Anyone who knows me knows that I Love Food. I also firmly believe that food is the best kind of medicine. I always encourage my patients to focus on their diet first if there is any chance of diet helping or changing their symptoms. After all, diet is something that while hard to change emotionally at times, is something you CAN change at will to improve your health. If it affects your symptoms, it also gives you control over your symptoms which can be a very empowering experience once you embrace that change.
Today, therefore, is a list of 7 superfoods for aging well. Since Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, Anti-Aging and lasting health and wellness are a primary focus in my practice, it is my pleasure to bring you this concise yet well researched list of additions to your daily diet that can help you stay well! Enjoy this short and sweet list, try eating these foods more regularly and see how you feel. I hope you'll agree that they really are super!
Olive oil is beneficial for many reasons. Researchers now know that this oil contains the antioxidants called polyphenols, which can help prevent age-related diseases.
Fish like wild caught salmon are a no-brainer. They are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which help regulate cholesterol levels and can improve heart health, which become increasingly important to take care of as we age.
Nuts like almonds are packed with vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants and other nutrients that help fight aging. Those who incorporate nuts into their diet are shown to potentially add years on to their lives. Nuts are a great way to also get more protein into your diet and keep you energized.
Quality dark chocolate not only tastes good but can also be great for your health. Cocoa is packed with flavonoids that are good for heart disease and promote healthy blood vessels. Add a little dark chocolate into your diet to help lower your risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and dementia.
Blueberries are known for their high amount of antioxidant properties. These berries can help inflammation and age-related deficiencies such as memory loss and motor function.
Avocado is filled with omega-3s and vitamin E, which prove to have many health benefits. If you are fighting aging skin, avocado is your go-to food for rejuvenating your skin as well as stronger nails and hair.
Turmeric is an incredible herb that is often used in Chinese medicine for its anti-ageing benefits. A part of the ginger family, turmeric contains curcuminoids, which act as a powerful antioxidant to that can reduce inflammation and promote healing. This herb is perfect for Asian cooking and to add a little spice to dishes.
Rebecca M H Kitzerow is a Licensed Acupuncturist practicing in La Center, Washington. With over a decade of experience she has won 10 Nattie consumer choice awards from Natural Awakenings Magazine since 2014.