Getting old is something that everyone does, and it seems, for some, it happens sooner rather than later. There are a lot of things that can be done to stem the advance of many of the symptoms of aging, things that are good for everyone, young and old alike. Seems that I forgot about most of them when I was married to a very domineering Hispanic woman in my recent past. Even though I am a trained chef, capable of making extremely nutritious and delightful meals, when with that woman it was pork carnitas, boxed rice mixes, pinto beans, tortillas and fried eggs every single day. Sigh, oh well, I survived, sort of. Right after our breakup came my bout with black mold and for a long time, just didn't feel like doing all this stuff. But lately, here in Arizona, have gotten back to my youthful ways, little meat, fresh veggies, and lots of supplements to help me get over the worst of it all. And it is working, for the most part. So here is my list of things to do that will stem the tide of aging for most people.
Drink antioxidant tea daily: Many herbs have wonderful antioxidant properties. Yeah along with fruit, any of these are great to get an extra boost in that department. Oregano, rosemary, bee balm, peppermint, spearmint, sage, savory are all great, with a little stevia to take away that bitterness in some. I daily drink a half gallon of my peppermint concoction, made with peppermint leaves, mulein and stevia.
Green vegetables: Eat them when possible. The greener the better, a salad a day makes for better lives. And not iceburg lettuce, but real greens, and parsley, purslane, butterlettuce, kale, beet tops, etc.
Nuts and seeds: Two brazil nuts daily contain more selenium than most supplements. Also sunflower seeds are unbelievably healthy. Eat an ounce or two of nuts and seeds daily, preferably raw. More if you take my advice and remove supermarket meat from your diet.
Broccoli, carrots and celery: All great, first two have tons of beta-carotine, excellent antioxidant. Celery has apeginin which is a vasodilator and is great for opening up the blood vessels to your heart, mind and whole body. My morning shake is often three stalks celery, two carrots, ten almonds, and some maca root powder in a blender with filtered water and parsley. Blend until smooth and drink.
Meat, just give it up man! I have talked about meat here many times, if the crap they feed the poor animals doesn't scare you, then you are a die hard non-health conscious person and doomed to die a long slow painful death. Probably should write an entry here JUST on the Russians banning all meat from the US last week because of the poison Ractopamine that US feedlots feed cows, pigs, sheep, and turkeys. The US is just about the only country on the planet that allows this poison to be fed to animals. Give up the meat, you don't need it, and if you go to a diet with an occasional meal with real organic meat, wild caught fish and shellfish, then you will live longer and be BETTER all those years you add to your life.
Olive Oil: Well, let's be realistic, if you read this blog at all or are in any way cognisant of the world around you, then you know that Canola oil is BAD for you. EVOO is high in monounsaturated fats, the good kind. Don't be fooled by the Canadian Canola Council lies about the content of Canola, they test untreated Canola for poly, mono and saturated fats. The stuff stinks and so it is treated before selling it and that changes the mono into poly and saturated fats. Plus the eurycic acid content is still a cumulative toxin that destroys liver, kidney, and nerve tissues. EVOO is the best all around product for anything you do, along with coconut, sunflower and lastly, safflower. Enhh, and then there is organic butter. It is pretty healthy as well.
Vegetables: Raw, or slightly cooked, they are the best addition to you diet you can make.
Fruits: A little bit is not bad, too much is. And stay away from Papaya, unless organic. Papaya from Hawaii are all Genetically Modified and the evidence on other GM foods is not looking too good right now. Stay away, at least until labeling is required, or the best alternative is that all GM foods are banned. As they should be.
Get some activity going: Walking, running, biking, sex. Whatever makes you feel better.
Then there are all the supplements that I recommend as well. DHEA, but only after you have you level tested by a doc. Too much can be as bad as not enough. L-Arginine, pregnenolone, Alphalipoic Acid. Chromium Picolinte, gingo Biloba, for men, Saw Palmetto, Bilberry, Schisandra Berry, Pau d'Arco bark, Fish oil or krill oil, and the big ones, 4 or 5 grams of Vitamin C a day, and 2000 ICU Vitamin D3.
I personally take more stuff than this, but I am fighting degenerative bone disease, persistent MRSA infection in my sinuses, hair loss, and just plain stupidity. If I find a cure for the last one, I will let everyone know.