WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT: THE BEST FOODS FOR YOUR SKIN
Look after your skin from the inside out with this definitive skin-boosting food guide. Keeping your skin firm and youthful will be so much easier with these foods appearing regularly in your diet. As the age-old saying goes…You are what you eat.
(Thanks to our friends at Marbella Rocks for this piece!)
The anti-ageing properties found in avocados are found in the flesh and the oil.
Avocado oil is especially great since it contains vitamin A, B, D, and E, which all help to rejuvenate the skin. This miracle oil also boosts collagen which helps prevent ageing.
All berries that are rich in colour – for example, red, purple and black – have powerful anti-ageing perks. The best are blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries They contain the highest amount of antioxidants which can keep free radicals at bay from ageing our skin.
LOW FAT YOGHURT
The vitamin B in yoghurt is essential for cell growth and is great for multiple body functions. During the 1970’s, Soviet Georgia had the highest rate of surviving centenarians than any other country. The secret behind their long lives? It was supposedly yoghurt! Who’d have thought a daily dose of this petit filou could make you live past 100? However, the magical age-defying powers of yoghurt have never been scientifically proven. Yoghurt is also high in calcium and can help prevent medical conditions such as osteoporosis.
Researchers began to study the reasons behind why the natives of Alaska were free of heart disease. This is due to the quantity of fish in their diets. Fish, as we all know, contains an abundance of omega-3 fats which protect cholesterol buildup in arteries and keep you looking young. Wild salmon is one of the top choices for staying young. The omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon improve brain function and memory keeping you healthy and, of course, looking young.
Oysters contain high levels of minerals and can help prevent eye-related diseases. They also contain antioxidants. So the next time you’re out at a fabulous seafood place, go ahead and get an order of these!
Cocoa contains flavonols that can help keep blood vessels healthy and functioning. Maintaining healthy and youthful blood vessels can reduce the risk of high blood pressure, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, and dementia. Think about that the next time you’re feeling a twinge of guilt about finishing off the king size Cadbury’s bar – you’re doing it in the name of looking and feeling younger. Chocoholics, unite!
Scientists have proven that those who regularly eat nuts gain an average of an extra 2 and half years on their lifespan. They contain rich sources of unsaturated fats, which have similar attributes to olive oil.
Just what you want to hear – moderately drinking alcohol can protect you against diabetes, memory loss due to old age, and heart disease. Red wine especially contains resveratrol, which can activate genes that slow the cellular ageing process. Go on then, crack open another bottle. (And if you’re feeling too impatient to let it decant for a couple of hours? Try the Wine Wand for almost instant wine gratification!)
Over 40 years ago, researchers discovered that cancer and heart disease diagnoses of the citizens on the Greek island Crete were much lower than average. Turns out it was due to the monounsaturated fats in olive oil. Extremely powerful antioxidants such as polyphenols could even prevent age-related diseases.
Experts say the brighter the colour, the better. Veggies such as carrots and tomatoes contain phytonutrients and antioxidants which both protect against free radicals that attack important macromolecules leading to cell damage. The beta carotene and lycopene found in them also protect your skin from sun damage and repair skin cells. What more could you want from your veg?
LET THE HYDRATE MEET THE GREAT
All foods that contain a large percentage of water content prevent wrinkles and help to create a fresh-faced look. Make sure your diet contains:
So there you have it! Wine, chocolate, and oysters all contribute to fabulous skin and keep you feeling good, inside and out. This is a diet I can stick with!