- Rebecca Washuta
Nutrition Tips for Living Longer
The field of longevity is booming right now, and there is ongoing research around lifestyle changes you can make to help increase not only your lifespan but also your healthspan. Here are my top nutrition tips that will help you live longer:
Limit Animal Protein
It’s been well documented that calorie restriction is associated with longevity, but by cutting back on specific foods you can really add years to your life. Studies have demonstrated that diets low in the amino acid methionine can increase lifespan. Reducing methionine intake has also been shown to be cardioprotective as well as lower oxidative stress in the body. Methionine is found in high concentrations in animal proteins like turkey, steak, tuna, and cheese so by focusing on a more plant-based diet you can increase your longevity.
Focus on Phytoutrients
Phytonutrients like resveratrol and quercetin can have powerful effects on your health and longevity. Resveratrol, which is found in foods like grapes, wine, blueberries, peanuts, and cocoa, has been shown to not only improve life expectancy but also reduce symptoms associated with aging. Quercetin, which is found in foods like apples, onions, and kale, is associated with increased life expectancy and also offers neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects in the body.