Anti-Aging Foods That Will Transform The Way You Look, And Not Rock Your Budget.
As we age, our bodies change in the way they look, but also in how they work.
After age 40, the body requires extra nutrients and antioxidants to counteract the aging process.
Hence consuming foods rich in these 2 ingredients-nutrients and anti-oxidants, will go a long way in changing the way you look and feel.
Dietary additions after age 40.
Making a few dietary changes will enhance your energy, stamina, and mood. These foods will reflect in the way of better health of your skin, joints, bone, and brain.
After 40 years female hormones begin to ebb resulting in loss of calcium and weaker bones in women. Having two bowls a day of low-fat yogurt will fulfill your calcium requirements and result in stronger bones.
Vitamin D fortified yogurt has additional benefits of increased absorption of dietary calcium and prevention of aging effects of sunlight/UV rays on the skin.
Yogurt is also rich in gut-friendly bacteria called probiotics. These are anti-aging and make your skin look younger.
Olive oil is a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids. This is not only an anti-oxidant but is a “good” fat that lowers cholesterol and maintains heart health.
This oil is also a rich source of oleic acid. This fatty acid lowers C-reactive protein, a substance involved in inflammation and age-related changes.
Olive oil should be used as the cooking medium of choice after 40. It can also be used in salads, mayonnaise, and sauces.
Berries especially blueberries are rich in flavonoids like myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol. These are rich sources of vitamins C and K and other nutrients that have an anti-aging effect.
Flavonoids also prevent cellular damage and thus have anti-cancer effects and make your skin look younger.
Blueberries make excellent smoothies and taste fabulous in fruit salads, Muesli and breakfast cereals.
This is a wonder fruit, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids that lower cholesterol and promote heart health. It is rich in Vitamin B, A, K, E and C all of which make your skin look younger.
Avocados contain the magic antioxidant, glutathione which has anti-aging effects. It contains lutein that protects against age-related eye changes. Other health benefits include the prevention of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Avocados taste great as a smoothie, in salads or a bread spread.
Tomatoes contain lycopene. This is a carotenoid that protects your skin from sun damage, by fighting harmful free radicals.
Moreover, the skin of tomato has an anti-inflammatory effect on the human skin, and the flavonoids in the fruit prevent oxidative stress and slow down aging.
The topical application or consumption of green tea prevents damage due to UV rays and chemical carcinogens. The tea has anti-inflammatory properties that prevent antioxidant depletion on your skin.
Green tea contains polyphenols that boost the production of keratinocytes, thus slowing down the aging process of your skin. Moreover, it reduces the extracellular matrix damage on your skin, thus eliminating wrinkles.
Green tea also increases your metabolic rate, reduces blood sugar and decreases belly fat contributing to overall fitness.
Inflammation underlies the physiology of aging in all of us. Walnuts being an important anti-inflammatory food, contribute to slowing the aging process.
Like avocados, walnuts are high in phytochemicals such as polyunsaturated fatty acids. These chemicals reduce and prevent inflammatory processes. Additionally, they may help to increase the brain's activity and slow the aging process of the brain.
Walnuts are rich in omega3 fats in the form of Alpha Linoleic acid which lowers cholesterol and promotes heart health. They also prevent diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease as we age.
Vegetables you must include in your diet, to slow aging after 40 include, spinach, broccoli, carrot, lemons, and cucumber.
Broccoli contains vitamins C and K1, potassium, folate, and other minerals. It has high antioxidant and fiber content which makes it a superfood.
Carrots are excellent sources of beta-carotene, potassium, and antioxidants. They aid weight loss and keep your skin healthy.
Spinach contains vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and iron that maintains cell health and promotes younger-looking skin.
Cucumbers are rich in antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress in your body. It also contains tannins and flavonoids that block the harmful free radicals.
Lemons are rich in vitamin C and contribute to young glowing skin and a stronger immune system.
9.Salmon and other fatty fish
Astaxanthin the compound that gives color to salmon is a powerful anti-oxidant. It prevents inflammation but also reduces oxidative stress, thus slowing down the signs of aging. Also, salmon is packed with selenium and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids both of which maintain heart and hormonal health.
Garlic has many antioxidant, antibacterial, and detoxification properties that have youth-preserving and anti-aging effects on your skin and other body organs.
It is best taken raw after being peeled and roughly chopped with your favorite drink.
So, this is it! Simple foods right from your own humble kitchen, for a younger and more energetic you!Far more effective than expensive creams, lotions and pills.
Why don’t you try this for a few weeks? Do share your own personal experience in the comment section.