When it comes to aging, we have always linked the words “aging” and “fighting”. We tend to consider aging as a bad thing that we need to fight, though we all know deep inside that it’s a natural and crucial body process of our lives’ journey. So today we’re going to stop fighting and instead learn how to embrace the aging process which, let’s face it, is inevitable.
Yes, we can’t go back in time or prevent this natural process from happening but we can slow it down and make its effects less severe by simply following a healthy diet and lifestyle. Here are some of the best foods that can help you age healthfully, beautifully, and truly gracefully…
1 || Anti-inflammatory Foods
Foods that are high in inflammation-fighting fatty acids help to promote smooth, supple skin. They slow skin aging by minimizing degenerative effects of free radicals and oxidative stress. Anti-inflammatory foods include avocados, berries, fatty fish, broccoli, green tea, peppers, mushrooms, grapes, turmeric, dark chocolate, tomatoes, and olive oil.
2 || Antioxidants
Though oxidation is a normal and necessary process that occurs in our bodies. Oxidative stress, on the other hand, occurs when there’s an imbalance between free radical activity and antioxidant activity. When there are more free radicals present than can be kept in balance by antioxidants, the free radicals can start doing damage to fatty tissue, DNA, and proteins in your body which leads to premature aging. Ideally, your body needs around 8-11,000 antioxidant units a day. Pecans, blueberries, artichokes, goji berries, raspberries, kale, red cabbage, beans, beets, and spinach are some great sources of antioxidants.
3 || Sulfur-rich Foods
These help the body to increase the production of glutathione; a powerful antioxidant. Apart from protecting our cells, its role in detoxing prevents a build-up of toxins that can contribute to oxidative stress and damage to our bodies. Think cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.
4 || Vitamin C
As a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C neutralizes the free radicals that cause oxidative stress to skin and lead to premature skin aging. It is also essential to the production of collagen in skin cells, helping to support skin structure and delay signs of aging. Of course, oranges and citrus fruits in general stand out as the vitamin C powerhouse, but really all green veggies have it, too, as well as many fruits.
5 || Omega-3 Fatty Acids
These help to reduce inflammation. Your best source of omega-3 is fatty fish. It is also a great source of vitamin E which is a great moisturizer. Dry skin tends to look more wrinkled than well-moisturized skin. The moisturizing benefits of vitamin E may help the skin look more youthful and less wrinkled.