We cannot stop the aging process but we can certainly slow it down. Slowing down the aging process begins with a healthy diet, which comes from eating right. Eating right helps ensure that your body functions as a well-oiled machine. View your body as a well-oiled machine, and just like any well-oiled machine, your body requires good maintenance. Good maintenance starts with a good diet. A healthy diet consists of lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy proteins, low-fat dairy, healthy fats, and low salt consumption.
Drink plenty of water. Most of your body is made up of water and you should look at water as a food and drink lots of it.
Berries are packed with antioxidants which help your cells maintain their health and lower inflammation in your body. Blueberries are commonly recognized as being the best berry for healthy cells.
Fiber is the key to a healthy digestive system. Consume lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes to lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, and inflammation and ease constipation. A high fiber diet will also help control your blood sugar levels, lowering your chances of diabetes. Flaxseed is one of the best sources of fiber, however, get flaxseed that has been milled or ground, as whole flaxseed can pass through your digestive system undigested. Broccoli is one of the best vegetables with plenty of vitamins, high in fiber, and loaded with antioxidants.
Cooking with olive oil helps lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase your HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
Tomatoes are high in lycopene and helps protect against prostate cancer and cooked tomatoes release more lycopene than uncooked tomatoes.
Fatty fish are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids that are great in combating heart disease and preventing strokes. Salmon, mackerel, halibut, and sardines are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids.
Nuts are also full of omega 3 fatty acids, unsaturated fats, fiber, and protein. Almonds are commonly recognized as one of the healthiest nuts as they are high in magnesium.
Yogurt is high in calcium, provides protein and is full of probiotics helping you digest food properly.