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Basics For A Longevity Diet

Updated on May 13, 2010

For many a millennia man has been trying his best to discover the fountain of youth. The ever going quest for longevity, life extension, anti aging formulas, the most recent healthy diet tips and not too long ago we´ve been able to uncover the human genome and understand the power of most antioxidants in the fight against free radicals that harms us so.

Mans gifted and normal built-in mechanism to improve and better himself and always with the intuitive look-out for eternity, has brought us closer in understanding ourselves and enable us to make our own decisions in regards to our health. Without going technical, living longer through our diet has to start with the most important liquid that we tend to forget.

Water

  • Our body contains altogether 75 percent water. The quantity and quality water we consume are responsible for and involved in nearly every process in our body.

Add more red fruits to your diet

  • The dehydration that most people go through their lives but don’t know about it causes our body to slowly weaken and resulting in a lesser capacity of regular digestion, higher toxic retention, bad blood circulation, cell atrophy, brain degenerating, kidney failure and so on.
  • Drinking more water than you usually do is never a bad thing, but make sure you drink quality water as well to add on those years.

Eat Less

  • Yes, science backs this up as studies have shown that calorie restricted rats live 30 percent longer than rats that eat their usual ration.
  • We have been educated that we need to eat well, but eating well does not mean eating a lot and guzzle down large quantities of food until we´re satiated.
  • Our body for instance can only assimilate 20 grams of protein at a time. So why eat that big steak!
  • Eating too much as we are used too causes our body to use more energy to digest and process those overly consumed foods. That in turn takes a toll on our body.
  • Lesser quantity meals at regular intervals is much healthier that three whole meals a day. Don’t forget to go nuts.
  • As a substitute for eating less, an intake of nuts is beneficial due to the high content of Vitamin E.

Choose Red Fruits And Vegetables

  • One of the many gifts that Mother Nature gave us that we only found out recently is the power of red colored fruits and vegetables that are amazingly rich in antioxidants ready to fight free radicals.
  • The great variety of berries we have to choose from have plenty of antioxidants.
  • Pomegranates as well have loads of antioxidants and have been found to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Any fruit and vegetable that is red or even dark colored is a great free radical fighter avoiding damage to our cells.

Eat More Fish

  • Eating salmon, sea bass, bluefish, sea bream, mackerel, sardines and other fish that delivers omega-3 fatty acids two to five times a week increases your chances of a more complete and well balanced diet and lowering blood pressure and low levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Eating fish does not have to be fishy. There are so many ways to prepare and cook fish that can be enjoyable for the whole family.

Say NO To Canned And Other Processed Foods

  • These foods are full of chemicals, preservatives and colorings that will harm you.
  • Processed foods are high in added calories and in turn demand more from your metabolism to naturally process them, again this in turn could lead to weight related illnesses like heart disease and stroke and even diabetes.
  • Also a higher body toxic retention due to chemicals added in canned and processed foods.

Red Wine

  • Now don´t have a party on this one, but just a glass or two a day has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks, diabetes, and other life-threatening illnesses.
  • Red wine has good free radical fighting capabilities. Resveratrol that has found in red wine recently is one of the beneficial components of this long time Bacchus drink.

Get the Good Fat In

  • There are bad fats and good fats. Unsaturated fats (good fat) from vegetable oils, nuts, avocados, and fish improve insulin and reduce blood fat deposits.
  • It is essential for good brain function. The Esquimoes have a diet high in fat but this is the unsaturated fat and therefore their hearth related diseases are down to a minimum.
  • As well the Mediterranean diet that consists most of vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, olives, olive oil, and fish, reduces the risk of death from heart disease and cancer and can lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

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