The Best Foods for Healthy Aging
No matter what your age, from your 20s to the time you buy your dream retirement home among the new homes in Dallas, or wherever you imagine your life beyond work to be, eating right can go along way when it comes to aging well, including limiting the risk of developing chronic disease, promoting longevity and supporting a higher quality of life.
According to the U.S. National Institute of Aging, maintaining a healthy weight and eating foods that will provide your mind and body with the nutrients it needs is one of the most important things you can do for healthy aging, including these.
One of the reasons people who follow a Mediterranean diet tend to live longer is that it tends to be heavy in olive oil. The Seven Countries Study concluded that it was largely responsible for the low rates of cancer and heart disease on the island of Crete in Greece thanks to its powerful antioxidants that are known to lower the risk of age-related conditions.
While fats were once demonized, healthy fats, like those in olive oil and fatty fish, particularly wild-caught salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel, are high in omega-3 fatty acids which help your skin stay younger looking in addition to offering a wealth of benefits to the body and the brain, from fighting anxiety and depression to lowering the risk of heart disease and decreasing inflammation.
Blueberries are one of the most powerfully nutritious fruits, rich in vitamins A and C as well as anthocyanin, an age-defying antioxidant that gives the berries their deep blue shade. They’re known to help moderate the inflammatory response, prevent collagen loss and help protect the skin from sun damage.
One of the healthiest meals you can eat would probably be a salmon fillet paired with a bed of baby spinach leaves tossed with olive oil and blueberries. Spinach is jam-backed with antioxidants and has a high amount of vitamins A, C, E and K as well as being a great source of magnesium, iron and lutein. It can improve your health from inside and out, promoting stronger, shinier hair, lowering inflammation and even enhancing collagen production to keep skin looking firmer.
Toss some nuts like almonds or walnuts into that salad or enjoy them as a snack. They’re filled with omega-3 fatty acids, protein and vitamin E which is known to aid in the repair of skin tissue and protect the skin from damaging UV rays. As it helps preserve the skin’s natural oil barrier, eating nuts may also give your skin a healthy glow.