Eat Your Way to Looking Younger

Monday, August 20, 2012 by Health Tips

Daily Health Tips update for August 20:

Nourish your skin from the inside out by eating foods that limit the aging process. It’s not just a healthy diet, but specific foods and nutrients that can do everything from hydrate your skin to protect it from the environment. Today we’ll look at 5 foods that you should put on your plate to eat your way to a younger-looking you.

  1. Vitamin C Foods—Oranges and other citrus fruits, peppers and kale are all high in vitamin C. A British study showed that women who ate higher amounts of this antioxidant vitamin had fewer wrinkles and less dry skin.
     
  2. Lean Protein—Protein is a building block of collagen, which gives skin its elasticity. When collagen and other proteins break down, it causes the skin to fold into itself, creating wrinkles. Lean protein foods include skinless poultry, egg whites, fish and tofu.
     
  3. Alaskan Sockeye SalmonFatty Fish—A natural source of omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs), fatty fish help guard and protect your skin from the environment, including the sun, according to three British studies. The best fish to put on your plate include salmon, tuna, mackerel and trout. If fish isn’t your thing, walnuts, flaxseeds, canola oil, pumpkin seeds and tofu containing ALA are also natural sources of EFAs.
     
  4. Whole Grains—Drop the refined grains and make the switch to whole grains like brown rice, oatmeal, barley and whole wheat. Whole grains are a natural source of selenium, a skin-protecting mineral.
     
  5. Produce Rainbow—Load up on colorful fruits and vegetables, especially ones that are yellow, orange or red. Produce in these colors is a source of carotenoids, free radical-fighting antioxidants that nourish the skin. They include beta-carotene, which helps skin stay hydrated and increases collagen production and lycopene, which protects skin from environmental damage.

Source: Good Housekeeping


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