Healthy Aging Tip of the Day!

iStock_000007296038XSmallWe all know that some foods are good for and some not so much. But what about fat? For what seems like forever, fat has been stigmatized for it’s damaging effects on the human body, but recent studies has revealed that certain fats can actually help slow the aging process! To clear up some of the confusion, here’s some quick knowledge on good fats and bad fats.

Some fats, including trans and saturated fats eccelerate the aging process and increase the risk of heart disease, memory loss and cancer. Food’s such as red meat, fatty dairy products and anything made with hyrogenated vegetable oil expedite the effects of aging on the body and mind. Studies have also revealed that by avoiding these “bad fats,” can actually add some zest to your sex life! It has been found that when men consume high-fat meals, their blood-testosterone levels can plummit by 50%. Another excellent benefit of limiting your intake of saturated and trans fats is that you are greatly reducing your risk of clogged arteries, which can lead to a number of diseases including atherosclerosis.

Healthy fats on the other hand include the monounsaturated fats in extra-virgin olive oil and the fats found in most fish. The omega-3 fat in fish called DHA helps reduce aging the brain, heart and eyes. The American Heart Association reccomends daily servings of these fats to prevent heart disease. I know some of us may not be the “seafood” type and that’s fine – Omega-3 fat is also found in walnuts and flaxseed, as well as vegetarian sources such as marine algae.

Balanced nutrition is huge part of healthy aging, but exercise, stress reduction and your hormones also play a vital role in your overall heallth. Hormones naturally decline as we age. We can lead healthy lives on the outside and still be a hormonal mess on the inside. The best way to determine if you have a hormonal imbalance is to get your hormone levels tested by a physician who specializes in hormone therapy. Many physicians are using bioidentical hormones to correct underlying hormonal issues. Bioidentical hormones are moleculary identical to the hormones that our bodies produce naturally.

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