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4 Steps to Anti-Aging Through Nutrition

Learn how to reduce inflammation and prevent "inflammaging".

Inflammation Causes Premature Aging

Inflammation keeps coming up as a major factor for health issues - all the way from gut health to mental health to hormonal imbalances. It should then come as little surprise that it's also a major factor in premature aging.


What is Inflammation in Your Body?

A quick snapshot to your left shows the process of inflammation in your body. When your body encounters a stimulus (like a virus, glucose spike, stress, or physical injury) it activates your immune system to release cytokines. Anti-inflammatory cytokines stop the inflammation, whereas the pro-inflammatory cytokines continue the cycle of inflammation.


Common Signs of Accelerated Aging (or Chronic Inflammation)

Fatigue, weight gain, issues with memory, changes to skin, hair and nails, joint pain, depression/anxiety, and brittle bones.


 

4 Steps to Anti-Aging Through Nutrition


"Let food by thy medicine and let medicine by thy food" - Hippocrates

 

Here's some simple steps you can do to reduce inflammaging: 


1: Balance Blood Sugar

A quick spike then steep drop in blood sugar causes inflammation. By adding protein, fat, fiber and greens to your meals and snacks, you can support a more balanced blood sugar curve. More blood sugar tips here.

 

2: Enjoy Anti-Inflammatory Foods

  • Fatty fishes, such as salmon and tuna

  • Seeds, such as flax and chia

  • Olive oil

  • Coconut oil

  • Nuts, including almonds, cashews, and walnuts

  • Grass-fed meats

  • Cruciferous vegetables

 

3: Incorporate Anti-Aging Nutrients

Key nutrients that fight against premature aging

  • Vitamin D - immune support, sleep, cancer fighter, and energy

  • Magnesium - sleep, hormone balance, thyroid, and anxiety (fave here)

  • Fatty Acids - hormones and brain health

  • Amino Acids - muscle mass and recovery, cognition, and energy (fave here)

  • Antioxidants - CoQ10, A, C and E assist with brain, eye, muscle recovery and heart health

  • Vitamin B - energy, mood, memory, and hormones (fave here)

 

4: Being Mindful of Processed Foods

Enjoying these foods is part of a balanced approach to your nutrition.

  • Creating mindfulness around added sugars, food additives, and high-fructose corn syrup will support your body's ability to properly detoxify and repair.


 

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