This is the Summer I get my act together! That is a quote from was me from 4 years ago. Age 50 had just crept up on me and my diet was making me feel like I was 90. I had that trademark mental cloudiness that starts to pervade at this age. I got tired every day by 4pm. After doing a lot of reading (see below recommendations) I deduced that more than exercise even, my diet was literally killing me. So I decided to finally get my act together and consciously eat less and much healthier, with the intent of changing my energy, my metabolism, and my health. There are lots of things you can do to slow down the sands of time and age a little slower. A lot of this boils down to the right lifestyle and if you can avoid the sun, get lots of exercise and learn to better handle stress; all these things will keep you looking and feeling younger.
But sometimes it’s even simpler than that. In fact, one of the very best ways to stay young is just to eat right. Eating the right foods can help you to fend off deterioration as well as to fortify yourself against illness and help your body to keep rejuvenating itself.
Let’s take a look at some of the very best nutrition that will help you to stay youthful…
Most important of all are your antioxidants. These are things like vitamin C which help to combat free radicals in the body. Free radicals are compounds that travel freely around the body and that are reactive when they come into contact with the cell walls. This is bad news, because they can eventually damage the exterior of the cells to the point where they look wrinkled and aged. Worse, they can eventually break through to the DNA and cause mutations that lead to cancer.
Eating lots of antioxidants will keep these to a minimum, thereby reducing the negative effects they have on the body.
Vitamin C also happens to boost the immune system, which means that it can help to fight all manner of illnesses and invading forces that can badly damage your health in older age.
Omega 3 Fatty Acid
Omega 3 fatty acid is very good for keeping your brain young and healthy in older age. That’s because it is able to improve cell membrane permeability, speeding up communication between brain cells.
Better yet, omega 3 is also an antioxidant, protects joints and improves nutrient absorption. It also slows the break down of muscle (which vitamin C also does).
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and they’re incredibly important for your health – especially as they age. These compounds serve all manner of important roles in the body from forming enzymes to aid digestion to forming neurochemicals. They also act as the raw materials that the body is made from though and that makes them crucial in restoring tissues as we get older including muscle and skin.
There are also three book resources which I keep going back to over and over again with respect to nutrition and anti-aging. These books have provided incredible value, even proved indispensible for me getting my act together on Nutrition in my 50’s: