From food to skincare, there are many things you can do to help you age well.
Here are some tips on what to eat and drink to help keep you looking and feeling young.
Opt for anti-inflammatory foods
Inflammation is thought to be a major contributor to aging and the development of diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Foods that cause inflammation include those high in sugar, trans fats, refined carbohydrates, and processed meats.
Instead, include plenty of anti-inflammatory foods in your diet such as oily fish (such as salmon, mackerel, herring or sardines), nuts, seeds, olive oil and fresh fruit and vegetables. These foods contain plant chemicals that are thought to have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Have a varied diet
Eating a wide range of different colored fruit and vegetables will help ensure your body gets all the nutrients it needs. Try to include at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. Aim for wholemeal or wholegrain varieties of starchy foods like bread, rice, pasta and potatoes to increase your intake of fiber.
Eat foods rich in fiber
High-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains, help keep your digestive system running smoothly. Fiber also helps lower cholesterol levels and provides nutrients that help protect against heart disease and some cancers.
Most Americans don’t get enough fiber from their diets, so aim to fill half of your plate with fruits and veggies at each meal. Fruits and veggies are naturally low in calories, fat and sodium — all of which are good for your health. These colorful foods are also rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which may help lower your risk of chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
Eat lots of fruits and veggies
Eating more fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced inflammation, a key factor in aging. Aim for at least two servings each of fruits and vegetables daily.