Anti-Ageing: 5 Foods To Add To Your DietMay 28, 2019
Anti-ageing From The Inside Out
Something that isn’t often considered is that what we put into our body becomes our body. We’ve all heard “you are what you eat,” but we don’t tend to really take this cliche to heart. Everything that we consume gets broken down into its smallest component, and used to make new cells, and to carry out different roles in the body.
One year from now, you will be a completely new person (at the cellular level). Would you like that person or version of yourself to be healthy and happy, made from nutrient dense foods, or would you prefer those new cells to be made from processed or fast food?
It’s completely up to you.
What Anti-Ageing Procedures Are Missing
When we think of anti-aging, we often think of external treatments like using sunscreen, getting facials, or more invasive procedures like surgery (face lifts, etc). But if we only focus on the external component of anti-aging, we’re missing a large part of the puzzle!
At Bay Wellness Centre, we love to develop anti-ageing treatment plans! We always take into account your current health (symptoms, conditions or previous diagnoses), along with your health history (medications, hospital stays) to create a plan that will teach you how to live optimally. We want you to live a long, healthy life, not just a long existence.
Food For Anti-Ageing
Diet is one of the most important things when we are looking at anti-ageing protocols and treatment plans. As mentioned above, what we eat becomes us, so we should be very conscious of what we’re consuming on a daily basis. This is not to say that you shouldn’t enjoy “bad” or unhealthy food! Food is such a social act for humans that it isn’t feasible to say, never eat a piece of cake or a burger. Creating a balance for what you eat and when is the key. Once you learn which foods are good for you and make you feel good, you are able to eat intuitively and still maintain a healthy body weight and feel great.
5 Foods For Anti-Ageing
- Eat antioxidants: A diet rich in organic meats, fruits, and vegetables packed with antioxidants help by protecting your cells against free radicals. Antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Vitamin B, and beta-carotene help by preventing cell damage. Food such as fish, poultry, almonds, and carrots are just some of the many choices out there that can help.
- Probiotics: Sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, and yogurt have anti-inflammatory properties as well as antioxidants. Probiotics help improve digestion, boost the immune system, and maintain a healthy weight.
- Protein: Maintaining muscle mass is important as it starts to decline as you age. Protein is the best way to do that. You can find protein in meat, fish, organic soy, nuts and seeds. In addition to helping to build and maintain muscles, its importance in tissue cell creation means it’s also important to enjoy healthy-looking hair well into old age.
- Healthy fat: Omega-3 fatty acids, such as EPA, DHA, and ALA can be found in fish, nuts, and seeds. They help reduce joint pain and stiffness, and studies have found that they may be able to help boost the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs for arthritis. If you’re not keen on eating too much seafood, consider taking Omega-3 supplements after talking about it with your naturopathic doctor.
- Water: If you feel thirsty, then you’re already in the earliest stages of dehydration! Stay hydrated all the time to help your cells replenish their nutrients. As you age, the importance of hydration is ever more paramount, especially in hotter climates. Aim for half your body weight in ounces daily for optimal hydration (i.e. if you weigh 150lbs, drink 75oz of water daily, or around 2L). *Please speak to your practitioner before increasing your water intake if you have any kidney conditions.