Every woman worries at least a little bit about aging. My mom, who is the most down to earth person I know, does a vigorous face cleansing system every day. She isn’t vain or conceited. She just wants to look her best no matter what her age is. And she doesn’t like to use wrinkle creams or those pricey wrinkle treatments. So she is all natural and vegan with her skin care.
After doing some research on anti-aging foods and how they affect the skin I have found 5 foods I will be eating every day. My mom has started eating them too! Their youth benefits are amazing. I think you can never be too young to start taking care of your skin right? Your skin is your bodies largest organ after all. If you can begin a plan to introduce these foods into your diet on a regular basis you could see dramatic changes in your skin over time. And unlike the effect or wrinkle creams or other synthetic products, the results will be natural and long lasting.
You may know that avocados are high in fat. But did you know that’s a good thing? Especially if you are looking for young healthy skin! They provide your body and your skin eight essential fatty acids. These EFA’s keep skin cells healthy and vibrant. An avocado also contains certain oils that moisturize your skin. And as if that weren’t enough it boost collagen levels. Last but not least, avocados contain sterolins which are amazing for dry skin. You will see this ingredient used in a lot of commercial skin care products. So eat more avocados if you want to look younger and have amazing skin.
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals in the body. This slows down the aging process. On the inside and out. Especially your skin. Blueberries are one of the best sources of antioxidants you can eat. They are also high in vitamin C which not only boost your immune system, it also contributes to healthier blood vessel walls. Have you ever seen splotchy skin? This is usally from busted or weakened capillaries. Keeping them strong and healthy can prevent you from ever having splotchy skin. And unlike using possibly unsafe face creams, blueberries are safe and delicious!
You may already know about the powerful benefits of eating ground flaxseed, or flaxseed powder. It helps protect against heart disease, provides several vitamins and is high in Omega-3 fatty acids.
These vitamins and EFA’s are powerful at helping the skin stay soft, moisturized and healthy. They also have anti-aging properties that can keep skin soft and smooth. Not only can these nutritional powerhouses help you look younger, they can actually help fight aging from the inside out.
One thing to know about flax seed is that they must be ground into powder for your body to absorb them. You can use something like a nutribullet or vitamix to grind them into powder. And if you’re making a smoothie in your blender just pop them in whole and they will be ground in with the other ingredients.
I am not talking about Hershey’s candy bars. I am talking about dark chocolate which is at least 70% cocoa. Not only does dark chocolate enhance your mood and make you feel younger, it protects your skin.
A recent study showed that women who ate just 20g of dark chocolate daily their skin resisted the damage by UV rays. Most of the signs of aging in the skin comes from UV ray damage. It is high in antioxidants as well which also fights free radical damage to the skin. Just remember to only eat dark chocolate and no more than one small square daily. Eating too much of it can do more harm than good!
This little super food for the skin helps keep you looking young and healthy in several ways. It is very high in antioxidants. It also has antibacterial qualities that can help prevent or reduce age spots.
It also helps your liver filter toxins out of your system. This contributes to healthier skin and improved skin function. You can get more ginger by using it in smoothies, soups and refreshing drinks!
Ginger is very strong and can really only be consumed in small amounts. I like to add it to my smoothies and in some recipes. It’s very warming to the body and you will get than sensation when you eat it. But if you consume to much it can actually make you feel nauseated. Don’t worry! It isn’t dangerous, you just need to eat it in proper amounts. Your skin will thank you for it!
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