Longevity isn't just about good genes - our lifestyle choices play a big role in how old we live. The everyday decisions we make about nutrition, fitness, sleep, and other health options control many of the factors that will influence the quality and quantity of our years on earth.
As the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic takes over the world, we can all be more deliberate in choosing the foods we cook and eat at home while doing social distancing.
Natural foods are the best source of vitamins and minerals that lead to longevity, especially when eaten raw. Microwave or steamed vegetables with as little water as possible to retain the maximum amount of nutrients.
-Kale: extremely high in flavonoids, which is proven to kill cancer cells.
-Jicama: a slightly sweet and crunchy tuber with high potassium content, which helps reduce high blood pressure.
–Brocoli: packed with sulforaphane and other antioxidants that help protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Berries - Not only do they extend life, but they extend quality of life in later years. Packed with many antioxidants, the most important of which are anthocyanins, particularly important for brain function, balance, and muscle retention.
-Whole grains: maintain cardiovascular health. They are full of fiber, known to help protect against high cholesterol, as well as regulate blood sugar levels, which can slow down diabetes.
-Tomatoes: they are an important source of lycopene, which is a fat-soluble nutrient that is good for the eyes and protects against stomach, lung and prostate cancer.
–Beet: contains betaine and anthocyanins, which have been shown to significantly reduce inflammation and protect cells from aging.
-Sweet potatoes: contain beta-carotene which contains heart-healthy vitamin A. It is also very good for the health of the skin.
–Avocados (avocado): a good source of mono-saturated fat and very high in folate, which helps repair DNA cells.
Garlic - It is loaded with natural sulfur compounds that help boost your immune system and keep your heart healthy.