Superfoods to Slow Aging and Prevent Disease

Filling your plate with the nutrient-packed foods your body needs is the best way to slow the aging process and combat disease. Learn which superfoods are your ticket to preserving optimal health through the years.

Superfoods to Slow Aging and Prevent Disease

Eat smart and be healthy. Incorporating these foods into your diet will keep you looking and feeling young for years to come. 


Salmon

Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for good heart health and overall wellness. If you can’t handle the “fishy” taste, try fish oil tablets or vegetarian omega-3 tablets. 

Sweet Potatoes

The bright hue of these orange vegetables means they have carotenoids, a powerful antioxidant, in them. They’re also packed with vitamin A, which is important for your skin and eyes and helps to prevent wrinkles. Try replacing all white potatoes in your diet with this nutrient-rich alternative. 

White Kidney Beans

The high fiber content of these beans is critical for lowering blood sugar levels. Maintaining a healthy blood sugar level is an essential part of helping to prevent diabetes and cholesterol build-up. Soak them in water to reduce the uncomfortable gas they can cause and incorporate them into your diet 3 to 4 times a week.

Kale

In addition to promoting a healthy immune system, this supercharged leafy green contains cancer-fighting properties. The liver absorbs these vital nutrients, enhancing its ability to rid the body of harmful toxins. To make kale more palatable, keep in mind that the less you cook it, the less bitter it’s going to be. 

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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