Aging has always been associated with diseases like osteoporosis, rheumatism, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure or hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. While it is true that older people can suffer from these diseases, aging should not be equated with them. The culprits for the occurrence of these are poor diet, heredity and lack of physical exercise. This just shows that these diseases can be prevented if we have good, low calorie diets and we engage in some forms of exercise. Furthermore, good diet and exercise can even prevent symptoms of diseases due to genetic susceptibility.
Eating a healthy diet can help you have longevity. Here are some tips that can help you have a long life:
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are good sources of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to improve your immune system or your body’s ability to fight infections. They also have antioxidant properties that help you live a long life. Antioxidants help fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals are unstable forms of oxygen that does nothing but damage cells. Fruits and vegetables also contain a lot of anti-aging phytonutrients. The best fruits to eat are apples, avocados, cherries, cranberries, strawberries and raspberries while the best vegetable choices are carrots, asparagus, cauliflower, squash, spinach and onions. The fruits can be eaten as is or they can be topped in cereals and salads. They can also be made into fruit shakes. Vegetables can also be eaten fresh like carrot strips or they can be cooked with other meals. Carrots can also be made into carrot shakes.
Eat more fish instead of meat
Fish is rich in omega 3 which is good in preventing fats from being deposited in arterial walls. It also helps lower blood pressure level and cholesterol. Fish will help prevent cardiovascular diseases. Canned fish products like tuna and sardines are known to contain high levels of omega 3. They can be eaten straight out of the can or they can be mixed with eggs to form omelets.
Including nuts in your diet will also help
Nuts are rich in vitamin E and are good antioxidants. Almonds and walnuts are good suggestions. They can be eaten as is or they can be topped in ice cream, breakfast cereals and yogurt. They can also be made into butter which can be used as spread for bread and biscuits.
Eat legumes because they are good sources of antioxidants
They are also cholesterol free. They also help you manage your blood sugar levels. Good choices are soy beans. They can be made into tofu which is a good substitute to meat. They can also be included in soups. They can even be made into desserts for added variety.
Eating healthy foods and following these simple tips will help put you on the path to a longer and healthier life.