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Healthy Foods Help Maintain a Healthy Body and Mind

By Jody Smith HERWriter
 
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Whether you're nearing menopause or well past it, you may still feel in many ways like you did at twenty. Your body, however, may hold a different opinion. And it always pays to listen to your body.

Time and aging can usher in some unwelcome changes. Fortunately, a willingness to tweak your lifestyle, including the foods you eat, can ease, delay and even prevent some of those changes.

Not sure you want to mess with your diet? Pretty attached to your favorite foods? If your body has been talking to you about these things, you'll know it. It has ways of making you reconsider.

You might find that grains now give you indigestion. Maybe you're gaining weight and don't know why. Perhaps your energy level isn't what it used to be. Maybe you've been becoming more forgetful, and you're concerned about the possibilities of Alzheimer's.

It makes sense to take a fresh look and examine what we're putting in our mouths. We might just decide to put that old favorite back on the plate and pick up something else.

Consider omega-3 oil. According to research from the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in Baltimore, MD omega-3 fatty acids are essential for health and are found in fish and nut oils. Omega-3 fatty acids help the brain work efficiently, and assist in healthy growth and development. They reduce inflammation, decreasing the risk of chronic diseases like arthritis, cancer and heart disease.

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower, help prevent breast cancer. UMMC's research pointed to a compound called isothiocyanate which is an anticarcinogen. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which when heated, may help prevent some cancers.

Green and white teas strengthen the immune system, lower cholesterol and sharpen the mind. Blueberries contain antioxidants which fight free radicals, reducing chronic inflammation.

A study in the October 2010 Journal of Nutrition gives high points to luteolin. Luteolin is a plant compound that stops the release of inflammatory molecules into the brain, decreasing inflammation that causes memory loss.

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Well eating a good food is always good to our health. It’s certified that having a proper diet is a key ingredient for a healthy life.

http://www.weightdoctors.net/

November 14, 2011 - 3:49am
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Anonymous

Healthy food is essential to have a perfect health. Having nutritious food, fruits help a lot to get rid of the problem of aging and other health related problems. Healthy diet helps a lot to reduce the signs of aging. It makes skin healthy and beautiful.

http://www.lifecellskin.us/

September 27, 2011 - 3:13am
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Anonymous

To counter aging, begin to eat healthy early. You will maintain your body cells stronger for longer and aging will take much longer.

March 5, 2011 - 10:49am
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