper Nutrition Will Help Slow the Aging Process
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 ·
Proper nutrition is an important component of slowing the aging process. The vitamins and minerals contained in food are a critical component in protection of the body.
Various nutritional components of the food you eat all perform different functions in the protection cells and functions of your body. So it’s very important to make sure you eat a balanced diet of foods from a wide variety of all food groups.
There are many sources of antioxidants in food, some foods contain more than others.These antioxidants in the food you at help protect cells from oxidation which leads to tissue degeneration and many diseases.
You can see the antioxidant effects of lemon juice by squeezing some lemon juice onto a freshly cut apple or avocado. The juice slows down the browning or oxidation when exposed to air. Antioxidants act similarly in your body.
By eatimng a wide variety of foods you will get a wide variety of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals.
- Amla Fruit
- Acai Berries
- Citrus Fruits
- Raw Cabbage and Potatoes
- Green Leaf Vegetables
- Green and Red Bell Peppers
Essential Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are very important to your body for a number of reasons.
Sources of Omega 3 fatty acids include:
- Cloves, dried, ground
- Oregano, dried, ground
- Salmon, chinook, baked/broiled
- Cauliflower, boiled
- Mustard seeds
- Cabbage, shredded, boiled
- Romaine lettuce
- Broccoli, steamed
- Brussel sprouts, boiled
- Salmon, mackerel, and other fatty fish
- Walnuts and almonds
- Flax seeds
- Spirolina (a type of algae, sold as a supplement)
Raw Fruits & Vegetables
If possible, consider eating a diet that is high in raw fruits and vegetables. Some individuals have given anecdotal evidence that a diet consisting of primarily raw fruits and vegetables can cause wrinkles to disappear and gray hair to turn dark again!
Of course, this has never been tested in a scientific laboratory, but the theory makes sense. You see, as we age, our bodies are depleted of enzymes. It has been theorized that the body has a finite supply of enzymes, and once they run out, we begin to age and eventually die.
Digestive enzymes are essential for the digestion of foods. Most foods contain the enzymes needed to digest them when they are in their raw form. However, those enzymes are destroyed when that food is cooked. Consequently, our body must provide the necessary enzymes to digest those cooked foods.
The body produces about 10,000 different types of enzymes. Their presence is absolutely essential. If one single enzyme malfunctions, you could die!
Unfortunately, those enzymes are eventually depleted. A 60 year old will usually have only 50% of the enzymes of a 30 year old. As we age, enzymes are depleted. As they are depleted, aging becomes more rapid.
A diet of raw food is an exelent way to save those enzymes. Consider eating at only one meal each day of only raw vegetables and fruit. There are many delicious recipes available for raw recipes. You might have a smoothie for breakfast, for example, along with some raw nuts that have been soaked in water for a few hours to activate their enzymes.
If you were to replace one meal a day with just raw fruits and vegetables it could potentially save up to 25% of your enzymes, which could delay the effects of aging considerably!