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Your Food Can Prematurely Age You!

Jul 10th 2010 at 7:56 PM

Did you know that the food you eat could be prematurely ageing you? Science has made some amazing discoveries in the last decade in nutrition. We really should be taking note of what we put in our mouth because more than ever, "we are what we eat". Do you know the impact of what you are eating? Probably not. It's time to find out because over-indulgence in certain types of food causes the body to prematurely age.

 

Would you like some more free radicals with your lunch...? There is frequent mention these days about 'free radicals' and how they are constantly attacking the body, causing potentially serious damage.

 

A free radical is the name for a molecule that has an unpaired electron. They are a normal by-product of metabolism and without them you would die.

 

To put the record straight, it's the over-production of free radicals that causes damage to the body. We are advised by nutritional experts to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.

 

This is because they are rich in antioxidant phytonutrients...substances that neutralize free radicals and so help protect the body.

 

One of the essential tasks of free radicals is in producing energy from the food you eat. Every time you eat, free radical activity is intense. The more food you eat, the more free radicals are formed, and the more antioxidants your body needs to neutralize them. Big meals are big trouble!

 

Effective Antioxidants include vitamins A, C, E; minerals such as selenium, zinc, and herbs such as aloe vera and grape seed extract.

 

The Reality of Carbohydrates

 

Carbohydrates are root vegetables, pasta, rice, bread, grains, fruit, pastries, cakes, biscuits, crisps, sweets etc. They are easy to prepare, filling, tasty and cheap. Most meals are dominated by carbohydrates, as most of us 'full up' on them. When you eat carbohydrates you're eating a form of sugar.

 

Carbohydrates are converted by the body into glucose, which is either used immediately for energy, or stored in fat cells. Carbohydrates make up an excessive proportion of the diet, add together a lack of exercise and excess sugar and the inevitable result is excess weight.

 

By reducing your overall carbohydrate intake and reducing the size of your meals, you reduce your body's exposure to free radical activity, and, the amount of excess food that meals, you reduce your body's exposure to free radical activity, and, the amount of excess food that gets stored as unwanted fat. A double bonus!

 

Big meals are too much stress

 

Food is in abundance - look around the supermarket shelves at the food mountain! Fill your trolley, take it home and fill your kitchen cupboards - fill your plate and fill your stomach till you can barely move. How many times a week do you overeat? How many free radicals are attacking your body and accelerating the aging process? You could choose to eat less.

 

Think about your meals over the last week.

 

Better still, keep a food diary for the next week, record each meal by drawing a plate divided up showing how much protein, carbohydrate, fat, vegetables and fruit you eat at each meal/snack. After a week you'll be able to see for yourself how much sugar you are eating.

 

 

 

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Dec 11th 2011 at 6:23 PM by najie
Your article on food and premature aging I found very informative. Keep spreading the good word.
   
Nov 19th 2011 at 2:48 AM by iahulbak
Great article!
   
Sep 23rd 2010 at 8:43 AM by deewest
Good Article! Thank you for following me have a Great Week Dee
   
Sep 20th 2010 at 5:18 PM by joyee
It is not the amount that is so much important but the quality of the food. You have talked about food that rich in antioxidant phytonutrients. If we eat more of high fiber rich in antioxidant phytonutrients dense foods like fruits and vegetables, and avoid/less of starchy food fruit root vegetables and simple sugars and simple carbohydrates. the level of free radical destruction with be reduce significantly. exercise also produce free radical. the more you exercise the more free radical will produce. eat wise and exercise smart would make more sense! lastly, sugar is the worst enemy to health. research found that 1 tsp sugar can cut your immunity by 1/2 for 6 hours. Give to a child a candy is not a good idea as the child may catch a cold later. joyee
   
Aug 3rd 2010 at 5:53 AM by pier
It goes back to the old saying "You are what you eat" The bottom line we are literately killing our selves by what we eat.
   
Jul 27th 2010 at 4:11 AM by fredds
A well written article pointing out the dangers of poor nutritional habits that make us age prematurely and cause us poor health. If we could just focus in getting our nutrition right, we will end living longer and healthier lives. If its possible, eliminate junk food and other processed foods from your diet and make and effort to eat fresh unproccessed foods.
   

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