While the world continues its search for the elusive fountain of youth, you can get a jump start on reclaiming the vitality of your early years by following nutrition expert Lisa Petty’s eight-step program. Start today for a more vibrant tomorrow.
1. Add more H2O
Let’s begin with an easy one: Drink water. It’s a health heavyweight – regulating temperature, transporting nutrients to organs and tissues, shuttling oxygen to cells, removing waste, and protecting joints and organs. Too little water leads to joint and muscle pain, headaches, constipation and thirst, as well as dry and wrinkle-prone skin.
MAKE CHANGE TODAY To calculate your water needs, divide your body weight in pounds by half: this equation gives you the number of ounces to consume each day. And remember, about 20% of our daily intake comes from fruits and vegetables, so add hydrating stars like tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce to your menu.
2. Embrace fat
Our current fat phobia has it (mostly) wrong. While hydrogenated and trans fats are linked to high cholesterol and heart disease, we actually require specific fats for optimum health and longevity.
The omega 3 fats EPA and DHA that come from fish oil are essential for good metabolism. They are also key to preserving cognitive function, memory and concentration. Plus, omega 3 fats create plump and age-defying skin cells, thereby reducing the look of wrinkles.
MAKE CHANGE TODAY The best way to pump up your intake is to include deep water fatty fish like salmon and sardines three times per week. Nuts, seeds and fortified foods offer some omega 3 fats, too, but because our bodies can’t convert them as easily, they aren’t the best source.
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