Those of us over 50 know that, while the second half of our lives can be a time of emotional stability, mental acuity, wisdom, and power, the physical fact of aging is undeniable. And the risk of age-related disease increases with each passing year.
There’s not much you can do to stop the inexorable march of time; but you can protect your health, and age more gracefully, with the following foods:1. Flax seeds are high in lignans, that help protects the body from toxic compounds found in plastics, hormones in meat and dairy, and pesticides that mimic natural estrogen and can increase the risk of breast and hormonal cancers and colon cancer.
- Flaxseeds as well as hempseeds help protect your body from absorbing deadly toxins.
- Cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables like kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and arugula contain diindolylmethane (DIM), a compound that protects against cancer
- Kale and other leafy greens are high in folic acid, a type of B vitamin that protects against cervical cancer and prostate cancer. . Kale is also a member of the crucifer family, so it offers added protection against cancer.
- Blueberries are rich in antioxidants that protect against Alzheimer’s, as well as age-related changes in brain and motor function. They also have powerful anti-inflammatory actions to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, cranberries, and prunes are other great sources of polyphenols.
- Green tea is rich in antioxidants that protect against cancer and help kill existing cancer cells. It’s also protective against skin cancer and may reverse the effects of sun damage, and seems to work by repairing the cell’s DNA.
- Olives are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, one of the few fats that lower “bad” cholesterol and help prevent inflammation. Additionally, olives contain antioxidant compounds that also have heart-protective, anti-inflammatory effects. Other foods high in monounsaturated fats include almonds, avocados, and walnuts.
- Turmeric slows and may prevent the development of rheumatoid arthritis, which seems to affect women more often and more severely. Curcumin, the active component in turmeric, also shores up the immune system to protect the body from infection.
- Beans are rich in soluble fiber, to reduce cholesterol, protect the heart, and possibly reduce the risk of colon cancer. Because they’re high in protein and fiber, beans are valuable food for a healthy heart, colin and to maintain weight.
- Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a relatively hard-to-get antioxidant that reduces the risk of heart attack and cancer.
- Spinach is one of the best food sources of lutein, a carotenoid that protects the eyes from macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness as we age. Spinach is also rich in vitamin K, which is crucial in bone health and protects the health of the arteries
- Eat a mostly raw vegan diet, stay away from pills, drugs, vitamins, superfoods….
- Eat what grows in your community and participate to support your local farmer.
- Exercise and move your body to activities that you love to do and can participate in with family and friends.
- Find some alone time by meditating and contemplating on your blessings, good fortunes, and opportunities in life.
- Bond with your family and friends that support you and make you feel good…..Sever relations with people that cause you anxiety and frustration.
- Enjoy your work and be in a career where you look forward to Mondays instead of Fridays.
- Help people around you, be involved in your community…….