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You Are What You Eat: The French-Fry Connection And How Food Affects How You Look And How You Feel

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

We all know that when it comes to work and some potential extra perks, it’s all about seniority. Well, according to research, when it comes to LIFE and some MAJOR perks, it’s also all about “seniority”.

No matter what stage or age of life you’re in, the one thing we ALL have in common is that none of us is getting any younger. But, like fine wine and cheese, some have the advantage of getting “better” with age….or at least maintaining with age. What’s the secret? The same principle that applies to computers applies to humans. Garbage In, Garbage Out (or GIGO).

According to research, our fast dash for fast foods is not only clogging our arteries, but is “frying” our brains and bodies, quite literally. Recent studies show that maintaining a healthy, active, lifestyle means eating a healthy diet of “active” (live) foods.

Tests revealed that a daily diet of dairy, fruits and vegetables help prevent the onset of disability that so frequently occurs or gets compounded with age. The nine-year study concluded that individuals who ate at least two daily servings of diary and six daily servings of fruits and vegetables reduced their potential for becoming frail, fragile and feeble by about 30 percent.

The study based it’s finding by testing for functional limitations that are generally precursors to elder disability. Among these the ability to walk a quarter of a mile or climb ten steps. Furthermore, the results stipulated that out of the 16,000 tested between the ages of 45 and 64, women of color ho adhered to a diet rich in milk, fruits and vegetables, showed the greatest risk reduction for elder disability.

Experts note, that in the next 50 years, nearly half of the adult population will be so nutritionally deprived that many seniors over 65 will become disabled to the point of requiring nursing home care.

While the exact reason for the observed benefits of a diet rich in milk, fruits and vegetables has not yet been determined, nutritionists and researchers attribute the benefits to the intake of calcium and Vitamin D content essential in combating osteoporosis and deteriorating muscle strength. Additionally, the antioxidants found in fruits and veggies may actually hinder oxidative tissue damage, delay the aging process, and curtail chronic disease risk.

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