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15 Best Anti-Aging Foods You Need To Start Eating Now

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15 Best Anti-Aging Foods You Need To Start Eating Now

It has been said that growing older is not for the timid. Wrinkles form and our age begins to show around our mouths and eyes. Sometimes age spots appear on the hands, causing ever more nervous tension as time marches onward. There are preventative measures any person can take to at least slow down the aging process. One of the most delicious ways to prevent aging is through preparing and enjoying particular foods. Here are 15 of the best anti-aging foods:

1. Berries

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    Adding a variety of colorful and nutritious foods is one of the best defenses against aging. Start your day with a Berry Smoothie. These are very simple to make and taste great as well. They are very rich in antioxidants and fight harmful free radicals.

    2. Garlic

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      This very rich and strong herb slows the aging process. Garlic has other healing properties, such as cold prevention, wart removal, and to treat athlete’s foot. Garlic is a definite add-on to any diet. An easy and delicious recipe to try is Garlic Chicken. Also, adding garlic powder to water is a great way to add this herb to your diet.

      3. Fiber-Rich Grains

       

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        Fiber-rich grains have a number of benefits, in addition to being anti-aging. These include weight loss, better heart health, and lower blood sugar.

        4. Leafy Green Vegetables

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          Broccoli, kale, spinach, turnip greens, and cabbage all have the power to halt the aging process. These vegetables also are very high in fiber and are simply packed with nutrients. A delicious Spinach Salad is only one way to add one of these leafy green vegetables to your diet.

          5. Red Wine

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            Scientific research has recently confirmed the multiple health benefits of a glass of red wine. Red wine has anti-aging properties, reduces bad cholesterol, and can even increase life-span. There are many varieties of wines to choose from and there is one that is sure to please you.

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            6. Nuts

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              Adding even a small handful of nuts to your daily diet is very beneficial. Nuts are rich in omega fatty acids, which increase brain function. There are many different types of this healthy, nutritious, and filling food to choose from. Eat by the handful or add to salads.

              7. Legumes

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                Beans are one of the easiest foods to include in your diet that are highly beneficial in the fight against aging. Beans are also very high in fiber, have been found to lower cholesterol, and grow beneficial bacteria. Enjoy Southwestern Corn and Black Bean Salad for a healthy and satisfying meal.

                8. Avocado

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                  Mash up some avocado for a face-tightening mask. Avocados can also be used to relieve dry, itchy skin, psoriasis, and eczema. They can be eaten raw or made into a delicious dip to eat with wholegrain corn chips or enjoy on pita bread. This amazing fruit has been treasured by women for centuries as an agent against aging.

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                  9. Cruciferous Vegetables

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                    Turnips, Brussels sprouts, and radishes are all top anti-aging vegetables. The skin is protected against roaming free radicals by their antioxidant-rich nutritional content. Roasted Turnips with Ginger is a delicious addition to your diet. These vegetables may be eaten raw, or retain many nutrients even when cooked.

                    10. Ginger

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                      This spice can be added to foods or consumed as a soothing tea. This anti-aging spice has been treasured by Asian women for years. Ginger is also packed with nutrients and has anti-inflammatory properties that may soothe arthritic symptoms. It is also useful for fighting nausea and abdominal cramps.

                      11. Green Tea

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                        The Japanese have long used green tea to defend against aging. The Japanese also credit green tea in extending life span. Green tea can also help with weight loss. It is rich in beneficial acids, which act as antioxidants. Have a cup of green tea: you can enjoy it iced or hot.

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                        12. Salmon

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                          Salmon is very rich in antioxidants, which fight against the aging process. It is also extremely good for the heart. Salmon is certainly one of the best foods to add to your diet. Enjoy some Lemon Baked Salmon with brown rice on the side for added nutrition and taste.

                          13. Orange Vegetables

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                            Carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash are rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and anti-aging properties. These vegetables are also rich in beta-carotene, an important nutrient for the eyes. Add Baby Sweet Carrots as a delicious side to any main dish. Carrots can also be eaten raw or grated to add to a salad.

                            14. Tomato

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                              Lycopene is at the heart of every tomato to fight against aging. Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants and can be roasted, eaten raw, or added to a salad. This delicious vegetable also fights the aftereffects of aging caused by the sun. Roasted Tomatoes make a great appetizer or may serve as an addition to a meal.

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                              15. Watermelon

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                                Watermelon is certainly a delicious treat and is now known to be a powerful agent in the anti-aging process. Drink Watermelon Lemonade, it is very refreshing and a great drink for summer. Watermelon can also be enjoyed as a salad. Simply add red onion, black olives, feta cheese, and add olive oil as a dressing.

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                                Last Updated on November 22, 2021

                                Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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                                Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

                                Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

                                During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

                                But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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                                Simplify

                                I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

                                Absolutely.

                                And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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                                If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

                                • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
                                • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
                                • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

                                Be Mindful

                                You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

                                Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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                                Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

                                Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

                                Reflect

                                As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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                                Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

                                But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

                                So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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