Although many people are taking important measures to help S-L-O-W down the aging process like quitting smoking, getting regular exercise and avoiding excessive sun exposure, arguably one of the biggest bangs for your buck comes from your diet.
The foods you eat make a huge difference in the rate at which your body ages.
As a matter of fact, there are certain foods that accelerate aging and certain superstar nutrients that can help turn back time!
Let’s start with…
3 Foods that accelerate aging
Flour and sugar-based foods (refined carbs)Flour and sugar-based foods (refined carbs) such as pasta, breads, bagels, cereals, crackers, muffins, and other baked goods cause a tremendous influx of sugar in your bloodstream.
Sugar is a very inflammatory substance—so if your veins are loaded with an excess of it day in and day out, you are asking inflammation to take its toll on YOU.
Inflammation can trigger conditions like aches and pains, arthritis, tumors, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and wrinkles!
These include things like corn chips, corn cereals, corn oil, and also the biggest health-destroying corn substance of all time--high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Like refined carbs, corn-based foods also have a big impact on your blood sugar levels and therefore can increase inflammation and accelerate aging.
But it gets worse.
Because scientists have found out that the fructose in HFCS (as compared to regular glucose) causes 10 times more formation of compounds called “Advanced Glycation End Products” (AGEs—an appropriate acronym).
AGEs speed up the aging process in your body including damage to your organs, your joints and your skin.
Considering that HFCS is all around us (in products like ketchup, salad dressing, barbecue sauce and soda) many people are getting a hefty daily dose of accelerated aging on a plate or in a glass.
Unhealthy fats and oils
Although trans-fats are largely being eliminated from our food supply, you should still read food labels closely. Trans-fats spur the formation of free radicals which ignite inflammation, harm your blood vessels, increase your cancer risk and accelerate aging—so you’re practically guaranteed to look old on the inside and out before your time.
At the same time, another emerging danger lies in polyunsaturated oils (PUFAs). PUFAs include vegetable oils such as sunflower oil, safflower oil, corn oil, flax oil, sesame seed oil, pumpkin seed oil and canola oil.
PUFAs are very chemically unstable, and highly susceptible to being altered and denatured when they’re heated (such as with deep frying). At that point they too can spur the development of free radicals similar to trans-fats.
In addition, PUFAs are inherently damaging inside of the body as well (even without being heated), since they are a source of inflammatory Omega-6 fatty acids—and most people are eating far too many of them (more on that below).
Now let’s look at the flip side…
3 Nutrients that keep you younger
Omega-3 essential fatty acids
Processed foods and our current farming practices have created wide-ranging deficiency of Omega-3 essential fatty acids…and we’re paying the price with our health.
Omega-3 EFAs are essential for heart and brain health, circulation, memory and control of blood sugar. They're also a natural anti-inflammatory and help to fight inflammation-related conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Much of the oil used in the manufacturing of processed foods and in our cooking oils are inflammation-stirring Omega-6 fatty acids. Plus the animals raised for our meat and milk consumption are not allowed to graze in Omega-3 rich pastures anymore—instead they’re being fed a grain-based diet, which is also rich in Omega-6 EFAs.
Now, although your body does need some Omega-6 EFAs, the problem is we’re getting way too many, along with too Few Omega-3s. And this imbalance is a primary source of disease and accelerated aging.
Fatty fish are a great source of Omega-3 EFAs, but many people are not fish fans and still others are concerned with our increasingly polluted waters and farmed fish.
That when a top-quality fish oil supplement like VitalMega-3 can be a big help.
VitalMega-3 provides 1,200 mg of Omega-3 EFAs in every daily two-capsule serving. This includes 600 mg of EPA and 400 mg of DHA—the crucial Omega-3 EFAs that are recommended by many health experts and are especially important for your brain.
In addition to preserving bone health (and helping to prevent against age-related osteoporosis and osteopenia), vitamin D also helps to protect you against our two main killers.
Heart disease and cancer!
Plus it also helps regulate your immune system activity by helping to prevent excessive, inflammatory immune responses (such as those seen in autoimmune conditions like Crohn’s, colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, Type 1 diabetes and Graves’ disease).
And it even helps to protect you against Type 2 diabetes too!
Unfortunately, is also happens to be a common deficiency in our society, especially in the northern hemisphere where people get less sunlight (your body uses sunlight to make vitamin D).
To make sure you have enough of this crucial nutrient, supplementation with Dr. Salerno’s Vitamin D-K Factor is your ticket!
Each dose of Vitamin D-K Factor provides a health-building 5,000 IU of vitamin D, plus the added bone strength, anti-tumor and blood vessel health benefits of vitamin K.
NOTHING will accelerate the aging process faster and more efficiently than free radicals out of control.
Now, although some free radicals are good guys and actually help you fight infections, again, the problem is that people have way too many of them and they’re spiraling out of control.
So it’s essential to make sure you’re getting enough antioxidants to tame those free radicals and keep them manageable.
And for effective antioxidants, Vitamins C and E are the cream of the crop.
Here are a few food sources of each:
Vitamin C: Citrus fruit, tomatoes, red peppers, broccoli, cranberries, cabbage, potatoes, guava, strawberries, kiwi.
Vitamin E: Wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds, vegetable oils, turnip greens, nuts, nut butters, rice bran oil, barley and avocado.
If you want to go the supplementation route, many experts recommend between 1,000 and 1,500 mg of vitamin C daily (divided into 2 doses) and 400 IU of vitamin E.
Remember, none of us can stop that old biological clock, but we can do a lot to help SLOW its effects and feel (and look) great for many years to come!
To your health,