Anti Aging Foods

You can radically reduce the visible and physical affects of anti aging by proper nutrition.

A balanced diet will play a large role in negating the affects of aging.

Obviously, the effects of aging won’t be the same for everyone. In addition to proper skin care which will be covered in another piece, there are three anti aging factors that can reduce the physical signs of ageing for everyone.

Nutrition: You are what you eat and many of the foods you normally eat have negative dietary side effects that increase the aging process.

On the other hand some foods fight the affects of ageing with antioxidants to eliminate free radicals.

It is important to understand the effects of free radicals in the ageing process and how antioxidants help with their anti aging properties in a manner far better than creams and cosmetics.

Creams and cosmetics are very important and have a strong and important role to play in staying and looking young.

Habits: Many habits that negatively affect staying young will need to be changed. If you practice a new healthy lifestyle habit for 21 days in a row you have then created a new habit and broken the old one. Changing habits is the second factor in proper anti aging care.

Exercise: Exercise is the third factor in anti aging care and of course is beneficial in so many ways. One does not need to be a “gym rat”, but physical activity is a great way to reduce fat, fight overweight, maintain strong bones and muscles protect the heart and sweat toxins.

We will be concentrating on anti aging nutrition in this article. Other articles to come will focus upon “Habits” (“changing” habits actually) and “Exercise”.

The Role of antioxidants and Free Radicals

Free radicals are a natural occurring process in the human body whereby atoms or groups of atoms lose their stable properties.

During metabolism weak bonds in molecules will split, leaving atoms that are unstable because they are missing an electron. The remaining weaker molecule will try to stabilize itseslf by actually taking one of the neighboring molecules electrons, thus weakining that molecule. This process of trying to stabilize by taking a neighboring electron is at the heart of the aging process.

What Then Do Antioxidants Do?

The natural body defenses come from antioxidants, notably vitamin C and vitamin E. They come into play by giving one of their own electrons to stabilize the free radical and stop the rampage of electron stealing.

The beauty of the antioxidant is that they remain healthy, the do not become a free radical now looking to replace what they just gave up.These nutrients acting as antioxidants are really cell policemen preventing further damage to healthy cess and helping cells to regenerate.

As mentioned above vitamens C and E are the two most prominant antioxidants. Vitamin C is water soluble and E is fat soluble.

Anti aging antioxidant Vitamin C being water soluble requires more and heftier intake unlike anti aging antioxidant vitamin E, the body cannot store C for long periods of time and needs to be replenished.

Vegetables and Fruits

If you add natural, raw foods to your anti aging diet you are helping to prevent cancer in many forms and you are regenerating necessary cells.

Foods with some of the highest anti aging value are fruits and bright colored vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, tomatoes and citrus. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are wonderful antioxidants and rich source of vitamins and minerals as well as providing complex carbohydrates.

Not So Simple Carbohydrates

Create a anti aging diet containing 65-70% complex or not so simple carbohydrates.Not to be confused with simple unhealthy carbohydrates.Most of these foods should come from whole rice, whole grain sources, whole flour pasta as well as fruits and vegetables. The remainder of a good anti aging nutrition diet can be comprissed of mean (that is what I’m talking about) and dairy foods.

Drink Lots of Water and Fluids

Everyone says to drink more warter well it is important for healthy skin and every other part of the body to do so, we don’t need to limit ourselves to water however.

The amount of fluids required depends on your lifestyle. In general, if you include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet, much of your fluid requirements will come from that.

Drink freshly squeezed 100% fruit juice, no additive juices, as it removes the excess in fiber; increasing your intake of vitamins and of antioxidants will also brings fluids to your body.

A cup of good quality tea, coffee and a glass of red wine (now we’re talking) will also bring trace elements, antioxidants and many additional nutrients that fight the effects of aging. You should never (never say never) exceed 1 / one glass of wine a day and 1 or 2 cups of tea or coffee.

Foods that accelerate the aging process

We are bombarded daily with advetisements for food most of which comes with large doses of bad carbohydrates from refined flous and sugar.

These white refined foods are poor nutritionally, promote weight gain and aging and reduce longevity.

Banning refined foods in favor of high fiber unrefined foods such as whole-grain products and raw sugar will go a long way in controlling your weight and help retard the signs of aging.

Avoiding processed foods

Processed foods are high in bad carbohydrates and a steady diet of them definitly promotes the aging process by aiding the formation of free radicals.

Processed foods represent a high source of unrefined sugars; artificial sweeteners hydrogenated oils, preserved meats, etc. Avoid microwave dinners when possible, puffed foods and grains and all artificial sweeteners! Stevia and its derivatives is a wonderful substitute for artificial sweeteners.

Processed foods contain preservative, artificial ingredients, monosodium glutamate (MSG), corn syrup and artificial colorings especially in items such as cakes, candy, cookies and soda.

Avoiding Fatty Foods

Fatty foods are to be avoided as they have a strongly negative influence on the anti aging battle by creating an environment for the increased formation of free radicals as well as threating cloged arteries and promoting heat disease.

While chips (especailly the salt and vinegar ones..umm) tast so good they are a major source of bacd carbohydrates, fats and bad choledsterol.

Avoiding Fatty Foods

Fatty foods are to be avoided as they have a strongly negative influence on the anti aging battle by creating an environment for the increased formation of free radicals as well as threating cloged arteries and promoting heat disease.

Chips, fries and greasy foods are a great source for bad cholesterols as they are cooked in unhealthy vegetable oils that will promote overweight and obesity and impact your skin and health negatively.