Not Overeating Can Help Keep You Young
We know that eating a healthy diet can help keep us well and even help us fight the signs of aging, but there’s more to it than just what we eat. Our bathroom shelves are stocked with serums and creams that claim to keep us younger looking, but it turns out there’s anti-aging assistance in our kitchens too.
According to new research from Brigham Young University, better eating habits can actually help us live longer! Specifically, it’s eating less that could add time to our lives. See, when we eat, our cells hurry to absorb and store nutrients. But our cells basically go into a “rebuild and improve” state when we’re between meals.
"We're very blessed with an abundance of food, and we're swimming amidst calories and nutrients all the time," says study senior author John Price. "But that may be pushing our bodies to operate continuously."
Now, this doesn’t mean we all need to be on a super-restrictive diet, actually Price says it’s “more about not overeating than it is about undereating.” And things like genetics and lifestyle affect the needs of each person. But this is a good reminder to avoid calorie bombs like sodas and to eat mindfully so you recognize when you’re full and don’t overdo it. And most of us would happily put down that doughnut for a longer ride in this life.