When I was a kid the word antioxidant was never mentioned (or at least not within my ear shot). Now that all important word is everywhere.
Research is discovering ways to slow down our aging processes and the power of antioxidants has quite a lot to do with new anti-aging programs. Antioxidants can indeed help slow down the body's natural aging processes.
It is a fact. A diet rich in antioxidants, low in red meat, and high in omega-3 fats can help slow down how quickly the cells in your body age. By changing your lifestyle today you can help to slow how quickly your body ages.
It's a two part system. An exercise program will help to keep your heart, lungs, and muscles strong while a healthy diet plan will help to keep your internal programs working at peek performance. All you have to do is switch to a healthier diet and exercise more than you currently do. These simple factors can help to keep you looking and feeling younger than you otherwise would. So what's new with this advice? It's the research into how this process works, so keep reading.
We Now Know so Much More Than we did in the Past
I don't know if you have noticed but people today really do tend to look much younger as they age. Of course there are quite a few individuals taking advantage of cosmetic surgery to achieve this look, but others are choosing to go natural in their fight against the effects of aging. Diet and lifestyle change are key elements in their success stories.
Aging gracefully is for those who want to sit in a rocking chair watching the sun set slowly in the west. For those of us who want to play like a kid for as long as we can there is another method of aging that we can use to our advantage. No dashing out for a little nip and tuck at the local plastic surgeon. This method is relatively easy and does not require cosmetic surgery.
Aging, and age related illnesses, generally occur as the cells within your body are damaged and die off. Consuming antioxidant rich foods can slow down cell damage. This means that when you eat a diet rich in antioxidants you can in effect slow down how quickly your body ages.
Aging cells equal an aging body. By slowing down how quickly the cells in your body become damaged and die off you can slow down the aging processes and thereby keep your body looking younger for longer. You can also possibly prevent some nasty age related illnesses from making your body feel older than it is as well.
It's Important to Understand How the Aging Process Works
The appearance of aging basically begins when a few cells in the body become damaged. These damaged or bad cells are known as free radicals. They are cells within your body that for one reason or another have become incomplete.
These free radicals desperately try to repair themselves (to become complete) by stealing electrons from complete molecules. Unfortunately when they steal an electron from another molecule they then cause the donating molecule to become unstable, or to in effect become another free radical.
This new incomplete molecule then goes off trying to make itself complete and this initiates a chain reaction of damage among the molecules of numerous cells which eventually results in their death. As more and more cells are damaged and destroyed you begin to show signs of aging.
Antioxidants Help to Slow The Aging Process
This is where the antioxidants that you eat throughout the day step in to help slow down age related damage to your body. Spinach, broccoli, red wine, green tea, most berries, and pomegranates are a few examples of antioxidant rich foods.
Antioxidants are stable molecules. They maintain their entirety even after they donate one of their electrons to an unstable molecule. This means that the antioxidants you consume can simply lend an electron to a free radical without damaging their own structure. They help to repair and to stop cell damage from occurring.
When a free radical becomes stable by picking up an extra electron from an antioxidant the chain of damage stops. The free radical is now stable and the antioxidant molecule remains complete even after it has donated one of its electrons. The aging process that would have otherwise occurred does not happen. Your cells remain healthy.
Antioxidants and Free Radicals. The Science Explained.
The Aging Process has Many Contributing Factors
Disease, diet, exercise, stress, and rest are a few of the factors that can influence how we age. There are many influences involved in our life processes and fortunately we do have control over a few that can help us prevent some of the effects of premature aging.
Eat an antioxidant rich diet.
The old advice to eat our fruit and vegetables now has a logical reasoning behind it. Science has uncovered why an antioxidant rich diet helps us to stay young.
Get sufficient rest.
Get plenty of sleep. It is very important. Most people generally require eight hours of sleep per night. Sleep is an important function for good health. Your body heals while you sleep so insure that you give your body the time it needs to rejuvenate and to heal itself.
Exercise a few times each week.
It is pretty much common knowledge that exercise improves health and increases longevity. Walking is one of the easiest and most versatile forms of exercise. It can improve lung and heart health, circulation, and body tone. This simple exercise is very relaxing and can reduce stress that you may be experiencing. What is not to love in taking a little walk each day?
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There are many antioxidant rich foods to choose from but these are a few to include in your diet:
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