Foods to Fight Aging

Forget the elusive fountain of youth. Turn back the clock with these easy-to-find foods!

Foods to Fight Aging

Forget the elusive fountain of youth. Fruits and vegetables high in flavonoids and carotenoids–two powerful plant-based antioxidants–help remove free radicals from your skin and body that cause premature aging. A well-balanced diet can not only help you lose weight, live longer and feel fitter, it can also help you look younger. Turn back the clock with these easy-to-find foods!

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Blueberries

One serving of this superfood provides more antioxidant activity than most fruits and veggies. Antioxidants fight the free radicals that cause wrinkles.

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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