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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2008-05-29

Miracle Foods That Help Fight The Signs of Aging

I love to recycle! Great for the earth and apparently for my blog because I am recycling this post from when I was just a young baby blogger and I had maybe two readers (my mom and myself). I really liked and found this information helpful so I wanted to put it out there again for you.

Being about to hit forty (oh my, can it really be? Now I know what my nana meant when she would say she didn't feel old and I was a kid and would roll my eyes) I have found myself contemplating all kinds of anti-aging possibilities. I worked in the beauty industry so I know several great anti-aging products (which I will talk about at a later date) for the outer skin but now I want to do more and it starts on the inside. Here are some great foods to help fight the signs of aging!!!

**DRINK LOTS OF WATER (you probably knew that was coming)! Water jump starts your digestive track and bowels, removes toxins from your body, and even prevents and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles. The old standard of 64 ounces of water a day (eight 8 oz. glasses) still holds, but the more water you can drink the better.

**MAGNESIUM-Magnesium is an important, but often overlooked, part of a healthy diet. Foods high in magnesium, such as beets, dates, raisins, and soybeans, help fight a variety of cancers and keep you looking young (that's what we want, right?).

**TOMATOES-Rich in lycopene, tomatoes help prevent prostate cancer in men, plus they’re chock full of antioxidants to slow the aging process and keep you looking young. Specifically, tomato sauces and tomato paste are the way to go. Tomatoes must be cooked to really release their cancer-fighting properties, and a few tablespoons of concentrated tomato sauce are nutritionally equivalent to pounds of fresh tomatoes.

**BERRIES-All black and blue berries such as blackberries, blueberries, blackcurrants and black grapes contain phytochemicals known as flavonoids-powerful antioxidants which help to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals and aging.

**WATERMELON-Both the flesh and seeds of the watermelon are nutritious so try blending them together in a food processor and drinking as a juice. The flesh contain vitamin A, B and C ; the seeds contain selenium, essential fats, zinc and vitamin E, all of which help against free radical damage and aging.

**BEST FATS FOR ANTI-AGING(ACCORDING TO DR.PERRICONE ON THE OPRAH SHOW)-Extra virgin olive oil, flax oil, flax seed, nuts (esp. almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and macadamia), pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds.

**BEST PROTEIN SOURCES FOR ANTI-AGING (ACCORDING TO DR.PERRICONE ON THE OPRAH SHOW)-Wild Alaskan salmon, halibut, trout, anchovies, sardines, poultry, yogurt, high EFA eggs, kefir, cottage cheese, tofu.

**BEST CARBOHYDRATE CHOICES FOR ANTI-AGING (ACCORDING TO DR.PERRICONE ON THE OPRAH SHOW)-Artichokes, avocados, dark-green leafy vegetables, broccoli, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, spinach, escarole, romaine lettuce, cherries, berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc.), apples, pears, barley, beans (dried and fresh), bean sprouts, endive, eggplant, cabbage, kale, red and green peppers, bok choy, celery, cucumbers, kidney beans, pinto beans, chick peas, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, honeydew melons, lentils, bean sprouts, mushrooms, tomatoes, turnips, pomegranates, snow peas, slow cooking oatmeal.

Now I just need to find some healthy anti-aging food recipes to incorporate some of these things. Wouldn't that be fun!!

P.S. I have a really exciting review coming up on my next post of one of my very favorite blogs. I read this mystery blog everyday and am uplifted by it!!! You won't want to miss discovering the mystery blog so check back in the next day or two. No more recycling, I promise.

23 comments:

Liza said...
great info again. my mom always tell us to eat lots of tomatoes when we were younger. ;)
intrepidideas said...
Wow... An impressive resource. I'll be coming back to this list again. I'm happy to see many of the things I eat and drink regularly - listed in your post. Thanks for the visit by the way!
MizFit said...
caught a glimpse o'myself this morning as I got up at 430a to work.

methinks I need to PRINT THIS LIST.

MizFit
Thanks for recycling this. Now I am begining to understand why some people look younger than their age. Especially you. Great to know that cooked tomatoes are also good, unlike many vitamin sources that lose it once they are cooked.
Keep up this work. Your blog is headed for the top.
Peintros said...
Great post, thanks for the great info.
I always recommend:
Vegetables as it contains calcium, vitamins A, C, and E. Eat them fresh as with time decay, vitamins will vanish. Broccoli, carrots, spinach, onions, garlic are my favorite. French fries, chips accelerates the aging process so i would avoid them.
Cereals are great for the Intestine, they contain Antioxidants, which has great properties for the skin. Vitamine E, flavonoid, zinc, selenium, copper and manganese. I privilege full cereals such as surinam or basmati rice, rolled oats, Buckwheat, Wheat and whole grain bread.
A glass of red wine is good for the heart as it contains resveratrol in the skin grapes. It has a very powerful anti-aging property.

Cheers
Bridget said...
I am new to the blog so recycle away please!! :) Love this post, love and eat all of those foods-nice means I look better longer! Need to drink more water though, trying...
Jennifer Robin said...
Good, sound advice that more people would do well to listen to!
Sandy C. said...
I MUST add some of these to my grocery list (if not there already). I just took a bunch of photos for tomorrows post and discovered a heaping pile of.....crow's feet!!! *sobs* I need all the Anti-aging I can get :(
Sogeshirtsguy said...
Sweet lots of blackberries blueberries and watermelon. Sounds easy enough for me.
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nagawulan said...
nice blog, many thing i have learn from you blog. keep blogging Heidi...
john b said...
Hi Heidi, great info as usual! My mom always had a vegetable garden featuring all kinds of tomatoes. My wife and I have carried on that tradition. We have Roma's, Cherries, Early Girls and Beef Steak tomatoes coming along nicely as I speak! I'm glad to hear tomatoes are such a healthy choice!
Tom Parker said...
Great post Heidi. I see avocado (one of the foods missing from my diet) is on your list and is also recommended by a lot of the other health blogs I read. I had a quick look for it last time I was out shopping but couldn't see it. I will have to ask one of the shopping assistants about it next time.
Kelly O said...
Love Love Love your blog!! I'll be here everyday. Also, I just started doing these Green Smoothies (have you checked out www.greensmoothiegirl.com ?) every day for breakfast - what a great way to get your fruits and GREENS in from a yummy smoothie. I love it.
;-)
Kelly O
Lynne said...
I can't seem to get enough water, that's just about the only thing I drink when I'm at home.
Denis Kanygin said...
Good stuff!

Getting good stuff into your body helps.

What is even more important(in my humble opinion anyway) is detoxifying our lives and not getting toxic substances into our bodies.

What toxins am I talking about?

Shampoos, soaps, perfumes, deodorants, toothpaste...don't get me started!

Denis Kanygin
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Excellent anti-aging article with really good information. I honestly cannot believe what you've done with a blogspot blog in terms of formatting and layout--it looks like a professional website. Thanks for hosting such a great blog--I've just recently added you to my blogroll and I look forward to more great articles...

Cheers,


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Poppy said...
You are a mine of information I love reading your posts. Just a little note one thing that I have noticed makes quite a big difference to your skin (especially the face) as you get older is canned salmon. I believe it is all the nourishing oil and it appears to make the skin slightly more elastic and supple.
Jeremy Jacobs said...
Tomatoes and kiwi fruit?
PetMono said...
good tips, thanks again! you can't have too much water! if you don't have enough fluids, and food too, your body goes into self-protection mode = sort of shuts down.

we want to keep our metabolism up for a million reasons, somewhere in the range of when we were most active in our lives.

by eating a lot of little meals and plenty of fluids we detox which of course helps the anti-aging process.
We've got a lot of wild blackberries around our place right now so I'm getting to eat quite a few.
raxso said...
this is a great tip specially for the watermelon... I'll definitely try this at home.
Simithi said...
It is very nice to read about the foods which help to fight agianst signs of aging.
So, Me too going to add those foods in my daily life to make me "sweet 16" always......

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