Looking young is a characteristic only a few of us have, usually without even knowing it! Isn’t it frustrating how it’s the people who don’t even try, achieve the most coveted of things? Whether it’s staying young, staying fit, and being healthy overall? It’s interesting to note the lengths at which women, and sometimes men, go through to preserve fleeting youth. Anti-Aging Products may be considered the most expensive beauty products and treatments out there next to surgery. What a lot of us may not know is that staying younger for longer takes more than just applying some magical cream or even going under the knife. What if all it took were the simplest of things that could be lying around in your very home right now?
Here are the common anti-aging foods that can be found in your house
Berries of all colors, shapes, and sizes – strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries — are jam packed with antioxidants. The darker the berries, the better! Black or blue tinted berries have the highest concentration of antioxidants. Antioxidants, though certainly a buzzword, have a promising influence on the body. Antioxidants are described simply as substances that counteract cell damage caused by free radicals. Berries are also excellent sources of a myriad of vitamins; most especially vitamin C. Vitamin C helps not only is strengthening the immune system that protects against diseases, but it also aids in damaged tissue repair.
Don’t skimp on that guacamole! Avocados have Oleic acid that is a highly effective antioxidant to fight free radicals that cause aging. Avocados are also a great source of vitamin E (fights premature aging, boosts metabolism, and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s) and potassium (prevents hypertension, cancer, digestive disorders, and infertility). Avocados are also rich in folates. Folates have been associated in the prevention of heart attacks and osteoporosis risk reduction.
Cucumbers are highly hydrating vegetables. Staying hydrated beats using moisturizer as it refreshes skin on the inside. Silica present in cucumbers supports bones and joints as you age.
Amino acids supply nutrients to nourish the skin, hair and nails from within the body. This procedure strengthens connective tissue and keeps the skin smooth and elastic, the nails firm and the hair strong.
Despite eggs’ bad reputation for it’s connection with high cholesterol, merely eating one to two eggs a day will not put you at risk for heart disease, rather it will improve your overall health.
Who would have known that this fruit, which contains more than 90% water, could pack an anti-aging punch? The Citrulline in watermelons detoxifies, boosts the immune system and improves metabolism, and who doesn’t want a faster metabolism? Eat up for a beach-ready bod!
I think we can all agree that the first signs of aging can be seen in our skin. This ugly process is made worse by something called Photoaging. Photoaging what happens to the skin when chronically exposed to UVA and UVB rays, so you might have to think twice about tanning either via the sun or a tanning bed. Hey, spray tans and bronzers aren’t so bad when the alternatives age your skin and could possibly cause skin cancer. That being said, did you know that eating or drinking dark chocolate has been shown to help protect the skin against the harmful effects of UV exposure? Cocoa beans, the magical beans from which the world’s favorite guilty pleasure is made of, has a high concentration of a type of antioxidant called flavanols. Flavonols improve skin photoprotection and overall skins structure in terms of roughness, scaling, volume, and wrinkles. It also increases skin circulation and improves its moisture retention, which helps keep skin looking plump and healthy. Just remember that it has to be DARK chocolate if you’re after the greatest anti-aging benefits. That’s because other types of chocolate go through a refining process that strips away most of the antioxidants.
“Beans, beans, the musical fruit
the more you eat, the more you…”
Well, you get the idea. Beans often get a bad rap because they can make you – well – a little gassy. However, but they’re an exemplary source of low-fat protein, especially for non-meat eaters out there. Furthermore, they consist of fiber that lowers bad cholesterol, have plenty of antioxidants, and are brimming with all types of vitamins and minerals.
Another super food with a bad rap is our olfactorily peculiar friend, Garlic. In terms of keeping you young, its anti-aging perks include boosting the immune system, having anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, preserving cell health, reducing inflammation, regulating blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
A prevalent dietary supplement as of recent has been fish oil. However way you consume it, fish supplies the body with omega-3 fatty acids that lowers blood pressure, diminishes inflammation, reduces the risk of arrhythmia or an irregular heartbeat; all of which lead to a healthier heart. The fish varieties with the most Omega-3 fatty acids are cold water variety that includes salmon, sardines, and tuna. Fish is not only an exceptional source of protein, but it is also low in saturated fat. Can’t say the same about that juicy steak, huh? The American Heart Association says to chow down some fish at least two times per week.
Attention all wine connoisseurs – and those who try to be! It’s true; a glass of red wine daily is certainly good for your heart. The antioxidants in red wine do your arteries and blood vessel lining a whole lot of good. This is because red wine is known for having resveratrol. Resveratrol helps to lower bad cholesterol, reduce inflammation, inhibits blood clots from occurring, and lessens cancer risk to top it all off. Of course, though this may seem counterintuitive, but red wine’s alcohol content does contribute positively to its health benefits provided that you drink moderately.
Of all the antioxidants, Lycopene is considered to be the most powerful. To get the best out of tomatoes, get the sundried variety. Cooking tomatoes also maximizes your lycopene intake.
Everybody knows that whole grains are greatly beneficial for one’s digestive system. It’s what is heavily marketed as the health benefits of commercial whole grain cereals – the ever-present fiber that acts like your colon’s broom, sweeping all the toxins out of your body such as bad cholesterol and fat – you’re welcome heart. Fiber also aids in appetite regulation that means you won’t feel hungry all the time and it also keeps your blood sugar from spiking up. Brown rice, oats, and whole wheat are good examples of whole grain food, just remember that the key is to go unrefined as the refining process gets ride of all the good stuff.
Milk, being the holy grail of all things dairy, it’s a well-known fact that drinking milk regularly keeps your health in check, bone health being the fundamental focus. Calcium, plus the fortified vitamin D, present in almost all dairy products provide vital nutrition to one’s bones. Although dairy products are notorious for their fat content, choosing low fat will keep rising cholesterol levels at bay. Aside from milk, you have an array of dairy products to choose from such as cheese, butter, yogurt, and even ice cream! If you are lactose intolerant, don’t fret, there are non dairy options out there for you to get your calcium and vitamin D from such as soy milk, almond milk, and certain types of cereals.
Not all fat’s created equal. The fat found in nuts is the kind of fat you should never be afraid of. Studies show that nuts lower both blood pressure and bad cholesterol. Just bear in mind that you only need a quarter of an ounce to reap nuts’ snacking benefits. So go ahead, go nuts!
With so many options that go even beyond this list, it’s surprising that there are a lot of young people out there looking older than their age because of poor health choices, especially when it comes to food. What you put in your body now will determine how it’s going to be – and it’s sooner than you think. All the fast food and overly fatty and salty snacks out there are extremely tempting for everyone, but it’s really all about making healthy food choices and constantly finding more options so that you never run out of ways to eat healthy.