FROM THE BOOK THE GREEN PHARMACY BY JAMES A. DUKE, PH.D.

 

 

HOLDING BACK THE CLOCK ON AGING

 

DO

 

Drink two antioxidant herb teas per day. Antioxidants are substances that neutralize free radicals.

 

Eat at least one big salad per day. Wild greens such as purslane, domestic greens such as spinach and chicory. Usually, the greener the leaf the more antioxidants it contains.

 

Eat one to two brazil nuts per day for an average of 70 micrograms of antioxidant Selenium each.

 

Eat a handful of sunflower seeds (V-E) along with a sprinkling of other nuts, but not more than 1 ounce per day if you are watching your waistline.

 

Eat at least 1 broccoli spear, carrot, and celery stalk per day. They are all high in fiber. Broccoli and carrots are high in beta carotene the powerful antioxidant that the body transforms into vitamin A. Celery is high in  apigenin, a chemical that dilates the blood vessels and may help prevent high blood pressure.

 

Drink a fruit smoothie every day. Blend your favorite fruits.  If you like add some nonfat yogurt and cinnamon. (If you are a vegetarian Mix up your protein drink).

 

Replace one meat course a day with a vegetarian dish. A favorite is guacamole, laced with onion, hot chili peppers, garlic and lemon juice.

 

Use olive oil.

 

Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables also a good selection of herbs, legumes and spices.

 

Go for a vigorous half-hour walk every day. Outdoors is best, using the time to commune with the natural world.

 

Make love regularly with someone you love. Yes, itÕs healthful too!

 

DONÕT

 

DonÕt smoke.

 

DonÕt drink alcohol.

If you do, drink no more than 2 per day and not every day, and take a sabbatical a few weeks of each year.

 

DonÕt sunbathe. Outdoor activities are enough.

 

DonÕt be a dietary faddist, by restricting your diet to just a couple of foods. Vary your diet, your food sources, mode of preparation and even the company you keep when you dine.

 

DonÕt take life or death too seriously.

 

DonÕt let industry outvote the environmentalists, or there wonÕt be anything left of nature for us to enjoy!