Your life depends on healthy food choices because the food you eat has a direct impact on your health – for better or worse. So many symptoms of unhealthy food choices go unnoticed or unseen and could be improved quickly and effectively with new choices based on some very simple ideas.
Foods that support our major organs, keep us hydrated, help our circulation, conserve telomere health, reduce AGEs, and so many other critical bodily functions, are the best kinds of foods for longevity. This narrows the selection of foods down to a critical list:
- Eat more raw foods
- Eating raw fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can reduce your cooking-related AGE intake and processed-food related AGE intake, increase fiber intake for our colons, keep our hearts happy, and get the most bioavailable vitamins and minerals right at the raw source. We love these raw food recipes.
- Eat more antioxidant rich foods
- Adding antioxidants to your diet to reverse the effects of AGEs on the body. This means more natural sources of Vitamin C, too. (Pro tip: if you can leave a food on the counter exposed to air for a while before it browns, it’s likely it has a higher concentration of antioxidants. Plus, foods that are darker or have dark skin tend to have more antioxidants.) Some great ones are broccoli, spinach, carrots, potatoes, dark grapes, dark berries, artichokes, cabbage, squash, pumpkin, kale, bananas — and so many more delicious options. Check out these antioxidant recipes.
- Choose fewer animal products
- Limit some animal byproducts, too, like cheeses and butter. This also helps keep AGEs low, saturated fat low, cholesterol in check and many other benefits. Check out our vegan recipe collection for some inspiration.
- Reduce your sodium intake
- According to a recent study, salt can even speed up aging.1 Sodium is already known to raise blood pressure (which has the potential to cause heart attacks), and is now known to impact telomere length (a top predictor for cellular vitality and life expectancy).
- Make sure you’re hydrated
- Foods that have a high water content help you stay hydrated longer without having to constantly sip a beverage. Check out these hydrating healthy food hacks.
The expression “you should eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables” is a recommendation for a more colorful plate to help you get more vitamins and minerals out of your foods.
It has been shown that there is a direct correlation between some colors of fruits and vegetables and the specific vitamins and minerals they contain, so eating a variety of color ensures you consume the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals.
We can generally absorb our vitamins and minerals more effectively by eating them, so it’s best to get as many from your food sources as you can (and then supplement to fill the gaps). Micronutrients help maintain our cells, and are so important for a healthy body as we age.
Reduce your chances of aging-related diseases, and maintain excellent cellular health – and achieve vitality at any age, just by getting what your body needs. Eat well, and supplement the gaps. To slow aging down even more, add NMN and NAD+ boosters for the advantage your body needs.