Anti-Aging or Healthy Aging?

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One of the most successful marketing terms of all times has to be “anti-aging”. Put an anti-aging label on most any product, and it flies off the shelves.  Is it possible to look your best without spending beau coup money on anti-aging products or going under the knife?  ABSOLUTELY!

Sure, anti-aging creams may help with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but what about the other signs of aging like memory loss, decreased brain functionality, and the increased risk of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease? 

And going under the knife for a little nip, tuck, lift, or pull may provide a temporary physical fix, but even surgical procedures will not stop what happens during the natural aging process.

Instead of buying the newest anti-aging product or paying for an expensive “quick fix”, perhaps a better solution may be to focus on healthy aging.  Adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity, adequate rest, avoidance of tobacco and a diet full of healthy foods and beverages is the best way to live a longer, healthier life. 

Below is a list of foods that can improve brain function, help you maintain memory, and more.

  1. Shellfish: Shellfish contains Vitamin B12, iron, magnesium and potassium which are great for brain function.
  2. Low-fat foods: Psychology Today reports that a diet rich in saturated fatty foods can lead to depression and cancer.
  3. Salmon: Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for the heart and brain.
  4. Canola oil: Cook with canola oil instead of corn and sunflower oils to up your intake of omega-3s.
  5. Avocado: Avocado is full of the good kinds of fatty acids, and it’s also supposed to be good for your hair and nails.
  6. Good carbohydrates: To keep your glucose levels at the right level, eat vitamin-rich, whole grain cereals, toast and crackers when your energy is low.
  7. Eggs: Eggs contain choline, a type of B vitamin that is good for memory and stress management.
  8. Almonds: Almonds are often touted as a good brain food, giving you lots of energy. They also contain choline.
  9. Fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables have many great health benefits, and the brain especially loves green, leafy veggies.
  10. Lean beef: Lean beef and beef liver also contain choline.

For a complete listing, read 100 Best Health Foods for Seniors by Holly McCarthy. 

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