Can My Diet Accelerate Aging?

If you read our last blog, then you will have come across one of the nifty theories of aging, but did you know that low micronutrient intake may actually accelerate the aging process?

This is why, here at Fivaday we are so passionate about getting as many fruits and vegetables in your diet as possible.

But if you’re like us and want to know the why’s and wherefores (like a toddler on a Sunday morning before you’ve even managed to grab a coffee), we’ve got you.  Let’s take a look at the importance of micronutrient intake. 

Poor nutrition comes hand in hand with disease, from cancer to heart disease and diabetes.  Inadequate vitamin and mineral intake is widespread – whether this is a result of low micronutrient intake, or from the consumption of micronutrient poor, refined food.   

Vitamins include those fat-soluble ones, A, D, E and K along with water soluble vitamins C and the B Complex

Minerals include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, iron, selenium, zinc and more!

Aging is commonly associated with mitochondrial decay.  Flashback to biology and you’ll remember the mitochondria is the power plant of the cell – it’s like a small digestive system; it takes in nutrients, breaks them down and creates energy.  So, it’s easy to see that if there are nutrient shortfalls, the mitochondria can start to struggle to do its job.

This is exactly what the science says too. Mitochondrial damage has been associated with deficiencies in the following nutrients:

-          Magnesium,

-          B Vitamins,

-          Vitamin D,

-          Iron,

-          Zinc,

The list is slightly longer, but we’ve all got to start somewhere, so including nutrient rich foods in your diet is crucial!

Source of Magnesium: spinach, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Sources of B Vitamins: meat (especially liver), seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy and leafy greens!
Sources of Vitamin D: oily fish, red meat, liver, egg yolks and fortified foods.
Sources of Iron: liver, red meat, beans, nuts, dried fruit and fortified foods.
Sources of Zinc: seafood, poultry, chickpeas, nuts, tofu, hemp seeds, oatmeal and mushrooms. 

It goes without saying, but if you think you may have micronutrient deficiencies make an appointment with your healthcare provider.