Embracing a Healthy Family: Foods to Combat Aging

Foods to Combat Aging

I wished I had the knowledge I have now when I was still in my 20's and 30's to help retain the youngest looking skin possible.  I try to tell my 21 year old about tips and tricks but she's of that mind set of reality not sinking in.  I keep telling her she would thank me later if she incorporated good practice now to prevent aging prematurely.  I am on a kick for organic products as I think there is something telling of naturally occuring foods and products versus man made chemical creations.  One of the first steps you can take, aside from limiting sun exposure, is to eat properly. 

I'm stepping back to sunlight as it is vital to get some sun exposure and in spite the heated warnings over skin cancer, a healthy amount of only around 15 minutes a day of exposure is actually good for you.  One of the problems that people, especially in the US have, is lack of Vitamin D and this holds true for our children.  There are numerous medical conditions linked to a deficit of Vitamin D in our lives.  It's the extended over done exposure that is bad for you.  There are many debates over this but the newest literature does support a small amount of sunlight for health. 

Back to the original topic, foods that may assist in retaining good skin are logical as they also have the dual function of making you feel better and healthier so you have nothing to lose.

EveryDayHealth has this terrific article on the best foods for healthy skin:

How can what you eat affect your body so positively or negatively? “Antioxidants are the key,” explains Dr. Breiner. “They are nutrients that are able to protect your body from the aging effects of free radicals, a nasty process called oxidation.”

Free radicals are formed through natural processes in your body and the environment — everything from exposure to sun, cigarette smoke, chemicals, even exercise. A free radical is simply a molecule or atom that has lost one of its electrons and, now unpaired, has become unstable. This instability causes it to seek other atoms or molecules (yours) to stabilize it, resulting in a domino effect of unstable atoms and molecules in your body.

This is a problem "because the end result is a change in your cells’ DNA, which includes your body’s largest organ, your skin," Breiner says. "Oxidative stress and inflammation are two major causes of the aging process.”

The Anti-Aging Diet: Foods That Smooth Skin

“Eat a fiber-rich diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables," suggests Breiner. "Eight to 10 servings a day will help keep you young. Fruits and vegetables are generally low-calorie and have the ability to detoxify and renew your cells."

Add these great anti-aging food choices to your regular diet:

  • Colorful berries. The antioxidant anthocyanin is what gives berries their blue, red, and purple colors. To get a healthy dose of this potent antioxidant, eat plenty of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, pomegranate, cherries, acai berries, and blood oranges, to name a few of the best choices. Each of these foods has a variety of other powerful antioxidants that repair and protect your skin’s cells.
  • Broccoli and broccoli sprouts. Quercetin is another powerful antioxidant that is found in broccoli, along with other foods including cranberries, onions, and apples. It is a natural anti-inflammatory agent as well, fighting the No. 2 cause of aging. Broccoli sprouts have 30 times more isothiocyanates (yet another antioxidant) regular broccoli.
  • Spinach. Lutein is found in spinach, kale, corn, and other vegetables. It has the ability to give additional antioxidant capacity to your skin and enhances skin hydration.
  • Garlic. Allium is an antioxidant that packs a punch. Garlic, onions, and scallions are loaded with this free-radical fighter that is good for your skin and your immune system.
  • Beans. “Eat your beans, too,” says Breiner. Anthocyanin is found in very high quantities in black beans and black soybeans. Soybeans are also high in isoflavones, also linked to anti-aging properties.
  • Tea. Catechins, found in green tea, dark chocolate, and red wine, are another antioxidant that packs a wallop. “Have four to six cups of tea a day with lemon, which enhances the antioxidants’ activity in your cells,” Breiner advises.
  • Wine. In addition to those catechins, resveratrol is found in red wine and has many anti-aging properties. It is another potent antioxidant.
  • Yellow and Orange Root Vegetables. Put plenty of beta-carotene on your plate. These super-antioxidants are good for your skin and eyes. Good choices include carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and squash.
  • Tomatoes. Lycopene, in red grapefruit, tomatoes, watermelon, and pink grapefruit, is a powerful weapon against free radicals. It has the ability to inhibit sun-induced aging and can neutralize free radicals. Breiner suggests, “Fill your glass with tomato juice or V8 juice daily.”
  • Nuts. Eat a handful of nuts and seeds a day. They are loaded with “good” fat that helps “plump” your skin, antioxidants and lots of minerals that are good for your skin, too.
  • Salmon. “Eat salmon at least three times a week,” says Breiner. “It has a host of benefits for your skin, from the omega-3s to the high-quality protein. Make it a regular in your diet, and you will see plumper, more youthful skin in about six weeks.”
  • Water. Stay hydrated: Drink six to eight glasses of water a day. (And if you are drinking decaffeinated tea, that counts.) Caffeinated beverages can dehydrate you, which can contribute to dry, sallow-looking skin. Eat fruits and vegetables raw when possible. If you cook them, steaming is the best way to go to keep all of the anti-aging, anti-wrinkle antioxidants. At the same time, cut down on sweets. Avoid processed, refined foods and sugars, which can increase free-radical activity.



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Molly said...

I love all of those foods, and do eat them pretty regularly. Now that I'm in my (gulp) late 30's I've had to explore some new options to look young...wrinkle cream!

YouthfulTips said...

I had a friend that was 50 and looked 15 years younger. Her secret was lots of water and vitamins. I'm currently finishing up a trial on Olay ProX and will be posting that in two weeks. I have a panel member getting ready to start using an organic cream called Pure & True Glow Intensive C Rejuvenating Serum all the way from beautiful Hawaii. Another panel member has started the trial of Rose Collagen Marine Facial Serum by Organic Pharmacy. I love the products that I have tried from Organic Pharmacy so far. Feel free to share what you are using and how you like it! Thanks for the comment!

Synaura said...

Aging is part of every human's life but in order to prevent such drastic changes, as early as now, one must be aware on how to take care of their health in general. Taking natural food supplement can be of great help in strengthening and revitalizing body's mechanism.