Perhaps you might think reading this would be a waste of time, after all you are only in your twenties. As a matter of fact, this is as relevant to you in your twenties as for you in your fifties. Cellular, hormonal, and metabolic aging happen to all of us and the sooner we begin to work on preventing this, or rather prolong it since it is a natural part of life, the better the results. When I say “prevent it” I mean preventing from happening sooner than it should. It is important to understand the fact that we cannot stop aging from happening to us, it is inevitable. Our goal here is to delay this process. And how do we do that? Simple, renewing our cells and preventing our bodies from overworking.

Cell Energy

As we get older our bodies lower the production of mitochondria (the power house) in each of our cells. As a result, we feel tired more frequently and find ourselves reminiscing on how active we were just a few years ago. To put it to you simple: the fewer mitochondria, the fewer energy; this is called metabolic aging. So how do we help our bodies produce mitochondria? Fueling it.

Fuel your body with nutrients for cell replication and cell energy:

•Consuming more water daily
•Obtaining B vitamins from: mushrooms, fish, eggs, other animal products, etc.
•Obtaining iron from: meats, beans, nuts, spinach, and other greens, etc.

Toxins, Inflammation, Antioxidants

In our everyday lives we are exposed to numerous toxins, which can also be found in our foods. Our bodies try to fight these external toxins to try to eliminate them. The bad news is that the body cannot do this forever and so it starts the accumulation of unwanted toxins. Therefore, when avoiding toxins we are preventing damage and inflammation, which will not only delay aging but also reduce the risk of diseases such as cancer. With the help of antioxidants we can prevent this damage since they neutralize the free radicals that damage the structure of cells.

To avoid toxins:

•Buy organic products
• Detox your body at least once or twice a year
Good Sources of Antioxidants:
•Berries (goji berries, blueberries, raspberries)
•Green tea
•Kale, spinach, other greens

Some Foods that Prevent Inflammation:

•Grapes (yes, this includes red wine in moderation)
•Seeds (sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, etc.)
•Nuts (cashews, almonds, etc.)
•Omega-3 and Omega-6

It is important to keep a good variety of sources in our daily diets. Keep in mind that there are different types of free radicals which are neutralized by different antioxidants. Hence, getting nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants from different sources will keep us healthy and, certainly, looking and feeling younger for a longer time.

Sabrina Scovino

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