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Do you want to live a long, healthy life? Statistic indicate  that people in many European and Asian countries live much longer than Americans. It is believed that our standart American diet and toxic environment contribute to the acceleration of aging process in this country.

Free radicals, which are in part of product of poor diet and a toxic enviroment, damage cells and greatly contribute to the aging process. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that lack back an electron and attack cells to steal an electron to make them stable, thereby damaging cells in the process.

Free radical damage is implicated in disease, cataracts, and cancer. Preventing free radical damage through the right dietary choices is one place where we have a great deal of control over how quickly we age.

Dietary recommendations

1- Eat more fruits and vegetables and drink an abundance of freshly made juice. Raw foods have biochemical, and energizing effects not available in cooked and processed foods. Nearly all cultures noted for their long lives have lived on a diet rich in these kinds of uncooked foods.

2- Avoid sugar, alcohol and nicotine. Research indicates that increased amounts of sugar can fuel the aging process, alcohol acts like sugar in the body. Nicotine is known to accelerate aging by generating free radicals and overusing antioxidants in the detoxifying process, which protect body from aging.

3- Juice. Periodic juice fasts will do wonders to restore and rejuvenate your body.

4- Eat more sparingly and maintain a healthy weight.

5- Improve digestion. Sometime between the ages 35 to 45, indigestion becomes a problem for many people.

6- Cleanse and rejuvenate your liver, colon, and kidneys. These organs of elimination are important to cleanse in order to lengthen your lifespan.

Nutrient recommendations

1- Carotenes. Beta carotene and other carotenes are among the most potent antioxidants.

2- Vitamin C, an antioxidant is another effective quencher of free radicals.

3- Flavonoids are plant pigments that are responsible for the bright colors of fruits and vegetables.

4- Vitamin E is an antioxidant that is especially helpful where oxidative stress is involved.

5- Selenium

6- Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland that also has antioxidant activity and has been shown to slow aging process.

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