Remember growing up with the old phrase “you are what you eat?” Well it’s true according to some of the world’s top aging experts. However, you might want to look at it as an anti-aging mantra, something you probably wouldn’t have thought of when a teen.
Now that you’re older, it’s time to start taking what you eat seriously to slow down the aging process. Being over 35, you’re likely realizing your body isn’t in the shape it was a decade ago. At the same time, with a busy career, you’re maybe slipping on eating the right foods.
Things can start to catch up with you quickly if you continue to eat poorly. Food can directly affect how your skin looks, as well as how much weight you start to gain.
It’s never too late to overhaul your diet for an anti-aging plan. Here’s eleven highly effective anti-aging foods you’ve likely heard about, and perhaps others you’ve overlooked.
To keep your skin looking healthy, no doubt you’ve heard how pomegranates help guard against wrinkles. Even if you already knew this, you probably didn’t know how it works.
Fortunately, pomegranates have exponential amounts of Vitamin C, which works to protect your skin from sun damage. While this is the basic way pomegranates work, it goes deeper based on the juice.
Pomegranate juice contains ellagic acid and punicalagin, both of which help eliminate free radicals and preserve collagen.
2. Blueberries for Further Skin Protection
You may know blueberries have more antioxidants than any other food in the world. Yet, did you know those antioxidants help you look younger? These already help get rid of free radicals in your body. As a result, you’re giving your skin more protection from exposure to the sun.
It’s not just the sun blueberries can protect against. If you have a lot of stress, or exercise too much, these affect your skin as well.
Eat a handful of blueberries every day to keep looking younger. They even ward off the potential for Alzheimer’s Disease.
3. Kale and Spinach to Help With Skin and Staying Slim
Skin is obviously a major component to looking young. So is staying slim, which is going to mean eating the right foods. Kale and spinach do double duty on nurturing skin and controlling weight. The phytonutrients in these are quite powerful, which includes beta-carotene and lutein.
Both of these help skin exponentially, and help you looking slimmer (combined with exercise). They also help make you feel better overall if you need more energy in your work life.
4. Cold-Water Fish to Reduce Skin Inflammation
Fish like salmon and sardines should become a natural part of your diet at least several times a week. Consuming these give you more omega-3 fatty acids that keep your skin-cell membranes protected. They also work to retain skin moisture so you don’t get dry skin, which can lead to ongoing inflammation.
Using fish oil gives you the same results.
5. Green Tea for Overall Anti-Aging
Undoubtedly you’ve heard your friends talk about consuming green tea, though considered it a fad. It’s not just a trend, because it has catechins and polyphenols, both of which protect skin and reverse free-radical damage.
Take some time to have a cup of green tea at least once a day. The benefits are tremendous, including preventing illnesses like cancer, heart disease, and joint problems.
6. Watermelon for Healthier Skin Cells
With summer upon us, take some time to eat watermelon since it contains a lot more Vitamin C than you probably ever thought. Eating it every summer as a kid did you plenty of good early. Although don’t just make it a rare buy in the summertime.
Keep it going year-round if you can, even if it means buying imported watermelons. It contains lycopene and potassium along with the Vitamin C. These all help your skin cells by keeping them moist and maintaining essential nutrients.
Thanks to watermelon being low calorie, you’ll keep your weight under control all year.
7. Using Olive Oil On All Your Foods
Perhaps it’s been a while since you ever used olive oil on your salads or other dinner items. Buy some now and keep consuming it for life. Omega-3s are plentiful in olive oil, working on multiple levels to help your body health.
This is going to help keep your skin supple and improve your circulation. As you reach middle age, you’ll be glad you started olive oil consumption when still in your 30s.
Combined with a Mediterranean diet, you’ll keep your weight healthy far down the road.
8. Consuming Oats for Breakfast (or Anytime)
Remember all the oatmeal you ate when younger? Hopefully you didn’t tire of it, because oats are one of the best anti-aging foods in the world. One good reason is they’re low-glycemic, unlike high-glycemic foods that cause acne and wrinkles.
Time to “do the right thing” again and cook up a bowl of oatmeal most mornings.
9. Multi-Colored Fruits and Vegetables
Don’t limit your diet to just buying the same type of fruits and vegetables every week. Multi-colored fruits and veggies help give you a more powerful mix of nutrients. A good example is buying oranges, pink grapefruit, tomatoes, and parsley to cover all color bases.
All of these are going to help keep your skin looking younger thanks to most of them containing Vitamin C.
You’ll need up to seven different colored fruits and vegetables every day for maximum effect.
10. Using Avocados as a Topping or Side Dish
When shopping for groceries, it’s easy to overlook avocados as being a sideline fruit. These are very important to maintaining skin health as well. Monounsaturated fat is the key here, something keeping your skin more hydrated. Plus, it’s a fat making it easier to absorb nutrients and vitamins.
It’s worth using avocados in place of salad dressing since the former have an appealing taste.
11. Eating Lean Beef
There isn’t any reason to avoid eating beef to keep yourself looking young. Regardless, consuming lean beef is essential to get your protein while helping reinforce collagen in your skin.
Alternating this with other healthy meats like fish or chicken can keep your protein up while protecting your arteries and avoiding skin deterioration.
Keep reading the Emerge blog as we continue our series on all aspects of anti-aging and staying mentally and physically young.