The latest nutrition science research, as well as data collected from people living way beyond 80, strongly suggests what (and how) we eat has a significant effect on the quality and duration of our lives. So if you want to go the distance and keep pumping iron well into your golden years, consider incorporating these 10 healthy foods into your daily diet.
Along with being rich in protein and other nutrients such as selenium and vitamin D, fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, that have been shown to reduce the risk of developing heart disease and other medical problems. One recent study from the University of Hawaii found that men who ate the most baked or boiled fish reduced their risk of heart-disease related death by 23% compared to those who ate the least.
Consuming veggies in a variety of bright colors like red, yellow and orange is a great way to ensure you're getting a healthy mix of nutrients, and many nutrition experts believe that red ones, specifically, can enhance your wellness and longevity. Top selections include, red cabbage, red peppers, and beets.
Bananas are one of our best sources of potassium, which is essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. The average banana contains approximately 450 mg of potassium and only 1 mg of sodium, making it the perfect fruit to fight high blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis. Along with helping to lower blood pressure, potassium prevents the weakening of the body's bones. The potassium found in bananas neutralizes the high amounts of sodium in one's diet, thus allowing for healthy amounts of calcium to remain within the body.