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Your Body Doesn’t Handle Food the Way It did When You Were 20

By |2019-08-01T16:47:35+00:00August 1st, 2019|Nutrition|

I remember a time when I thought little of my nutritional needs. If I managed to eat some protein, a few carbs and some fruits and vegetables (a “square meal” as they called it then), I thought I was doing the right thing. I was skinny as a rail and I could eat as much as I wanted without gaining a pound.

By the time I hit my mid-20s I could see that things were changing. I went home for Christmas one year and my mother told me I was getting fat. I’d gained about ten pounds, but I didn’t know […]

This May Be the Most Valuable Mineral for Better Aging

By |2019-06-20T07:11:27+00:00June 20th, 2019|Nutrition|

To age better, you have to give your body the nutritional tools it needs to make your immune system hum, to help your heart stay healthy and to maintain the internal systems that fend off cancer.

Enabling your brain to stay at or near full capacity is also a good idea.

And there’s one particular mineral that’s involved in all of these functions. But many of us are missing out. . .

I’m talking about zinc. Many experts agree that taking a supplement of this mineral is pretty much a requirement for anybody who wants to age better. Since you’re reading a newsletter […]

Will Fo-Ti Cure Your Top Aging Issues?

By |2019-06-06T09:17:52+00:00June 6th, 2019|Nutrition|

To be honest, when I first heard the term fo-ti, I thought it sounded like one of the martial arts. But then I learned that it’s actually a climbing knotweed plant that’s native to China and has been used in traditional medicine for centuries.

Its scientific name is Polygonum multiflorum, and some refer to it as “he shou wu,” which means “the black-haired Mr. He.”

Whatever the name, this plant has now sparked the curiosity of modern scientists for its myriad health benefits.

Take a glance at these research findings, and you’ll probably think fo-ti is an absolute cure-all! But it’s not quite […]

Want a Long Life? Don’t Imbibe These Drinks

By |2019-06-01T01:45:05+00:00May 30th, 2019|Nutrition|

The first large scale study on sugar-sweetened beverages has just reported, and the results are clear. These drinks shrink our lifespan. The more we consume, the shorter our lives will be.

The effect on longevity is just the latest in a long string of negative findings on sugar. Official recommendations to reduce sugar consumption go back to 1977.

In 2000 this was stepped up with the new edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. That’s when the government publication started giving specific advice to reduce the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs).

Since then there has been some decline in the amount the average […]

Spring Fruits and Vegetables that Keep You Young

By |2019-04-25T08:09:19+00:00April 25th, 2019|Nutrition|

For those of us living in northern climes, it’s been a long, cold winter. Even more than usual, I’m looking forward to the fresh fruits and vegetables of spring and summer.

Gourmands know that half the secret of great cuisine is fresh ingredients. Just-picked, vine-ripened produce is a gourmet treat, even with no special sauces or preparation. I buy organic whenever possible.

Read up on these seasonal sensations and include them in your next healthy meal or snack. . .

1. Beets

This bright-hued root veggie is having its moment in the culinary spotlight these days, showing up in everything from salads to hummus. […]

A Cocktail of Familiar and Obscure Nutrients Can Add Years to Your Life

By |2019-04-11T17:26:20+00:00April 11th, 2019|Nutrition|

Leading scientist Bruce Ames, now 90, has published more than 500 studies in his distinguished career, and shows no sign of letting up.

In his latest paper he introduces the idea of “longevity vitamins.” These are nutrients he’s particularly identified that give us a long and healthy life. Or, to be more exact, they load the odds heavily in your favor.

Despite the name he’s given to the category, none of these is actually classified as a vitamin. And – more interesting to me — several of them are almost unknown.

Considering he’s made it to 90 himself, I’d say his ideas are […]

Slow Down Lung Aging, Breathe Easier with These Foods

By |2018-12-20T12:59:06+00:00December 20th, 2018|Nutrition|

Every minute of every day, two basic activities keep you alive from one moment to the next: your heartbeat and your breathing.

We’ve all read or seen a ton of information about how to keep your heart healthy and functioning properly, but what does anyone ever tell you about maintaining healthy lungs? (Except for “Don’t smoke.”)

That’s a sorry oversight, because researchers warn that if you’re over 30, your lungs have already begun to show their age, in a way that tests can detect. So if you want a decent chance of living to a ripe old age, keeping your lungs “younger” […]

Scientists Say This Life-Extending Nutrient Should be Considered a Vitamin

By |2018-11-29T07:48:43+00:00November 29th, 2018|Nutrition|

Arriving from all over the world, a veritable Who’s Who of anti-aging scientists gathered at the campus of UCLA in Westwood, California in 2011.

They met to discuss a newly rediscovered nutrient that must be obtained from the diet. It’s a type of sulfur-containing amino acid, but it’s also been described as a potential vitamin with powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.

It’s called ergothioneine. . .

Ergothioneine (ET) was first isolated by a French scientist in 1909, but largely ignored for the rest of the century.

Then in 2005 interest was reawakened by a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of […]

Want to Live Longer? Eat This Snack Three Times a Week

By |2018-11-01T14:51:08+00:00November 1st, 2018|Nutrition|

Research now shows you can improve your health and increase your chances of living longer with a snack that doesn’t cost much, and is already popular for good reason: it’s delicious.

This goes against the widespread belief that the foods that help you get healthier are dull and tasteless. Ice cream, alas, does not appear on any list of health foods I’ve seen, but this is almost as good. . .

Nuts– one of my all-time favorite munchies – have proven again and again to help the body fight off illness, improve your brain and increase your life expectancy.

It doesn’t even seem […]

An Anti-Aging “Miracle” from Asia

By |2018-10-11T07:34:00+00:00October 11th, 2018|Nutrition|

Imagine there was a natural compound that could figure out what was wrong with your body and fix it.

Imagine the same compound could be smoothed on your skin to fight wrinkles … or swallowed to boost your energy and fight off aging from the inside.

And imagine this “miracle” compound could even help your body deal with stress, protect your heart and brain, and fight tumors.

Well, a natural compound like this does exist! And global consumption is rapidly growing because of its almost magical powers. . .

The “Mushroom of Immortality”

The compound comes from the “Mushroom of Immortality,” as some cultures call […]

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