Boost Your Health and Stay Young by Eating the Right Foods

Great FoodsThere are many foods that can help to slow down the aging process and keep you young as long as possible.

These foods are also instrumental in preventing the onset of many health problems and diseases.

If you are not eating enough of these foods on a regular basis then consider making some necessary dietary changes to help you look younger and be younger! Here we look at four of those foods.

Cruciferous Vegetables :

The cruciferous family of vegetables includes broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale and turnips.

These veggies are high on the list to turn back the biological clock because they are rich in antioxidants and sulphur. Both of these important ingredients can keep your skin looking its healthiest and can also provide you with the energy you need. They also help to fight cancer and the build up of toxins in the body. Consuming these vegetables raw or lightly cooked will render them the most effective for your health and well-being.

Fish:

Fish is not known as “brain food” for absolutely no reason! Fish has also been shown to be beneficial in its ability to improve mental facilities and as a mood enhancer. The omega-3 fatty acids in certain types of fish such as salmon and tuna are rich in antioxidants and are instrumental in fighting the cells that promote the decline of the body.

Fish oil is useful for the skin in that it promotes elasticity and firmness and helps to prevent dryness and eczema from setting it. It also combats inflammation.

Berries:

Berries are rich in antioxidants. They wage war against the free radicals that threaten to damage the body and slow the process of aging.

Blueberries are often talked about the most in this regard. However it is worth knowing that many types of berries are equally beneficial to the body. These include blackberries, black grapes, black currants, strawberries, cranberries and raspberries. Berries contain phytochemicals that are known as flavonoids which are found in the pigment of berries.

It is also worth mentioning that berries with dark skins are believed to help in maintaining balance and equilibrium, as well as short-term memory and coordination.

Whole Grains:

Whole grains are carbohydrates and they often get a bad rap which is unwarranted. You need to eat a certain amount of carbs to be healthy. Whole grains are rich in fiber which keeps your digestive system on track and also helps you to feel satiated following a meal.

Some good choices of whole grains that you could include in your diet are oats, whole wheat, farro, brown rice, wheat berries and barley. These whole grains help to prevent many diseases from getting started, such as breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Another significant point about whole grains worth mentioning is that they have a low glycemic level. What this means is that they will not cause your blood sugar level to rise dramatically and then to drop.

Refined or enriched grains on the other hand lack the nutrients that make whole grains so good for your health. They also cannot fight the aging process like whole grains can.

Becca Scott
Health Staff Editor
Smoke Free At Last

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About the Author

Becca Scott lives in New York state with her cats and dogs and writes extensively and passionately about alternative health topics for her own blog and other alternative health publications. Becca has a keen interest in the power of hypnosis as a therapeutic aid to eradicate damaging habits. She has been a staff writer for Smoke Free At Last since the blog was started in 2009.

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