Do you want to naturally fight the aging process? Then eat these anti-aging foods, and avoid these…
The foods you eat feed every cell in your body.
If you want to slow the aging of your cells, so your skin remains tight, your eyes stay bright and your hair shines, then eat from this list of anti-aging foods!
I’ve also put together a list of four harmful foods I bet you’re eating on a daily basis that accelerate aging.
Ready for some anti-aging food swaps?
Let’s hurry up and slow down aging with these…
4 Anti-Aging Food Swaps
1. Avoid Wheat (Eat Sprouted Grains Instead)
Wheat contains Amylopectin-A, which is an unusual type of carbohydrate. The problem with this carb is that it spikes your blood sugar level more than other carbs, even table sugar and candy (Life Extension, 2011)
This spike in blood sugar causes more skin-wrinkling compounds to be produced inside your body. These age-accelerating compounds are called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs – quite an appropriate abbreviation).
So if you order your burrito on a whole wheat tortilla, you might not be doing your body a favor.
Alternative anti-aging food: Sprouted grains, on the other hand, treats your body kindly.
Sprouted grain bread, cereals, and tortillas are made from the wheat kernel, which is first sprouted. This process retains the protein, fiber, and nutrients that prevent blood sugar spikes.
Ezekiel is the biggest name brand for sprouted grain products. You might not see the name in the bread aisle because it’s usually found in the frozen organic food section of your grocery store. Another option is Amazon.com.
The cool P.S. to this story is that when you swap wheat for sprouted grains you slow belly fat storage. With less of a blood sugar surge, there’s less insulin to drive fat into fat cells.
2. Avoid Corn (Eat Rice & Beans Instead)
Modern corn has very concentrated sugars. When you eat it, you get a blood sugar spike and a flood of age-accelerating AGE’s that wrinkle your skin and make you appear older than you are.
Corn is in all kinds of foods. You might know that corn syrup is found in many processed foods and soft drinks, but would you believe that fast food burgers are mostly corn!
Alternative anti-aging food: You can remove corn from your dinner plate and replace it with brown rice and black beans. This recipe cooks up in a flash. It’s loaded with the protein, fiber, and nutrients that keep your skin and hair radiant.
The recipe for Rice and Beans is one of the 13 free healthy recipes I give you in my free 7 Day Junk Foods to Super Foods Diet Plan
3. Avoid Sugar (Use Stevia Instead)
Those little white sugar crystals look so innocent when they’re sitting on your spoon, but inside your body they cause havoc.
Sugar is already completely refined. It flows from your digestive tract to your blood unchanged, so blood sugar along with the age-accelerating compounds called AGE’s increase immediately.
Alternative anti-aging food: Stevia is a non-caloric sweetener that is sweeter than sugar, but doesn’t cause a blood sugar spike.
Stevia is a plant in its natural form. For the best anti-aging result, choose stevia closest to its natural form. Look for stevia that is 100% pure. Sweet Leaf is a good option.
4. Avoid Vegetable Oil (Use Coconut Oil Instead)
It says vegetable right in the name, but don’t be fooled into thinking vegetable oil is a health food.
Vegetable oil has undergone a refining process. Refining uses extremely high heat and chemical solvents. This process strips the oil of nutrients and turns the oil into an inflammatory food.
Vegetable oil causes the release of free radicals, which damage cell membranes and age you from the inside out.
Alternative anti-aging food: Instead, use virgin coconut oil. This oil is a healthy source of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). These fats are handled better by your body and studies show they directly support your skin. Coconut oil can even help block 20% of the sun’s UV rays, which helps skin stay youthful.
About the Author
Dr. Becky Gillaspy, DC graduated Summa Cum Laude with research honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1991.