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How eating the right food can help your skin look younger
Our diet is one of the most immediate ways to make us look younger than we really are. By incorporating nutrient-dense foods in our daily diet, we can supply our body with plenty of vitamins, phytochemicals and other ingredients that rejuvenate the skin, hair and other parts of our body. Start incorporating these foods in your diet to minimise the effects of time on your face and body.
Parsley contains phytochemicals that enhance the removal of heavy metals from the body. Heavy metals that accumulate in the body due to environmental pollutants or our diet may affect the body's normal mechanisms and speed up the aging process. Parsley is one of the few foods that have this property – helping to detoxify the body. It is a food rich in vitamins C and A, and if consumed as a salad, it can be a good source of plant-derived iron. Use it as a salad with red bell peppers and olive oil to accompany a meal with fish.
Walnuts and linseed
Keep in mind that walnuts and linseed are good sources of omega-3 – these foods also contain many other antioxidants. On days when you are not eating fish or seafood, try to include walnuts or freshly ground linseed in your diet to enhance your intake of antioxidants.
Why do we need to consume so many antioxidants? Antioxidants are the key substances that fight free radicals in our body. Our exposure to stress, environmental stress, strenuous exercise or tobacco can increase the body's oxidative stress, that is, the number of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are largely responsible for the early signs of aging, but they also increase the risk of morbidity. Antioxidants are found in many natural - primarily raw foods - such as berries, nuts and olive oil. Blackberries, blueberries and strawberries in particular are among the richest foods in antioxidant phytochemicals. Incorporate them in your diet, be it fresh, frozen or dried to reap the benefits of the flavonoids and anthocyanins that contain.
Fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have natural anti-inflammatory properties and can delay both the external signs of aging and enhance the nervous system, memory and cognitive functions. Opt for small fish and seafood rather than larger fish, as smaller fish and seafood do not tend to accumulate heavy metals, that pass through the food chain to humans. Eat sardines or anchovies regularly and avoid salmon and tuna.
The most famous ingredient in wine is resveratrol, a phenol that is inextricably linked to the beneficial properties of wine. Red wine contains four times more resveratrol than white wine. Similarly, red grapes contain more than white grapes. This very powerful phytochemical is also associated with cancer prevention, which is why you should opt for red grapes.