Anti-Aging Diet: Lifestyle Changes to Grow Young

When talking about diets, most folks think of weight loss, but really, a diet is simply a way of eating. While many people go on a diet to lose weight, it’s not the only reason. A specialized diet can help one to lower bloodpressure, reduce the symptons of diabetes, or even turn back the clock on your “real age.”

Just as eating an unhealthy diet can make us feel lethargic, run down or old, an anti-aging diet is designed to increase energy, revitalize the body’s cells and make you feel young again. The anti-aging diet is a strategic plan of diet and lifestyle changes that offers a holistic view of health and fitness. 

There are many different approaches to an anti-aging diet; however, one expert in the field of anti-aging lifestyles and diets is Dr. Perricone. He’s a worldwide expert in anti-aging and has an abundance of resources and products dedicated to the cause. His relevant books include: Forever Young, 7 Secrets to Beauty, Health and Longevity, and The Perricone Prescription.

He also has a diet book titled The Perricone Weight Loss Diet. While Dr Perricone knows his stuff, you can create your own anti-aging diet. Here’s an overview of an anti-aging diet.

Essentials of an Anti-Aging Diet

An anti-aging diet is often more about a holistic approach to health and vitality. In addition to eating the right foods, you also want to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Get good sleep
  • Smile and laugh
  • Exercise

Foods to Eat on an Anti-Aging Diet

Anti-aging foods are foods that reduce inflammation in our bodies and also reduce or eliminate cellular damage. These foods are called antioxidants. Here’s what you need:

Omega fatty acids – These reduce inflammation in your body and can be found in fish, whole grains and nuts and seeds.

Fruits and vegetables – You know you need your RDA, right? And you also know that a multi-vitamin, while still smart to take, won’t provide all the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables. Berries, veggies and dark leafy greens go a long way toward making you look and feel ten years younger.

Whole grains – We already mentioned that whole grains have omega fatty acids in them. They also provide the fiber your body needs to lower your blood cholesterol. Finally, they contain phytonutrients similar to fruits and veggies.

Lean protein – Protein is necessary to moderate blood sugar levels and it helps build and maintain your muscles. Your body also needs the amino acids found in protein to stay healthy and strong. However, you can be a vegetarian and get all the protein you need from beans, nuts, rice, eggs and other sources. In fact, a meal of beans and rice offers a complete protein.

In addition to the main food categories listed above, consider adding these to your daily diet: Greek yogurt, plenty of water, beans/legumes. A little dark chocolate, green tea and red wine is also good for longevity and anti-aging.

To look and feel young, modify your diet to eliminate saturated and trans fats. Reduce sugar and starchy carbs and make sure you get plenty of exercise, fresh air and laughter. Eat well, treat yourself well and you’ll feel great.

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