Prevent Premature Ageing With These Awesome Foods

Gunjan Lal
April 24, 2017
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Prevent Premature Ageing With These Awesome Foods

The appearance of wrinkles or fine lines in your face is a wake- up call for you to take a good hard look at your skin care routine. Even if you don't have a routine, I'm sure you have certain skin care habits that you've developed along the years. Ageing is an inevitable consequence that none of us can bypass. What you can do is age gracefully, and I'm going to tell you how. The premature appearance of certain signs of ageing such as fine lines, dark spots, wrinkles etc. are most of the times the result of certain lifestyle choices and food habits. So before you throw out all your skin care products or abandon your skincare routine you should first take a look at your lifestyle - have you been stressed lately? Have you not been getting proper sleep? Have your food habits changes? Too much junk and oily food? Have to spend most of your time directly under the sun and in pollution?

You will find in advertisements huge acclimations and promises to make your skin look decades younger. True as they may be in their own way, the fact remains that you'll age no matter what. An age old and certainly affective way to prevent premature sings of ageing is to maintain a skin friendly healthy diet while you're still in good health and young. While some signs of aging are possible to be reversed by a proper anti- aging diet, it is best to take on healthy eating habits early and to make sure that your body continuously gets a diverse range of anti- aging nutrients. Add these super anti- ageing foods to your daily diet so that when you age, you age with grace and look young not with the help of cosmetic products.

Berries

All berries contain a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which protect the cells and guard you from the harmful effects of free radicals. You must've come across 'blueberries' as one of the superfoods, but the fact is that all kinds of berries are equally as good as blueberries. Free radicals are one of the main reasons of the 'breakdown' of healthy cells in your body, but the presence of tannins, phytonutrients and other beneficial organic compounds in berries helps in protecting your body from the dangerous by-products of these free radicals. So, the first thing you should add to your diet are berries, and the best thing about it is that they taste yummy and you'll never want to stop eating them!

Vitamin C present in berries improves cell growth. Studies even suggested that a diet rich in vitamin C can result in fewer wrinkles. Vitamin C also assists in regenerating other vitamins in your body. Here's an easy recipe that will help you include berries along with other beneficial elements that'll help in slowing down your ageing process.

Here's what you need

1 cup fresh (or frozen) strawberries

1 cup fresh (or frozen) blueberries

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 cup coconut water

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1 handful of mint (leaves only)

Now, all you need to do is put everything in a blender - just blend and pour.

Fish

Your heart's health is one of the most crucial factors as you age. A healthy heart has an impact on your energy levels, mobility, metabolism, endurance, and various other aspects of daily life. Certain types of fish, such as salmon and tuna, are packed with omega-3 fatty acids. To prevent the signs of premature ageing, it is extremely important that your body should maintain a healthy cholesterol balance. Healthy fats which are supplied with fish can keep your body lean and heart healthy well into your older years.

Dark Chocolate

Chocolates are often referred to as 'guilty pleasures', but what's the guilt if they're good for your skin? You might have heard that chocolate causes premature ageing, but that's a misconception. Chocolate in fact protects your skin from a lot of harmful things. Dark chocolates are packed with flavonoids which guard your skin from various kinds of harmful UV radiation. One of the factor which hampers your skin is sunlight, and it's a factor you can't even dodge - direct exposure of skin to sunlight speeds up the ageing process. The flavonoids present in dark chocolate help in reducing inflammation and cell damage inflected by UV radiation.

Polyphenols present in cacao are potent antioxidants that protect your body from oxidizing agents and can protect the skin and cells from premature ageing. Here's another smoothie recipe that'll help you include two super foods in one drink!

Here's all you need

6 strawberries

1 banana

1 Tablespoon cacao powder (polyphenols)

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Now, all you need to do is put everything in a blender - just blend and pour.

Onions

Onions are an excellent super food that help protect your gastrointestinal system and keep your stomach functioning normally. Now you'd be thinking that what does the stomach has to do with your skin? - well, everything! As you grow older, it becomes all the more important for your to receive proper nutrient intake, and your stomach can't do that if it is filled with inflammation, bacteria or ulcers. Onions have multitudes of active ingredients that help in optimizing your digestive health and keep that aspect of your aging under control. So, a healthy tummy means healthy skin.

Yogurt

This is another tasty one. It's tasty, available easily, and very easy to make - this makes it a rather common super food. It's rich in calcium and probiotics, it means that it defends you against bone mineral density loss and osteoporosis, while also enhancing the health of the gut by removing harmful bacteria and guaranteeing a healthy bacterial balance for proper nutrient intake.

One of the vital factors that an anti- ageing super food must have is the ability to maximize the healthy benefits of the food you do eat. Yogurt solves that problem impeccably!

Garlic

One of the most potent organic compounds known as Allicin, that we can receive from our food, and it is the chief active ingredient in garlic. Whether you're infusing garlic powder while cooking your meal or soaking garlic cloves in water overnight for an early- morning boost (both are great ideas), allicin can boost the working of your immune system, guard you against chronic disease, prevent certain types of cancers, reduce inflammation, and even act as an antibacterial and antiviral agent. All in all, garlic can easily be called the best super food to add to your diet to slow down the aging process.

Broccoli

All kinds of veggies possess anti- aging properties, but leafy green vegetables and broccoli are particularly powerful in this case. Broccoli is packed with antioxidants, as well as numerous minerals and vitamins, but it is specifically praised for its cancer- fighting qualities. Cancer shows up out of the blue and affects millions of people around the world every year, broccoli has been directly linked to shielding against lung and stomach cancer. It also has anti- tumor properties which help in slowing down the spread of cancer if it does develop.

Vitamin E present in green leafy veggies helps your skin to retain moisture and shields it from the harmful effects of free radicals. Here's an easy smoothie recipe that you can try out.

Here's all you need

1/2 ripe medium banana

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

1 cup of tightly packed spinach

1 Tablespoon sunflower seeds

2 Tablespoons avocado (peeled and pit removed)

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Now, all you need to do is put everything in a blender - just blend and pour.

Beans

This is a tad bit boring addition to your daily (or weekly) diet, but it's gonna be absolutely worth it. Most beans are full of fiber and important minerals, both of which are vital for your overall health. Including beans in your regular intake will improve your body's ability to absorb nutrients from other sources as well. They also prevent cramping, bloating and constipation, which proves that they're great for your digestive system.

Fiber can lower negative cholesterol levels and the presence of iron, vitamin B and potassium can improve your metabolic efficiency, boost circulation as well as lower blood pressure - helps in preventing premature ageing goes without saying.

Nuts

The high concentration of potassium, healthy fats, calcium, protein, and vitamin E present in all kinds of nuts prove to be unimaginably beneficial for your skin. Their ability to repair and grow cells/ tissues is the key factor which makes it a superfood for anti- ageing. You don't even have to put in an effort to include nuts in your diet, just fill a jar with all kinds of nuts at home and keep munching whenever you feel a little hungry - they make a great snack as well!

Apart from helping your skin cells grow and repair, they have a positive impact on your blood pressure, hormonal imbalance and bone strength.

A Few Hacks

To rejuvenate skin and under- eye skin

A cucumber and curd pack works well in rejuvenating your dull skin. Prepare a face mask by mixing half a cup curd with two to three teaspoons of grated cucumber and apply this on your skin. Let it stay on for 20 minutes then rinse with warm water. Using this face pack about twice a week for a few months will remove the dullness from your face and keep your skin healthy and young.

Cucumber helps in reducing the puffiness and dark circles under your eyes, along with that it has a soothing action that keeps your skin healthy. Lactic acid present in curd has the property of exfoliating the dead cells off the skin, this will help in rejuvenating the skin

To increase skin firmness

I'm guessing you already know that papaya is good for the eyes, thanks to the abundant presence of vitamin A - the same reason ensures that it possesses an amazing antioxidant action and this makes it good for your skin as well. The enzyme known as papain which is present in papaya can digest the dead cells on the surface of your skin and make the skin more elastic and firm.

So, make a papaya mask to increase the firmness of your skin.

All you have to do is cut up a few pieces of a fully ripe papaya and mash it into a smooth paste. Apply this on your face and after about fifteen to twenty minutes, wash away with warm water.

To reduce age spots

Lemons are packed with Vitamin C which makes lemon juice a potent antioxidant. Along with that, its bleaching ability comes in handy for reducing freckles and age spots. Use lemon juice to your benefit.

You can simply squeeze out a bit of juice from a lemon and apply it on your skin. Let it stay on for about fifteen or twenty minutes, then wash it off with water. It's easy to do, you can do it every day or every alternate day.

Lemon juice combined with honey can also do the job. Just mix a teaspoon of lemon juice with one and a half teaspoon of honey and apply the mix on your face. Let it sit for fifteen or twenty minutes then wash it off with warm water, and a splash or two of cold water once your face is clean.

Another thing that you can do is take one teaspoon lemon juice, half a teaspoon of milk cream and a teaspoon of egg white. Mix all three together and put the mix on your face and let it stay for fifteen minutes then wash it off with cold water.

Gunjan Lal

Gunjan Lal

Hi! I’m Gunjan, a self-proclaimed tea fanatic and intrigued with alternative ways to lead a healthy life. I firmly believe that we should take care of our bodies because it’s the only place we live in.

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