Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Most of us are familiar with scientific research hinting that the aging process, while not reversible, may be somewhat preventable by the lifestyle choices we make. Get enough rest, don’t smoke, drink plenty of water, and perhaps most importantly, eat foods rich in antioxidants.

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Antioxidants

The simplest way to add beneficial antioxidants to our diets is by adding more fruits and vegetables. The healthy cells in our bodies really have no "end date," but damage to them is caused by free radicals – molecules that are missing an electron and roam freely, "stealing" the electron and beginning a chain reaction that ultimately damages the cell. The result is shown as aging – from wrinkles to an eventual breakdown of the body's systems. Antioxidants come to the rescue because they are stable molecules with the ability to give up an electron and remain stable, thus breaking the chain reaction and reversing cellular damage.

The right choices

The right choices benefit overall health, and natural foods are the key: whole grains, nuts, beans, lean protein – the freshest food that retains maximum vitamins and minerals. Many people choose organically grown products, since conventional growers use pesticides to protect their crops. Think fresh, and add more unprocessed food to your table.

Our lifestyles expose us to stresses and environmental toxins, but eating natural can help offset the damage. There are many recommended "Super Foods" that are so-named because they are rich in antioxidants, fiber and vitamins. Acai berries have numerous benefits, with pulp containing an extraordinarily high concentration of antioxidants. Acai berries also provide fiber, amino acids, minerals and oleic acid, which works with Omega-3 to produce a nourishing and regenerative effect on our cells. It's a natural Super Food to add to your diet. Walnuts are a natural food that can actually reduce the chance of a heart attack from 15% to 51% simply by eating a handful every day! Some natural foods, such as walnuts, are high-fat, but this is the good fat – with high Omega levels and vitamins A and E, copper, magnesium and potassium. Getting nutty is good for you!

Avocados are nutrient dense, loaded with fiber, and can help decrease bad cholesterol while increasing levels of HDL – the good cholesterol. Adding avocados is a tasty boost for your natural diet, so why not make some guacamole?

Processed foods

Processed foods can lead to overloading on fat, sugar and salt, as well as chemical additives. The results can range from premature aging to obesity, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and other health issues. You may feel sluggish and lack energy. Fresh and natural foods level the nutritional field, and they taste better! There are no hidden surprises in unprocessed food, simply the vitamin and mineral-rich benefits added by nature.

You'll feel the rewards by having renewed energy, and see them in a slimmer silhouette. Small changes can pay big dividends when you add more natural foods to your diet.

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