You are what you eat and if you want to look younger and be the best version of yourself, there are foods that can help you do it. Foods contain not only nutrients for building healthy looking skin a more youthful appearance, but also antioxidants that protect each cell from free radicals. Free radicals cause cell damage and death and the more damage and death that occurs, the more potential for serious conditions, aging and even death.
Start with healthy fat.
Don’t be alarmed, you need fat to survive. Three anti-aging foods are extra virgin olive oil, fatty fish and avocados. Not only does olive oil lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, heart disease and cancer, it also helps your skin look younger. It may be the anti-inflammatory properties that protect the skin from sun damage and aids in retaining elasticity. Fatty fish contains long chain omega-3 fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory properties, plus aids in preventing sun damage. It has an antioxidant called astaxanthin that improves hydration and elasticity. Eating avocados also prevents damage from the sun and fight inflammation. It protects the skins DNA.
Eat those veggies for beautiful skin.
You need the building blocks to have beautiful skin and vegetables are loaded with nutrients. They contain antioxidants, so besides helping your skin, can lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and cataracts. Yellow, red and orange normally are loaded with beta-carotene. It fights sun damage and free radicals that age skin. Think pumpkin, sweet potatoes and carrots as good sources. Any vegetable that’s high in vitamin C is a great antioxidant and good for promoting the production of collagen. These include red bell peppers, tomatoes and broccoli.
Spice up your meals and take years off your appearance.
Herbs and spices can add flavor and nutrients to every meal without adding extra calories. Cinnamon is one of those. It helps boost the production of collagen that causes the skin to be firm and elastic. Capsaicin, the substance that makes chili peppers hot, can also make you hotter looking by lowering the potential for age-related skin cell changes. Ginger is also anti-inflammatory and can aid in the prevention of age spots.
- You’ll save money and even your skin when you make your own bone broth. It’s high in collagen and is known to help reduce wrinkles and improve elasticity.
- If you want to reduce the depth of wrinkles, one study noted how. A study following women who ate foods high in lycopene, such as tomatoes, had a significant decrease in the depth of wrinkles in just 15 weeks.
- Have you ever had pomegranate juice or eaten their seeds? They’re rich in antioxidants that protect the skin and may even aid in repairing skin damage.
- A tasty treat that may be forbidden in large amounts, is good for your skin in small amounts. That’s dark chocolate or cocoa. The dark chocolate with high flavanol content may improve smoothness, thickness and skin hydration.
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