Foods That Speed Up Aging
None of us like to admit that we are aging; and many of us don’t like to be told what to eat and what NOT to eat. However, in a recent article I read, I discovered that certain foods are not only bad for your health, but actually speed up the aging process.
Successful people always want to take measures to prolong their life so that they can ultimately fulfill their goals and visions. That being the case, I would like to share a portion of this report with you, because in my opinion, the best way to slow down the aging process is to know which foods would actually speed it up, and therefore which foods to avoid.
Inflammatory Foods: Here are some of the foods which speed up the aging process.
- Alcohol. Alcohol triggers inflammation and can impair the liver’s ability to detoxify. It can also dehydrate the skin and tissues.
- Bread. Bread containing gluten, found in wheat, rye and barley. Gluten can take a toll on your liver and trigger inflammation.
- Cheese. Cheese contains saturated fats, which are highly inflammatory. Also, because it is dairy, it is the cause of food allergies, and can also stress the heart and brain. Excess cheese can lead to swollen eyes, dark circles, acne and age spots.
- French Fries. French fries contribute to free radical damage because of hydrogenated oil and salt. The salt dries out tissues and can cause bloating. The hydrogenated oil is inflammatory and triggers free radical damage.
- Microwave Popcorn. Microwave popcorn is similar to french fries because of the trans fats. The butter flavor is nothing but flavored oil (trans fats) which is known to increase bad cholesterol levels.
- Red Meat. Red meat is very acidic and also causes inflammation. Over time, the acidic quality of red meat reduces mental clarity, slows down recovery time, weakens bones and lowers immunity.
- Sugar. Sugar is the worse of the aging foods. It is inflammatory, it taxes the liver and it causes collagen breakdown. It can show itself up on your face as fine lines and wrinkles, and thinning skin.
What all of these foods have in common is inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s attempt to heal itself after an injury, or its attempt to defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria; or its attempt to repair damaged tissue.
It is easy to see then, that certain unhealthy foods (like acidic foods) cause the body to take up its defense position against foreign attack, but the inflammation which is produced does not have a real threat to defend, and so that inflammation contributes to hormone imbalance, malfunction of the brain, heart and liver, or other chronic conditions in the body.
Sometimes people experience things such as dark circles under eyes, acne, etc. and do not realize that it can be attributed to things in their diet. Many times people accept these things (including aches and pains) as part of the aging process, without knowing that something can be done to change their condition.
I believe that poor diet should not be a contributing factor to inflammation – but it is.
The best way to slow down the aging process in my opinion is to stay away from the types of food listed above which contribute to inflammation.
The Answer to Inflammation
My first recommendation is to
Eat Healthy. This may seem like a simple answer, but maintaining a good, healthy diet is the best way to prevent unnecessary illness in the body. For recommended foods read a previous article.
My second recommendation:
Nutritional Products. If you feel that you are not getting the necessary amount of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, etc. that you need, may I introduce you to some of the supplements I use on a daily basis.
My third recommendation:
Herbs. The University of Wisconsin recommended spices such as ginger, rosemary, tumeric, oregano, cayenne, cloves and nutmeg as possessing anti-inflammatory compounds that “inhibit the biochemical process of inflammation.”
Everything we do should be done in moderation. When you know the dangers to your health that certain foods cause, at least you will be able to make an intelligent decision before you eat.
It would be interesting to have your comments, questions or suggestions regarding this topic. Please leave them below, and I shall respond as soon as I can.