Anti-Aging: Best Foods to Keep You Young and Healthy

Best age-defying foods to your diet and start looking and feeling younger

Stress, pollution, sun exposure and excessive alcohol consumption all play a part in speeding up the aging process. Poor eating habits are also a major contributor. These foods will help protect you from age-related illnesses and degenerative diseases and prevent wrinkles from appearing before their time.

Here are six foods to keep you looking and feeling young:

Avocado

Avocado should be one of your anti-aging staples. Avocados are an excellent source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant and a free-radical scavenger that helps prevent damage to collagen. Their high levels of beneficial unsaturated fats and beta-carotene nourish skin and protect from the visible signs of aging, as well as keeping your heart and eyesight healthy as you get older.

Brazil nuts

These are one of the best sources of the trace mineral selenium, which helps to improve skin elasticity. Selenium is also a potent antioxidant which helps to reduce the risk of skin cancer and prevents premature aging. Eat a few Brazil nuts each day, with your muesli or in a trail mix, to give you a good dose of this anti-aging nutrient.

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Turmeric

The anti-ageing and health-promoting properties of this wonderful spice are due to the presence of a highly effective antioxidant called curcumin. Including more turmeric in your diet will help keep your brain young and healthy, as it works to preserve your memory and reduce the risk of Alzheimer?s disease. Curcumin will also protect you from heart disease and cancer. Turmeric is the main ingredient in curry powder, so eating curries more often will help promote a healthier, younger you.

Chlorella

This nutritionally dense super algae has antioxidant and anti-ageing properties. It?s rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C and can enhance the health of your skin. It?s also a good source of chlorophyll and can assist with detoxification. Add chlorella powder to a vegetable juice or water daily to help remove toxins from the body. This will benefit your skin and work wonders to prevent premature ageing.

Kale

This is one of the best leafy greens to help combat ageing. It?s packed with antioxidants, and vitamin C, which protects against free radical damage. Its sulfur compounds assist in liver detoxification, while healthy omega-3 fats nourish the skin and help prevent dryness and wrinkles.?It?s abundant in vitamin A, an important nutrient for eye health, and vitamin K and calcium, needed for strong bones and to prevent osteoporosis.

Salmon

Omega-3 essential fatty acids, found in high levels in salmon, nourish the skin and prevent dryness and premature ageing. A lack of these healthy fats in your diet will make you prone to dry skin and wrinkles. Omega-3s help produce the skin?s natural moisture-retaining oil barrier and improve the skin?s flexibility and ability to repair. Wild salmon has the added benefit of containing astaxanthin, a super antioxidant that helps combat the signs of ageing, as well as protecting against cancer, and heart and neurodegenerative diseases.

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Twenty-Five Ways To Eat More Vegetables

25 Ways To Get Your Family To Eat More Vegetables

25 Ways to Get Your Family to Eat More Vegetables Reviewed by QualityHealth’s Medical Advisory Board Nutrition experts say the best diets include 5 to 13 servings of vegetables every day. But how do you get that message across to kids and other family members, who might not agree?

Well, you can sneak veggies into food. But there are ways to inspire kids, and adults, to eat them on their own. Experimental psychologists at Stanford University found that when preschool children read storybooks that include information about the importance of eating a varied diet?and how their bodies digest food and use nutrients?they not only grasp the concepts but are more likely to voluntarily eat more vegetables. Another good way to encourage healthy eating habits is by example, so be sure you’re eating plenty of veggies yourself.

Here are 25 ways (including being sneaky) to help your family enjoy more vegetables at every meal, and snack time, too:
1. Try the same vegetable in different forms. For instance, family members who don’t like vegetables cooked may prefer to eat them raw or just lightly steamed.
2. Jazz up vegetables with “finishing flavors,” such as lemon juice, garlic heated in olive oil, chopped toasted almonds or walnuts, or Parmesan cheese.
3. Stir a little drained, grated zucchini into pancake, waffle, muffin, biscuit, or quick-bread batter.

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Is Tofu A Perfect Health Food?

Tofu: Perfect Health Food…or Not?

Reviewed by QualityHealth’s Medical Advisory

Board Soybeans are unique among legumes because they are rich in high-quality plant protein, as well as in phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) such as isoflavones, that can mimic estrogen and have hormone-like effects in your body. Isoflavones are found in varying amounts in tofu and other soy products such as mature dried soybeans, young green soybeans (edamame), soymilk, and other dairy alternatives made from soybeans.

Substituting soy foods, such as tofu, for some of the meat normally consumed in the average American diet has been hailed as a heart-healthy habit that may reduce serum cholesterol levels and help the heart in other ways. Soy foods have also been associated with decreasing symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, protecting against some forms of cancer, and improving bone health.

But at the same time, soy foods have also been linked to an increased risk of various types of cancer and other health issues. The Good News Studies of Asian and Asian-American women have linked higher soy intake in adults to a lower incidence of breast cancer, and even more substantial decrease of risk in women who also consumed soy throughout childhood and their teen years.

A Korean women’s study also linked the regular use of soybeans and tofu in the diet to a lower incidence of stomach cancer, while a University of Hawaii multi-ethnic study found that a high intake of phytochemicals found in soy foods may reduce the risk of endometrial cancer.

An analysis of the Shanghai Women’s Health Study, published in a March, 2013 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, revealed that those with a higher intake of soy foods lived longer on average after a lung cancer diagnosis than those with a low intake of soy foods.

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