Can a Healthier Diet Slow Down Signs of Aging?


Many aspects of aging are obviously outside of your control. While you can't stop the passage of time, and there’s no changing your genetic makeup, you can take steps that have a powerful deterrence on the aging process.

Diet plays a major role in how you age at a cellular level. Nutrition can be used as a powerful tool not only to give your body the nutrients it needs to keep you healthy, but to also age gracefully.

Rely on the expert team at Monarque Health and Wellness Center to keep you healthy and vibrant at all stages of life. Our family and functional medicine practice in Ashland, Oregon, offers a full spectrum of health and wellness services for the entire family, including nutrition programs

From sports medicine and weight loss to disease prevention and functional medicine, the team at Monarque Health and Wellness Center has you covered.

You likely already know that a healthy diet contributes to good health, but if you’re wondering whether a healthier diet can combat aging, the answer is a resounding yes. The foods you eat have a powerful effect on the way you age. 

Understanding how nutrition affects aging

Poor dietary choices can accelerate aging and lead to health problems. Fortunately, you have the power to choose the right foods to support optimal health and slow the aging process so you feel healthy and vibrant as you age.

Maintaining a healthy diet is known to have a major influence on healthy aging. Proper nutrition keeps you healthy and wards off age-related chronic diseases. 

Poor nutrition contributes to oxidative stress

Choosing foods that are low in nutrients and antioxidants contributes to oxidative stress, which accelerates aging. But just what is oxidative stress, and how is it linked to the aging process?

It starts with free radicals. These uncharged atoms have an unpaired number of electrons. They travel through your body on a constant search to bind to another electron to stabilize themselves. This process can damage your DNA and other parts of cells. 

Antioxidants are your body’s main defense against free radical damage, but as you age, antioxidant defenses weaken. Oxidative stress refers to an imbalance between free radicals that can damage cells and antioxidants that neutralize free radicals to prevent cellular damage. 

When you have more free radicals than you do antioxidants, damage to your cells and DNA occurs and aging is accelerated. Oxidative stress is a major underlying factor in not only the aging process but also in chronic disease.

Nutrition to combat aging

Nutrition that reduces cellular damage and enhances your body's ability to repair cellular damage is known to slow the aging process. Our individualized nutrition programs teach you how to choose the right balance of foods to supercharge your cells, boost energy, enhance the immune system, ward off disease, and put the brakes on aging.

Our team goes beyond standard nutrition concepts. We practice functional nutrition, a holistic dietary approach that takes into consideration how lifestyle factors influence your food choices.

We consider your environment, activity levels, stress load, and any current chronic diseases to create an individualized nutrition plan. 

With the understanding that food has the ability to heal or harm, the Monarque Health and Wellness Center team centers our nutrition coaching around the individual. This means one size doesn't fit all. 

Our team tailors your nutrition plan to meet your unique needs, and we use simple, practical ways for you to incorporate better eating habits into your lifestyle.

If you’re ready to witness the power of good nutrition on your health, then you’re ready for an individualized nutrition plan. To learn more and to get started, call our Ashland office at 541-326-4777 to schedule an appointment with one of our providers, or book online today.

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