There are many different factors that aid in the aging process. Things such as gravity, genetics, and pollution can make you look, and feel, older than necessary. However, fighting aging may not be as hard as some people think. Simple things such as exercising daily, getting enough sleep and staying hydrated can help significantly slow down the process of aging. Another easy way is to incorporate lots of antioxidant rich foods into your diet. Here are four foods full of antioxidants and tips on how to enjoy them while still getting all of their age fighting nutrients.
Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and acai berries are all loaded with antioxidants. These berries can help in the prevention of heart disease and cancer. Additionally, blueberries help to delay the deterioration of cognitive functions that are generally caused by aging. You will get the most out berries that are eaten raw. A great way to integrate these into your diet is to add them to salads, add them to cereal, add them yogurt, or just snack on the berries plain.
Tomatoes help prevent lung, prostate, breast, and colon cancers. They also help preserve mental health functions, and assist in the prevention of cataracts and macular degeneration. Unlike most foods, cooked tomatoes actually make more desirable antioxidants available. Tomatoes can easily be added to your diet either raw as a snack or in salads or cooked in many various ways, such roasted with olive oil, black pepper and garlic or in a marinade or sauce.
Whole grains help prevent liver, breast, colon, and prostate cancers. Studies have shown whole grains can slow the advancement of Alzheimer’s disease, treat male infertility, prevent sunburn, boost immunity, and treat and possible even cure arthritis. You can easily add whole grains to your diet by eating brown rice, whole grain bread, popcorn, and oatmeal.
Red grapes are loaded with antioxidants that can lessen the possibility of strokes, inflammatory diseases, and osteoporosis. They can also help protect you from cancer and heart disease. Red grapes can easily be substituted for a less nutritious snack or you could just enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner.
These foods will keep you looking and feeling young in addition to helping ward off many different ailments. So be sure to include these and other antioxidant rich foods, as well as lots of water, to your diet everyday.