ANTI-AGING FOODS | Looking and feeling younger

ANTI-AGING FOODS | Looking and feeling younger

Forever Young
There may not be such a thing as a foundation of youth, but the foods and supplements featured in this chapter will quickly help you get on the path towards looking and feeling younger.
If we are what we eat, it’s time to take a serious look at your diet and the type of foods you’ve been consuming that may contribute to lack of energy, brain fog, wrinkles and bad skin.
Instead of processed foods that leave your skin dry and wrinkled, stock up on these expert-recommended ingredients next time you’re out grocery shopping and begin the transformation!
Sesame Seeds
Surprising? It shouldn’t be. Sesame seeds are high in calcium and rich in many other minerals including magnesium, iron and fiber –
all of which support healthy bones.
Pineapples
Pineapple includes a powerful mineral called manganese which activates the prolidase enzyme, which helps with the formation and increased production of collagen.
Why does collagen matter so much?
An added boost of collagen production (that’s created by the amino acid proline that comes from pineapple) will give you an immediate improvement in skin strength and elasticity which will make you look youthful and toned.
Dark Chocolate
Not only is dark chocolate loaded with anti-aging benefits, but it’s great as a replacement for sugary cravings if you’re trying to cut carbs and lose weight.
Dark chocolate is packed with flavanols, which are known to increase blood flow to the skin which improves overall circulation.
As an added benefit, because of the flavanols found in dark chocolate, and their ability to absorb UV radiation, you’ll be able to protect your skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure.
Blueberries
One of the top power berries of them all, blueberries contain more antioxidants than nearly any other fruit! Better yet, they also reduce skin damage caused by sun exposure.
But there’s yet another reason to incorporate blueberries into your daily diet: they contain high levels of Vitamin C which works to prevent wrinkles and smooth fine lines.

Tip: Blueberries are also known to help protect your skin from emotional stress and even over exercising and the dark purple seeds from Concord grades are filled with polyphenols that will help keep your mind sharp.
Incorporate one-half cup of blueberries into your diet every day to prevent cell-structure damage and prevent the loss of firmness in your skin.
Pomegranate
It should come as no surprise that pomegranate is an essential fruit when it comes to anti-aging and softening your skin so that it looks and feels years younger.
Pomegranate is a top ingredient in many shakes, smoothies and vitamin-based drinks as well as many anti-aging and weight loss recipes because of the high levels of ellagic acid and punicalagin, found in its seeds.
Ellagic acid is a compound that fights damage from free radicals while punicalagin is a super nutrient that helps boost collagen production and connective tissue – both of which will give your skin a soft, plump and smooth look.
Tip: Try to incorporate more than pomegranate juice. Consider purchasing seeds that you can sprinkle into foods and recipes.
Kale, Spinach or Swiss Chard
When it comes to firming up that loose skin and minimizing wrinkles, take your pick between these three power foods.
These vital veggies include special phytonutrients that help protect your skin from sun damage, while fueling your body with antioxidant compounds.

Spinach is loaded with beta-carotene, a powerful nutrient that has been proven to improve overall skin elasticity.
Tip: Try to include 3-4 cups of kale, spinach or Swiss chard into your daily diet. Replace iceberg or romaine lettuce with spinach.
Swiss chard leaves, as well as Kale, are loaded with chlorophyll, a super nutrient that can block the effects of cancer-causing chemicals!

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