Herbs and Foods That Prevent Signs of Aging
Copyright 2009 Heaven Ministries -Angie Lewis

The best way to slow down the aging process is to feed your body well. The best super foods for looking younger than your age are sprouts, wheat grass, greens, seaweed, berries, red grapes, green tea, and most vegetables when eaten either raw or lightly steamed.

Your body absolutely needs nutrients every day to regenerate healthy cells, keep your immunity strong, and to rejuvenate the skin. Common herbs that prevent the signs of aging when applied on the skin or ingested on a consistent basis are green tea, horsetail, ivy, rosemary, and horse chestnut. 

Sprouts

Iíve been sprouting organic seeds for years. It is fun, easy and excellent for your health. I mostly sprout the wheat berry, alfalfa, mung bean, and sunflowers seeds, but you can sprout many other kinds of legumes and seeds as well.  Alfalfa sprouts are full of life giving nourishment and should be included in your healthy lifestyle. Eating a cup of alfalfa sprouts each day mixed in with your salad or sandwich is all you need to get the nutritional benefits from it.

How To Sprout  

You can watch our video on "how to sprout" here.

Add Ĺ cup of your favorite sprout seeds into a wide-mouthed jar and cover seeds with filtered water. Allow the seeds to sit over night. The next morning rinse your sprouts and drain off the water using a mesh screen. Secure screening with a rubber band. Tip the jar onto its side and let nature go to work. Rinse your sprouts a couple times a day. I rinse mine in the morning and before I go to bed.

In three days you will have wheat berry sprouts. These are excellent little nutty gems that add a slight crunch to your salads. Wheat sprouts can also be eaten with yogurt or mixed with dried fruits. In five days you will have alfalfa sprouts. Alfalfa sprouts are excellent in your sandwiches and salads. In four days you will have mung bean sprouts, and these are great added to your stir-fry dishes. Take the stir-fry off the heat and stir in a cup or two of mung beans sprouts.

Juicing Fruits and Vegetables

I also do a lot of juicing of fresh fruits and vegetables. The best fruits and veggies for juicing are carrots, sweet potatoes, celery, apples, berries, grapes, grapefruit and oranges. My secret for never getting sick is to add a couple cloves of garlic into your juicer and juice the garlic right along with your favorite fruits and vegetables.

Be sure to always drink your fresh juices on an empty stomach to ensure you are getting the full benefits of the nutrients absorbed into your system without delay. Juicing or eating fruit should never be done when the stomach is full because you will not efficiently absorb the vitamins and minerals from the fruit into your body.

Green Tea

Green tea is a powerful antioxidant but you should drink at least two to three cups a day. Green tea has been shown to suppress inflammation anywhere within the body. Arthritis is a typical example of inflammation. Symptoms of inflammation are soreness, redness, swollen joints, stiffness, and even loss of joint function.

In a healthy immune system the body can fight off inflammation on its own. The immune system becomes stronger when it is given the super foods listed above on a consistent basis while also maintaining a healthy balanced diet. Green tea heals the inside of the body as well as the outside through continuous use of it. The peoples of Japan are known to have one of the longest life spans in the world. And yes they drink lots of green tea and they eats lots of seaweed.

Did you know that when green tea is applied on the skin it reduces the signs of wrinkles, cellulite and delays skin aging?  Amazing!