As we age and begin to feel our own mortality, many of us secretly fantasize about a “fountain of youth” that we can drink from, and which will turn back the clock on Father Time. But so far, no such fountain has been found, at least, not that anyone is talking about.
So we do other things in an attempt to look and feel younger. We buy fancy skin creams, most of which are just garbage in a jar. We spend more time at the gym or following fitness regimens at home – and of course, there is nothing wrong with trying to stay fit. But we can also diminish the effects of aging by eating the right foods, and the good news is, to get healthier looking skin we don’t have to buy anything expensive or exotic to add to our diets.
Let’s take a peek at some of those foods below:
Berries, berries and more berries: What kind of berries are best for you? Really, you can take your pick. Berries are loaded with antioxidants that help your skin battle against the free radicals that make it age, as well as other molecules that can damage skin cells (remember, your skin is the largest organ in your body). Also, berries help cleanse your blood and thereby increase your immunity, which is also important in having healthy looking skin.
In fact, as Natural News has reported, research indicates that the antioxidant qualities of berries help reduce wrinkles, via phytochemicals.
Broccoli, anyone? A great source of quercetin, which is another powerful antioxidant, this crunchy veggie helps to remove harmful free radicals from your body, naturally. What’s more, broccoli acts as an anti-inflammatory, so it can help prevent your skin from looking dull, tired and prematurely wrinkled.
“A new study from Johns Hopkins University researchers has found that broccoli sprouts have the ability to provide detoxifying effects in the body, gaining recognition from those who have previously doubted food’s impact on removing toxic chemicals from the system or who have taken issue with consumption of sprouts in general.”
Spinach: This lush, green superfood isn’t just for Popeye. Spinach contains a rich supply of vitamins A and C, and it keeps your skin healthy by repairing damaged skin cells, among other things. In addition, as noted by Bollywood Shaadis, spinach “is also rich in lutein, a biomolecule that improves the hydration as well as elasticity of the skin. So, add this super-food in your diet for a healthy and soft skin.”
Almond butter: No, not peanut butter, almond butter. If you’ve never tried it, you’re truly missing out – not just on a great food, but on a wonderful skin preserver. This food is rich in vitamin E, and will help protect your skin from damaging UV rays. Also, almond butter will help repair damaged cells, and contains healthy fats and protein, to bring out a natural glow.
Mushrooms: Not everyone enjoys these tasty little morsels, but they sure are good for your skin. They help protect against harsh UV radiation, and they contain selenium, which is believed to help prevent skin cancer. Also, mushrooms are B-vitamin rich.
Fish: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fish helps to improve your skin’s elasticity and helps battle wrinkles, while adding a natural glow to your face.