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Food Can Be More Than Just Fuel (July 27, 2012)

Six Nutrients that Help You Age Better

You are what you eat, so take note of the following nutrients that help fight aging, according to nutritionists: 
  • Vitamin D – activates proteins in the digestive tract, promotes heart, brain and eye health. Found in fatty fish, milk and other dairy products. Direct sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D.
  • Calcium – essential for the function of numerous cellular functions, including building of bones. Found in dairy products, nuts, broccoli, kale and beans. 
  • Coenzyme Q10 – key to the cellular energy system. Also important for heart health. Found in fish and whole grains. 
  • Resveratrol – an antioxidant that protects cells from damage due to aging. May also promote heart and vascular health. Found in red grapes, peanuts, dark chocolate and red wine. 
  • Multivitamins(when taken as a supplement, use without iron unless you have an iron-deficiency). But a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can provide most of a person’s daily vitamin needs. 
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) – plays a role in converting blood sugar into energy. Found in green leafy vegetables and red meat. 
At Health Testing Centers you can order convenient  nutritional testing to ensure that you are not wasting your money on unneeded supplements. Aside from getting the right nutrition, it is important to have your hormone levels checked at Health Testing Centers:

Anti-Aging Panels: Men Level I, Men Level II, and Men Level III – measures chemistry and hormone levels associated with aging in men. Anti-Aging Panel: Women Level IWomen Level II, and Women Level III – measures chemistry and hormone levels associated with aging in women.  Some blood tests in these comprehensive panels include Testosterone, Total – the primary male hormone;  Free and Total Testosterone - affects sex drive, strength and overall mood; Estrogen Total – the hormones responsible for female sexual development and function; Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) – a steroid with potential anti-aging properties; and Estradiol – measure estrogen in non-pregnant women. 

Summer Foods That Can Help Cure Common Illnesses

It’s true. Certain foods have been found to ward off inflammatory conditions, reduce stress, build muscle and even improve your memory. Here’s a rundown of summer foods (along with a few year-round) shown to improve health, and their daily recommended amount:  
  • Tart cherries – a cup a day to fight inflammation  
  • Sunflower seeds – a quarter cup daily to protect neurons in the brain 
  • Apples – one a day with the peeling intact, to fuel production of insulin and help build muscle. 
  • Eggs – one daily to boost the brain’s transmittal ability 
  • Oranges – one a day or an eight ounce glass of orange juice for vitamin C, helps keep skin supple 
  • Brown rice – one cup, cooked, to regulate the production of serotonin, which helps control moods 
  • Chicken – four ounces daily that aids in producing a sleep hormone 
  • Green tea – one cup daily to minimize fluid retention 
  • Peppermint – one or two peppermints (in tea, candy or fresh from the garden) help soothe inflammatory distress 
  • Bananas – one a day to boost energy through the ingestion of potassium and magnesium 
  • Peanuts – a quarter cup daily to help reduce anxiety 

Foods as Beauty Treatments

Most women know that fresh-cut cucumbers applied to the delicate skin around the eyes can help eliminate that tired look, but do you know what other foods are used as beauty treatments? Due to its high antioxidant content, the coffee berry, harvested from the coffee plant, is an ingredient found in some skin care products. While we’ve long been told to eat our fruits and vegetables to stay healthy, a new study in the science journal PLoS ONE reports that the yellow-red pigments found in many fruits and veggies also helps to develop richer skin tones that other people find attractive. Taste your makeup: Beauty products that are mildly tart (like a bit of lemon juice on the tongue) have a mild acidity, and will help your skin look and feel its best.