Aging is a mechanical phenomenon, we can’t stop it but we can slow down the procedure.
Your skin has two major proteins – collagen and elastin. These proteins are very active during your young age, but as you grow older they start working slowly.
As you grow your body’s antioxidant fighting capability reduces by oxygen-containing free radicals. And these free radicals attack Collagen and elastin, so your skin starts looking dull and damaged.
Foods to avoid to look young –
Sugar – Food that is loaded with sugar, like donuts, pastries need to be avoided. Excessive sugar can give rise to wrinkles.
Oily Food – Deep-fried food like french fries, pakoda absorb more oil and when you consume them they can add inflammation all over the body.
It increases the level of LDL, which is bad cholesterol and increases the risk of heart diseases.
Alcohol – Moderate amount of alcohol is good for you but heavy drinking can speed up your aging process.
Moderate is one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. That is 5 ounces of wine and 12 ounces of beer you can consume daily.
Food that favors anti-aging process –
Vegetables, fruits, nuts have anti-inflammatory properties and can fight inflammation for your good look.
Red bell paper – It is a rich source of Vitamin C and loaded with antioxidants.
Vitamin C is good for collagen production. Also, Red bell paper has carotenoids, a plant pigment that helps skin from pollution and sun damage.
Papaya – It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Antioxidants in papaya help to fight free radicals and helps to delay the aging process. Which improves skin elasticity, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles.
Also, papaya contains papain enzyme which is the best anti-inflammatory agent, helps to lower the aging process.
Spinach – Spinach is rich in iron, which we all know, but along with that it is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin A, C, E, and K, magnesium.
Vitamin C in spinach stimulates collagen production, which helps to keep your skin smooth and firm.
Vitamin A helps for healthy hair. Antioxidants help to increase the oxygen level of the whole body.
Avocado – Avocado is loaded with fatty acids which fight against inflammation. Also, it is rich in Vitamin K, C, E, B, and A.
Fatty acid in avocado helps for smooth skin. Carotenoids in it reduce toxic effects from sun rays and prevent damage and protect against skin cancer. Vitamin A in it helps to shed dead skin and gives you more glow.
Pomegranate – It is a rich source of Vitamin C and antioxidants.
If you remember, pomegranates are used as a treatment for diarrhea.
Antioxidants in it help in reducing inflammation and fight free radicals which are damaging your skin.
Punicalagins in pomegranates preserve collagen in the skin and slow the aging process.
Tomato – Tomatoes are known as the best anti-aging food.
They boost collagen formation by double and keep the tightness of skin intact. Lycopene in it protects skin from sun damage and helps you to look young forever.
Ginger – Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, we all know. So that it uses more to reduce cough and cold. These anti-inflammatory agents help to protect you from skin breakouts.
But along with that, it has antioxidants that fight aging spots and rejuvenate your skin texture.
Sweet potato – In India sweet potato is mostly used as fasting food. But more than this it has lots of nutritional value.
It is rich in beta carotene and Vitamin A. Which helps to prevent skin from damaging as well as gives you clear skin.
Watermelon – As we all know watermelon contains almost 90% of water. Consuming watermelon helps you to remain hydrated. Lycopene in the watermelon helps you to prevent sunburn.
Almonds and walnuts – Almonds are rich in Vitamin E and omega 6 fatty acid, while Walnut is rich in Vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acid.
Omega 6 fatty acid helps in reducing fine lines from the skin. Omega 3 fatty acid, gives you strong, shiny hairs and prevents premature hair greying.
Vitamin E protects skin from harmful UV rays, hydrates your skin, and acts as a cleansing agent.
Green Tea – Green tea contain more antioxidants. Which fights against free radicals and helps to reduce skin damage.
It also keeps your skin hydrated and reduces the chances of wrinkles.
- For looking young forever your skin needs to be healthy as well as your overall health too.
- Include more fruits and vegetables in your diet.
- Keep yourself hydrated.
- Exercise daily for overall good health.