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Tuesday, 05 January 2016 11:24

The Anti-Aging Diet: 7 Superfoods To Retain Youth

Written by  Cheryl Mah
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Anti-aging skincare products are regularly flying off the shelves in shops. People have started to become more concerned about retaining their youth and preventing the signs of aging from occurring.

There is definite truth to most claims of anti-aging products, however, preventing the signs of aging is not just limited to skincare. In fact, delaying premature aging should be viewed holistically – from making lifestyle changes like quitting smoking and drinking less alcohol to changing your diet and eating right. If you are serious about reversing the age of your skin and body, why not supplement your skincare routine with an anti-aging diet?


Here are 7 superfoods that will help you to stay young:

Plain Yogurt

Yogurt has come a long way in history. It grew in popularity among the Europeans because King Francis I of France was saved from intestinal disease when a Turkish doctor treated him with goat’s milk yogurt. Even the armies of Genghis Khan consumed yogurt regularly to keep healthy – this was confirmed by historians. Besides nutrients like calcium, magnesium, potassium, protein and vitamin B, yogurt also contains probiotics that alter the gastrointestinal flora. The live bacteria in yogurt also restores balance in the intestines and reduces harmful bacteria – thus leading to an improvement to health
and energy levels.

Consume: 2 cups of low-fat plain yogurt a day

Watermelon

Watermelon contains lycopene (which gives its flesh its red colour) and vitamins A, B, C and E as well as minerals like zinc which eliminates free radicals that speeds up the aging process. Vitamin A and C help to keep hair and skin moisturised and promote healthy growth of collagen and elastic cells – these help in cell regeneration and contributes to firm, supple skin. Low in calories and made of 92% water, eating watermelon regularly quenches thirst, flushes out toxins from your body and helps you to maintain a healthy weight.

Consume: 11/2 to 2 servings per day (a 1-inch thick wedge of sliced watermelon is equivalent to 1 serving)

Dark Chocolate

Cacao, the main ingredient in dark chocolate helps to reduce stress hormones - which in turn prevents collagen in the skin from breaking down and leading to wrinkles. Dark chocolate also contains flavanols which are antioxidants, thus protecting our skin from UV rays, improves blood circulation and fights free radicals that cause aging. In fact, recent studies have shown that eating dark chocolate can improve the hydration levels of our skin too!

Consume: About 10g a day (dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao)

Olive Oil

Known to be one of the healthiest oils around, olive oil is a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids. The ancient Greek poet Homer once proclaimed it to be “liquid gold”. In a 2012 study, scientists found that that people with a higher intake of monounsaturated fatty acids – in particular, olive oil – had a lower rate of skin aging. Olive oil also contains omega-3 which is good for the heart and improves blood circulation, which in turn leads to radiant skin.

Consume: 1 teaspoon of olive oil a day

Salmon

Rich in antioxidants and an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids that helps nourish healthy skin and hair. Because it is a good source of protein, eating salmon also prevents premature aging and wrinkling as it moisturises the skin and protects it from harmful UV rays.

Consume: 2 servings per week

Nuts

The next time you need a snack - instead of reaching for those potato chips, why not reach for nuts instead? Nuts are known to increase our longevity and studies have shown that people who consume nuts regularly live more than 2 years younger than those who don’t! Due to its high level of unsaturated fats, nuts also help to prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol levels. They provide us with the necessary vitamins, minerals and proteins, reduces risk of cancer and are low in fat.

Consume: About 1 handful a day (go for Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Macadamia Nuts and Hazelnuts)

Green Vegetables

Power-packed with antioxidants that protect the body from harmful free radicals that speeds up the aging of our skin, green vegetables like broccoli, spinach and cabbage are not only full of nutritional vitamins that can strengthen your immunity but can also tackle obesity, heart disease and diabetes as they are high in fibre.

Consume: 4 to 5 servings of green vegetables a day

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