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iD magazine - - Body & Mind -

Our di­ets are the linch­pin of the re­gen­er­a­tion pro­cess. Ex­perts es­ti­mate around one-third of our health care costs are in­curred as a re­sult of nu­tri­tion­re­lated ill­nesses. Th­ese con­di­tions in­clude dis­eases of the me­tab­o­lism, heart, and mus­cu­loskele­tal sys­tem. That means: Diet is what de­ter­mines how long we take to re­cover from an in­fec­tion, how fast we age, and how healthy we feel.

“With the right nu­tri­tion, you can add up to 20 years to your life­time,” re­veals nu­tri­tion sci­en­tist Michael Ris­tow of the Swiss Fed­eral In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy. But what con­sti­tutes a suit­able diet? Cur­rently there are count­less ex­am­ples of how cer­tain foods can ac­ti­vate the body’s self­heal­ing mech­a­nisms. Re­searchers at the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota have proved that con­sum­ing three ap­ples a day can re­duce the risk of a heart at­tack by 14%. An­other study has shown that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish slow the ag­ing pro­cess of our blood ves­sels.

But why is fruit so cru­cial in the body’s ag­ing pro­cess? It’s es­sen­tial to note: Among the main en­e­mies of our re­gen­er­a­tion are free rad­i­cals— mu­tated mol­e­cules that are whiz­ing through our bod­ies. Th­ese par­ti­cles can trig­ger chem­i­cal chain re­ac­tions that lead to ir­re­versible cell dam­age. Says sports physi­cian Hans-wil­helm Müller-wohlfahrt: “Free rad­i­cals are be­hind 80% of all se­ri­ous dis­eases and are re­spon­si­ble for the lead­ing causes of death— heart dis­ease, can­cer, Alzheimer’s.” If you want to pro­long your life, com­bat­ing th­ese free rad­i­cals should be one of your top pri­or­i­ties. “The prob­lem is that our bod­ies have very few weapons to de­ploy against th­ese dan­ger­ous meta­bolic dev­as­ta­tors. The so­lu­tion: fruit and veg­eta­bles—they’re able to form an­tiox­i­dants. And an­tiox­i­dants are free rad­i­cal hunters that spread out through the body by way of the meta­bolic func­tions,” says Pro­fes­sor Doc­tor Jür­gen Lade­mann of Char­ité teach­ing hos­pi­tal in Ber­lin.

“WITH THE RIGHT NU­TRI­TION, YOU CAN ADD UP TO 20 YEARS TO YOUR LIFE­TIME.”

MICHAEL RIS­TOW Ex­pert on en­ergy me­tab­o­lism at the Swiss Fed­eral In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy

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