How to Have a Balanced Anti-aging Diet ( continue from the previous piece)?
The protein intake should be around 3 servings per day. It’s a general thumb of rule that the daily protein intake cannot be too little or too much. 3 to 4 servings per day are just nice. The more protein you take, the shorter your life will be. When too much protein is taken, there will be too much amino acids appear in your urine, which will definitely cause problem in your kidneys. Excess protein also causes indigestion, and eventually leading to the deposit of toxins in your intestinal tract which will later have negative impact towards your health.
The protein found in soy beans is not just served as a healthy food, but also it helps women to alleviate menopause syndrome. (Note: Menopause syndrome happens in women, and they’re more likely to have a sudden rise or sudden fall in blood pressure; their faces are more likely to suddenly turn into red or pale; they’ll have a sudden palpitation, sudden sweating, and in some cases, their tempers will become extremely bad).
Do you know why when females reach 50 years old, they become fat, accompanying by high blood pressure and osteoporosis, and very soon, they just look like old women? The reason is that they’re lack of estrogen. Estrogen plays its vital role by triggering the production of proteins (called metallothionein) which bind and store minerals in the body. Since estrogen influences mineral intake and thus it has proved to have thyroidal effects. As nuts boost estrogen levels in postmenopausal women to a stunning degree which helps to alleviate menopause syndrome, and thereby nuts (including almonds, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts and etc.) should be included in your daily diet. Other estrogen-like food is tofu which can also be considered as a daily diet. For everyone, not just restrict to females, you should have a 2-ounce handful of nuts daily for your health while stopping you from digging in the chips, candies, chocolates and snacks.
Consume grains and legumes that are in the form of sprouts to increase the fiber intake. Coarse- and fine-texture foods like corns, potatoes for example should place at your dining table at least three servings a week, but I recommend five servings a week for a healthier life. While for dairy products (free from Melamine), look for those that are “raw” milk, meaning that they’ve never been homogenized or pasteurized.
Choose energizing breakfast to start your day. The ideal food combination for breakfast include millet, tomato slices, fresh avocado, sunflower sprouts (or alternatively bean sprouts), seaweed, tofu, fax oil or olive oil (one to two drops), walnuts and basmati rice. Avoid having foods and beverages that are high in sugars and just simply plain carbohydrates (such as sweet rolls, pancakes, biscuits, muffins, maple syrup, ice cream, coffee, waffles, and etc.) and high in protein (such as sausage, omelette, grilled meat, barbecue, hamburger, nugget, and etc.) for your breakfast as these foods will eventually acidify your cells, muscles, tissues and blood.
Growing old can always view as a vitamin deficiency disease. This is because our body runs out of stream when we get older, and thus we need nutrients in the form of vitamin A, C, E and etc. But some of us have ignored the importance of including these vitamins in our daily meals. Do you know why aging Okinawans generally have a much lower incidence of Alzheimer’s or other forms of senility? This is due to that their diets are high in vitamin E, which seems to protect their brains in a good shape. Therefore, you should add vegetables and fruits that are rich in vitamins accordingly and appropriately, particularly vitamin E in your daily diet. By including your diet with essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements, your life span will increase significantly. This is due to their roles in preventing any possible deterioration in the cells, muscles, tissues, organs and system that may accelerate the aging process.
Here, I recommend you to eat an average of 7 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables, 7 servings of grains or multi-grains, 2 servings of flavonoids-rich soy products in a day (alternatively, 60 – 120 g soy a day. Soy is rich in flavonoids–antioxidants strongly linked to low rates of cancer); omega-3 rich foods 2 to 3 times in a week; less than 6g salt intake in a day (about 3 teaspoons); less than 15% of oil intake in a day; and minimal intake of diary and animal-based foods. Your diet should include turmeric, mushroom, bitter melon, black fungus, hechima, huchiba, sweet potato, green tea, seaweed, ginger, carrot, pumpkin, tomato and etc. Remember to use either beans or tofu as the anchor to your meals.
Another healthy eating tip is that you should not eat when you are not hungry. 5 to 6 small servings throughout the day are better than 1 to 3 large meals per day. If you’re planning to keep on diet, make sure that you adjust your regular meals to smaller meals by eating some fresh fruits. Remember to avoid refined sugar which is normally added in many junk foods such as soft drinks, snacks and donuts. For your information, refined sugar is the main culprit found to indulge more production of cortical (an age-inducing hormone), which will turn your 20-year look into 30-year look or perhaps more. Try to chew your food 20 – 50 times depending on the size of food you ate before swallowing. This is important to promote better digestion while reducing the workload in your digestive system for maintaining the life span of the related organs.
“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food” (Hippocrates, 460-c. 370 BC)