Aging is a natural part of life, but feeling “old” doesn’t have to be your experience.

In addition to regular exercise and reducing stress, there are preventative measures you can take to slow the aging process. And what you put into your body makes a huge difference.

Here are some of the main food drivers of aging that you should avoid.

  • Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it absorbs water from the body, leaving you dehydrated.
  • Eliminate sugar, which causes inflammation, damages collagen and elastin in the skin.
  • Reduce red meat intake.
  • Avoid foods made from white flour like bagels, pretzels, pasta and cereals.
  • Cut the salt that triggers dehydration and accelerates aging.
  • Trans fatty acids found in foods like potato chips and fried foods
  • Soda and energy drinks are high in sugar and acidic
  • Avoid baked goods that are filled with sugar and fat
  • Reduce intake of bacon, which contains nitrates that are linked to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  • Charred meats can cause inflammation in the body.

Aim instead to eat more fruits and vegetables, as well healthy fats like fish, nuts, olive oil and avocado.

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