Stay young with these simple foods! PART I
Youth is the spring of our lives and everyone wants to stay young and active forever. Whether you are in your twenties or sixties, it’s never too late to add some simple foods to your diet that can keep aging at bay or slow the aging process.
Edamame – the secret of youth!
Have you ever noticed how the Japanese manage to stay young for very long? The secret lies in their diet of fresh soybeans which have in fact been a staple of Asian cuisine for many generations.
Edamame are rich in two types of isoflavones, genistein and daidzein. Isoflavazones are phytoestrogens which promise a host of benefits to the body – they have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer and antimicrobial properties. They also work against cellular aging.
Tank up on Tofu
This is again a soy product and a versatile food that lends itself well to baking, frying or boiling. This is a good source of protein, calcium, iron, manganese, selenium, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and copper. This makes teeth and bones strong and makes you feel energetic. This food makes you feel fuller sooner and may help prevent from over-eating.
Crunch up those Carrots
This simple and delicious vegetable is rich in beta carotene which our body converts into Vitamin A. It’s best to eat carrots raw. However, if you prefer to cook them, boil them whole and later cut them into smaller pieces. This is to prevent the nutrients from going down the drain as they leak into the water! Carrots help in boosting immune function, vision, reproduction and cellular communication.
Cruciferous veggies fight cancer
Cruciferous vegetables are known for their anti-aging properties. These are also called the "Brassica vegetables and include many green foods like cauliflower, bok choy, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, radish and kale. They are brimming with vitamins such C, E, K and folate, minerals (potassium, calcium, and selenium) besides carotenoids (lutein, beta-carotene, and zeaxanthin).
Broccoli and cauliflower clean the skin by helping it break down toxins. Cruciferous veggies also keep the skin looking younger and have anti-cancerous properties.