What Are The Best "Wrinkle Zapping" Foods
“Nature gives you the face you have at 20; it’s up to you to merit the face you have at 50.”
- Coco Chanel
It is important to use skin care for anti-ageing, but it works better when you can feed your skin from the inside also.
Fruit and vegetables contain large amounts of water, which assist in keeping your skin hydrated. They also provide your skin with the nutrients required, including vitamins A, B, C and the different types of antioxidants to protect your skin from free radicals.
But also, the more fibre fruit and vegetables have the better gut health you have, which lead to greater skin health. Fruit and vegetables also have natural oils and omega 3's, which help to keep your skin soft and subtle.
Antioxidants and Anti-ageing
Antioxidants include vitamins, minerals and other compounds in foods that work to minimise damage caused by free radicals and help to keep your skin cells healthy. They are present already in our bodies and some foods, so to keep your skin healthy, give it a boost by eating a diet rich of antioxidants.
Which foods contain antioxidants?
The biggest group of antioxidants are flavonoids, which are the phytochemical which give fruit and vegetables their colour and taste. The food colours that contains the most antioxidants are purple, blue, red and orange.
Here is a list of antioxidant-rich, wrinkle-zapping foods:
Berries, including blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and cranberries.
Spinach and other leafy green vegetables, including kale and Brussel sprouts
Whole wheat, including bread and cereal, wheat germ and brown rice.
Oils, including olive and vegetable oils, and omega-3 oils.
Dairy foods (including cheese), eggs, liver and oily fish (including shellfish).
Seeds, including sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
Nuts, including hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans and walnuts.
And do you want to know the best news? Resveratrol, which is an antioxidant found in red grapes and we know what drink we love which contains red grapes! Red wine allows your cells to live longer, which slows ageing, and it is also known to offset dangers of heart disease, Alzheimer's and some forms of cancer. Cheers, you can thank me later!
So, you can now smile when eating antioxidant-rich foods knowing you are turning back the clock with ageing.
Today is the oldest you have ever been, and the youngest you will ever be again. Keep enjoying all the moments.
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.