Does your life seem stuck on fast forward? Are you feeling older than your years?
Well it’s time to do something about it. Because while none of us can avoid aging, that doesn’t mean we can’t be doing it gracefully.
But while most folks focus on the outside signs of aging, such as sagging skin and a mushy middle, the real damage is unfolding on the INSIDE.
Experts say chronic, systemic inflammation makes us age too quickly. In fact, it could be the trigger behind many of the worst diseases of aging including heart disease, dementia and diabetes.
And for the cause of that inflammation, you might not need to look any further than your fork. Because scientists say, certain foods promote inflammation.
Inflammatory foods speed aging
Following are four inflammatory foods that could be causing you to age too fast.
1. Vegetable oils:
For years, the medical mainstream has insisted that vegetable oils are better for us. And millions have made the switch. After all, with the word vegetable in the name they HAVE to be healthier than other oils. Right?
Wrong. Vegetable seed and nut oils such as safflower, corn and peanut are swimming in omega-6 fatty acids.
While we do need some omega-6s in our diet, they need to be in balance with our omega-3 intake. And as you probably know, most Western diets are sadly lacking in omega-3s. So all that vegetable oil we’re scarfing down is causing chronic inflammation.
Drop the highly processed veggie oils and make the switch to organic, virgin, cold-pressed olive oil instead.
2. Refined carbohydrates:
Researchers in the US and Canada joined forces to find out how refined carbohydrates are effecting our health. Their study revealed that eating all those processed carbs doesn’t just make you fat. It also sends your levels of inflammation-promoting blood proteins skyrocketing.
Slash the carbs and slash the inflammation. But don’t fall for products that claim to be healthier because they use enriched wheat flour. They go through as much refining as their white-flour cousins.
But there’s some good news too. The researchers also confirmed that eating whole grains lowered age-accelerating blood proteins, reducing chronic inflammation.
It’s true a few glasses of wine a week can have some significant health benefits such as reducing your risk for dementia or dying from diabetes. But far too many folks go cruising right by that moderation mark, and then that alcohol erases any good it could have done.
Moderately high alcohol consumption triggers harmful inflammation in both men and women, according to Portuguese researchers.
In addition, experts say overdoing alcohol can cause “leaky gut,” a condition that damages the lining of your intestines. Microscopic holes allow toxins to leak through your gut walls. Your bloodstream then spreads them throughout your body triggering chronic inflammation.
Sugar is the poster child for chronic inflammation. The sweet stuff causes your body to release inflammatory proteins called cytokines.
But it turns your sweet tooth doesn’t just trigger damaging inflammation. The sugar also sabotages the health benefits of anti-inflammatory omega-3s, according to researchers from the University of Denmark.
And experts say sugar suppresses our natural immune response, making it hard for our bodies to fight off diseases.
Don’t let inflammatory foods hit the fast forward button on aging. Slash them from your diet and grow old gracefully.