Girls, we spend a fortune on lotions and potions to keep us looking young, and apparently, most experts believe almost none of them works! Diet, on the other, plays an important role in preserving firm, fresh skin. A few quick additions to your daily menu can really make a difference, ladies. Here’s a list of tasty snacks to help you maintain that youthful glow …
Berries make a delicious, fresh summer snack, and, girls, they're packed with anti-aging potential. Rich in antioxidants that fight damaging free radicals, berries also help our bodies to make collagen, the substance that keeps skin looking elastic and plump.
2. Hydrating Veg
Foods rich in water, such as cucumbers, celery and watermelon and peaches are full of healthy vitamins and also hydrate the skin, helping to fill out those wrinkles. Brew yourself up some fresh green tea to complement your H2O filled snacks; it’s packed with antioxidants and really helps to maintain moisture in the skin as well.
Spinach is a super-healthy leafy green, and it’s simply bursting with anti-aging agents. It helps to keep eyes clear, and in addition, contains vitamin B9 which aids the body in the production of healthy red blood cells.
Delicious, creamy avocados contain plenty of monounsaturated fats. These are oils that our body needs and they help to reduce levels of bad cholesterol that can lead to heart disease. In addition, avos are rich in Vitamin E which helps to keep skin looking young and fresh, and can curb hot flushes associated with menopause.
5. Cruciferous Veg
Vegetables in this family include brussel sprouts, radishes and watercress, and are effective in the body’s fight against toxins. Studies have also shown that people who snack on these crunchy nibbles raw and on a regular basis are less likely to suffer from cancers later in their life.
While eating a clove of raw garlic every day might sound quite unpleasant, I think the benefits might convince you it’s a good idea. Studies have shown that garlic helps to significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and also of cancer, and in addition it’s packed with nutrients to ensure shiny hair and strong nails.
Ginger is super tasty in both baked goods and as a seasoning in oriental-style dishes. It also promotes good circulation, sending oxygen-rich red blood to the skin, and helps your body effectively to digest the nutrients and vitamins in other foods.
Apparently, the brighter the orange colour of the carrot, the more effective it will be in helping you to fight the aging process. These vegetables are full of phytonutrients and antioxidants and these help to protect the skin from damaging free-radicals. The beta carotene also promotes healthy skin regeneration and guards against the effects of UV exposure.
What are your thoughts ladies? Do you believe diet can play a role in slowing down the aging process? Would you eat a clove of garlic every day if it helped to protect your system? Let me know that you think …
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