1.) Berries – Yes, yummy blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, blackberries and raspberries can provide the body with some excellent anti-aging benefits. They are rich in antioxidants, such as flavonols and anthocyanins which promote cell health by helping to rid the body of free radicals that can be damaging to our cells and cause premature aging. Berries are also a great source of vitamin C which is good for your skin, helps to make collagen and has been linked to skin cancer prevention. [source: University of Maryland Medical Center].
2.) Dark Chocolate – Who would have thought eating chocolate could actually make us look younger? Dark Chocolate is also rich in flavonoids that help to retain moisture in your skin and protect your skin from UV damage. It is also good at reducing high blood pressure and bad cholesterol. So go ahead and indulge yourself in a little chocolate. Remember moderation is the key and the higher the cocoa percentage the better it is for your body.
3.) Fish – Fish is important anti-aging food that helps our bodies stay looking young because of their essential Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 can improve your immune system, sharpen your mind, lower risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol and help your body and mind feel and stay young. One study of middle-aged American men found that those who ate fish two to three times per week had a 40 percent lower mortality rate than those who did not. So grab some salmon, herring, tuna or sardines (highest in Omega 3) and eat to living longer, sharper memory and youthful appearance.
4.) Protein – Protein is an important anti-aging food. Protein helps your body to build new cells, maintain tissues and preform basic bodily functions. Protein can be found in meat, milk, yogurt, nuts and beans. Protein is very important but also something that is most likely over consumed in our diet. According to webMD it is encouraged to get 10 – 35% of your days calories from protein. That’s about 46 grams for women and 56 grams for men.
- A small 3-ounce piece of meat has about 21 grams of protein. A typical 8-ounce piece of meat could have over 50 grams of protein.
- One 8-ounce container of yogurt has about 11 grams of protein.
- One cup of milk has 8 grams of protein.
- One cup of dry beans has about 16 grams of protein.
5.) Green Leafy Veggies – Green leafy vegetables provide a great source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that will help to keep you looking young and healthy. Vitamin C will help your body produce more collagen which is essential to keeping our skin from sagging. Lutin and Zeaxanthin will help protect the body from free radicals and sun exposure. Leafy Greens that contain beta carotene, such as Spinach, collard greens and Swiss chard, contribute to the growth and repair of the body’s tissues. So, go grab some green leafy vegetables a key ingredient in staying healthy and looking younger.
6.) Water – If you are not drinking enough water expect shriveled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn’t “bounce back” when pinched into a fold and sunken eyes. Harsh but true! 2/3rds of our body is made up of water. It is imperative that we replace the amount that evaporates or is expelled from our bodies or our skin will suffer.