There are a lot of signs of aging that require you to take care of your body in a more healthy and efficient manner. Dealing with aging by just using chemical filled creams is not the best option. More often than not, such creams only make you feel younger as long as they’re applied, as soon as their application stops your skin ends up more damaged. The thing about aging is that it can be fought from inside-out more effectively. Signs of aging include thinning hair, sagging skin, hyper-pigmentation (dark spots), Dull Skin, Fine lines and wrinkles, Patchy skin, Dry skin and Open pores. To maintain a healthy, anti-ageing diet, here’s a list of 5 foods that boost the anti-ageing process:
These are one of the most important food ingredients that prevent wrinkles. Moisture is the secret weapon to fighting wrinkles and other signs of aging. Coconut oil helps in keeping your skin well moisturized while increasing its elasticity. On the other hand, Jojoba oil not only hydrates skin but also aids the cell regeneration process, improves skin elasticity and firmness. In the case of sensitive skin, jojoba oil can be mixed with lavender oil for a more soothing effect. Jojoba oil, however, shouldn’t be ingested, it can be applied to the skin directly only. For people with oily skin Jojoba oil also reduces sebum production by the skin, thereby reducing oiliness of the skin. Extra virgin olive oil helps in increasing the amount of antioxidants in your body, which promote younger looking skin.
Omega fatty acids (3, 6 &9) are found in healthy oils and nuts. Apart from that, nuts also constitute unsaturated fats, fibers, amino acids, and proteins. They help build up skin walls, making them look plump, healthy and hydrated. Wrinkles are also caused due to the weakening of collagen and elastin in skin layers caused by free radicals; Selenium, which is found in nuts, helps repair them. Proteins help rebuild and promote damage repair, giving a younger appearance to the skin. Water retention and sodium rich foods can also lead to dark circles; nuts help reduce them due to the presence of potassium. Types of nuts that promote anti aging are almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, Brazilian nuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecan halves, walnuts.
Foods Containing Vitamins A, C & E
Vitamin A contains beta-carotene and retinol, Vitamin E & C act as anti oxidants. These are the most important vitamins for the skin. Free radicals cause wrinkles and fine lines by taking oxygen from healthy cells; these vitamins help in fighting such free radical damage. They also protect collagen and elastin damage in the skin, apart from preventing premature aging. Such foods are capable of reducing fine lines and boosting skin health. Food products containing either of these vitamins are avocados, apples, spinach, tomatoes, mangoes, oranges, green vegetables, carrots, sweet potato, and sweet red peppers.
During old age the natural immune system’s inflammatory response might become overactive, in which case active immune cells are left circulating in the body, causing inflammation. Such food may cause bloating, or your eyes or nose to run. Foods containing inflammatory properties are white flour, red meat, sugar, packaged food, fast food, gluten and some dairy products. An anti- inflammatory diet should include foods like turmeric, omega-3 fatty acid containing foods, green leafy vegetables, bok choy, celery, beets, broccoli, blueberries, pineapple, salmon, walnuts, coconut oil, chia seeds, flax seeds, ginger.
Body cells become susceptible to the aging process if the fluid inside them isn’t slightly alkaline. In such a case, the body extracts calcium and magnesium from bones (which are alkaline), weakening them, to neutralize excess acid. Acidic foods are the ones which might have acids inside them but have an alkalizing effect on the body, like lemons, curd, etc. Acid forming foods are the ones leading to acidity, to avoid them one can opt for an alkaline diet which includes vegetables, fruits and legumes( for e.g. lentils). Acidity causing foods include fried food, processed baked goods, coffee, carbonated drinks, hot and spicy foods, alcohol and meat.