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What To Eat (And Skip!) To Age Better

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Another year older, another year wiser, but will it be another year of better health? Fret not! Here are some amazing nutrition tips for healthy aging.

Another year older, another year wiser, but will it be another year of better health?

Aging can feel like an un-plug-able drain on our internal resources with no way to stop the process and thus maintain your current health status or, even harder, improve upon it.

Fret not as with better nutrition you can and you will help support better health whether that means healing, maintaining, preventing or optimizing your health as the body ages.

So what does that look like?

Nutrition Tips For Healthy Aging

Nourish All Your Systems Together

The whole body needs better nutrition, but we do not need different nutrition for better health nor for healthy aging. The good news is that key nutrients support the whole body’s total health.

So when you consume probiotics, yes you are helping support a healthy digestive system, but that also supports immune health which reduces overall stress and enables better heart health and brain health and so on.

Same goes for a daily dose of broccoli’s glucoraphanin which enables detoxification, which removes unwanted toxins, which makes it easier for the body to do its daily tasks, which supports healthy skin, immune health and so on.

Probiotics

Reliable food sources of probiotics include fermented foods such as – kimchi, raw sauerkraut, pickles, miso/natto, cultured vegetables, yogurts, aged cheese, and kefir.

You can also count on organic whole foods (least processed forms) and/or probiotic supplements that do not override the impact of a quality diet.

Broccoli’s Glucoraphanin

Eat broccoli, daily, like me and rerun! But, for those days where that does not happen, choose a supplement that contains TrueBroc or make some tea or coffee.1

Get The Essentials

Vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and phytonutrient because getting in all the nutrients your body needs, daily, can happen but often does not. AKA favorites include: Mega Food (methylated B vitamins dietary supplement), Natural Vitality (a relaxing magnesium supplement), New Chapter (whole food fermented multivitamins), SmartyPants (multivitamins and omega 3 dietary supplement).

Know Your Numbers And Levels

While there are certain nutrients every body needs, your body ages better when you know what you specifically need to replenish, restore, and support.

Get labs drawn every six months including your vitamin D (25OH), your sed rate and CRP (markers of inappropriate inflammation), your HgBA1C (once a year is fine unless you are working on yours) to assess pre-diabetes/diabetes, heavy metals to assess toxin burden(s).

Other labs may include stool or breath test for bacteria, omegas, and Berkley Heart Lab for knowing what your cholesterol really looks like.

Build Better Habits (And Stick To Them!)

You are never (ever!) too old to build better habits and that includes recognizing and replacing those that are not serving you with ones that will enable better health.

While your myelin production may have slowed (learn more about this important brain matter in an awesome book “The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle) building better habits can and should happen.

Identify what habits you currently have, list them all out on a piece of paper ranging from taking the dog out to checking your email or social media. Then vet them into lists – better health enabler, better health deducting.

For the better health enabler habits, write down what it is that motivates you to do these? How did they become habits? How would you feel if you did not do them one day? Several days?

For the better health deducting habits – pick 1 or 2 that you really want to change and that will give you the biggest bang for better health by changing them to a better health enabling habit.

Maybe you do not take your supplements or you are having 3 glasses of wine a day or you have stopped being active or you have trouble sleeping!

Now look back at the better health enabling habits descriptions – what motivates you for these, how do you make them happen, and write down a few thoughts for the 1 or 2 habits you picked – what could you do differently today and tomorrow and this week and next month?

What would motivate you to do these? What would you have to give up to do make these happen?

Just do it! Give yourself one month to see if you can create a new better health enabling habit by improving one that was previously deducting.

Then put a calendar reminder each week for the rest of the year (the year that you are remodeling this habit not the calendar year) to check in on how you are doing.

Aging can and should be awesome. Like anything, it takes work – you have to train daily to age better, but the work is worth it when you age with better health.

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Ashley Koff RD

Ashley Koff RD is an internationally-renowned registered dietitian who believes better nutrition is simple and is on a mission to help people achieve their personal health goals by providing understandable and highly effective tips and strategies. A self-described “qualitarian,” Koff emphasizes the value of quality nutritional choices in achieving optimal wellbeing, and has developed online tools such as The AKA Qualitarian Nutrition Plan and The AKA Personal Shopper to help people make better-quality choices. Besides maintaining a Washington, D.C.-based clinical practice, Koff is a much-sought-after expert in the media, social media, and is a go-to dietitian for the nation's leading doctors.

Ashley Koff RD

Ashley Koff RD is an internationally-renowned registered dietitian who believes better nutrition is simple and is on a mission to help people achieve their personal health goals by providing understandable and highly effective tips and strategies. A self-described “qualitarian,” Koff emphasizes the value of quality nutritional choices in achieving optimal wellbeing, and has developed online tools such as The AKA Qualitarian Nutrition Plan and The AKA Personal Shopper to help people make better-quality choices. Besides maintaining a Washington, D.C.-based clinical practice, Koff is a much-sought-after expert in the media, social media, and is a go-to dietitian for the nation's leading doctors.

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