They say you are what you eat, so if you want to look younger you should only eat young stuff. Kidding! However, it is true that what you eat has a significant effect on how young you look. Certain foods are simply bad for the skin and figure, so you want to make sure you keep away from them. On the other hand, there are some foods that can help keep you looking younger, and they are definitely cheaper and more effective than anti-wrinkle cream (aside from tasting better!). If you want to look like you did when you were in your mid-20s (or at least 10 years younger than your actual age), you need to pay attention to what you put in your body. Follow these tips to look younger.
Develop a taste for the dark side…of fruit and vegetables
Visit the produce section of the supermarket, or browse in your local farmer’s market, and pick dark colored fruits and vegetables. These are typically rich in antioxidants called flavonoids, which are certain vitamins and minerals that fight the effects of free radicals resulting from pollution, herbicides, cigarette smoke, and radiation. The rule of thumb is, the darker the produce, the more flavonoids it contains. Some also encourage the production of collagen, which affects the elasticity of your skin (younger skin is more elastic, and not saggy). Some fruits and vegetables you want a steady supply of include:
- Black and dark red grapes
- Red peppers
- Brussel sprouts
You will be happy to know that chocolate, while neither a fruit nor a vegetable, is also rich in antioxidants. However, milk chocolate is out. You want dark chocolate, and the darker the better. Try to choose one that has no dairy milk at all.
A toast to youth!
Dry red wine (not the sweet stuff) is a good source of antioxidants that can improve your blood circulation and maybe even protect you from some cancers. However, because of the alcohol content, you can only safely drink one glass (5 ounces) a day for women, and two glasses a day for men. This isn’t sexism; women typically have less mass than men, and have a lower tolerance for alcohol.
If you’re nuts for buts, develop a taste for Brazil nuts. It isn’t the most popular nut, nor is the texture all that great. but it is rick in selenium, which encourages the production of collagen, and discourages acne. It also has zinc, which can help you battle dry skin associated with psoriasis and eczema. Blemish-free skin looks younger, so you want to go Brazil.
Fish for oil
Develop a liking for salmon, tuna, or other oily fish for their omega 3 essential fatty acids. Omega 3 is great for collagen production, and makes your skin glow. Avoid smoked or processed fish, though, as they contain preservatives you don’t want. Stick to fresh as much as possible for the best results.
Breakfast of champions
It’s not what you think, unless you’re thinking of oatmeal. Instead of cereal, which the most nutritious still contains more sodium and sugar than you want, choose oatmeal. It contains vitamin E and beta glucan, which are good anti-aging stuff. Try to keep away from instant oatmeal, though, because they’re processed. Quick cooking or regular oatmeal is the best, especially with a helping of bananas or apple and cinnamon.
Yep, the simplest way to keep looking younger is to drink lots of good old H2O. You need good clean (not distilled) water to keep your skin hydrated. You also eat less when you’re not thirsty.