Lifestyle doyenne Martha Stewart visited The Dr. Oz Show on Wednesday, and she shared tips for living a happy and healthy life.
Stewart built a media empire based on the concept of domestic perfection — while not actually being perfect (far from it) — and the lifelong rule breaker, who just released her 88th(!) book, A New Way to Bake, recounted her daily wellness regime. “I drink green juice every single morning,” she told Dr. Oz. “I know you like that too. And I make it out of vegetables that I grow, and I grow in the greenhouse in the winter and the garden in the summer. And they’re organic vegetables. And I eat well. I eat well. I don’t eat a lot of meat, more of a fish-based diet. And I exercise as much as I can. So it’s, like, this week it was four days so far.”
It’s not surprising that the domestic guru follows a proven plan for achieving all-around wellness.
“Martha says she eats pretty much a plant-based diet with fish, and his pescatarian-type diet has been shown in numerous studies to be linked to longer life, less risk for chronic disease, and lower levels of inflammation, which contributes to early aging and wrinkles,” Julie Upton, co-founder of Appetite for Health, tells Yahoo Beauty.
Fish is packed with essential omega-3 fatty acid, which has been shown to boost skin health (as well as brain and heart health) thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. “One study published in The Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that older people who consumed more fish over their life had fewer wrinkles than those who ate more meat,” continues Upton.
She points to additional research that concluded that people who ate a diet rich in fish oils and other omega-3 fats “had a 29 percent lower risk of squamous cell skin cancer than those who ate very little omega-3s.”
Stewart’s daily consumption of fresh produce plucked from her own backyard makes her look younger than her years.
“A diet rich in plant-based foods has been shown to potentially fight against aging in part due to the high antioxidant value of fruits and vegetables,” Erin Palinski-Wade, author of Belly Fat Diet for Dummies, who offers nutrition advice on the site MommyhoodBytes, tells Yahoo Beauty. “These antioxidants fight against free radicals we are exposed to in the environment and prevent damage to the cells. This not only helps to fight against age-related diseases such as dementia, but also helps to fight against signs of physical aging, such as wrinkles.”
Plus, eating food straight from her garden plays a significant role as well. “Locally grown, freshly picked produce will contain more nutrients than produce that has been picked and then transported for days before it is eaten,” explains Palinski-Wade.
As for Stewart’s green juice, Upton states that this beverage “is rich in antioxidants, which help temper inflammation, as well as carotenoids that also help protect the skin from UV [ultraviolet] damage.”
And being physically active has the ability to slow down the hands of time. “Regular exercise helps to reduce stress hormones in the body, which can store fat, especially the dreaded belly fat that we associate with aging,” states Palinski-Wade. “In addition, exercise helps to fight against depression, boosts metabolism by maintaining and increasing muscle mass, and may help to improve flexibility and stability, along with boosting bone density.”
So in other words, do as Martha does.
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