7 Essential Foods to Prevent Premature Aging

Eat Your Way to Healthier Looking Skin

While skin rejuvenation treatments and cosmetic procedures can give your skin a boost, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an essential part of the anti-aging battle.

Skincare experts, nutritionists and dermatologists alike encourage healthy eating and drinking water to keep your body and skin in great shape. Since the skin responds to even minor stressors such as a lack of sleep and toxins from the environment, it’s up to you to keep your diet in check and load up on essential anti-aging foods.

‘Superfoods’ such as goji berries and antioxidant-rich foods such as papaya are some exotic additions to your daily plate, but there are at least seven foods that can stop wrinkles, improve your skintone and give you a brighter complexion:

1. Olive oil. If you’re already doing the Mediterranean Diet (or a variation of it), you’re probably getting plenty of this healthy fat in your diet. Ann Yelmokas McDermott, Phd, a nutritionist at Tufts University in Boston explains that, “Essential fatty acids are responsible for healthy cell membranes, which is not only what act as barriers to harmful things but also as the passageway for nutrients to cross in and out and for waste products to get in and out of the cells” (Source: Medicinenet.com). Add this oil to salads or use it for light stir fries and grilling whenever possible.

2. Spinach and broccoli. Chock full of Vitamins A and C, these green leafy vegetables help improve skin elasticity which can prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming the in the first place. Both spinach and broccoli have antioxidant properties which can also reduce skin tissue damage and promote healthy cell renewal.

3. Whole grain bread. Take your wheat bread-eating habits to the next level by reaching for natural whole grains instead. Organic and all-natural varieties of bread made with spelt, oats, and barley are full of fiber and Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) which helps keep skin supple and strong.

4. Avocado. Another source of healthy monounsaturated fats, avocados are high in Vitamin E – an essential vitamin for healthy skin, hair and nails. Avocados are also a very versatile vegetable; make homemade guacamole, use sliced avocado in a sandwich, or just top off a salad with a few chunks of avocado for variety.

5. Brazil nuts. A rich source of potassium and zinc, brazil nuts are a healthy source of fat that can keep your appetite in check and also keep skin soft and smooth. Snack on a handful of brazil nuts a few times per week to improve your skin and keep up with your healthy diet.

6. Red peppers. Red and orange foods typically contain high levels of antioxidants, and red pepper sin particular have extra skin-boosting benefits. Dr. Ronald Watson at the University of Arizona suggests that red peppers can also ward off sun damage by reducing the impact of ultraviolet light.

7. Dark chocolate. Dark, natural chocolate is rich in antioxidants, which means the body can quickly get rid of toxic substances that often cause many of the symptoms associated with premature aging. Whether you choose truffles or dark chocolate nuggets, you may finally be able to enjoy your chocolate fix guilt-free. In fact, some of the best facial moisturizers have chocolate in them.

Eating a well-balanced diet can help you maintain a healthy weight and reap the rewards of healthy, younger-looking skin. Adding brazil nuts, avocado and even dark chocolate to your weekly menu can help you ward off the signs of aging for life.

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