What Are Anti Aging Foods?
This is probably the most significant thing you can do to live well: eat anti aging foods. Anti aging foods are nothing more than those which God intended the body to consume and utilize for its growth and sustenance. Webster's Dictionary defines food this way:material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy.
In the book of Genesis, it is recorded that God said to Adam and Eve: "I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you." Then again, God spoke to Noah, after the flood, saying, "Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant." So God created plants and animals to be food for humans to eat. Again I say, anti aging foods — that which will enable you to live well — are those which God created for human growth and sustenance.
There is Design in God's Creation
In chapter six of the apostle Paul's first letter to the church in Corinth, he is presenting an argument against sexual immorality. He says that as the stomach is for food and food is for the stomach, so the human body is not for immorality, but for the Lord and the Lord for the body. He is talking about divine design in God's creation. As we saw in the book of Genesis, there is something God made that he called food. Here we see that there is something God made that he called the stomach, representing that which receives and makes use of the food we eat.
Do you see the simplicity and yet the importance of this statement? In the perfect plan of God for the marvelously complex body he created, he designed it to grow and be sustained by something he made for this specific purpose. And he designed food to be exactly what our bodies need. Therefore, in order for our bodies to function at their peak level of efficiency, they need what God called food. More importantly for us in the 21st century, we need what God created and designed to be food for our bodies. This is what I mean by anti aging foods.
Is There Such a Thing as Non-Food?
Since a picture is worth ten thousand words, I have shown you the difference between foods and non-foods. On the left is food; on the right is non-food. How do I know? God made what is on the left; God did not make what is on the right. Yes, of course, all of the ingredients for what is on the right came from God's creation. They are not, however, what God created to be food for the marvelously complex digestive processes and other systems that need food for optimal functioning.
Let me be a little more specific: if God declared it to be food, it is food. If God didn't declare it to be food, it may not be food. Certainly humankind has, throughout its history, prepared and combined foods into tasty concoctions for delight in eating. When, however, foods are processed by mechanical, thermal, and chemical measures that remove from them their created nutritional components, they can no longer be called foods as God designed them. Similarly, when chemicals are added to foods, in attempts to either replace what was formerly there, or to enhance flavor, texture, and visual appeal, they are no longer what God declared to be food, or I have called anti aging food.
Consider Your Aquarium
Years ago (before kids), we had a ten gallon aquarium. We enjoyed flipping on the light and watching beautifully colored, delicate fish swim around in the little world we had created for them. In order to keep them healthy, we had to treat the water, heat the water, aerate the water, clean the water and the aquarium, and feed the fish. If we didn't keep the fishes' ecosystem at its optimum condition, they would get sick and die. Similarly, if we fill our stomachs with anything other than what God created to be food, we will surely get sick more often and will probably die earlier.
The solution, however, is simple: learn to eat and enjoy food as God created it and intended for it to be consumed. Someone has well-said: "If God made it, it's good for you; if man's messed with it, it's suspect." I hope you're encouraged by this common sense approach to nutrition and health.
If you like what you're learning and you want to know more about anti aging foods, it will be helpful to better understand how the foods we are being sold have been altered from the way God made them.