Forget smartphones, immortality is the hot new thing in the tech business. From Oracle boss Larry Ellison to Google cofounder Sergey Brin, billionaire tech executives are spending millions to avoid a date with the Grim Reaper. While the work being financed largely involves man-made solutions like nanotechnology, robotics and stem cells, the key to longevity is already available from the source of life itself: nature.
Nutrition expert and author Dr. Rhea Mehta says eating “living” foods like vegetables and fruits can both prevent the effects of aging as well as fix pre-existing health problems.
“If you eat dead foods that are highly processed and cooked and consume very little water, then it only makes sense that you are going to look a little bit more dead. In our case dead means aged,” explains the Toronto-based toxicologist. There is a scientific basis for the age-old cliche, Mehta adds, noting “an apple a day keeps the doctor away because an apple is pre-biotic, meaning it has soluble fiber. It feeds your gut bacteria. Same with chia and flax seeds.”
On that premise, here are five easy snacks that will help you live longer, stronger and healthier:
Super-berry antioxidant smoothie:
Long recognized as an important molecule for preventing cancer and heart disease “antioxidants are great. They are found in things like blueberries, blackberries, goji berries,” says Mehta, explaining the health reasons behind this recipe. “There’s a really high antioxidant effect through berries which is one of the reasons why I capitalize on them for this recipe. They’re also sweet and beautiful tasting.”
1 cup greens (choice of romaine, spinach, kale, chard, bok choy)
1 cup berries (choice of blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)
1/4 cup goji berries
1 tbsp raw cacao (raw chocolate powder) [note, the combination of cacao + berries has a synergistic effect on the antioxidant capacity]
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp chiaor hemp seeds
Blend all ingredients and serve. Add more water as necessary.
Recommended as a whole-food meal substitute or afternoon snack.
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