As we get older, we start to ask important questions about our lives. Some wonder if they are in the right career or not. Some question if they are living in the right city, or with the right person. Some ask if they are making a difference in the world, or if when they are gone, will people remember them. People like me, however, wonder if they are looking older. Call me superficial, but I don’t want to grow up! I don’t want wrinkles and sun spots and yellow teeth. So instead of freaking out, I’ve done some research on natural ways to stay young. And as it turns out there are some pretty tasty ways to combat aging.
Salmon and other cold water fish are great sources of protein. These proteins help to maintain skin cells and help promote cell regineration…which means they are anti-wrinkle! The omega-3 fatty acids in Salmon help keep skin radiant and fresh and also helps brain function…bonus! The dark pink color in salmon comes from an antioxidant called astaxanthin, which is an anti-inflamitory…goodbye fine lines and wrinkles!
Wheat grass and barley are close cousins of all dark leafy greens, but wheat grass packs a much more nutrient dense punch. Green foods help to detoxify the skin to keep it looking radiant. Because of the high levels of chlorophyll, wheat grass has positive effects on blood pressure, cholesterol, and the immune system. The chlorophyll also fights against bad breath…who knew?
Every diet needs good fat to help absorb the nutrients from our fruits and vegetables. Olive oil keeps our cells supple which translates to smoother skin. Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains oleic acid which helps us absorb omega-3’s and other nutrients in our food. The acid keeps our cells outer walls supple allowing nutrients to enter easily and waste to escape.
These little blue balls (don’t be gross) are full of anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation causes sagging and wrinkles and we don’t want that. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and improve memory and brain function. Anything that is good for the brain is good for the skin.
Green tea contains polyphenols which help to get rid of free radicals that cause inflammation. New studies also show that polypphenols help protect cells from cancer causing DNA damage. Another new finding suggests that the green tea polyphenols, also known as EGCG, reactivate dying skin cells, in turn, making us look younger!
Sour citrus fruits, including grapefruit, lemons, and limes contain antioxidants called limonoids. These limonoids help prevent cancer by boosting detoxification in the liver, lower blood cholesterol, and inhibit cancer cell growth in skin. A study conducted for Bordeaux Medical also found that the proanthocyanidins (say that 3 times fast!) found in sour citrus strengthen capillaries which maintains the elastin of our skin keeping it healthy and youthful.