Aging in Place, guest post, Health and wellness

Guest Post: Superfoods for a Super Life!

Guest Post by Felicity Dryer:

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Superfood Infographic for seniors

A healthy life is more than just the prevention of disease: you want to feel vibrant so that you can lead a satisfying life! Did you know that some foods can help you achieve that? Here are superfoods for body and mind.

Magical Mind

Keeping your mind healthy as you age is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Some foods can boost your brainpower, such as blueberries. They contain phytochemicals and antioxidants for enhanced thinking and memory.

Beans are not just a good source of fiber – they also keep your brain functioning healthily. Garbanzo beans are particularly good because they contain magnesium that helps cell receptors speed up message transmission. Magnesium also has a relaxing effect on blood vessels, improving brain circulation.

Walnuts are another brain food. They are a good source of antioxidants and plant-based omega-3s. In animal studies, walnuts have displayed the ability to reverse aging of the brain.

Attitude and Altitude!

If you’ve ever heard the expression that your attitude determines your altitude, you’ll know that positive thinking can make all the difference in what you achieve. Eat foods that put you in a good mood.

Foods rich in folate are good for your mood because they raise your serotonin levels. Eat leafy greens such as kale that contain large amounts of folate.

A must-have mineral for your mood is selenium. Foods rich in selenium can beat depression, and great sources include fish such as salmon. If you’re vegan, get your selenium from foods such as whole grains and seeds:

● Chia seeds contain tryptophan, an amino acid that can help regulate your sleep – but the bonus is that it also improves your mood.

● If you battle with issues relating to mood, then top up on flaxseed because it has omega-3s. A study found that lacking omega-3 fatty acids can be a contributing factor in mood disorders.

Skin SOS

Your skin is the largest organ in the body! The right food choices can keep it youthful and healthy.

Beating the Bruise

Skin tends to become thinner with age, experiencing bruises that heal at a slower rate. Foods containing Vitamin E help your skin heal, so top up on foods rich in this nutrient, such as avocados and spinach. The benefits of Vitamin E become even more powerful when consumed with Vitamin C.

Youthful Skin

We all want to age gracefully so skin-nourishing foods are a must.

Green Tea is an antioxidant-rich beverage that can do lots of great things for your skin, such as reverse sun damage and protect you against skin cancer.

● Greek Yogurt is another skin-savvy food but when choosing dairy, make sure it’s low-fat. Since it contains vitamin A, it keeps your skin cells healthy.

● You want to look younger, so eat orange sweet potatoes! They contain beta-carotene that prevents skin dryness and produces new skin cells. The result? Smoother skin!

Pomegranates contain high amounts of Vitamin C, much like citrus fruits. Vitamin C allows your collagen to build, which is what keeps skin looking young.

Stronger Muscles

It has been said that the older we get, the more protein we need for muscle mass and strength.

Eggs are a great source of protein which is also easy for the body to absorb. Its amino acids help the body rebuild muscles.

Oats give you protein and carbohydrates that boost your energy levels! Choose steel-cut oats that have maintained more of their nutrient value than rolled oats after processing.

● Acai berries contain 19 types of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Approximately 100 grams of freeze-dried acai powder contains over 8 grams of protein.

Improve Mobility

Conditions such as arthritis can prevent you from getting around but there are important ingredients found naturally in food that can increase your mobility.

● Virgin Coconut Oil contains antioxidants that lower inflammation which is associated with arthritis.

Cocoa reduces joint inflammation, thanks to its phytochemical content. To gain the most benefit from this sweet treat, make sure your chocolate is at least 70 percent cocoa.

Olive Oil is another food that can ease arthritis. In fact, it contains an ingredient called oleocanthal that is similar to anti-inflammatory medicine. So if you’ve got arthritis pain already, start consuming more olive oil.

Pumpkin seeds are good for bone health. They contain magnesium, zinc and phosphorous which keep your bones healthy while also fighting inflammation.

If maintaining a healthy diet seems difficult or time-consuming, consider implementing a personalized senior care program so that someone else can regulate a superfood-rich diet for you. Eating more of these delicious superfoods can add that little extra to your days!

Originally born in Flagstaff, Arizona, Felicity Dryer was raised by her parents (more or less modern-day hippies) to always make her health a top priority. Throughout her life, she has focused on encouraging others to reach for and achieve their personal goals. Now she lives in sunny Los Angeles where she is pursuing her career as a freelance health writer, and continuing to help those seeking encouragement to keep moving forward to achieve their goals.

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