Now’s the time to start your body savings account

We know the importance of saving money for our old age. The day will come when we don’t want to go to work anymore and if we have saved adequately for our retirement we can enjoy our old age in fine style. If we don’t save though, we will adversely affect our old age.

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There is something else besides money we need to save if we want to enjoy our old age. It’s our body. It’s never too soon to open a savings account for your body.

Here is what you need to deposit in that account.

Make daily deposits of good food 

Build your diet on plant-based foods. Make it a point to eat lots of food in its natural state.

  • Eating an orange is its natural state.
  • Drinking the juice squeezed from the orange results in loss of nutrients and fiber and so it’s not as good for your body as eating the orange.
  • Orange drink further removes the nutritional value and if it has added sugar it becomes a good source of calories but not much else.

Choose fruit and vegetables from all colors on the palette.

  • Red for cancer fighting and heart protection. Red also helps to keep bacteria from attaching to cells and lowers blood pressure.
  • Green to help liver function, protect against macular degeneration, and lower risk of stomach cancer.
  • Purple Fights cancer and ulcers, is good for your heart and may prevent urinary tract infections.
  • Blue to protect cardiovascular health.
  • Yellow for heart, vision, digestion, immune system and maintenance of healthy skin, also wound healing, and stronger bones and teeth.
  • Orange lowers the risk of breast cancer, good for your vision and your heart, and strengthens the immune system.
  • White and pale green fruits and vegetables get the most bad press for having little or no nutritional value. That’s not true, just because they’re less colorful doesn’t mean they aren’t effective in the goal of protecting your health. With the exception of onions and cauliflower, they often have a milder flavor which is important to people who essentially don’t like vegetables. The mild flavor makes them easier to eat in their whole and natural state as well as easier to disguise in recipes.

Protein is important for building and repairing tissue. Good sources of protein include meat, poultry, fish, dairy foods, eggs and legumes.

Don’t forget your healthy fats and carbohydrates despite all we hear about how bad fat and carbs are, the truth is they are important macronutrients that are necessary for maintaining an active healthy body as we age.

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Just like when it comes to saving money for your old age, you need a balanced portfolio. Daily deposits of good food are wise investments, but don’t overlook the importance of daily deposits of:

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If you invest in your old age starting today by eating well, staying active, and protecting your body and mind from the ravages of stress and negative thoughts, the return on the investment can be well worth the price you paid.

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Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.