Age. It’s one of the few constant things in life. Every time we blow a birthday candle, we celebrate another milestone in life and we also add another tick on our biological clock. While adding numbers to your age is inevitable, staying healthy and youthful as the numbers grow are totally within your control.
The body’s biological clock will always be on the move. A lot of people think that there is no way that you can possibly turn back the time and remain youthful and energetic, that there is no way for us to stay healthy as we grow older and hopefully, wiser. In reality, there are many things that we can do in order to stay energetic, healthy, and to have the capacity to live fully even as we progress older in life.
Our body is the temple through which our greatest riches will overflow. When we take care of it, we are able to make the most out of our days and we are able to enjoy a wider range of activities because our bodies have the capacity to do them. Our bodies are like machines - you oil it properly and make sure that all parts are functioning well, it will give you the performance of a lifetime.
So what can you do to make sure that your body is functioning at its maximum capacity? First off, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle that promotes an awareness of the activities that you do and the food that you eat. You might want to consider doing yoga for a body and mind activity, do regular sessions at the gym, or do aerobic exercises. It is important to include exercise in your daily routine because it can improve blood circulation, boost the immune system, and help protect you from diabetes and the development of cancer cells.
Taking care of yourself is your best investment for a long, healthy, and happy life
The next thing you need to do is to make sure that you feed yourself with good food. Eating raw food is a great way of making sure that you are getting as much nutrients as possible from the food that you eat. It is also helpful to eat a diet that consists of organic food because this means that the food you eat is free from chemicals that may be harmful to your body. It would also mean that you are able to choose whole food that would require you to cook your own food because not only will your own food be more budget friendly, you are also assured of the ingredients that go into your meals.
Cognitive diseases such as dementia, alzheimer’s, and the slowing processing functions of the brain are often some of the problems that we worry about as we age. The good thing is that if we commit ourselves to activities that stimulate the brain regularly such as reading or having get-togethers with friends and doing recreational activities, you can help prevent these from happening. Another thing that can keep the brain healthy is by eating food that protects and strengthens it.
Blueberries - touted as a superfood, these pretty blue berries are packed with nutrients that help protect the brain. It has anthocyanins, an antioxidant that protects from oxidative damage from free radicals. It also contains gallic acid which protects the brain from degeneration due to stress. It helps slow the aging of the brain and thereby reducing the risks of cognitive diseases.
Blueberries contain anthocyanins that protect cells from free radical damage that causes premature aging
Broths are a good source of collagen and nutrients that keeps you looking and feeling young
Broccoli helps protect the brain and helps support its cognitive function because of its high potassium content
Bone Broth - slowly becoming a popular staple in the health and fitness scene, bone broth is packed with so much good stuff that aren’t just for staying physically fit, they also help in keeping the brain healthy. It is very easy to make and yet it brings so much to the table. Keeping your gut healthy is one way of ensuring your brain’s health because you are able to fight off diseases and infections. It has amino acids such as proline and glycine that also help in improving the memory skills of the brain.
Broccoli - a crowd favorite because it is incredibly nutrient dense but low in calories, broccoli helps keep the brain sharp because of the high levels of potassium and choline found in broccoli. Potassium helps in maintaining the brain’s cognitive functions while choline is said to be a great support system for the brain’s memory functions. This extremely versatile vegetable is easy to add to your daily diet in order to make sure that your brain gets all the nutrients it can get from it.
Salmon - probably one of the most popular fishes in the entire world, salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. The brain is made up with a huge portion of omega-3 fatty acids and eating food rich in this helps to provide the building blocks for brain, and nerve cells. It is also said to increase the gray matter in the brain which is responsible for our brain’s decision making skills, and emotional control.
Pumpkin Seeds - pumpkins are so delicious and so good for you that even its seeds has so much to offer. Pumpkin seeds are high in micronutrients that protect the brain and keep it healthy and functioning properly. It has zinc and copper which are crucial in the signal function of our nervous system, and help control the brain’s nerve signals respectively. Getting enough zinc and copper in your diet helps prevent neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and depression.
Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids that provides building blocks for the brain
Pumpkin seeds are high in micronutrients that protect and support brain functions
Because we age physically and intrinsically, making sure that we are able to cover all bases when it comes to our health is crucial to maintaining good health and in effect, preventing premature aging.
Olive Oil - adding a splash of this delicious and fruity oil in your food does more than just enhancing the flavor of your dish; it makes your dish incredibly healthy too. Olive oil not only helps prevent alzheimer’s disease, it also prevents osteoporosis, prevents premature skin aging, and has been said to reduce mortality because of the presence of amino acids, nutrients, and monounsaturated fatty acids found in it. Olive oil is also known to reduce cardiovascular ailments because of the polyphenol present in olive oil, and it has also shown effective in suppressing the breast-cancer promoting gene called HER2 from growing in the body.
Nuts and seeds - nuts are a go-to food for a lot of reasons: it’s delicious, easy to carry around, and incredibly healthy. This is the reason why we pioneered in making our very own products using organic sprouts and seeds because we know just how good these tiny but mighty things are. They come packed with nutrients that protect the bones, provide protein for the body, and vitamins and minerals that promote low blood pressure and prevent cellular damage. They are also known to help the body in absorbing nutrients such as beta-carotene. The best part? Nuts aren’t absorbed as calories in the body and they are in fact helpful in keeping you healthy and fit.
Olive oil helps prevent and reduce may signs of premature aging
Nuts and seeds are packed with nutrients that protect the bones and provides protein, vitamins, and minerals for the body
Chocolate helps prevent prevent neurocognitive diseases by preventing cellular brain damage caused free radicals
Chocolate - a definite crowd favorite because of its delicious flavor and aroma, chocolate is actually a great food to keep your body young and healthy. Dark chocolate is known to lower blood pressure, prevent type 2 diabetes, and prevent dementia. It also has a lot of antioxidants that protect the cells from oxidative stress and which also prevent neuroinflammation. These two combined sets the stage for the early onset of neurocognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, and eating a bite or two of a good quality dark chocolate can help in keeping these diseases at bay. The anti-inflammatory properties of chocolate also reduces the skin’s inflammation when exposed to UV rays, and helps the skin retain its moisture thereby reducing wrinkles and skin sagging.
Oranges - usually known for its high levels of vitamin C, oranges actually contain high levels of collagen that promote healthy, firm and young looking skin. While the collagen found in oranges help in maintaining the body’s outer glow, it also boosts the immune system keeping the body strong enough to fight infections. It is also packed with antioxidants which fights free radicals that are floating within your body looking for cells that they can feed off from. Eating oranges also promote a healthy and strong cardiovascular system, and has anti-inflammatory properties that are known to help in the treatment of arthritis.
At Lark Ellen Farms, we believe that we have to take care of our bodies and treat it as the greatest manifestation of thanks to the Universe for giving us the opportunity to experience everything that it has to offer. That’s why we strive to remain faithful to our company motto: Feed Your Body, Feed Your Soul.
When you indulge your body with the food and activities that it needs to thrive and to grow, the things that you can do will seem endless. By giving it the love and the care it deserves, it will give back to you in ways that may even surprise you. Enjoy life, enjoy living, but don’t forget to take care of yourself as you enjoy everything that this world has to offer.