We are a culture that does not know how to age gracefully. What did you say? Anti wrinkle creams? Age lift lotions? You seem to think that’s all there is to defy ageing. Ageing is actually a natural process that is just as inevitable as menstrual cycles in women, but that is no cause to invest in anti-ageing creams and lotions. They only take care of the ageing on the face, what about the ageing of the body? Lotions will not be able to prevent your bones from becoming brittle and your memory from becoming weaker. That is where the importance of age defying or anti ageing diet comes into play. The problems is, we don’t usually associate foods with ageing or anti-ageing; the truth is that we are as old or young as we eat. The more we eat foods that help us maintain health and longevity, the more we can fight ageing of the body and the mind. That is the principle on which an Anti-Ageing diet works. If you wish to know more about it, read on about anti-ageing diet.
What Is Ageing?
Though the most conspicuous signs of ageing are the wrinkles – the irritating crows’ feet and the lines on either side of the lips – there are other signs of ageing of the body as a whole, like reduced brain alertness, memory loss, and increased risk of chronic ailments like cancer, osteoporosis and heart diseases. Ageing, which is a normal process, is often aggravated or hastened by what we eat and what kind of lifestyle we lead; the same factor will also retard the ageing process. The difference is only the kind of foods that we eat.
Ageing And Anti-Ageing Foods
Foods that promote and speed up the process of ageing are called ageing foods. Foods that contain too many carbohydrates, especially the complex ones like starch (not cellulose), that are rich in saturated fats and sugars, preserved meat and all other kind of preserved foods, deep fried food stuffs, foods that contain monosodium glutamate (MSG) are all those foods that act as a catalyst to the ageing process. Foods that are retard the speed at which ageing occurs are known as anti-ageing foods. They are mainly the antioxidant-rich fresh and raw foods, raw nuts, barley greens, olive oil, and flaxseed oil. Anti-ageing foods also include foods which are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and make the skin supple – whole grain cereals, natural muesli, berries of all kinds, green tea, chamomile tea, and even dark chocolate.
What Are Anti-Oxidants
Anti-oxidants are chemicals that act as body’s cleansing mechanism and get rid of the chemicals that cause ageing – they gobble up "free radicals", which are oxygen’s charged radicals that have a major role to play in the onset of lifestyle ailments such as heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer's disease.
- Increase your intake of fresh fruits – you can include them as a snack or even blend them into a smoothie or fresh fruit juice. They are loaded in antioxidants and vitamins, all of which are known to fight ageing and help you age gracefully. Be careful not to consume too many of those that are loaded with sugars like mangoes and sapodillas.
- The best part about eating vegetables of all kinds – raw as well as cooked – is that you can have as much as you want without feeling too full too soon, which you will often feel with processed foods. Along with vegetables, you could also include sprouted beans and curds (whole or low fat) to make a healthy raita for your meals.
- Water is said to cure a lot of lifestyle ailments and many of us age faster than we should because we do not consume enough water in a day. It wouldn’t be wrong to consider it the elixir of life as without it, most organs refuse to function properly. Drinking plenty of water also washes away toxins from the body.