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  • From the minute we're born, we're aging.

  • Constant exposure to our environment, the things we eat, and stresses from both inside

  • and outside our bodies all cause us to age over time.

  • Aging is highly complex, but scientists are starting to understand what happens at the

  • cellular and molecular levels.

  • For example, healthy cells are damaged over time when our immune systems shift from reacting

  • to short-term problems like injuries and infections, to gradually producing chronic inflammation

  • throughout the body.

  • Time also gradually shortens the telomeres that act as protective caps for our DNA-containing

  • chromosomes.

  • These and other changes make our bodies less and less able to deal with stress from inside

  • and outside of our body, so when damage reaches a critical level, our cells, tissues, and

  • organs may no longer perform normally and our health starts to decline.

  • The changes associated with aging start to happen on some level at day one.

  • We begin to experience their effects early in life.

  • For example, we lose the ability to hear certain high-frequency sounds as teenagers, our cognition

  • and memory slowly decline after they peak in our mid-20s, the strength of our bones

  • starts to decrease in our 30s, female fertility sharply declines after 35, age-related near-sightedness

  • begins in our mid-40s, and our hair starts to gray and thin as early as our 30s and 40s.

  • After the age of 50, the changes of aging become increasingly noticeable, and because

  • aging is the biggest risk factor for most of the diseases that affect us as adults,

  • the older we get, the higher our risk of chronic disease becomes.

  • While scientists have not yet found a way to stop these processes of aging, they are

  • learning more and more about how to maintain health throughout our lives.

  • Some aspects of aging are out of our control--like our genetics and our family history--but we

  • can educate ourselves about moderate risk factors and do our best to reduce them through

  • healthy lifestyle and diet choices.

  • Most of us can be healthy and active well into our later years, if we take care of ourselves.

  • It's no surprise that regular physical activity can help maintain a healthy weight, improve

  • moods and sleep habits, and boost overall health.

  • And it's clear that a well-balanced diet full or nutritious foods, is critical to good health.

  • But when it comes to understanding which foods are the best choices, much nutrition research

  • has focused on how certain foods or nutrients may have a negative effect on health, or even

  • play a role in disease development.

  • More recently, scientists have begun to explore and understand how nutrition may play a role

  • in promoting healthy aging throughout of all life's stages.

  • We are rapidly learning about what foods and nutrients should be emphasized in our diets,

  • and how they can enhance our health.

  • Diets full of fruits and veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and lean meats, have proven

  • health benefits like lowering blood pressure, improving glucose control in diabetes, weight

  • loss, improving arthritis, and reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular events,

  • to name a few.

  • And we are learning more about the specific nutrients that can impact health.

  • For example, plant pigments found in bright orange and red fruits and vegetables may prevent

  • and slow the progression of eye diseases.

  • Calcium helps to keep bones strong.

  • B vitamins play a role in maintaining brain health.

  • And flavanoids from many plants may improve the health of our cardiovascular systems.

  • The bottom line is that YOU have the power to maintain and improve your health, add vitality

  • to your years, and reduce your risk of disease.

  • And it's never too late to make a change.

  • To learn more about the nutrients that are critical to your health, and how to safely

  • turn to supplements if you aren't getting enough of these nutrients in your diet, watch

  • Healthy Aging With Nutrition at

From the minute we're born, we're aging.


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Nutrition for a Healthy Life

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