As we age, our body goes through a variety of changes, including changes in our skin, hair, and other organs. On the podcast this week, I met with Christine Boev, Ph.D. and we covered what we need to do in order to age with ease – the type of exercise, the proportions of nutrients, supplements, sleep, and stress. If you have not already, take a listen to the podcast HERE.
What we did not cover specifically was the certain types of foods you might want to focus on to slow down aging. s a Culinary Nutritionist, what you eat is my number one focus because it is that important. Food, like exercise, is something we need to “do” every single day. Let’s make it count.
While there’s no magic pill to stop aging, there are certain foods that can help slow down the process and keep us looking and feeling youthful.
Here are some of the best foods to include in your diet for anti-aging benefits:
Berries are packed with antioxidants, which can help protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals. Blueberries, in particular, are high in anthocyanins, which have been shown to improve cognitive function and reduce inflammation. What kind? Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries. Focus on what is local and in season in your area.
Dark Leafy Greens
Leafy greens like spinach, kale, and arugula are high in vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails. They also contain antioxidants that can help protect your body from damage caused by UV radiation.
Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to improve skin health and reduce inflammation. They also contain vitamin D, which is important for bone health.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are a great source of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. They also contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help protect your body from damage and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
Avocado is rich in healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals, including vitamin E, which has been shown to improve skin health and reduce the signs of aging. Avocado is also a great source of fiber!
Green Tea and Coffee
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, including a group of compounds called catechins, and polyphenols, which have been shown to improve skin health and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and has been shown to improve heart health, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of chronic disease. You want your dark chocolate dark, at least 70% unsweetened cocoa.
Incorporating these foods into your diet can help slow down the aging process and keep you looking and feeling youthful. Remember, a healthy diet is just one part of a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, stress management, and getting enough sleep.