It is national healthy aging month, and we all want to look and feel young! Health begins at the cellular level. Cells are constantly reproducing themselves for growth and replacement. It cannot make a cell healthier than it is. Think of making a copy of an image, then for each successive copy, you make a copy of the last copy image. Over time the quality of the image is much less—it shows its age! The best way to slow the effects of aging is to take care of your cells every day to make them healthier, so they can, in turn, make healthier cells.
Cells can be damaged, even irreparably by oxidative stress caused by unstable molecules called free radicals. Free radicals are produced from cellular activity, diet, lifestyle, and exposure to unavoidable environmental toxins. Our bodies are dealing with being bombarded with tens of thousands of free radicals every day. We do not feel the harm being done as it is happening, but we can feel tired because of it! The body responds to free radical damage with inflammation, which over time will lead to chronic diseases.
The best way to fight free radicals is by supplying our body with lots of antioxidants. Antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables. Because of the depletion of the soil, the contamination of food by toxic chemicals, the produce we buy in stores has less nutrition than the food grown over 50 years ago. (Check out how grow your own nutritious garden). (link to next article in a new window) That is why scientists keep raising the minimum number of servings of fruits and vegetables our body needs for our health every day. The current recommendation is 9-13 cups of all colors of fruits and vegetables every single day, and at least 30 different kinds of fruits and vegetables every week. It is rare that one is able to accomplish that without taking dehydrated whole plant powders to help meet daily requirements. It is peace of mind to start the day with a great foundation, and then build from there. Here are some strategic helps:
Our skin is our final frontier. Our brain, heart, and organs are critical systems that need fuel to function and require nutrition to keep going. Our skin is the furthest point that the nutrients circulating in our blood can reach. How the skin, nails, and hair looks can tell a story on how well they have been nourished by the tens of thousands of nutrients found in plants. Know that research has found that taking a multivitamin is not helpful and can be harmful. They are not bioavailable because they are not food, and are missing tens of thousands of nutrients
Be your healthy best!
Wisdom is with aged men, with long life is understanding. Job 12:12
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