Most people want to look their best and appear years younger than they are. The plastic surgery industry thrives on that desire. You can do it in a far healthier way by exercising regularly, eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep and hydration, and including anti-aging foods in your diet. Anti-aging foods aren’t exotic foods from foreign lands. They are food you can find every day at the grocery or farmers’ market. Some provide protection, while others boost your energy and have a bounce in your step.
Consuming healthy fat keeps your skin younger.
People often fear consuming fat and go out of their way to choose fat-free food. That’s a huge mistake. When companies take out the fat, they replace it with sugar for flavor and texture, which causes inflammation and aging. Not all fats are good for you. Trans fats can ruin your health. Healthy fat like that found in olives, fatty fish, and olive oil protects the skin from sun damage. Healthy fat can help you burn fat, boost your energy, and promote cell growth. Omega-3 fatty acids also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Get antioxidant protection from fruits and vegetables.
All cells can suffer from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Foods that contain antioxidants prevent that from happening. Protecting cells is extremely important since cell damage can lead to cell death, both of which cause disease and aging when it affects too many cells. Consume brightly colored fruits and vegetables. They contain phytonutrients that prevent oxidation. The phytonutrients are often the same chemicals that give the fruit its color. Orange fruits and vegetables, such as carrots and sweet potatoes, contain beta-carotene. It’s a powerful antioxidant that protects skin cells.
Include food that is high in vitamin C.
Vitamin C is a fountain of youth for the skin. It is part of the process of producing collagen. Collagen keeps your skin looking young, smooth, and firm. You need more vitamin C if you have a diet high in sugar or smoke. Both deplete vitamin C. Sugar consumption increases more AGEs—advanced glycation end products—which causes the body to lose elastin and collagen. That leads to wrinkled skin.
- You’ll benefit from drinking green tea in many ways. It’s good for the skin and promotes elasticity, skin density, and hydration. It also helps you lose weight and improves longevity.
- Bone broth is almost a miracle food, especially if made from the bones of organically raised animals. It contains collagen, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, zinc, selenium, iron, glucosamine, and chondroitin.
- Don’t forget to sprinkle on herbs and spices. Ginger helps prevent age spots. Capsaicin can slow skin aging. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral properties that keep skin looking younger.
- Drinking more water can help keep skin hydrated while boosting your energy level. As you get older, the body dehydrates quicker, so carrying a bottle of water with you and sipping frequently helps.
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