How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you consume each day? If you’re like most Americans, chances are you’re falling short of your daily recommendations. September is nationally recognized as 5 a Day Month – a month-long campaign aimed at encouraging Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables to improve their overall health and well-being. We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but what many people don’t know is that the foods that we eat (and don’t eat) have a profound effect on how well we age.
Many of Dr. Grossman’s patients assume that once their hormone levels are balanced that they will start feeling like themselves again. While hormonal imbalance plays a critical role in our overall health, diet and exercise are equally important. In order to live the best life you can live, you need to manage all aspects of your overall health.
Fruits and vegetables are teeming with essential vitamins and minerals that could potentially help you prevent a slew of chronic diseases. It’s important to include a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet to be sure you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs to function optimally.
Here is a list of several fruits and vegetables and how they can help reverse the aging process:
• Citrus fruits – Citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C, which helps improve the body’s immune system and reduces the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even certain forms of cancer. Many of the diseases that women and men face as they get older are the result of nutritional deficiencies and poor eating and exercise habits. By adding more citrus to your diet, you can slash your risk of developing many of these chronic diseases.
• Carrots and potatoes – Carrots and potatoes are rich in beta-carotenes. Beta-carotenes help to improve vision, prevent oxidative damage from strenuous exercise and even work as an effective treatment for dry skin, eczema and psoriasis. As we age and our skin loses its natural elasticity, some extra beta-carotene in our diet can make a world of a difference.
• Broccoli and spinach– Remember when your mother always told you they were good for you? Well it turns out that mom was right! Broccoli contains folate, which can help ward off heart disease, increase red blood cell count, and even stabilize mood. Studies also suggest that women and men who suffer from folate deficiencies are at greater risk for depression and dementia. However, the risk can be reduced or eliminated altogether by eating more foods that are high in folate.
• Berries – Berries don’t only taste delicious, their health benefits are limitless. Many berries are packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants help to rid the body of free radicals that can cause oxidative stress on the body. As we age, more free radicals form and the effects of aging become more noticeable. By adding more antioxidants to your diet, you can help manage these free radicals and improve how you look and feel.
About the Author
This article was written by Michael Grossman, M.D., Los Angeles Bioidentical Hormones expert. Dr. Grossman is a doctor in the BodyLogicMD network. This team of professionals uses bioidentical hormones to help fight the negative signs of aging such as adrenal fatigue, menopause, andropause, and more.