It has been scientifically proven that a well-balanced diet coupled with regular exercise can slow down the aging process. A good diet can reduce the risks of a stroke, heart disease, cancer and type II diabetes. Living a high stress and rushed lifestyle makes it difficult to maintain a good diet. Also, juggling work, family and other responsibilities when we get hungry we tend to grab whatever is closest and takes the shortest amount of time to consume. We gravitate towards the food that has the least nutritional value just to give our taste buds a quick fix. We consume fast food and processed snacks.
A healthy diet is key to enjoying good health and a longer life. Eating right provides your body with energy, fuel for your organs, and nutrients to maintain your health. In addition, a good diet supports a healthy weight. Think of a good diet as an investment towards your health and you’ll reap the returns in enjoying vitality and good health as the years go by.
You want to avoid the so called “magic pills” and diet fads hoping our health problems will disappear. If not careful you may end up doing more harm than good. They will take a further toll on our health and instead of feeling good quickly, things will start to go downhill pretty fast.
While it is true that there are multiple variables as to how we age. Growing old is inevitable, you can’t escape from it. By making smarter choices when it comes to what you eat and drink, you can add many years to your life. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires time, consistency and an awareness of the good and bad foods. Research and consultation can also be an important part of scheduling good meals. While it can take some time constructing a proper diet, here are some things you can do right away.
Drink Lots of Water.
Water increases your metabolism, helps you lose excess weight and keep the weight off. People who prefer fizzy soft drinks have a slower metabolism than those who drink water. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day allows your body to burn more calories and gets nutrients and antioxidants to the cells where they are needed.
Exercise is another safe way to increase your metabolism in a healthy way. Through exercise your stored calories are used, or burned, while at the same time your muscle mass increases.
The result is an increased overall calorie expenditure. The bonus is that exercise is perfect for your health and preventing age related diseases. Exercise is perfect for your longevity. Choose exercise that does not take you to the point of exhaustion and avoid high-impact sports.
A lack of exercise will increase the chances of suffering from depression, anxiety and chronic degenerative diseases.
Observe Healthy Eating Habits
Another way to boost your metabolism and/or to keep your metabolism within normal levels is to eat healthy foods. A diet based on healthy protein and vegetables and fruits will prevent feelings of hunger and will deliver the broad range of antioxidants that are your magic bullets in the anti aging war.
Avoid sugar and foods containing sugar and kick any sugar habit you may have. Whether it is white sugar, refined sugar, white starch or fructose corn syrup – these are all ‘metabolism killers’.
Banish cakes, fast foods, sauces and foods containing high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). If you continually eat these types of foods, you are losing the fight against aging. You will be far more susceptible to all the diseases related to aging, which are mostly more related to lifestyle.
So, if you want to avoid the premature signs of aging, stick to a high-nutrient and low-calorie intake, as your metabolism will neither be too slow nor too fast and it will keep your body in a healthy state, for a longer life.