Factor in fermented foods
WHY IT WORKS
Lab-based studies have uncovered the natural anti-ageing potential of fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut.
Foods that have been through the fermentation process have also been shown to positively affect the expression of genes related to weight gain, thanks to the way they improve gut bacteria. And that’s powerful, because gaining just a moderate amount of weight in mid-life decreases the chances of you achieving healthy ageing, according to a study released earlier this year.
How to do it
Always choose and eat ‘fresh’ sauerkraut and kimchi, which have been naturally fermented, rather than the shelf-stable varieties that you’ll find in supermarkets. These shelf-stable varieties are preserved using vinegar rather than fermentation, so they don’t contain the beneficial bacteria. And you’re probably more likely to enjoy the pungent taste of fresh sauerkraut or kimchi.