Staying Young is Just Another Meal Away
Healthy foods to stay young? Of course, you’ve heard it before, probably when mom insisted that you eat more apples and less burger even when you thought you were too young to age.
Indeed, mom was right. You’ll never know when you’ll start to age until you notice some crumpling and folding on your skin. Premature aging might just be a sleep away. And you never want to see that happen.
But it’s never too late. You can delay aging now by changing some items on your plates, and it’s just another meal away.
You Are What You Eat
The food and all other things that you take or don’t are laying the groundwork for your health and your appearance as well.
According to nutrition experts, what you eat becomes the outer fabric of your body. And the healthier the food you put in your mouth, the better you will look externally.
A person who consumes processed foods regularly e.g. processed meats may suffer from diseases and look older then his actual age. On the other hand, a person deficient in unsaturated fats may have dry, flaky skin, and eventually look older.
Whole grains, cereals, black beans, apples, and pears are just some of the foods that are rich in fiber. Fiber found in these foods moves quickly and relatively easily through your digestive tract, hence, keeping bowel movements regular and preventing constipation. This is one of the problems that aging people commonly encounter.
Fish, walnut, and flax seed oil
These foods are among the best sources of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA). EFA especially the omega-3 fatty acids regulate the fluidity or softness of the cell membranes, thus making your cell membranes healthy and hold more moisture. So that means younger looking skin.
Deficiency is visible in a hardening of the skin, as with dry skin and acne. And to those who are living in colder climates, you need more EFA for membrane fluidity.
Fruits and vegetables
Antioxidants from fruits and vegetables fight off free radicals, the by-product of the body’s everyday processes that damage DNA, cells, and tissues. The antioxidants and other phytochemicals lessens the chances of damage to the body’s cells. And because you are guarding your cells from damage, you are also protecting yourself from premature aging.
Whole-grain cereals, organic meats, chicken, egg yolk, and garlic
Selenium, found in these foods, plays a key role in making the skin healthy. It is a sulphur-like mineral that lessens the oxidative damage of skin cells. It also helps in regulating the thyroid hormone and helps prevent hypertension, cancer, and stroke. Selenium is often added to antioxidant vitamins.
If you think looking young is difficult, try including more fruits, vegetables, fish, and whole grains to your diet. Limit your intake of foods high in cholesterol, sodium, and calories. This results in a healthier body and a younger-looking you.
If you think it’s too early to look old, think twice!