What you put in your mouth affects both your physical and mental functions. Ever wonder why you’ve gained or lost a few pounds for no obvious reason? Had one of those days where you can’t seem to remember a thing? Your diet may have something to do with it. Your diet also affects how you age. More specifically, it plays a part in whether you age gracefully or whether you show signs of early aging. While we cannot prevent time from moving forward, we can be proactive in reducing the physical and mental effects of aging. Certain foods can actually help you age slower.
1.Beans and Lentils
Beans and lentils are packed with fiber and protein, both of which help to stabilize your blood sugar levels. Fiber helps us feel fuller for longer, while protein helps build muscle and burn fat while providing a steady dose of energy. Perhaps most important, beans are low on the glycemic (read: sugar) scale, meaning that they provide the above benefits without causing inflammation or slowing the metabolism. Both help to slow the aging process.
Black, kidney, navy, and pinto beans are all great choices, as are garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and dried peas.
Carrots are one of the best health foods available, mainly due to a large helping of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant, safeguarding our cells and DNA from free radicals such as environmental pollutants. Free radicals are known to cause early aging, and beta-carotene works as a preventative measure in this regard. Carrots also contain the nutrient falcarinol, which has anti-cancer properties.
Products derived from soybeans such as tofu and edamame help to prevent cellular aging. Edamame has a rich supply of isoflavones, a class of phytochemicals that have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. Tofu, a favorite of vegetarians and vegans, has the same benefits of edamame, but with a healthy dose of protein and essential amino acids! Tofu is also mineral-dense, containing calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, and zinc!
As we are well-aware, diseases affecting the brain and heart tend to target older adults. A good solution is to substitute some of that red meat for freshwater fish such as salmon, which provides healthy fatty acids. Researchers state that omega-3 fatty acid can ward off age-related cognitive decline. The freshwater fish is also loaded with potassium, which may help prevent the development of heart disease.
Lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, mandarins, and tangerines are some of the best foods to slow aging down. Let us count the ways citrus helps.