Want to look and feel younger? Want to do so in a natural, healthy and sustainable manner, without spending lots of money on expensive creams, lotions or supplements?
Here are ten foods you should seriously consider adding to your diet to reverse the effects of aging, boost your energy, keep your skin smooth and help you look years younger.
You might have heard that avocado makes you gain weight because of its high fat content. However, those fats are actually very healthy.
Eating just one avocado a day reduces cholesterol levels and supports the process of skin regeneration. It also provides your body with Vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants.
Avocados are also rich in folic acid. This is a B-vitamin that helps your body make healthy new cells.
Do you like strawberries blackberries Blueberries grapes? If so, you’ll be glad to hear that these and other berries contain antioxidant properties that prevent or delay some types of cell damage.
Eating berries can also reduce joint swelling and inflammation. Doctors recommend consuming blueberries. They improve cognitive abilities and also help prevent different kinds of diseases like urinary diseases, alzheimer’s and dementia.
The beta-carotene in carrots (a substance that your body converts to vitamin A) protects your eyes by helping the retina and other parts of your eye to function smoothly.
It also protects your skin from premature wrinkling of the skin caused by exposure to UV Rays.
Be careful not to overcook carrots as this reduces the number of essential nutrients and vitamins they contain.
Eating for Younger skin
Certain foods contain nutrients and antioxidants that have been proven to protect your body from oxidative stress caused by free radicals and help keep your skin smooth and radiant.
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Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes are a great source of vitamin C and folic acid. They help decrease levels of cholesterol and uric acid in your blood.
If you eat them regularly it can also help detoxify your body and prevent circulatory problems and heart conditions/diseases.
TIP: Squeeze half a fresh lemon into a glass of warm water and drink it in the morning before breakfast to detoxify your body, boost your energy and kick-start your metabolism.
Garlic offers some amazing bactericidal properties which make this anti-aging superfood one of the best natural antibiotics you can find. It also balances cholesterol, improves blood circulation and reduces the risk of certain cancers.
Additionally, garlic may help detoxify heavy metals in the body and help improve bone health.
Extra virgin olive oil should be an essential part of any healthy diet as well as being a worthy addition to your skincare routine.
Olive oil is one of the primary sources of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid which helps prevent wrinkles and keeps your skin hydrated, smooth and toned.
Olive oil also contains large amounts of antioxidants, has strong anti-inflammatory properties and may help protect against cancer, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes type 2 and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
TIP: Be sure to only use extra virgin olive, as it is the only type that contains all the antioxidants and bioactive compounds.
Not only juicy and delicious, but tomatoes are also great for your health. They are filled with nutrients as well as Vitamin a vitamin C and folic acid.
What is responsible for the red Color of Bright Tomatoes? They also contain lycopene, an antioxidant which protects the skin against UV radiation and also prevents from Cardiovascular diseases. Lycopene is what give tomatoes their red color.
TIP: Lycopene is easier to absorb when the tomatoes are cooked and combined with a little olive oil.
Oily fish like salmon, tuna, herring, anchovies and turbot is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acid, which helps cell regeneration and keeps cholesterol low.
Oily fish is also great for skin care it helps reverse and prevent the oxidative damage that comes with age. It also helps protect against cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, dementia and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years, both as a spice and as a medicinal herb. It is becoming more and more popular, and there’s a good reason for that.
If you are looking for something healthy to season your dishes with then Turmeric is a great choice. It has anti-cancer, digestive and anti-inflammatory properties. It also gives you energy and lifts your mood and reduces depression.
Turmeric also boosts skin health. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties have proven effective in treating multiple skin conditions, increasing “glow and luster” of the skin, speeding up wound healing, calming the pores to decrease acne and controlling psoriasis flares.
A study published in the journal Biofactors showed that curcumin (the chemical which gives Turmeric its yellow color) may help reduce the growth of fat cells, making it an effective fat burning spice.
Iberian ham if full of high quality protein which helps prevent the loss of muscle mass associated with aging. It also contains a large amount of oleic acid (a mono-unsaturated fatty acid) that strengthens the cardiovascular system.
Iberian ham is a source of minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium and selenium (which has been attributed with anti-aging properties) as well as B vitamins B1, B6 and B12.
Dark chocolate has a lot of health benefits. It contains antioxidants such as flavonoids that help protect your skin from UV damage by fighting free radicals and improving its hydration.
Study has shown that dark chocolate’s antioxidant capacity is higher than that of super fruits like acai, cranberry, blueberry and pomegranate.
There’s a catch though. Only dark chocolate with at least 75% cocoa can give you all the antioxidant benefits metnioned above. Milk chocolate isn’t effective… let alone white chocolate.
So, now you know which foods to start eating if you want to look and feel younger. If you want an extensive resource on the anti-aging properties of certain foods, I recommend Mike Geary and Catherine Ebelings ‘The Top 101 Foods That Fight Aging‘.