Nowadays we use anti-aging creams and products more often than any other cosmetic goods! But even if using the best and most popular anti-aging products created with all sort of plants and natural ingredients, the truth is that you can easily absorb them with a proper anti-aging diet.
Truth is than we can control the way we get older! The foods we eat make a huge difference in how our body responds when getting older. Certain foods can help our skin look younger and make us feel younger too.
An anti-aging diet consists of natural anti-inflammatory nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants, to protect and boost your body’s cells at the surface of the skin.
Antioxidants are well known as one of the important factors that keep us young and healthy. You can find this magic ingredient in small red beans, artichoke hearts, blueberries, prunes, strawberry and cranberries.
Foods highest in antioxidants:
- Small Red Bean (dried)
- Wild blueberry
- Red kidney bean (dried)
- Pinto bean
- Blueberry (cultivated)
- Artichoke (cooked)
- Red Delicious apple
- Granny Smith apple
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that will help prevent damage to cells and help the production of collagen. To get your vitamin C doze try eating chili peppers, guava, bell peppers or kale.
Foods highest in vitamin C:
- Red and green hot chili peppers
- Bell peppers
- Fresh herbs (thyme and parsley)
- Dark leafy greens (kale, mustard greens, garden cress)
- Broccoli, cauliflower, crussels sprouts
- Oranges and clementines
- Cut Back On Sugar
We all love sugar foods and sweets but that doesn’t make it good for our body. By eating large amounts of sugar you will only “help” increase inflammation in the body and accelerate aging. Therefore, avoid sugar, white bread, pasta and white rice when you can.
Foods highest in sugar:
- Granulated sugar and sweeteners
- Drink powders and soft drinks
- Candies and nougat
- Dried fruits
- Cookies, cakes and pies
- Spreads, jams and preserves
- Sauces: ketchup, chocolate syrup and salad dressing
- Ice cream, milk shakes and cafe drinks
- Canned fruit packed in syrup
- Cut Back On Coffee
Coffee, as well as alcohol, is known to act like a diuretic and therefore make you skin look dry and wrinkly in the long run. For those who can’t avoid the morning coffee, try to make it up by drinking lots of water to rehydrate.
Not All Fat Foods Are Bad
While eating food that is packed with bad kinds of fat will make you fat, healthy fats can suppress appetite while improving heart health and fueling your metabolism.
The good fats are salmon, flaxseeds, walnuts, cabbage and halibut, or other foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids. This fatty acid will help protect skin from sun damage and keep it looking young.
Other good fatty foods:
- Olive Oil
- Nut Butter
- Fatty Fish: salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel, trout, herring.
- Avoid Drastic Diets
Even if you desperately want to loose weight do not embark on drastic diets. Drastically cutting calories and fats can end up starving your body from essential nutrients. Side effects: hair loss, dry skin, brittle nails, etc.
Vitamin E is another antioxidant that is necessary in our body. Vitamin E also helps prevent oxidative stress to the body, and can help protect against heart disease, cancer, and age related eye damage.
Foods highest in vitamin E:
- Wheat germ oil
- Sunflower oil
- Safflower oil
- Palm oil
- Sweet potato
These anti-aging foods will make it easier to look and feel younger, and achieve smoother and clearer skin.
Do you eat any of these anti-aging foods?