Is the aging process influenced solely by genetics? Have people, who look young for their age, received an inheritance gift or can the aging process also be slowed down by diet and other actions?
In an article published a few days ago in the Daily Mail, British nutritionist Gabrielle Peacock explains that diet does indeed have a great influence on the aging process. According to her, there are foods that have been scientifically proven to slow down the body's aging process and help us look young for our age.
In addition to the types of foods Peacock cites in the article, which we will detail below, Peacock also recommends reducing the window of time we eat during the day. This is in addition to limiting the amount of calories we consume. According to her, the amount of time we eat during a day should be only eight hours. Peacock also recommends combining physical activity and taking part in various spa treatments, such as sitting in saunas and cold showers.
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The nutritionist suggests, among other things, to consume more plant foods, such as berries, arugula, kale, walnuts, green tea and dark chocolate, as these provide the polyphenols needed to slow down the aging of our body's cells.
One of the causes of rapid aging is the constant stress in which we live. The pressures we are under create emotional loads and feelings of exhaustion, frustration and unhappiness. These increase the presence of the stress hormone cortisol in our body. It is a hormone that, in addition to intensifying our feelings of anxiety, also leads to impairment of sleep quality, energy level, hormonal balance. It can also cause weight gain and more.
The nutritionist notes that stress can be managed by consuming mushrooms. "Many mushrooms and several types of herbs contain natural substances called adaptogens. These substances help our bodies cope with stress and return to a state of balance," explains Peacock. According to her, mushrooms can be consumed in different ways, for example: in toast, pies or as a side dish in salads. She recommends looking for mushrooms, such as shiitake, maitake, reishi, cordyceps, chaga, and lion's mane.
Coffee & Green Tea
The nutritionist also recommends caffeine consumption because the substance increases the body's metabolic rate, improves the ability to concentrate and positively affects mood. At the same time, since caffeine causes blood sugar to rise, she notes that you should not consume too much of it during the day and recommends eating at the same time as consumption. "Coffee contains high levels of antioxidants, especially polyphenol. Many of the bioactive substances in coffee also provide the body with anti-inflammatory substances that protect cells from damage," she explains, noting that green tea and matcha also contain antioxidants that support longevity.
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Another type of drink that helps the body look young and slows down the aging process is wine. Peacock notes in the article that studies show that moderate alcohol consumption helps longevity. She says it's a good idea to consume a glass of wine alongside food. It also makes it clear that wine consumption should not be overdone because alcohol can put strain on the liver, a condition that negatively affects the immune and digestive systems, lowers energy levels, impairs mood, and interferes with sleep.
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According to Peacock, fish skin has a high amount of anti-inflammatory acids. To enjoy eating it, she explains how to make a salad spice out of it: "You can roast the skin in the oven or pan and make it crispy, then grind it and mix with salt and olive oil. To increase omega-three intake, flaxseed or pumpkin seed can be added to the mix and used as a food dip or salad spice," she says.
Spinach and lentils
To age more slowly, you should sleep well. Peacock explains that increasing magnesium intake may help with the quality of our sleep. "It's a natural 'relaxant' that reduces anxiety and stress, and also lowers blood pressure," she says, adding that one of the most common problems among the public today is magnesium deficiency. According to her, foods rich in magnesium are leafy greens, such as: kale, spinach, chard. Black cabbage, nuts, and seeds also contain magnesium, as well as grains and legumes, such as buckwheat, quinoa, beans, chickpeas, lentils. Best of all, even dark chocolate at 70 percent contains magnesium. "If you still have trouble falling asleep, try a small bedtime snack, such as a slice of turkey, a few tablespoons of cottage cheese or natural yogurt. These foods provide the body with the amino acid tryptophan that aids sleep," she says.
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