Some women think that the only way to delay the signs of aging is by applying some form of cream on the skin. Tests have shown that this is effective but did you know that there is a better way that won’t hurt your budget? Scientists have determined that eating the right foods can also be good for keeping you youthful beyond your years.
If you are eating healthy, nutritious, vitamin-rich foods, then you are more likely to enjoy healthy looking skin and body. There are a number of foods, vitamins, minerals, and supplements that are known to slow or delay the signs of aging both in terms of the skin and the brain.
So what food to eat to delay the signs of aging? Some of the most well-known anti aging foods that are recommended for women 40 and over include:
Olive Oil: This contains antioxidants that can help to slow down cell damage and deterioration, therefore keeping the skin looking fresher and younger. This can also help with joints and internal organs as well as skin.
Seaweed: This contains a valuable source of Iodine, which helps to produce a hormone called thyroxin. This hormone stimulates the nervous system, which helps to slow down damage and oxidization of the cells.
Various fruits and vegetables: These can be rich in antioxidants, which play a large part in delaying the signs of aging. You can enjoy fruits and veggies such as: prunes, raisins, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, broccoli, spinach, beets, peppers, sprouts and more.
Vitamins C & E: These are essential vitamins that can help delay the signs of aging in the skin and other parts of the body. These vitamins can help to produce natural collagen, which helps the skin to retain elasticity, thus reducing the signs of wrinkles. You can find these vitamins in a range of foods, but can also buy them in supplement form.
Water: This is one of the most important considerations when it comes to your diet, as it is water than keeps us hydrated and alive. Drinking plenty of fresh water every day and minimizing on alcohol, caffeine, and sugary drinks can help to replenish your skin and keep you feeling and looking hydrated both inside and out.
Foods that cause healthy and unhealthy cell regeneration
Scientific studies have shown that cells can regenerate themselves in two ways; either by replacement with a weaker cell or by replacement with a stronger cell. The foods that we eat contribute to which route cell regeneration takes. There are certain foods and food types that promote weaker cell regeneration, which can lead to signs of aging, and there are foods that promote healthier cell regeneration, which can keep the signs of aging at bay.
Unhealthy cell regeneration can be caused by the following foods:
• Refined carbohydrates
• White flour
• Processed foods
• Artificial sweeteners
• Artificial colourings and additives
• Fatty and processed meats
• Vegetable and hydrogenated oils
• Fried food
• Foods containing mercury (e.g. many types of fish such as tuna)
• Genetically modified foods
Healthy cell regeneration can be promoted through the following foods:
• Raw seeds, nuts and grains
• Vegetables (including leafy greens)
• Bean and lentils
• Barley greens
• Olive and evening primrose oil
• Foods containing Omega 3 fatty acids
• Foods containing Omega 4 or 5 fatty acid
It is important to base your diet on certain types of foods if you are looking to delay or reverse the signs of aging, and the good news is that a great deal of this food is probably incorporated into your daily diet anyway. All you have to do is identify the good foods from the bad, and make sure that your diet leans heavily towards the good foods. Quite simply, you need to:
• Incorporate a variety of foods into your diet
• Eat a diet high in grain products, fruits and vegetables
• Eat a diet low in saturated fatty acids and cholesterol
• Use low to moderate amounts of sugar, salt, and alcohol
• Balance energy intake with physical activity
If you are in your 40’s, 50’s or more and want to enjoy the benefits of younger, fresher skin and all around health without having to resort to medical procedures and surgery, the combination of a good diet and healthy living can make a real difference. With a little time and commitment, you should be able to see a real difference in the way you look and feel.