Your mother or grandmother may have told you –
“what you eat and drink today, walks and talks tomorrow.”
Exercise and Food Influences Aging
If you have even a small degree of self-awareness, you know that certain foods make you feel good and certain foods can make you feel bad. That’s because some foods and drinks provide short-term pleasure. But after the momentary pleasure is gone, what then? You pay a price: today, tomorrow and beyond. Indeed, food influences aging. How you age depends on the food you eat.
From recognizing that some foods you consume are not in the best interest of your health, it is no big reach to realize that whatever you put on your plate, at each and every meal, greatly influences how you look as you age.
Regular exercise is important, but it is increasingly recognized that diet is the single most crucial thing to be considered if you want to feel healthy, look healthy and live genuinely healthy as years go by. Herein are some of the most important things to keep in mind when making your anti-aging diet plan. This will help ensure that you remain in your best health and, as much as possible, slow down the aging process.
Research shows that adults who have the lowest levels of vitamin D are two times more at risk of dying from any disease than those who have adequate levels of vitamin D in their body. Scientific research also shows that getting enough vitamin D affords a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, brain disorders and cancer.
Vitamin D is essential for improving the immune system, muscle functioning and for preventing bone health problems. Getting sufficient sunlight exposure (only about 15 minutes daily) is the best way to trigger the production of vitamin D in your body. Where possible get your solar exposure early in the day, before the hours that burn. Dutch researchers found that a low level of vitamin D (below 20 nanograms per milliliter) is associated with an increased number of disabilities, as well as an increased number of diseases.
Indeed, food influences aging, so make sure you eat foods that contain vitamin D such as wild salmon and egg yolks. Other sources of vitamin D include Portobello mushrooms, oily fish and cod liver oil.
Your bone density reduces at a rapid rate once you reach the age of 50. Women, in particular, are more likely to experience a bone fracture. After menopause, your bone mass reduces from 3 to 5 per cent every year. Unfortunately, bone loss can lead to osteoporosis, which occurs in more women than men. Indeed,
“of the estimated 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, about eight million or 80% are women.“
We all know we need calcium to build better bones. But did you know it is also necessary for muscle contractions and nerve functions. And what about your level of acidity? Calcium is needed for proper acidity levels as well.
But here’s the downer. Most experts say:
“Simply increasing intake of calcium will not be sufficient to offset loss of bone mass as we age.”
Calcium is of little benefit if other critical bone-forming elements are not present, particularly magnesium and vitamin D.
Keeping your vitamin and mineral levels balanced is far more beneficial than swamping your system with mega-loads of calcium, as this will suppress the actions of other critical elements.
CAUTION: Taking excessive calcium supplements can increase your risk of suffering from heart disease and kidney stones.
The safest and healthiest way to obtain calcium is through dietary sources.
Moreover, some weight-bearing exercise, such as standing or walking is essential. Your body needs exercise to promote bone growth, regardless of supplementation levels.
Contrary to popular belief, dairy is not the only or even best way to get the calcium your body needs. Foods that are excellent sources of calcium include dark leafy greens (like kale), oysters, sesame seeds and almonds.
Many people have overlooked the importance of probiotics in their quest for optimal health. Probiotics play a crucial role in gut health. Here again, food influences aging. Having enough probiotics inside our body helps boost our immunity and skin health, lowers our levels of bad cholesterol, and improves our digestive health. They also fight gum disease and aid in weight control.
Luckily, yogurt is not the only source of these probiotics. You can also get it from drinking kombucha tea or any other fermented tea, miso soup and kefir. You may also obtain some probiotics from sauerkraut and dark chocolate.
Remember, food influences aging. Let us know your thoughts on this topic.