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To support healthy aging, focus on eating “good” fats called omega-3 fatty acids. They can slow down cognitive decline and reduce depression by improving communication between neurotransmitters. Omega-3 fats also combat inflammation, the major process behind aging and chronic conditions. Even risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood cholesterol and triglycerides, will improve with omega-3 intake. Foods like unsalted nuts, avocado, and fatty fish are your best bet.
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Ayurveda and Chinese medicine suggest soaking almonds overnight and eating the peeled nuts the next morning. Phytic acid in almond skin inhibits the absorption of essential minerals like iron, calcium, and zinc into the body and hinders the proper functioning of digestive enzymes. Almond skin also has tannin, which decreases the reuse of absorbed nutrients. As both these chemicals dissolve in water, soak almonds overnight for better nutrition.
Soaking helps to get rid of phytic acid and neutralizing enzyme inhibitors enabling easy digestion and elevating absorption of vitamins and other nutrients in the nuts. The peels are more easily removable, once you soak nuts in hot water. Adding a little salt while soaking will help neutralize the enzymes. It also helps remove dust residue and tannins. The water residue from the soaked nuts must not be re-used for cooking as they might contain harmful substances.
Add avocados and almonds to your diet for the healthy monounsaturated fats. For healthy proteins, eat eggs and quinoa. Get your antioxidants from green tea, blueberries, apples, spinach, and colorful bell peppers. Yogurt gives the probiotic punch to keep your gut bacteria healthy and your immune system strong. All these foods also contain essential minerals.