What are foods that accelerate aging?

MANILA, Philippines – Q. Your research has shown that the inflammation-aging connection is the single greatest precipitator of age-related diseases. Why does that happen? Is there a way to avoid it? — Virginia Natividad, Quezon City

A.This inflammation is sub-clinical (invisible to the eye) and takes place on a cellular level. It does its damage by triggering free radicals, which accelerate aging by damaging cells. This inflammation may be caused by:

• Eating a pro-inflammatory diet (i.e., high-glycemic carbohydrates)

• Environmental stressors

• Weakened immune system

• Excess exposure to ultraviolet light

• Hormonal changes

• Stress

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