6 Essentials of Eating Your Way Younger
Prevent disease with food
The key to losing weight and keeping it off forever? To literally replenish lost brain cells, rebalance your brain chemistry, and recreate a younger, more active brain, says Eric Braverman, MD, in his book The Younger (Thinner) You Diet.
“Every time you grow brain cells, not only are you getting smarter, you are raising your metabolism another notch. The goal is to get smarter and thinner as we get older,” says Dr. Braverman.
On The Younger (Thinner) You Diet, each meal will contain vibrant foods that help fight free radicals and prevent disease. By constantly rotating through all of the antioxidant-rich colorful fruits, vegetables, teas, or spices, you are helping to make your body younger and healthier.
Check out the best foods to add to your diet.
Red pigments contain antioxidants that support heart health, improve memory function, protect blood vessels, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments from damage, and may reduce the likelihood of cancer by preventing tissue degeneration that sometimes follows chronic irritation. They may also improve urinary tract health.
Best red food picks: cranberries, raspberries, cherries, red beans, pomegranates
Orange fruits and vegetables are high in carotenoids, which have anticancer and antioxidant properties. They can also improve your vision and heart health. Try to eat at least two to three different orange foods daily. Dr. Braverman suggests staying away from fruit juices, which have lots of unnecessary calories.
Best orange food picks: sweet potatoes, peppers, oranges
Yellow fruits and vegetables contain large amounts of phytochemicals as well as carotenoids and biof lavonoids (bonus vitamins and minerals found in many foods that naturally reduce inflammation), which have anticancer and antioxidant properties. They can also improve your vision and heart health. Try to eat at least two to three different yellow foods daily.
Best yellow food picks: squash, artichokes, peppers
4. Forest greens
Chlorophyll, present in all green plants, has anticancer and detoxifying properties. Green fruits and vegetables are high in lutein, which is currently being studied for its antioxidant properties. In addition, green leafy veggies are high in carotenoids, vitamins, and minerals that naturally reduce inflammation. Many green foods contain calcium, which helps build strong bones and teeth and improves vision. It is recommended you eat at least one serving daily of leafy green vegetables.
Best green food picks: kale, spinach, broccoli, peppers
Many of these foods contain anthocyanins and phenolics, two powerful phytochemicals currently being studied for their anti-aging benefits. Blue fruits and vegetables are extremely high in antioxidants. Blue foods can protect your blood vessels, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments from damage, and may reduce the likelihood of cancer by preventing tissue degeneration that follows chronic irritation. They can improve memory function and urinary tract health.
Best blue food picks: blueberries, grapes
Indigo- and violet-colored foods also contain an abundance of antioxidant compounds. Dark blue and indigo foods reduce “oxidative stress,” one of the main factors that cause aging. They also contain high levels of resveratrol, which is believed to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, and other important vitamins and minerals that can improve memory function and urinary tract health.
Best purple food picks: eggplant, prunes, plums