Aging is inevitable, but growing old gracefully is a choice. Looking after our bodies, minds, and even our skin is a great investment for the future. The changes you make now will impact the aging process more than you could imagine. Pay attention to what you eat and you could turn back time and grow old gracefully…
Having a great diet is a huge part of looking good as we get older. Obviously, the food we eat affect how our bodies look, but it goes beyond that. The foods we eat can boost our brain power, improve our skin, and help us feel and look younger for longer.
We should all be eating more watermelon! UV damage is a common problem for those with skin pigmentation and brown spots. Exposure to the sun can increase the appearance of wrinkles, dry our skin, and create an uneven skin tone. Watermelon contains an antioxidant compound which helps to protect our skin from this kind of damage. Whilst it’s no substitute for slapping on the SPF, it’s a useful ally in the fight against aging.
Worried about fine lines and wrinkles? Get some vitamin C in your diet. Vitamin C works by neutralizing free radicals. What this means for our skin is less fine lines, wrinkles, and dryness. Pomegranate seeds are a great source of vitamin C, what’s more, they contain anthocyanins which help to boost the production of collagen. You may already know, collagen helps to keep the skin strong and firm, rather than sagging and loose. Pomegranate also contains chemicals which reduce the appearance of inflammation, and added bonus!
One of the first tell-tale signs of aging is grey hair. Of course, we should embrace these kinds of changes, but on our own terms. If you’re not ready to go grey get some more shiitake mushrooms into your diet! One of the reasons that people get grey hair prematurely is a lack of copper. Copper is essential for producing pigment for our skin and hair. Shiitake mushrooms are one of the best sources of copper out there.
Sweet potatoes aren’t just delicious, they help to give our skin a youthful glow too. A diet rich in fruit and veg can result in a sun-kissed complexion. Some studies have shown that packing your meals full of red and orange fruit and veg can give you that elusive glow. We have carotenoids to thank for that. Carotenoids, found in sweet potatoes, also fight disease.
From time to time we all suffer from the occasional breakout. Whilst this isn’t a sign of aging, it doesn’t help when we're trying to achieve fresh clear skin. Zinc has anti-inflammatory properties which help it to treat the redness acne causes. It also helps to speed up the process of skin cell renewal. Shellfish contains a high level of zinc, so if you needed any more excuses to eat lobster, here’s one!