5. Be A Nutritional All-Star
If you’re looking to turn back the clock on your body, Shanthi Johnson, associate professor of nutrition at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., advises eating a broadly based diet that packs a nutritional punch:
- Dark-green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, rapini and Swiss chard (calcium, iron, folate and beta-carotene).
- Sweet potatoes (folate, beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, and fibre).
- Blueberries and other dark berries (vitamin C, iron and fibre).
- Yogurt (calcium, protein and phosphorus).
- Beans (iron and a high-fibre form of protein).
- Whole grains (higher in fibre than white bread, with more B vitamins, vitamin E, selenium and zinc).
- Nuts (according to a recent study from Penn State University in University Park, Penn., eating them more than five times a week could cut death rates from heart disease by 25 to 39 percent).
- Salmon, tuna and other cold-water fish (omega-3 fatty acids).