Aging is a natural byproduct of living. Yet no one wants to look or feel older than their years. You and I can effectively fight against premature aging by learning how to slow down, and even reverse this unwanted “natural” process.
Physical aging is fueled by the presence of destructive particles known as free radicals which are created in abundance by such things as inadequate sleep, smoking, eating high fat foods—even getting sunburned. These “unstable” free radicals lash out against our healthy cells by stealing their oxygen molecules, leaving them damaged, or aged. Foods which contain high amounts of anti-oxidants have been engineered to fight back against these oxygen stealing bandits by donating their “extra” oxygen molecules to those oxygen-craving free radicals.
Two other food-based substances which have been shown to provide a powerful push back against premature aging are phytonutrients and omega-3 fatty acids. Both act to shore up your body’s cells, providing the nourishing foundation you need to age well.
Below are five must-eat foods I recommend if you are truly serious about looking and feeling younger than your years.
Red, pinto, black, or kidney—hands down, beans top the list of anti-oxidant foods. Inexpensive and highly versatile, eating legumes is a tasty way to fight back against premature aging.
Packed with phytonutrients, this anti-aging vegetable has been noted to fight cancer and heart-disease. Steamed broccoli tossed with fresh lemon juice and sea salt, drizzled with olive oil makes a wonderful side dish!
One of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids; walnuts can be added to pasta dishes, cereals, and salads.
Wild berries have even greater anti-oxidant “muscle” than their larger, cultivated cousins. Sometimes called “brain-berries”, these tiny morsels have been proven to protect against brain aging.
5- Green Tea
Served hot or cold, this beverage delivers a huge nutritional punch because it contains ten times more anti-oxidants than vegetables do!