Despite our best efforts to delay the signs of aging and minimize the damage to our skin – our aging skin, with its fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores and sallow complexion, usually wins out.
Intuitively, we know that diet and exercise and a healthy lifestyle are good for the body as well as the mind. We also know that avoiding stress, cigarette smoke, pollution, over exposure to the sun and drinking in moderation make us feel healthier, but do these healthy habits actually help you look younger?
Well, they definitely play a role in keeping you healthier, but to help you actually look younger you need to feed your muscles the right foods.
There are 21 muscles in the face. As we age these muscles, like everything else, become weaker and the skin is less resilient, resulting in sagging skin and a lined face. Eating these six fabulous muscle and cell-rejuvenating foods can help.
Almonds – If you want to look younger, make sure you include in your anti-aging diet a handful of almonds every day. A quarter cup of almonds a day will provide about 45% of the daily-recommended intake of Vitamin E which protects cell membranes from free radical damage caused by air pollution, peroxides and ultra violet rays. Also, contrary to popular belief, almonds are not fattening, in fact, the fats in almonds are cholesterol lowering, monosaturated fats that are good for the heart!
Grapes – grapes contain one of the most potent antioxidants, Resveratrol. Antioxidants have the ability to slow or prevent the oxidation of our cells – keeping us younger, longer. Red and purple-skinned grapes, blueberries and other berries of the darker variety have high Resveratrol content.
Halibut – high in antioxidants and protein, Halibut also has high Omega-3 fatty acid content which strengthens skin cells and lowers inflammation.
Kale – the ultimate face food! The vitamins A and K in Kale, tone the skin and keep it resilient while increasing muscle strength. The strong green color in Kale has phytochemicals which helps limit the damage from the sun.
Olive oil – this oil has a long history of helping us look younger and stay healthy. Used by the ancient Romans and Greeks, olive oil has a high percentage of unsaturated fat and vitamins A and E that help prevent sun damage. Olive oil also works on the outside as a topical remedy to soothe and replenish the skin, particularly sensitive skin.
There are loads of healthy foods for helping stave off the signs of aging. These powerful few, focus on helping keep the facial muscles and bones stronger, and assist in cell rejuvenation too. So find a way to incorporate these 6 foods into your daily diet and help your face fight the signs of aging.
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