Everybody is concerned about aging and growing old, but actually, they’re not the same! Growing old is the passage of time. There’s not much we can do about that… at least until they invent a time machine!
Aging, however, is the combination of symptoms we associate with growing older. Things like wrinkled skin, gray hair, aching joints, lower mobility, poor memory etc.
Of course, genetics partially determines if, and at which age these symptoms start manifesting. However, you can prevent or at least reduce many of the symptoms associated with aging. A lot of it comes down to the foods you eat. So, if you want to look and feel younger incorporating some specific foods into your diet is one of the first things you should do.
We are not living on the same planet that our grandparents grew up on. They lived on a much cleaner planet, so we cannot eat the way our grandparents did and think that we’re going to avoid premature aging.
It’s important to eat organic as much as possible, not overcook your food and to avoid packaged and processed foods that are high in added sugars, salt and other additives. Most importantly you need to put things in your body that increase – on a genetic level – your body’s production of detoxifying enzymes!
Here are some of the best anti-aging foods you can eat:
Broccoli is one of the most important foods you can eat if you’re concerned about premature aging. This is because it’s loaded with nutrients a phytochemical with anti-cancer properties (1).
Broccoli als contains sulforaphane, which on a genetic level increases the body’s production of detoxifying enzymes. This helps rid your body of toxic substances which promote premature aging as well as diseases like cancer.
As we mentioned in this article broccoli is also a great veggie to eat if you’re looking to lose belly fat.
Broccoli can be steamed, stir fried, cooked or even eaten raw. Juiced or blended it can be added to various anti-aging smoothies. No matter how you choose to eat it, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are a key foods for detoxification and for avoiding premature aging.
Kale is one of the most important anti-aging vegetables you can eat. It contains isothiocyanates, which on a genetic level increase the body’s production of detoxifying enzymes.
Kale is also loaded with a type of fiber that actually binds toxins in the small intestine so that they can be more easily excreted. 100 calories of kale contains 350 milligrams of alpha linoleic acid, which is an excellent plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Kale can be cut into half-inch slices and then lightly steamed or stir fried. It’s also a great addition to your green smoothies. For the best anti-inflammation and detoxification benefits it’s best if you can find organic kale.
Beets are critical for an anti-aging regimen. This is because they are some of the major promoters of detoxification. Beets contain a nutrient called betaine, which is very powerful on a genetic level for up-regulating the genes that code the detoxifying enzymes.
The leafy green part of the beet can be cooked like Swiss chard or kale and it is very good for your eyes. All parts of the beets are good for consumption.
When you cook beets it’s best to cut them into quarters. You can roast the beets for just under an hour or you can steam them for just under 15 minutes. Beets should be part of any anti-aging or detox regimen.
Cilantro is a green leafy vegetable that is loaded with chemicals that are important for anti-aging and detoxification cilantro contains nutrients called epigenin. These induce the body’s production of detoxifying enzymes. Cilantro is excellent or removing heavy metals such as mercury and arsenic.
Coriander, which is the seed of the cilantro, is an excellent seasoning for meats, rice dishes and vegetables. You can buy it as regular seeds or as a ground spice.
Coriander and cilantro are also very good in green smoothies as well as a garnish for pasta dishes and meat dishes. For a great all-round anti-aging detox nutrient use both the cilantro leaf and the coriander seeds as a spice or seasoning in your dishes.
Last but not least… avocado is one of the healthiest fruits you can consume to protect against premature aging.
The absolute best way to eat avocado if you want to maximize its nutritional and anti-aging benefits is to make a small nick in it and then just peel the outer layer. This is because just underneath the outer layer is the green portion of the avocado and that’s where most of the carotenoids are stored.
Avocado is also very rich in dietary fiber that helps with the correct mixture of bacteria in your gut. This lowers inflammation throughout your entire body. In addition there are nutrients in avocados that induce the body’s production of detoxifying enzymes.
Avocados are also very good for helping maintain an ideal body weight. Just half an avocado added to a salad has been found to induce satiety for hours after a meal. So, whether it’s against aging for ideal body weight or for detox, avocado is the fruit of choice and should be included in any anti-aging or detoxifying diet.
So, those are some of the best anti-aging foods to start eating if you want to prevent or reduce many of the symptoms associated with aging as well as remove harmful toxins from your body.
For an extensive list on the best anti-aging foods, you may also want to check out Mike Geary’s The Top 101 Foods That Fight Aging. It goes into great depths on which foods you should eat for maximum health and anti-aging benefits… and why. It also teaches you which foods you should definitely avoid, which is just as important as eating the right foods.