Defy Aging – Strategy #1

8/12/15 ~~

Aging – a tough subject – right? Believe me, when I hit 40 – I couldn’t believe it!   Inevitably – we all go through Chronological aging, but the good news is that we ALL have control over our Physiological aging. 
There have been some really interesting studies that link our aging process directly to how much inflammation is occurring in our body.  There are many lifestyle choices that produce chronic inflammation and therefore accelerated aging that we can improve upon to slow down our aging process. 
Have you ever heard of the word Telomeres? – Here’s a quick explanation of exactly what they are. 
Deep within your DNA, are the building blocks of every cell in your body. At the end of each strand of DNA is a small amount of genetic material called the telomere (tee-lo-mere). The telomere controls aging and every time your cells divide, your telomeres get shorter.
As your telomeres get shorter, your body produces cells that are older and weaker.  So the shorter your telomeres, the “older” your body looks and feels.  But when you slow this shortening, you may be able to extend your lifespan, and feel and look younger longer.  
Isn’t that amazing news?  I love that!
We can all slow the aging process by simple nutrition and lifestyle changes that can slow down the shortening of and in some studies even lengthen the telomere.
Rather than give you information overload I’m going to share one strategy each week over the next few weeks.  This will allow you to make one change per week – a much more realistic goal!
Here is your first strategy for slowing down telomere shortening and therefore aging.  

Strategy #1 – Nutrition Changes

Add these nutritious and thankfully delicious foods to your diet for great anti-aging benefits.
A. Green Tea
B. Grass Fed beef
C. Red Wine (in moderation)
D. Foods high in Vitamin E –
Nuts • Nut oils • Seeds • Apples • Beef • Seafood • Avocados • Spinach
E. Dark Chocolate – 70 to 75% or higher Cacao content is best as that will assure lower sugar and higher anti-oxidant potency.
In summary, a diet high in anti-oxidants and healthy fats produces the perfect environment for anti-aging.  
Also a Nutrition plan lower in added Sugar will help prevent accelerated aging as well.  Sugar causes glycation and free radical damage to your cells and therefore inflammation, leading to accelerated aging.  Therefore the less sugar you eat – the less chronic inflammation and skin damage – so the younger you can look and feel.  It’s Ok to splurge once in awhile, however if you have large amounts of sugar everyday – you will look older much faster. You can check out my Sweet Sunday posts on Instagram for recipes of my healthy but sweet indulgences.

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Recipe Corner

Easy Baked Salmon
Salmon is filled with quality protein and omega-3 benefits for reducing inflammation and therefore will help to slow down telomere shortening.
Serve your salmon on a bed of fresh or braised greens for even more anti-aging benefits. 
Servings: 4 

Here’s what you need…

For the salad:

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 4 (3oz) wild caught salmon fillets
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine the yogurt, lime juice, and garlic. Put half of the yogurt mixture aside in the fridge. Coat the salmon with the other half of the yogurt mixture and marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Place the salmon on prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Turn on the high broil for an additional 5 minutes until the top of the salmon has browned.
  4. Serve the salmon on a bed of kale with a dollop of the reserved yogurt.
Happy Eating!