If you’re trying to feel younger, but are always tired and drained, you may be suffering from fatigue. Our energy reserves can be depleted by so many different factors, and this is perhaps even more pronounced as we age. While you might have been able to get away with pushing your body to the limit as a young adult, this becomes increasingly difficult as you reach your senior years when, rather than feel younger, you feel much older. Plus, fatigue is often a side effect of many age-related diseases and conditions, as well as many of the medications that are prescribed to treat them—it’s hard to feel younger and more rejuvenated when your body is busy trying to fight against something else.
One of the best ways to treat fatigue to naturally boost your energy levels and feel younger is by focusing on your anti-aging diet, which, more than anything else, is responsible for supplying your body with fuel. The more fuel you get through your anti-aging diet, the less fatigue you’ll experience, the more likely you are to feel younger, and the better you’ll be able to perform throughout the day, both mentally and physically.
With that in mind, here are four of the top anti-aging foods aimed at helping you feel younger and giving you the energy supplies you need to live a full and active life.
Quinoa can help you feel younger because it’s a whole grain that contains the highest level of protein of all the grains. Protein boosts your energy levels, especially first thing in the morning; without protein, you won’t have a sustained supply of energy to carry you through to lunchtime. Quinoa is also high in complex carbohydrates—your body’s preferred source of energy. Adding complex carbohydrates to your anti-aging diet will give you the energy you need to get up and moving, which in return, helps you feel younger. Start your anti-aging diet in the morning with some quinoa for breakfast. Not only will you be getting a great source of fuel at the start of your day, but you’ll also be getting two important flavonoids: quercetin and kaempferol, which are potent antioxidants that also contribute to making you feel younger.
Vegetables are essential for helping you feel younger. Vegetables contain a number of super-healthy nutrients that have an immediate impact on your energy levels. These nutrients include vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes. When you eat vegetables every day as part of your anti-aging diet, you’re giving your body what it needs to function at optimal levels. The nutrients help fight disease and support your body’s daily maintenance. By keeping everything running smoothly, vegetables contribute to the efficiency of your heart and circulatory system, brain function, and muscle performance—more efficiency equals better energy levels and less fatigue, therefore making you feel younger.
Fruits, like vegetables, are high in nutrients that will help you feel younger. This alone makes them an excellent source of fuel, but they are also simple carbohydrates, meaning they can give you a quick burst of energy. That’s why fruit makes a great snack mid-morning or mid-afternoon, when most people find their energy lagging and fatigue creeping in. Fruit is also high in fiber, which can help you feel younger by ironing out any sudden and abrupt changes in blood sugar levels. Unlike the refined sugar found in cookies and other sweets, fruit contains natural sugars that shouldn’t cause a blood sugar “crash” after you eat them. Just be sure to eat whole fresh fruits, as fruit juice doesn’t contain enough fiber to help offset the blood-sugar-raising effects of the fruit sugar.
Water is essential in the fight against fatigue—it’s also essential if you want to feel younger, because your body needs it to function properly. A large portion of tiredness—that feeling that you just can’t go on with your day unless you lie down—is the result of dehydration, and when you’re dehydrated, it’s virtually impossible to feel younger. You need more water than you think to fuel your body, so drink a glass every three or four hours; if you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
Miller, C. “List of Fruits and Vegetables that Boost Energy,” Livestrong.com, September 7, 2011; http://www.livestrong.com/article/538445-list-of-fruits-and-vegetables-that-boost-energy.
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