Dr. Oz says that we can control 70 percent of our aging destiny with the right
choices and that we ALL can live to be 100! Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen
have written a best seller entitled YOU: Staying Young. They recommend a few
simple alterations we can all do to turn back time with the latest anti-aging
food, drinks and vitamins.

To start your new anti-aging lifestyle a few simple foods can be added to
your diet for increased longevity. First off, antioxidants. As their name
implies, antioxidants do to your body what the lemon juice does to an apple—help
prevent the damage caused by oxygen exposure. And some antioxidants are more
potent than others. For instance, Dr. Oz says one of his favorite anti-aging
foods are blueberries. You can tell blueberries are chockfull of antioxidants
because of their dark color. "All foods with dark colors in them have some of
these really protecting antioxidant chemicals in them," he says. "Blueberries
lead the charge." Other good anti-aging foods include sweet potatoes, broccoli
and tomatoes.

While Americans' number one source of antioxidants is from coffee, Dr. Oz says
there are better hot beverages out there, like green tea and white tea. Be sure
to download the

Anti-Aging Checklist
on EdibleNature.com to get daily serving
recommendations to live your best life.

 

Recently, red wine has received a lot of press for being good for your
health. Dr. Oz says part of the reason is the alcohol and part is resveratrol, a
powerful antioxidant that comes from the skins of grapes (which are only added
back to red wine rather than white). If you don’t want the alcohol, you can get
a portion of the benefit drinking Concord grape juice.

• Additionally, your spice rack is full of anti-aging secrets. Dr. Oz says
research shows that cinnamon can decrease blood sugar levels and lower
cholesterol, especially in people with type-2 diabetes.

Arthritis sufferers may also find relief in turmeric, a spice found in curry
that has also been reported to help prevent Alzheimer's disease, he says.

• Paprika and cayenne pepper can help fight high blood pressure and improve
circulation, he says.

• In lab studies, Dr. Oz says, eating rosemary has been shown to improve
learning rates in rats—data that has been reproduced in humans.

• Even ginger can decrease blood pressure, alleviate arthritis pain and reduce
your risk of cancer.

Although fresh herbs are usually best, dried herbs can provide great benefits as
well and if ease of access allows you to incorporate them into your diet more
readily, then use dried herbs.

Next great anti-aging tip: fiber. Fiber keeps your intestines healthy and bowels
regular. In order to keep them functioning properly, you need about 25 grams of
fiber daily. That's about two and a half times more than the average American
eats a day. Fiber works by keeping all the nutrients you eat in your intestines
and releases them as needed. So how can you increase your intake? Eat more
fruits, vegetables and foods rich in whole grains. One intestinally gentle way
to increase your fiber is by adding psyllium husks to your food.

Another way to stay young that has gotten plenty of media attention lately is
omega-3 fatty acids. In addition to salmon and other oily fishes, flax seeds are
one easy way to add this nutrient into your diet. Other good sources include
walnuts, spirolina algae and hemp seeds.

 

Olive oil, one to two tablespoons a day, is also a crucial part to any
balanced diet. Rather than putting the oil in the pan and heating it, a better
method is to put the food in the oil first and then add it to a heated pan.
That's a wonderful way of reducing the amount of oxidation that occurs–and less
oxidation means more healthful benefits for your body.

One key component to longevity includes exercise. In addition to cardiovascular
exercise, Dr. Oz says it is also important to build muscle mass through strength
training and both activities should be done at least 3 times a week.

Another key element to adding years to your life is taking five minutes a day
for prayer, meditation or yoga. These activities release nitric oxide which
relaxes blood vessels. Now that you are relaxed, time to move to the bedroom.

Dr. Oz recommends 7-8 hours of sleep per night and monogamous sex 2-3 times
weekly. Lack of sleep is dramatically aging us because during sleep is when our
bodies reboot. Likewise, lack of sex can be damaging to our health as well. Dr.
Oz says sex creates an increase in chemicals that keep us young. "When you have
loving conjugal love with someone and you actually have that passionate moment,
you not only exchange bodily chemicals, but you make chemicals within you," he
says.

 

The last category on Dr. Oz's anti-aging checklist is vitamins.

There is a nationwide deficiency of Vitamin D. Researchers believe this
nationwide deficiency could be a cause of many serious health problems,
including autoimmune disease, Dr. Oz says. "We think it might be responsible for
a lot of cancers in this country.”

Another important supplement you should take is calcium. But for maximum
absorption, you should take it with magnesium. Calcium builds strong bones and
also helps to calm nerves, improve sleep, and regulate the heartbeat. This is
best to take at night before going to bed, since calcium coats, soothes and
relaxes the muscles.

 

Dr. Oz says the next vitamin on his list is often forgotten: DHA omega-3. Dr.
Oz says a dose of DHA omega-3 is similar to fish oil but comes in a small pill
form. "It comes from a source that we know is pretty clean and doesn't give you
the anti-coagulant problems that sometimes you run into with fish oil, so I
think DHA omega 3s make a lot of sense," Dr. Oz says. He recommends taking 600
milligrams a day.

 

Vitamin B is important for boosting cell metabolism. This vitamin can be
found naturally through many leafy green vegetables, but Dr. Oz says a
supplement may be necessary. "Most of us don't get anything near what we need,
in part because our food supply has changed and we're not eating what we should
eat. So taking vitamin B in a supplement makes sense."

 

The last vitamin on Dr. Oz's list is the all-important multivitamin. Dr. Oz
says this vitamin should be cut in half so you have two doses. "If you divide
the vitamin in half, then you stabilize your dose during the day. Take half in
the morning, half in the evening."

If you're confused about which multivitamin is right for you depending on your
age and sex, Dr. Oz says to keep it simple. "Everyone takes the basic same
multivitamin with two small exceptions," he says. Pre-menopausal women should
take a multivitamin with iron in it and 5,000 units of vitamin A. Men and
post-menopausal women can take a basic multivitamin with 2,500 units of vitamin
A.

When taking your daily vitamins, Dr. Oz says to make sure to get plenty of
fluids. "If you don't like taking the pills, you can get liquid vitamins. They
work as well. Find something that agrees with you that you can automatically
make part of everyday life for you."

Maybe you've been dealt a bad hand of genetics, but that doesn't mean you can't
exchange a few cards, or at least change how you play them. When it comes to
your body and longevity, here's what we know: It's less about what genes you
have and more about how you treat them. So take the advice of America’s Doctor
and you too can live a much longer, healthier life.

 

Author's Bio: 

Therese Patterson is co-owner of EdibleNature.com which is
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