Anti- Aging Nutrition
Next to the air you breathe, food entails the largest volume and the second most frequent contact your body makes with the environment.
Anti- aging diet is a lifestyle of eating plans to improve longevity.
How much food do you need?
Anti-aging doctors use food as a "drug" to defer aging involving a re-orientation of your thinking so that you treat food with the same respect you would treat a drug. As you age the same amount of food intake will be converted into fat rather than protein.
Over- indulgence in food causes excessive oxidation, increase in fat storage, excessive insulin load and sugar imbalance. Restricting caloric intake has the opposite effect. For the past 60 years calorie restriction has been the only proven method known to reverse the aging process.
How does caloric restriction work?
Decreasing food intake decreases metabolism therefore decreasing free radical formation as a result of the metabolic cycle. Fewer free radicals means less cellular damage. Calorie restriction causes an increase in protective enzymes such as superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase, both of which oppose free radicals. Eating more frequent, smaller, meals reduces insulin secretion and stabilizes blood sugar levels.
Benefits of caloric restriction include:
- Increase in maximum life span
- Increase in learning ability
- Increase in neurotransmitter receptors
- Decrease in fat accumulation
- Decrease in insulin levels
- Decrease in cancer (less oxidative damage)
- Decrease in heart disease (less stress on the cardiovascular system)
- Decrease in loss of bone mass
Top 10 Anti- aging foods
- Fermented Soy products such as miso and tempeh prevent cancer through isoflavones.
- Broccoli – from the cabbage family prevents cancer through sulforaphane.
- Peppers – red, yellow, green, or orange – increases health through capsicum
- Blueberries – enhances vision through anthocyanosides.
- Tomatoes – prevents cancer through anti-oxidant lycopenes.
- Garlic and onions – enhance immune system through allium.
- Ginger – gingerol, chemically similar to aspirin, prevents strokes.
- Grapes – acts as anti-oxidants through flavinoids.
- Cauliflower – prevent cancer through sulphoraphane.
- Oat bran – soluble fiber that helps reduce cholesterol.