Our generation are now living decades longer than our predecessors. How would you like to spend those extra decades feeling?
I have to admit, I don’t like the modern pre-occupation with ‘anti-ageing’. I don’t think it portrays a healthy perspective on an inevitable life process. I do believe in ageing well, preventing disease and not only eating to live longer but having a high quality of life, no matter how old you are. Superfoods should be a part of everyone’s diet. They contain concentrated levels of nutrients and are unprocessed, a perfect way to make sure you are consuming enough nutrients to keep your body and mind at its best.
Here’s some simple tips on how to feel young at any age, maintain health as you age, protect yourself from the effects of premature ageing and ok, maybe keep those wrinkles at bay just a little longer…
Nourish your body, don’t just feed it. Your diet should consist of wholefoods, and as little processed foods as possible. Superfoods allow you to pack extra nutrients into your diet for healthy ageing.
2. STRONG IMMUNITY WITH ANTIOXIDANT ACAI
Acai is a type of berry particularly high in antioxidants – 22 times more antioxidants than blueberries! Antioxidants help to keep your immune system strong and prevent cellular damage and protect the body’s cells from free radical damage. They are also low GI which is good for preventing sugar cravings. Snaking on sweets causes collagen to break down contributing to those wrinkles we are so keen to keep at bay. Low GI foods have are better for balancing blood sugar levels and are also important for weight management and maintaining energy levels.
You can take Acai as a supplement or use Acai+Berry powder into your cereal, juices, smoothies or baking. An easy way to boost your daily antioxidant intake.
3. PROTECT YOUR SKIN WITH CAMU CAMU
Camu is a fruit from South America that contains the highest amount of Vitamin C than any other food source – it contains 23 times more vitamin C than an orange! Vitamin C is essential for collagen and elastin production for healthy skin and wound repair. It also helps to protect the skin from sun damage – a contributing factor to ageing skin. Vitamin C protects against free radicals (damaged cells), it is anti-inflammatory and promotes a healthy immune system.
Camu has a mild citrus flavour and can be added to juices, smoothies, yoghurt, baking and desserts.
4. CHIA FOR HEALTHY DIGESTION
These tiny little seeds from South America are full of fibre, a great source of protein and Omega-3’s. Fibre improves digestion, helping the body eliminate waste and toxins from your body. Chia is a great source of anti-inflammatory Omega-3s that are beneficial for joint, brain and heart health.
Chia can be added to your baking, salads, stir fries, breakfast cereals or smoothies, pretty much any meal due to their mild taste.
5. BOOST MOOD AND MIND WITH CACAO
Cacao is the source of all chocolate products – without the sugar and fat. Its latin name theobroma means food of the Gods. Cacao is full of nutrients and has been used for centuries for its health benefits. Two cups a day has been shown to help with memory decline by improving blood flow to certain parts of the brain and improving memory. Cacao contains mood boosting nutrients and is a good source of magnesium for heart and muscle health and iron for energy. Cacao is also super high in antioxidants to protect us from age related health condition and illnesses
Cacao powder can be used in hot chocolates, smoothies, in baking and on your breakfast cereal.
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6.a Exercise – is important on so many levels. It helps with weight management – decreasing risk for obesity, heart disease and diabetes, flexibility and plus exercise helps to boost your mood and energy levels.
6.b Don’t smoke – it’s never too late to quit. The risk of premature death decreases by 50% if you quit smoking between 60 and 75 years of age.
6.c Stress less – stress can lead to damaged cells and premature ageing. Find ways to reduce or manage the stress in your life – yoga, meditation or find a relaxing hobby you enjoy.