As more and more people become interested in longevity, there is an intense new focus on the role that nutrition plays in the overall health of one’s body. There are some well understood nutritional facts that are helping people dramatically improve their well-being.
Vitamin B6 is an important part of a healthy diet. Vitamin B6 works to metabolize protein and carbohydrates. It is also important in helping your body maintain a healthy blood sugar level. B6 is a player in the functioning of your immune and nervous systems. It also helps to keep anemia away.
One tip when thinking about nutrition is nutrient density. How rich in nutrients is the food you’re eating – not by weight, but by calorie? You would be surprised to learn, for example, that when measured by CALORIES, a vegetable like broccoli is surprisingly high in protein – comparable, calorie for calorie, to the amount of protein found in red meats. But of course you can eat far more broccoli for the same amount of calories, which also provides fiber, vitamin C, and folic acid.
When choosing foods, think about nutrition. Green beans seem nutritious, for example, but broccoli is a knockout in terms of nutrients, so it is better to pick broccoli for dinner. Potatoes are yummy, of course, and quite innocent, when they’re not slathered in butter or cream, but if you want to pack a truly nutritive punch, swap them out for sweet potatoes from time to time. They’re jam-packed with vitamin A and C and fiber. It’s said that sweet potatoes (NOT sweet potato fries, sorry!) are so nutritious, that you could survive on them alone.
Instead of bemoaning the fact that your favorite foods are high in fat or sugar, start focusing on the healthy foods you do like. This way you’ll be happier about eating in a health-conscious way, and you might be surprised at the number of foods that are healthy that you already like.
A great tip for living a healthier lifestyle is to eat a healthy breakfast. Breakfast is essential because if you start the day off right, you are more likely to continue to eat right throughout the day. Eat a muffin, a couple eggs and some fresh fruit. Avoid foods rich in sugar and calories, such as, pancakes with syrup.
As important as nutrition is for young people, it becomes even more important for women as they age past fifty. For example, women over 50 should make the effort to keep their weight under control. They need to make everything they eat count, because their metabolism is slower and cannot process food in the same way it once did.
Eating foods high in fatty acids can be great for your skin. Foods high in fatty acid can slow down inflammation. Inflammation can cause blotchiness, sagging, and fine lines. Almonds are good any time of day to increase your intake of fatty acids. You could also try halibut, tuna, and salmon to get the amount of fatty acids that you need.
In conclusion, if you want to live a long and healthy life, nutrition must play a role. What foods go into your body do matter to the length and quality of your life. The science of nutrition provides invaluable insight into the building blocks of your body, and how to maximize their potential.