17 Apr How nutrition prolongs life
Following the Mediterranean diet is good for the intestinal microbiome, which in turn strongly affects overall health and aging. The microbiome is a collection of useful and harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses in the human body, and it can be managed. While you can’t stop the merciless passage of time, you can slow down the effects of aging on health.
As people age, they experience a decline in body functions that lead to weakness and disease. This weakness is correlated with the loss of diversity of the bacterial strains that make up the microbiome.
The Mediterranean diet consists mainly of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, and fish. It is also low in red meat, saturated fat, sweets and dairy products. Experience with 935 elderly people from the Netherlands, France, Italy, great Britain and Poland showed that in just a year, those who ate the Mediterranean type had more beneficial bacteria and a more diverse microbiome. That is, they strengthened their body without much effort. Along with improved physical health, they also improved their cognitive functions, thought faster, and were more likely to be in a good mood. Thus, the positive effect on overall health caused by improved intestinal health was confirmed. You can start eating right at any time, and if you do not prolong your life, then you can certainly make old age easy and joyful.