Can a healthy diet help to prevent aging, decline in health and progression of disease?
The food choices we make are vital to the health and well being of every
single cell and system in our body. If we choose well, then the cells and systems are nourished,
cleansed and supported.
Many things cause aging. This is not just aging of the
skin so that we look older, but more widely: organ,
joint, nerve tissue, muscle, bone and endocrine aging.
Foods and Substances that cause aging are:
- Too much fat, especially animal (saturated) and
trans fats (heated) and hydrogenated- even
too much ‘good fat’ can be unhealthy.
- Sugary foods and refined carbohydrates (refined grains),
including white flour products, even some whole grain
carbohydrates if they cause sensitivities.
- Too much processed meat products, too much dairy
- Consumption of toxins and toxic foods – Alcohol, fizzy drinks, smoking,
fried foods, browned or burnt foods. Pesticides on foods, PCBs and
xenoestrogens from plastic bottles and packaging
- Heavy metals in foods that grown in soil that contains cheap fertilsers,
foods exposed to heavy metals through cooking/processing and pollutants
- Too much dietary protein and too little
- Pharmaceutical drugs
The body is capable of coping with an array of natural toxins, it has been
designed for this purpose, however in the last 50-60 years we have been
exposed to so many more than nature ever meant us to. Add that to the fact
that people are not getting enough nutrients from their food anymore
because of soil depletion and refined ready made foods.
Aging can also be caused by things that are lacking in the diet:
- Essential fatty acids(EFAs) – there are different types of EFAs,
Omega3 being the one that most people lack.
- Not enough high quality protein
- Nutrients – in general a diet lacking fresh fruits, vegetables
and nutrient dense foods
- Not enough sleep
Stress is a huge factor in tissue deterioration
- Robs the body of nutrients
- Can cause the hormonal problems
- Can cause digestive problems
- Eventually fatigue and other health problems may occur.
Eating too much and eating too little are both detrimental to health.