Blog - Eating Yourself Old?
As we have discussed previously what we eat plays a major role in how we develop. What we put into ourselves has a direct impact on processes within our bodies and can be witnessed in the functional efficiency of those systems as well as in our appearance.
Primarily eating too many calories which are surplus to requirement will result in body fat increases. Getting the right balance of macro nutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fat and water) is vital in protecting our bodies from illness whilst ensuring they are performing at their optimum levels. Too many carbs is associated with weight gain, however a big contributing cause of eating too many carbs is instigated by eating too many simple carbs. These empty carbs result in “peaks and troughs” of energy, when people experience the “trough” they naturally reach for an unrequired sugary snack to pick them back up. This energy is excess to requirement and the body will store it as fat. Whereas if people opted for more complex choices they would not experience the rise and falls of energy and the hunger pangs associated with this.
Being overweight or obese results in cardiovascular and respiratory problems as well as contributing to joint and muscle pains and injuries. Poor carbohydrate selection also carries the risk factors of developing Type 2 Diabetes, risk factors associated to this are numbness of fingers and toes, eye problems and high blood pressure.
From restaurants to supermarkets, to health food stalls, there is a definite trend towards “super foods” growing. People are talking more and more about these choices and which ones they eat, which is brilliant because nearly all these foods are healthy choices. Always be aware that these choices can also contain a lot of sugar, therefore releasing energy quickly. So, don’t over eat them, sticking to portion sizes is important. Remember when eating the correct foods sources it is fairly easy to get the amounts of vitamins and minerals required by the body.
Oxygen as we all know is essential for life, without it life on this planet would cease to be. It is a very reactive substance and is vital in the process of our body’s extracting energy from our foods. Due to its reactive nature it can cause havoc internally by creating too many oxidised molecules inside the body, which generate free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules which damage cell structures. A bit of a problem, I’m sure you’d agree as cells combined together make up tissues, which when grouped make up organs, which combine to make up our bodies. Thus, damage at a cellular level literally ages us. Now it would seem there’s not a lot a we can do in terms of a preventative measure, however there is action we can take to defend us against these free radicals.
There’s a group of foods which contain vitamins A, C, E, Selenium, Flavonoids and Carotenoids. These micronutrients are found in brightly coloured fruits and vegetables and are commonly known as antioxidants. These antioxidants effectively neutralise the free radicals preventing them from doing more damage. Then even more impressively still, the particular antioxidants can recycle or regenerate each other after they have quenched a free radical resulting in the antioxidant working together and becoming stronger. By eating antioxidants you slow the ageing process of your body and bolsters the defence system by keeping your cells young, your hearts strong and your brain performing at its peak. Think of it as nature’s own anti-ageing product.
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