Eat Right, Look Younger

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Eat Right, Look Younger

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If you tend to stress out about aging and want to look as young as possible, one key thing that you should focus on is eating right. It’s as simple as that! There are certain foods that help erase wrinkles and cause people to younger. Here is a list of certain foods that you should try to include in your diet as much as possible:

Pomegranates: Best for Softening Skin

Pomegranates contain a large amount of vitamin C which helps protect you against the wrinkling effects caused by the sun. Debra Jaliman, an assistant professor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City states that “the juice in pomegranate seeds contains both elegiac acid and paniculonin. The first is a polyphenol compound that fights damage from free radicals; the second is a super nutrient that may increase your body’s capacity to preserve collagen, the subdermal connective tissue that makes skin look smooth and plump.

Serve yourself: A cup of pomegranate seeds — not just juice — every week, suggests Jackie Newgent, RD, a nutritionist based in New York City.

Blueberries: Best for Smoothing Fine Lines

Blueberries contain more antioxidants than almost any other food. They can give your skin extra protection against the skin-damaging free radicals that result from sun exposure, emotional stress, and even over-exercising.

Serve yourself: One-half cup every day will help to prevent the cell-structure damage that can lead to loss of firmness, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Kale and Spinach: Best for Firming

Both of these vegetables provide special phytonutrients, or antioxidant compounds, that help protect people from sun damage. According to a study in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, spinach is loaded with beta-carotene and lutein, two nutrients that have been shown to improve skin elasticity.

Serve yourself: Every week, aim for three cups of either kale or spinach, or a combination of both.

Cold-Water Fish: Best for Reducing Redness

Sardines, salmon, and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids all strengthen your skin’s cell membranes, while keeping moisture in. If you consume at least two servings of fish a week, it can help reduce chronic skin inflammations, such as eczema and psoriasis.

Serve yourself: No more than six 6-ounce portions a week to avoid mercury contamination.

Green Tea: Best for Diminishing Brown Spots

Green tea contains catechins (one of the most effective compounds for preventing sun damage like hyperpigmentation) and polyphenols (antioxidants that combat free-radical damage and may reverse the effects of aging).

Serve yourself: At least one cup a day to see results in as little as a month.

Watermelon: Best for Dewy Complexion

Watermelon provides the ultimate antioxidant, vitamin C, plus lycopene and potassium, which regulates the balance of water and nutrients in cells.

Serve yourself: At least one to two cups a week.

Olive Oil: Best for a Healthy Glow

There are “healthy fats” in olive oil that are very beneficial because they provide heart-healthy omega-3s, which improve circulation, leaving skin rosy and supple.

Serve yourself: A tablespoon a day

It is very important to incorporate these food (as well as green tea) into your weekly diet. These foods are not only very beneficial to your interior health, but they also will help cause your skin and complexion to look much younger. It is important to have young and healthy skin in order to feel good and confident about yourself. If one of the best ways to make this happen is by eating the foods listed above, then this should not be difficult for you at all!

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