Today I would like to share the flip side. Just as some food makes you look older, other foods can reverse the damage that causes aging. It’s something I’ve shared for some years, but now there is much credible science backing this.
There are hundreds of studies showing antioxidants and other nutrients in food slow down the signs of aging. They disarm or neutralise free radicals that damage healthy skin, hair and nail cells.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Researchers have identified only a fraction of the active nutrients in our foods. Other as yet unrecognised compounds in food work behind the scenes to boost the effects of individual nutrients.
That’s why one serving of a whole food can be more effective than a mega-dose of supplements.
Here are just 7 ways you can start looking younger at your next meal…
1. Chocolate Gives Skin a Glow
Chocolate can DOUBLE blood flow to your skin. The increased supply of nutrients and oxygen adds up to a healthy glow. Chocolate’s secret ingredient is flavonoids. In a Journal of Nutrition study, women drinking a cocoa drink every day significantly improved their appearance. After 12 weeks their skin was 16% denser, 11% thicker, 13% moister, 30% less rough, and 42% less scaly. Make sure your chocolate is at least 70% cacao.
2. Building New Collagen with Citrus Fruits
Collagen is the basic structure of your skin. It starts breaking down in your 20s. But vitamin C helps rebuild collagen and reduce wrinkles. A 2007 study of 4,025 women showed those eating more vitamin C foods had fewer wrinkles. Besides citrus fruits other great sources of vitamin C include strawberries, red bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, pomegranates, mangoes, and kiwi.
3. Tomatoes are Nature’s Sunscreen
Lycopene acts as natural a sunblock. It can prevent sun spots, dryness and wrinkles from ultraviolet radiation.
Red or orange fruits and vegetables like tomatoes have high levels. When you eat these foods, lycopene settles into your skin’s outer layer. It can repair cells damaged by sunlight. In a Journal of Nutrition study, subjects who ate tomato paste every day for 10 weeks showed less damage when subjected to UV radiation.
4. Watermelon Gives You a Moist Dewy Complexion
Watermelon has a lot going for it including antioxidants, vitamin C, and lycopene. But what makes
watermelon my pick for that young, dewy look is potassium. This often ignored mineral regulates the balance of water and nutrients in your cells. In season, enjoy one or two cups of watermelon every week.
5. Improve Skin Texture With Almonds
Vitamin E gets stored in the membranes of your skin cells and is key to smooth skin. It deflects attacks by free radicals. And vitamin E in almonds promotes oil production to keep your skin moisturized. O
ther good sources include avocados, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
6. Heal Dry Skin With Salmon
You might think drinking too little water leads to dry skin. However, a significant cause of scaly skin actually comes from TOO LITTLE FAT in your system. Salmon is rich in omega 3 fatty acids. A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found one serving of salmon every five days can prevent ugly, dry, precancerous patches called actinic keratoses. Insist on wild caught salmon. Farm-raised versions won’t have the same benefits.
7. Erase Under-Eye Circles with Beef
Iron is the secret to fading under-eye circles. Iron deficiency can make your skin appear very pale.
That emphasizes the darkness under your eyes. Great sources of iron include grass-fed beef and liver.
Until next week have a Wonderful Easter!
Consider including the above suggestions for that Younger More Beautiful You!