Your Simple Checklist for a Longer Life
Winning the war against aging is not achieved by drinking a daily shot glass filled with the mystical juice of a magical berry from Southeast Asia. In fact, aging is best kept at bay by fighting off chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, which accelerate the aging process and are the main causes of premature death.
Although accelerated aging — and aging in general — is a complex process, you can fight it with five simple daily habits.
Rainbow of Fruits and Vegetables
People who eat a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables consistently have the lowest rates of chronic disease. They maintain healthier body weights, and they live longer.
The diverse colors of fruits and vegetables represent different nutrients and antioxidants. These various nutrients and antioxidants can fight aging from a number of angles. Anthocyanins, for example, the antioxidant that gives blueberries their dark blue color, can help fight cancer cell growth, while beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A that gives carrots their orange color, can help support optimal immune function.
To eat a rainbow of colors each day, Kara Mohr of Mohr Results recommends you “pick out one to two new fruits or vegetables every time you shop for food, and include a fruit or vegetable in every meal and snack.”