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What to eat to reduce the aging process

Updated on July 10, 2012
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Goji berries
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Wheat grass

Eating healthy is a way of life.

You are what you eat, as stated by Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in his work Physiologie du Gout "Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es." You are what you eat is simply my translation of the preceding quote. As they say, you are as young as you look. Time cannot be used to determine how one has aged; it can only tell how long one has been on this earth.

To determine how one has aged, we must look at the many processes that have caused a person to age. Aging has more to do with life style than it has to do with food. It is the accumulation of regressive changes in someone heath over time that will dictates how one has aged. However, good nutritious food does play a big role in reducing the aging process.

Whereas food is eating for survival, good nutritious food is eating to maintain good health. And because of that, maintaining youth is partly related with what ones eat. Therefore, If you eat garbage you’ll become garbage, is simply an expression, but the truth remains, what you put in your body does affect your genetic makeup.

On July 17 2002 Sean Poulter, a consumer Affairs Correspondent in UK wrote " EATING GMO food can change the genetic make-up of your digestive system and could put you at risk of infections that are resistant to antibiotics."

And to support Sean Poulter findings, the documentary, food matters by James Colquhoun indicated that the soil where our food is cultivated is missing some important minerals and nutrients. And it is because of those missing nutrients which have caused the soil to be deficient that has attracted this tremendous cost in health care.

Apparently, this deficiency is pass on to us, which in turn weakened our immune system, leaving us vulnerable to even a simple cold.....why? --- Because we are what we eat and to strengthen our immune system, we must counter play those deficiencies by detox and eat foods that are nutritiously healthy.

On May 11, 2004, Monsanto, the chemical giant responsible for more than 91 percent of all GE crops in the world, announced that it would suspend further development of their genetically engineered wheat.

This was a victory that resulted from protest all over the world against genetically modified food. As you can see, it is only when we choose not to participate that the reverse of progress is possible.

Thanks to the Internet, we are far more informed than our predecessors, nonetheless it is our determination to act on the information obtained that will redirect the failure of progress.

We should work as a team playing against the lobbyist, in our team, there are captains, defenders and goalies working together to mobilize people for healthcare reform. The president is the referee; he is there to make sure that the game is being played fair. The referee will have no leverage to call the fouls if we as people don't make the necessary steps to make our voices heard.

Now, to answer the question can food be the answer to finding the fountain of youth? - one must understand that the fountain of youth cannot be found if as a society we do nothing to discontinue the incentive to produce GMO foods. In another word, what significant is it to you, if we tell you what you should eat when you have no access to nutritious food any ways?

It would seem that the first solution would be to work together as a society to get rid of genetically engineer food. But to get rid of GMO foods we must have alternatives to replace them with organically grown produce. We can use some of the stimulus money to cultivate organic produce, but that may not be enough.

As it is right now, in this country there is a great demand for organic produce. Many Americans have realized organically grown foods are more beneficial in nutrients than process food. As a result, they're making all sort of sacrifices to access those organic foods so that they can be proud of their health, because If you are what you eat, than what you're not is what you don’t eat.

You see, the main important point here is that we all eat, but the different is we don't all eat the same things. So in that sense, the emphasis should really be placed on what we don't eat as opposed to what we eat.

Since some foods have no health benefits, eating them will not have made a person feel any better. However, nutritious foods on the other hand help maintain health, so because of it, we say what you don't eat is more important than what you eat if as a conscious person you don't take the necessary steps to eat the foods that are enriched in nutrients.

We can also add that since most of us are not eating vegetables or organic foods, than what we're not is "healthy", because to be healthy would have required of us to monitor our nutritional balance. But how can we do that if as a people we're not conscious of this imbalance. T

To be conscious would have required our educational institutions to informed our children from the time they're able to comprehend - is this not a possibility? Children have a greater capacity to learn, it would be just like leaning their A B C.

Now it makes sense to say that if we were to cultivate organic food in great quantity, as a country, not only would we have benefited from it nutrients, we would have also been able to benefit from its growing demand by becoming a supplier of organic food instead of a consumer.

This is the agenda; it is one that would require every individual to participate in a revolutionary movement that would redefine health as the accumulation of nutrients that brings about support for all vital organs. So, our right to a healthy life is defining by our access to nutrients. After all, it is only when we choose to eat healthy that we can improve our minds and health which is only possible if those who can individualy commit themselves to exercise, eat healthy, and educate others. Like John Ledgend said don't let it be..


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    • Coolbreezing profile imageAUTHOR

      James Dubreze 

      9 years ago from New York, New York

      Hi Bob! 

      Thanks for your comments. Actually you have motivated me to write an article on the subject. You've asked a lots of important questions that should be answered. I will write an article in respond  to your questions. And yes i am a member of a food coop that sale health produce.  They buy a lot from local farmers and some foreign countries.  I'll have your answers for you this weekend. Thanks again

    • bobm288 profile image


      9 years ago

      I liked your article Coolbreezing. Can you do an article on how you find your organic foods you list, or maybe respond to this comment? Do you go to health food stores, and what about the dried powders in supplements, are they poor choices compared to fresh organic? And you were talking about exercise, what kind do you recommend. Can you find fresh Goji berrries anywere? And what about spirulina and wheatgrass, do you get the dried powders or do you grow the wheatgrass? Spirulina probably has to be in a capsule or maybe a powder? Anything you can add would be appreciated.

    • Coolbreezing profile imageAUTHOR

      James Dubreze 

      9 years ago from New York, New York


    • convrsionjunction profile image


      9 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great Hub..very sound advice on living healthy...

    • Coolbreezing profile imageAUTHOR

      James Dubreze 

      9 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Laringo, i'm glad this information is helpful to you

    • laringo profile image


      9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Hey coolbreezing,you are right on spot with this Hub and I'm already there in following the rules of good health in eating plus drinking a lot of water. I plan on living a long long time and in good health. Great Hub.  Take care.


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