Look and Feel Younger with Anti-Aging Foods
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Look and Feel Younger with Anti-Aging Foods

Mehvish Hamdare profile Authored by Mehvish Hamdare on 15 Dec 2014 - 17:05.

Dark spots, wrinkles, and fine lines that show aging are something every one of us is averse to. Ageing is inevitable and the clock cannot be stopped on the aging process. While this is true, there’s a lot in our control to reduce the ageing effects on our bodies.

A healthy lifestyle is the key to a healthy life that reflects on the mind, body and spirit. Physical fitness and managing emotions are an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but food plays a key role in the other two elements of a healthy lifestyle.

Attention to the inner health is far superior to external applications for a healthy and younger looking skin, because what you eat reflects on your mind (thinking/attitude) and your body as well.

So help yourself to some age-defying foods as a well-balanced diet can not only help you lose weight, improve longevity and feel fitter, but can also help you look younger, improve your skin, boost your energy,slow down aging.

Add years to your life with these following foods for healthy aging:

Nuts

Nuts and seeds are rich in vitamin E, selenium, zinc, essential fatty acids and phytochemicals, including antioxidants. Selenium is needed to produce antibodies for healthy skin and thyroid functions as well as being vital for the action of many important anti-oxidant enzymes in the body. Studies of Seventh-Day Adventists (a religious denomination that emphasizes healthy living and a vegetarian diet) show that those who eat nuts gain, on average, an extra two and a half years. Eating almonds soaked overnight in water can boost your skin’s health manifold.

Berries

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are perfect powerhouses when it comes to fighting the aging process. They provide dual benefit of antioxidants and face-friendly vitamins C and E. Eating a handful of these seasonal berries can boost collagen and keep your skin healthy and young. A study suggests that anthocyanins in blueberries appear to combat oxidative stress, which is one of the main causes of ageing.

Dark chocolate

Let your sweet tooth rejoice, dark chocolate is healthy! Moderation is key though – stick to a square a day and choose bars that have a cocoa content of over 70 per cent. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that help to keep your skin soft, and helps protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.

Water

Water is among the best options to fight ageing as it helps to flush out the toxins from the body. A healthy intake of water will allow your skin to be properly hydrated, making it look and feel younger. Drink at least 2-3 litres of water per day to get a glowing skin.

Omega 3 fatty acid

Omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish offer many anti-aging benefits. Consuming two servings of fish a week can reduce chronic skin inflammations, such as eczema and psoriasis. Omega 3 fatty acid also reduces your chances of heart ailments, osteoporosis, arthritis and thrombotic stroke. You can also boost your Omega 3 with walnuts and roasted or ground flax seeds.

Yogurt

Yogurt is a nutritious food that aids in digestion and provides minerals such as calcium and zinc for strong bones, teeth and the immune system. Recent studies confirm the fact that live active bacteria contained in yogurt has positive effects on overall health and longevity. Yogurt is also good for the skin as it has excellent anti-fungal properties and it contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that helps to smooth rough, dry skin and prevent premature aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

Your anti-aging diet

  • Choose organic fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat three servings of fresh fruit per day.
  • Eat three servings of raw or lightly steamed vegetables per day.
  • Eat large raw food – salad per day including wide variety of plants as possible e.g. Fennel, lettuce leaves, spinach, watercress, carrot, peas, tomato, cucumber, beetroot, nuts, seeds etc.
  • Avoid foods that are smoked,fried, or pickled.
  • Limit your salt and sugar intake.
  • Eat fewer food of animal origin especially red meat and replace with fish and soyabeans.
  • Eat more wholegrain products.
  • Go easy on high-fat meat, high-fat dairy, and bakery products.

Go natural! It is more powerful than temporary and expensive anti-aging lotions and creams. The secret is right there in your kitchen.

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*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.