Experts recommend a diet that includes whole grains such as oats, quinoa, and brown rice because they’re full of fiber and help keep blood sugar levels steady. This helps protect against type two diabetes, and is important because people with two diabetes have a decreased life expectancy up to eight years compared to people who don’t have diabetes.
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While adding all these foods are linked to living a longer life, Polizzi says it’s important to remember that diet is just one piece of the longevity puzzle. Exercising regularly, getting good sleep, and stress management are all important too. But on the food front, it’s important to find ways t...
Like vegetables, fruit is also high in antioxidants. When you eat fruit, keep the skin on because it contains pectin, which is a soluble fiber that’s good for the gut.
Vegetables as a category may already be on the list, but this is one that’s worth calling out specifically because it’s so beneficial.
In Okinawa, Japan (a “Blue Zone” where many people regularly live to be over 100 in good health),
When it comes to protein sources, experts say to prioritize plant-based proteins and they especially recommend legumes. Legumes are full of protein, and fiber, and don’t contain saturated fat or cholesterol. They are a staple in regions of the world where people regularly live to be over 100 and ...
Remember that link between fiber and longevity? It’s why incorporating flax seeds or chia seeds into your meals because they are especially great sources of soluble fiber, which helps aid digestion and may help reduce cholesterol.
Both experts recommend incorporating nuts into your meals because they have several nutrients linked to longevity including fiber, plant-based protein, antioxidants, and unsaturated fats—which are beneficial for heart health. One easy way to incorporate them into meals is to sprinkle them in your...
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