You are what you eat. That statement is entirely true. When we eat good foods, we feel better. When we eat things that aren’t so good for us, they may taste good (& do they ever), but they may end up aging us quicker than we’d like. Anti aging nutrition isn’t rocket science. In fact, you may already know most of the info in this section. But, I know I need to hear it over and over and over again.
Is there such a thing as an anti aging diet? I’ve read several books and articles about our nutritional needs as we grow older and several things stand out. If you’d like this anti-aging nutrition information all in one convenient booklet subscribe to The Antiaging Extra newsletter. You’ll receive an 18-page Anti-Aging Nutrition Guide for free. It includes much of the information on this website plus anti-aging recipes to help you eat healthier.
Eat more fruits and veggies
I know you’ve heard it a million times, but it’s true. Fruits and vegetables contain the nutrients that we all need. The best choice for fruits and veggies is organic. Organic fruits and vegetables don’t have the chemicals and toxins that other produce may be hiding. Some of the best vegetables are cruciferous vegetables. These are high in fiber and low in calories.
Eat less sugar
Prevention magazine had an interesting article recently that linked eating sugar to the formation of wrinkles. As we all want to decrease wrinkles, it makes sense to decrease our sugar intake.
Eat whole grains
Again, you may already know this, but refined white flour was probably the poorest invention of modern times. Whole grains provide our bodies with the fiber we need for anti aging nutrition.
Eat less meat
Meats put our bodies in a more acidic state. Research has shown that we are healthier with our bodies in a more alkaline state.
Drink more water
We drink too much “other stuff.” Water is by far, the best thing for our bodies. It keeps us hydrated, not only our insides but also our outsides – our skin. Hydrated skin looks younger. Although drinking water may not seem like “food,” it is important to your anti aging nutrition plan.
Yogurt provides your body with calcium and other nutrients. Yogurt with live cultures can even improve your digestion. Homemade yogurt contains active cultures without the added sugar and preservatives.
Ouch! That one hurt. As we get older we need less food. Our metabolism slows down and if we keep eating the same amount, we gain weight. Exercise helps, but most of us could stand to eat less.
Get enough Fatty Acids
Healthy Omega-3 fatty acids are very beneficial to the body. Salmon and olive oil are excellent sources of omega-3. Omega-6 fatty acids are also necessary for our health. Grapeseed oil provides linoleic acid (omega-6) as well as vitamin E.
Spice up your food
Some herbs and spices have anti-aging properties. Add them to your recipes.
What about an anti-aging nutritional supplement? You may be wondering if you need one. Several are available on the market. I take nutritional supplements every day because I want to be sure that I’m not missing an important vitamin or mineral. It is possible that my anti aging nutrition is lacking in several areas.
Vitamins C, A & E have all been touted as antiaging vitamins. They are good nutrients to have in a skin care product. They are also good to take as part of an antioxidant dietary supplement.
In all, keeping your body at a healthy weight and eating nutritious food goes a long way toward helping us feel our best at any age.