The Best Anti- Aging Food For Young, Healthy, Beautiful Skin

So what seems like ages ago now, I told you all the secret to my foundation free skin: The Healthy Skin Diet. Since that post I've been overwhelmed by the response from you lovely lot, I never thought it would cause so much interest! So soon after posting I decided to guide you through the elements in the book, and to help you achieve the same results as I have. Unfortunately August was a tough month for me, and like a lot of other things that were going on, I kind of put it aside and forgot about it. Well, it's really about time that I started on this, don't you think? Now the only problem is I don't want to copy bits from the book completely as that's not fair to the author and copyright is there for a reason. Having said that, I would love to share the odd thing and the odd recipe, that are already 'out there' on her website anyway. But before I start on these posts completely, I want to do a post where I tell you all about some super foods to get you going. Some you may already know, others may surprise you!
1. Avocado

This will probably come as no surprise to a lot of you! But do you have any idea just how much of a super food they are? Here's a little list: contains vitamins B6, B3 and C, beta-carotene, folic acid, copper, magnesium, iron, potassium, amino acids, antioxidants, improves digestive health, moisturising for skin, gluten free, low GI, highly alkalising and packed full of vitamin E. Vitamin E is the biggy as it acts as a cell membrane protectant that it guards what comes in and what goes out of the skin. If you combine vitamin E with vitamin C it can also help guard against UV damage. The only downside? Stay away if you eczema as it is very high in salicylates and amines.
2. Oily Fish


Yes, yes you've heard it all before; but oily fish contains the very high amounts of the skin friendly omega-3 (EPA and DHA) and it a potent anti-inflammatory food. And I suppose you've also heard a million times before that you should be aiming to ear 2-3 portions a week, right? Well, yes no lie there! By eating the right amount: you can elevate your mood and increase the health of the brain, skin and heart. Oily fish is also a fantastic source of: protein, vitamin D, iodine, metabolism-boosting, low GI and is gluten free. Common sources of oily fish include, salmon, trout, tuna, mackerel and sardines. If you don't eat meat or fish, then try a supplement. BUT if you are going to go down the supplement route please go and see your doctor and it has been rumoured that certain of these supplements can thin the blood. Thankfully oily fish is one of my favourite foods and I probably eat over the recommended amount! In fact, I had some today!
3. Eggs (Selenium)

Yes, this one may surprise you a little! But eggs really are a super food. From a beauty point of view, eggs promote healthy hair and nails because of their high sulphur content and wide array of vitamins and minerals. Many people find their hair growing faster after adding eggs to their diet, especially if they were previously deficient in foods containing sulphur or B12. Further, eggs contain selenium, which protects the skin's quality and elasticity and protects it from the sun. And here's a few more wonder facts about this little oval shaped thing: One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids and eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D. Something I didn't earlier know was that apparently eggs are also great for the eyes. According to one study, an egg a day may prevent macular degeneraton due to the carotenoid content, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin. Both nutrients are more readily available to our bodies from eggs than from other sources. From this, research has shown that the risk of getting cataracts was also reduced. So, omelet anyone?! :) If you don't eat eggs then you can also find selenium in Wheat Germ.

                                    
4. Olive Oil

Ever wonder why those Mediterranean's have such luscious skin and hair? Olive oil! Every single dish in the healthy skin diet is cooked in this pretty much. I never ever cook with butter, I only cook with olive oil. So take a cue from the Mediterranean culture and cook and eat with it. Incorporate this healthy oil regularly into your diet and you’ll find you enhance your health while improving the appearance of your skin. Olive oil is high in antioxidants, including vitamin E. And as we all know, antioxidants are nutritional powerhouses that protect against age-accelerating free radicals. The oil of this miraculous fruit will guard your body and your skin from the inside out. But aside from cooking hot meals you can also enjoy it in a healthy salad by topping it with a drizzle of olive oil. Balsamic vinegar and olive oil make a delicious vinaigrette that is high in antioxidant, anti-aging protection. But when purchasing be sure to choose Extra Virgin olive oil, as this is the least processed and retains the highest nutrient value. But don't limit it to just internal care, but also use it for external benefits! For example, by incorporating olive oil into your beauty regime you can help to: Promote a smooth, radiant complexion, help maintain elasticity of skin, heal dry, brittle nails and soften cuticles and it also helps to condition and add shine to hair. I think it was Peonies And Lilies who mostly showed how much olive oil helped with her nail growth, but if you're reading lovely, please correct me if I am wrong!
                                 
 
6. Berries

These really are tiny little ickle anti-aging cuties! All black and blue berries such as blackberries, blueberries, blackcurrants and black grapes contain phytochemicals known as flavonoids, which are powerful  antioxidants that help to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals and aging. In particular, the Blueberry is the little powerhouse! Preliminary research suggests that blueberries protect against the effects of age-related deterioration of the brain, such as short-term memory loss. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of blueberries build a protective coat around the brain to fight signs of aging and deterioration. Moreover, there is also evidence that blueberries may help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders. And if that wasn't enough, a number of studies in Europe have documented that blueberries have very high concentrations of anthocyanin, a natural compound linked with many health benefits including reducing eyestrain and more. So yes, all of the above contribute to the anti-aging capability of this amazing little fruit...the blueberry! So eat, eat away! Eat them like sweets! Already a blueberry fan? Try Acai Berry, which have double the amount of antioxidants to blueberries.

7. Cruciferous Vegetables

Now for many these foods are a love or hate thing. I personally love them, and eat broccoli in particular pretty much every day. Cruciferous vegetables include: Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. Cruciferous vegetables are wonderful in many ways. Firstly, they are known for their anti-cancer properties, which are among the strongest and most powerful in the vegetable world. But as well as this they also want to make your skin beautiful, as they have strong anti-aging properties which come from their high concentrations of antioxidants and sulfur. Together antioxidants and sulfur are known for promoting healthy skin and increased energy. The best way to look in their goodness is through steaming, so if you don't have a steamer- get one! They are very inexpensive but once you have one, you'll find you can use it all the time to make the most out of your vegetables.

                                     
8. Tomatoes

So if you want to reach for the ketchup then that's fine, but you'll find much better benefits from eating the real thing! Tomatoes have the richest sources of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant which helps to protect against many forms of cancer particularly prostate cancer. There is much research to suggest that lycopene also protects against cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, improves male fertility and helps keep our minds and bodies quick, young and healthy. But there's more, as well as lycopene, tomatoes are also packed full of additional antioxidant nutrients such as Vitamin A and C and are fantastic sources of potassium, Vitamin B6 and folate. Phew! My favourite way to eat tomatoes is to roast them in some olive oil. Love, love, love them!


9. Dark Leafy Vegetables

I could happily eat these all day, they're so gorgeous! But yet again, this is definitely a love it or hate it thing. Anything in this group includes: Chinese greens, kale, dandelion greens, silverbeet, spinach, chicory, beet greens, mustard greens, rocket, watercress and baby spinach. All these vegetables are highly alkalising to the blood and they deliver more nutrients for fewer calories. Furhter, dark green leafy vegetables are a rich source of vitamin C, carotenoids and anti-cancer substances such a sulphoraphane and genistein. They contain a variety of carotenoid pigments, including lutein and zeaxanthin that help to prevent age related eye problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration. They really are the ultimate skin super food. For the best possible results, aim to have two handfuls of any of the above every single day. My favourite is spinach which I eat with pretty much everything!

10. Water
You all know it was coming, didn't you?! Yes, water is the last and probably the most important anti-aging fuel. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of anti-aging so if you're feeling hungry, you might actually be thirsty. But you have to be sensible with this whole water malarkey. Whilst it is true that 8 glasses is the recommended daily amount, if the weather's hot and dry, if you are very active and sweating a lot, or if you are continually thirsty for some other reason, you will probably need more water than the average. On the other hand, if you are well hydrated, and the weather is cool and wet, you will probably need less. Too little water leads to dehydration; too much can be life threatening as well. So the easiest answer is to listen to your body. Not enough people do this! The best source of truly clean water is a water filtration system; one that will remove impurities, chemicals and microbial contaminants but not affect the normal mineral content and pH levels of the water. Want a fab way to work out water intake? Try this: your body weight in kilograms (kg) x 0.033= how many litres of water you need.


So I really hope that's helped you all out! Do you eat any of these foods already on a regular basis? If you like I can do recipe ideas on how to incorporate them into your diet. I'm thinking videos would be easier to follow than photos but I don't know? Let me know below and I'll definitely do which ever is most popular!

xoxo
Credit:
*  How to Use Cruciferous Vegetables for Anti-Aging
eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2228144_use-cruciferous-vegetables-antiaging.html#ixzz113IeokrA
* Three Amazing Anti Aging Vitamins in Tomatoes http://ezinearticles.com/?Three-Amazing-Anti-Aging-Vitamins-in-Tomatoes&id=4660555
* Age Fighting Vitamins http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/gallery/age-fighting-vitamins/p60842/page7

6 comments:

  1. You definitely should! It really makes you feel so amazing, and no faddy diet involved! :D

    xoxo

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  2. Wow, really informative post! I had no idea that eggs were so good for you. Thank you for the mention btw x

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  3. Hey, actually you shouldn't cook with olive oil at all, because the oil reaches a boiling point or "smoke point" where the molecules start to break down, resulting in degraded nutritional value.

    It is best to cook with coconut oil, chicken broth or ghee, where even at the smoke point the molecule structure hardly breaks down.

    If you are interested in stuff like this then read "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" It is so informative and a good read! :)

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    1. That's really interesting, I have actually heard about that, thanks so much for the book recomendation xoxo

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  4. In fact your creative writing abilities have inspired me to start my own blog now. Really blogging is spreading its wings rapidly. Your write up is a fine example of it.
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