It’s funny how when we are young we don’t appreciate our youthful skin and health. We take it for granted until one day we look in the mirror and realize that we are not young as we used to be. Panic mode sets in and it leaves us scrambling for quick fixes. There are a lot of products that will temporarily help such as lotions, serums and fillers, but if you are not yet on board with these solutions then there are some other more natural approaches you can take that will have a lasting effect. You can also do both, which is a little more our style!
For years we have heard “You are what you eat” and it really is true. Fruits and vegetables are good for you but some are especially good for your skin, and other areas that concern us as we get older. There are so many to choose from, so here is a list of just some of the foods you can incorporate into your everyday diet that will help you to start looking and feeling younger.
While no food can turn back the clock, some can perk up your looks and slow the aging process.
Eating a handful of dried figs increases the amount of antioxidants in your blood for four hours, much longer than many other foods.
Red bell peppers
The unique combination of large amounts of vitamins A, C, and E make red bell peppers a skin super food.
This lycopene-rich fruit provides 33 percent more protection against sunburn than other fruits. (You still have to wear sunscreen though!)
Certain antioxidants have been shown to fight cancer, boost immunity, and keep bones strong.
Beans are loaded with phytochemicals (including saponins, protease inhibitors, and phytic acid), which may protect cells from damage that potentially causes cancer, reports the American Institute for Cancer Research.
These wrinkly little dried fruits are rich in vitamin K and a top source of the mineral boron, and we need both for strong bones. A three-prune serving gives you
Young women tend to be oblivious to heart disease, but that attitude itself is a big risk. How you eat today helps predict how healthy your heart will be 30 years from now.
Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that the anthocyanins in dark cherries reduce belly fat and lower cholesterol and blood sugar.
Rich in flavonoids, chocolate is believed to promote heart health by reducing platelet activation, affecting the relaxation capabilities of blood vessels.
The neural pathways in our brains are growing and improving all the time. Eat the right foods and you’ll be able to concentrate better, remember more, and feel calmer.
Blueberries may improve memory, cognition, and balance. Researchers believe that blueberries (9,700 ORAC points per one-cup serving) reduce inflammation and can help us overcome the normal effects of brain aging.
Researchers believe that cinnamon may inhibit certain Alzheimer’s disease cells. One teaspoon of cinnamon adds 7,000 ORAC points.
These are just a few suggestions. If you are not a fan of some of these, then there are plenty of other fruits and vegetables that will make you feel and look better when you look in that mirror!