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How to eat to look younger

February 11, 2013 by Works with Water
Anti Ageing

Did you know that your skin is the second organ of detoxification after your liver? It releases a pound of waste each day and will be the first organ to show symptoms of imbalance or toxicity and that means spots, dull skin, wrinkles and eye bags.

You already know that eating the right foods helps keep you healthy. Here’s more good news: A healthy diet can also make you feel and look younger. It may even slow the aging process. So why not give your skin a beauty boost from the inside out by popping these 14 antioxidant/age-busting super foods on your plate.

Berries:

They say blueberries are one of nature’s super foods, but all berries have amazing anti-ageing properties. Super rich in antioxidants such as flavonols and anthocyanins, they promote cell health and fight the free radicals that cause wrinkles.

Skin Supplements:

help: revitalise my skin contains CoEnzyme Q10 and Aloe Vera in a tasty apple flavoured gel stick to target wrinkles, soothe and nourish the skin and boost radiance.

And for those pesky pimples help: clear skin has been clinically proven to fight the bacteria associated with Acne Vulgaris, the one-a-day sachets can be mixed into your favourite drink or soft food.

Dark Chocolate:

Sorry guys, this isn’t a free pass to eat all the chocolate you want, but studies do show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate a day can help protect the skin from the damaging effects of UV exposure. It also increases the skin’s circulation and helps it to retain moisture in the skin.

Fish:

Fish oil is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which reduces inflammation and does a whole raft of good things for your heart. Fresh fish is good for you in for exactly the same reason. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), one of the omega-3 fats in fatty fish, has been shown to preserve collagen, a fibrous protein that keeps skin firm. The best types to eat are salmon, tuna, sardines and yellow-eyed mullet.

Olive Oil:

Not all fats are created equal. While animal fats should be consumed in moderation, you can go (slightly) crazy on the olive oil. It contains polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that may help prevent age-related diseases, but it’s also a wonderful hydrator for healthy skin.

Cranberry Juice: 

Cranberries are a wonderful source of antioxidants. In a nutshell, antioxidants are among the most important preventive ingredients in the skin care arsenal. They can effectively prevent (and minimize) redness and inflammation, and are essential for slowing the signs of skin aging.

Drinking cranberry juice also halts plaque built-up so prevents your teeth yellowing and counteracts the bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Drink this for sparkly pearlers, but watch out for the sugar-drenched types.

Carrots:

They won’t make you see in the dark, but the high levels of vitamin A in carrots will give you beautifully shiny hair and fabulous scalp health. Carrots also contain the carotenoids beta carotene and lycopene — both of which may shield your skin against UV damage.

Vitamin E:

Give your body the best possible anti-ageing chance with a surge of vitamin E. While we may have always thought of vitamin E simply as a single nutrient, it is actually made up of a group of compounds that all have distinctive antioxidant activities! Talk about an antioxidant powerhouse.

Brazil Nuts:

The Brazil nut has ridiculous levels of selenium that helps along the production of an antioxidant called glutathione. This strange little mineral not only repairs cell damage, but can actually slow down the aging process. And the best bit is, you don’t need to eat bucket loads of nuts to stay young, just two Brazil nuts a day will do the trick.

Cucumber:

You might be popping it on the eyes, but cucumber is great for the skin once it’s inside your belly too; just don’t peel them. There’s silica in the peel that reduces wrinkles and boosts collagen.

Tomatoes:

Tomatoes have something called lycopene which (as well as helping prevent cancer and heart disease) acts as a natural sun block for the skin, preventing some of the UV damage that causes dry spots, age spots, wrinkles, and the all round look of old age. You can also get lycopene from pink grapefruit, carrots, watermelon, guava and red peppers.

Sunflower Seeds:

Sunflower seeds contain another form of antioxidant – lignin phytoestrogens – which prevents collagen breakdown and boosts the skin’s lipid barrier – the bit responsible for the barrier function of skin – protecting it from moisture loss.

Red Bell Peppers:

A medium-size red bell pepper boasts more than 200 percent of the daily value of vitamin C. Eating more vitamin C-rich foods may help to protect skin cells from the sun’s harmful rays as research suggests that vitamin C may promote the repair of DNA that’s been damaged by UV rays.

Broccoli:

Eating more vitamin C-rich foods, such as broccoli, may help to ward off wrinkles and age-related dryness. Vitamin C’s skin-smoothing effects may be due to its ability to mop up free radicals produced from ultraviolet rays and also its role in synthesizing collagen.

Source:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/beauty/beauty-news/8260478/How-to-eat-better-and-look-younger

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