Superfoods for a Super Long Life

 Superfoods for a Super Long Life

Recent research shows that specific chemicals in foods — such as sulforaphane, a phytochemical in broccoli — work with your genes to ratchet up your body’s natural defense systems, helping to inactivate toxins and free radicals before they can do the damage that leads to cancer, cardiovascular disease, and even premature aging.

 

And the hope for the future is to be able to tell someone what diseases or maladies they are might be genetically predispositioned to early on, so their diets can be focused accordingly.  We’ll know which ones to add, which ones to avoid, and be able to take a proactive role in preventing or deterring a genetic disease.  In the meantime, many foods have been determined to pack a punch to the aging process. 

 

Lycopene, the pigment that makes tomatoes red, also appears to reduce risk for cardiovascular disease, some cancers, and macular degeneration. It’s also been associated in greater self-sufficiency in elderly adults. While fresh tomatoes have a good hit of lycopene, the most absorbable forms are found in cooked tomato products, such as spaghetti sauce and soup and prepared salsas. Pink grapefruit, guava, red bell peppers, and watermelon are also rich in lycopene. 

 

Eating at least two cups of orange fruits like sweet potatoes, squash and carrots boosts intake of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A, essential for healthy skin and eyes, and which may also reduce the risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis. Lutein and lycopene, also found in orange produce, also help reduce the risk of macular degeneration and may protect skin from sun damage and even reduce wrinkling as well. Mangos and cantaloupes are also beta-carotene endowed.

 

And if you don’t do anything else to change your diet, eat your dark leafy greens. They have been showed to significantly reduce your risk for heart disease and may also save your eyesight. Dietary guidelines advise at least three cups of greens a week. Frozen or bagged is as good as fresh.

 

Don’t forget the mental aging process either. The heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids have also recently been shown to keep your brain sharp. A recent study found that a higher intake of fatty fish significantly reduced mental decline.  If fresh fish isn’t an option, go for canned tuna, salmon, and sardines.

Superfoods for a Super Long Life

Superfoods that Get you Moving

 

It’s no wonder so many Americans suffer with constipation (4 million of us, to be exact). Our diet of meat and processed food contains little fiber. Most of us are lucky if we’re getting in half of the 30 grams of fiber that we should each day. Without that bulk in our diet, it can make bowel movements practically immovable.  

 

The human digestive tract was designed for unprocessed plant foods that are loaded with dietary fiber: beans, leafy greens, fresh and dried fruits, vegetables and whole grains. High levels of dietary fiber increase both the frequency and quantity of bowel movements, decreasing the transit time of stools, as well as the absorption of toxins from the stool.

 

Drink at least eight to twelve 8-oz. glasses of clean water per day. Hard, dry stools are a classic sign of dehydration. A good rule of thumb is to drink a glass of water when you wake up and then every hour after that.

 

Try adding some wheat or barley grass to your daily routine.  Mix two to three teaspoons of a nutrient-rich blend of dehydrated wheat and/or barley grass in water, and have another serving later in the day. These drinks have a restorative action on the intestinal tract and are especially good for constipation.

 

As a supplement to a healthy, high-fiber diet, bran and prunes are particularly effective in relieving constipation. Whole prunes and prune juice possess good laxative effects. Eight ounces is usually an effective dose. A similar amount of aloe vera juice is also helpful.

 

Vitamin C rich foods can help as well, as they help with food and nutrient absorption.  Try parsley, broccoli, bell pepper, strawberries, oranges, lemon juice, papaya, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, and Brussels sprouts, as they’re all great sources of vitamin C. 

 

Superfoods for a Super Long Life

Superfoods to Rejuvenate Body, Mind and Spirit

 

When the goal is rejuvenating the body, mind and spirit, the method should be smaller, more frequent snacks and meals.  This will help keep energy levels on an even keel, and regulate your blood sugar levels to avoid spikes and dips. When you choose the right combination of foods, your body gets the much-needed boost it needs to sustain itself properly, even through those slumps later in the day. So dump those high sugar junk foods and reach for the following foods and get that boost you need.

 

 

Any fresh fruit, especially with skins or seeds like peaches, apples, pears, oranges, and strawberries, is a great source of vitamins and fiber. In the summer you can choose a peach and get plenty of dietary fiber, niacin (vitamin B3), potassium, beta carotene and vitamin A, plus high amounts of vitamin C. Niacin is important for providing energy for cell tissue growth. Along with regulating fluid balance, potassium helps maintain the electrical stability of the cells of your heart and nervous system and is important for cell and muscle growth. Vitamin B12 plays a role in red blood cell formation, nerve function, and metabolizing protein and fat.

 

Dried Apricots and Almonds combination provides a high amount of vitamin A, iron protein and dietary fiber. Both foods are low in cholesterol and sodium, and apricots are a great source of potassium, which is important in regulating your body’s fluid balance. The vitamin A in apricots contributes to healthy vision, bone growth, and reproduction, and helps fight infection.

 

Raisins are a healthy, low-fat, low-cholesterol, and low-sodium snack with significant amounts of potassium, phosphorus, copper, and iron, and when mixed with low-fat yogurt, you also get riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin B12, as well as a high amount of calcium, which is needed not only for strong bones and teeth but also plays a key role in the normal functioning of the heart and other muscles.

 

 

Baby carrots and sesame sticks are a tasty treat that will provide significant amounts of beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, iron, potassium, copper, and fiber. Beta carotene helps protect against diseases like heart disease and some cancers. 

 

Vitamin A is important for healthy skin, for better night vision, and to fight infection and respiratory ailments. Folate, or vitamin B9, is essential to human life, helping to form red blood cells and break down proteins, and playing a key role in cell growth and division.

 

 

Peanut butter on some whole grain crackers is an excellent source of protein, iron, niacin, and fiber. Peanut butter on celery is a classic snack, has great staying power, and the celery is stuffed with numerous vitamins, minerals, and is high in fiber.  Low-fat string cheese is a good quick source of protein and calcium. They come in easy-to-carry individual servings and you can add a piece of fresh fruit for extra fiber.

 

If your still hungry for more information on superfoods, these are some great books!

Every day more people are discovering the amazing health benefits of superfoods. This is not surprising. Superfoods are vibrant, nutritionally dense and offer tremendous dietary and healing potential. Jam Packed with nutritional value such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty and amino acids, oils, clean protein and other nutrients, it’s no surprise they are called superfoods.
This book reveals to you an amazing list of these superfoods with everything you need to know to benefit from them, including facts and recipes that will allow you to transform your diet, lose weight, burn fat and live healthy!

A total program to improve health and increase longevity—complete with over150 meal plans, recipes and tips Forget what you can‘t eat. The 200 Super Foods That Will Save Your Life gives you the healthy news about foods you should eat and enjoy, including sweet, yet healthy indulgences like tomatoes, guacamole, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. More than just a list of foods,this encyclopedic guide contains recipes, dietary advice and meal plans to get you to your healthiest level ever. Author Deborah Klein provides a comprehensive tour of the world‘s healthiest foods, as well as tips for incorporating them into a diet. This is a one-stop resource for information on how to live healthier and longer.

No one can deny the countless benefits of a healthy diet. When we eat right, we feel better, we look better, we even experience renewed youth and vitality. Now, Superfoods for Life makes proper nutrition easy-and delicious-while offering a complete list of special anti-aging foods. It includes 250 simple and appetizing recipes, packed with the nutrients your body needs and prepared with easy-to-find ingredients. With Superfoods for Life, eating healthfully-and staying young-never tasted so good. The New York Times Book Review on Superfoods: “Increasingly, nutritional science is affirming much, if not all, of the thinking that once seemed to reside only on the fringe, in particular ideas about the power of some nutrients to help the body resist cancer and heart disease. Ms. Riccio takes many of the foods, particularly fruits, vegetables, grains, and fish, known to have especially healthful properties and methodically provides recipes for them…the recipes manage to seem more appetizing, less like medicine, than those in many a book with its eye on today’s health 

Coleslaw as preventive medicine? Pumpkin pie as a safeguard against lung cancer? In a collection of more than 300 recipes, Riccio presents alphabetically arranged “superfoods,” from apples to wheat, along with detailed descriptions of how they fight disease and deterioration. She takes full advantage of Americans’ health obsessions, offering tips for preventing many ailments. Some of the information is helpful and intriguing, but Ricco draws a number of her conclusions from minor, dated studies and random statistics that may not carry full medical merit. “A study of over a thousand elderly residents of New Jersey showed that people who consumed the most strawberries were least likely to die of cancer,” Riccio says, and “Apple lovers are less likely to be tense or illness prone.” While the promotion of vegetables and fruit can do little harm and perhaps a lot of good, Riccio gets absurd and almost desperate in her quest for carcinostatic agents. There is useful information on selection and storage of produce, and recipes are quick and low in fat, salt and sugar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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