A Natural Approach To Health
Eating For Aging
We had a question the other day about aging.
Aging isn’t an illness, but it does make your body more vulnerable to disease.
A significant number of problems faced by people over the age of 60 are due to nutritional deficiencies.
Many older people have malabsorption problems, where the nutrients in food aren’t absorbed correctly from the gastrointestinal tract.
In addition, as you age, your body doesn’t assimilate nutrients as well as it used to.
At the same time, as your body ages, your systems slow down and become less efficient, so the right nutrients are more important than ever to support, repair, and regenerate your cells.
Many older people don’t get enough B vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, or iron.
Low blood levels of selenium and total carotenoids like beta-carotene can predict early death.
Many elderly in nursing homes and other confined environments are deprived of sunlight, making them deficient in vitamin D.
A diet lacking essential nutrients over a long period of time leads to a greater risk of degenerative disease, heart disease, and some forms of cancer.
A lack of vitamin B12 can lead to the development of neurological symptoms ranging from tingling sensations, inability to coordinate muscle movements, weakened limbs, and lack of balance to memory loss, mood changes, disorientation, and psychiatric disorders.
Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency can easily be misinterpreted as signs of senility.
Low folic acid levels are indicators of cognitive decline with aging and can contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Vitamin E is also an important nutrient.
You can have vitality and a zest for living at any age.
You shouldn’t assume pain and illness are inevitable parts of aging.
You can feel better at 60 than you did at 30 by making healthy changes in your diet and lifestyle.
Adding the right supplements should give you the added power needed to boost immunity and prevent or resolve most disorders.
Looking youthful for your age is an added bonus.
But remember – it takes years for these problems to develop, so it usually takes some time to resolve them as well.
There are no silver bullets or magic potions, only the simple fact that if you give your body the right fuel, it’ll perform for you and ward off illness.
To deal with aging it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Include pomegranate juice in your diet.
*Bilberry is good for giving extra energy, improving brain function, increasing circulation, and promoting better blood flow to supply oxygen to your cells. Bilberry also protects your eyes.
*Burdock root and red clover cleanse your bloodstream. They can be used separately or in combination.
*Dandelion and milk thistle promote good liver function and bile flow.
*Garlic helps immune function and protects your heart.
*Eat a balanced diet including raw vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, and quality protein like fish and soy foods. Eat less animal protein. Include in your diet broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, kale, fish, fruits, whole grains, nuts, oats, seeds, and soybeans. Avoid processed foods.
*Eat dark-skinned fruits like red apples and nectarines. The apple skin contains bioflavonoids, so leave it on. Red Delicious and McIntosh apples have the most bioflavonoids in the skin, the Northern Spy has the most in its flesh. Fiji apples have the highest overall.
*Eat blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries regularly. Wild blueberries contain more bioflavonoids than domestic varieties. Bioflavonoids found in most fruits and vegetables keep free radicals from harming your brain and may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
*Black, green, and orange pekoe teas all contain bioflavonoids. Green tea contains the most and is effective in preventing degenerative brain disease. (Green tea contains vitamin K, which can make anticoagulant medicines less effective.)
*Eat 80-100 grams of protein a day, dividing it evenly at 3 meals and 2-3 snacks. Protein, along with exercise, is important to prevent muscle wasting.
*Consume 4-5 small meals daily.
*A low-calorie diet is best for maintaining good health as you age. Eat only when you’re hungry, and eat foods fresh and cooked in a fashion to keep their nutritional content. A diet too high in carbohydrates may increase glucose levels. Decrease your overall food consumption, but increase your intake of raw foods.
*Include in your diet garlic, onions, shiitake mushrooms, and pearl barley. These foods are good sources of germanium, potassium, and many other nutrients to lessen free radical damage.
*An occasional glass of red wine is good for your heart, but limit your alcohol consumption otherwise.
*Cut back on salt.
*Avoid saturated fats.
*Avoid caffeine, red meat, white flour, white sugar, food additives, drugs, pesticides, and tap water.
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