None of us can avoid aging or even slow it down, but there are things we can do to make the process a little smoother. One of the best tactics is to just eat healthy and exercise regularly. It sounds almost too simple to be true, but it is! Not only that, but it’s also a lot cheaper than all those expensive cosmetic procedure and fancy face creams, and to be honest, it’s even more effective and reliable. Unfortunately for many of us, eating healthy can be a challenge. This is especially true when life gets busy and hectic. The sad reality is that eating really healthy is expensive and time consuming. While that might be true, it’s also really important and there are ways to simplify it!
A lot of us don’t really pay much attention to our diet until we’re a lot older when our metabolism slows down and healthy aging becomes our main focus. To ensure that we all grow old (and look good doing it), follow these dietary guidelines of what to eat and what not to eat!
1. Best: Nuts
Nuts hold a coveted spot on most lists of best foods to eat for a variety of different reasons — mainly because they have so many great health benefits. Nuts are full of heart healthy omega-3s, healthy unsaturated fats, fiber and protein. Not to mention they’re affordable, super easy to snack on or even pack up and eat on the go! There’s simply no reason not to be eating more nuts! Dr. Axe lists a number of amazing health benefits that can help promote a long and healthy life, these include “preventing chronic disease, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline,” writes the source. Dr. Axe also states that nuts can reduce our risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes due to the fact that they contain both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and that they’ve been linked to slowing down cognitive decline in older adults due to “all vascular factors related to cognition.”
WebMD advises eating five 1-ounce servings of your choice of nuts each week. The best nuts to focus on are almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, or pecans. It’s important to note that because nuts do contain lots of fat, you should always enjoy them in moderation. Stick to the recommended serving amount and always purchase the healthy, unsalted version.