Delay Ageing With Every Bite!

Add these 7 Anti-Ageing Foods to your diet to reveal a youger you. 

Anti-Ageing Foods will not just combat ageing, they can assist with other skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. 

#1 Anti-Ageing Foods - Spices

A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Foods found a direct link between the antioxidant phenol, found in spice and herb extracts and their ability to block glycation - a process where sugar bonds to our collagen protein strands. As discussed in my blog on How Sugar Effects the Skin, we discuss that sugar directly effects the ageing process. Anything we can do to slow glycation will slow down the ageing process. These are the top anti-ageing spices: cloves, cinnamon, oregano, marjoram, sage, thyme, italian spice. 

#2 Anti-Ageing Foods - Matcha

Besides the damaging effects from UV rays, inflammation is a a major contributor to the ageing process. If we can reduce the inflammation present in our body, we will slow the ageing process. Matcha is a tea I experienced for the first time in Japan, it is the most amazing green tea I have ever had. Whisked in a hand crafted bowel, it is a taste I acquired throughout my stay. Matcha is most nutrient-rich green tea and comes in the form of a stone-ground unfermented powder. The best Matcha comes from Japan and has up to 17 times the antioxidants of wild blueberries, and seven times more than dark chocolate. 

#3 Anti-Ageing Foods - Fermented Vegetables and Cultured Foods

Healthy gut = reduced inflammatioon = healthy skin. Gut health is the key to reducing chronic inflammation. Rebalance your gut flora with anti-ageing foods such as kimchee, kefir, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, olives, Yogurt labeled with the "Live & Active Cultures" seal guarantees 100 million probiotic cultures per gram. 

#4 Anti-Ageing Foods - Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Every cell membrane in our body is made up of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Think of our cell membrane as the moat around the castle. When there is no moat, the merchants cannot bring food and supplies to the castle inhabitants. They starve and become unhealthy. The same within our skin. The lack of Omega 3 Fatty Acids prevents nutrients from entering the cell wall and waste from exiting. A lack of Omega 3 also weakens our cells defense. 

#5 Anti-Ageing Foods - Cruciferous Vegetables

Anti-ageing cruciferous vege's such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and bok choy are packed with essential antioxidants to neutralize those pesky free radicals. An added bonus with these anti-ageing foods is that they are linked to cancer prevention not only in the skin but in other organs as well.

#6 Anti-Ageing Foods - Red and Orange Vegetables

Lycopene is a carotenoid that naturally protects our skin from the sun. It is the rich pigment that gives red and orange vegetables their colour. These super antioxidant anti-ageing foods can assist in protecting the skin from erythema, a reddening from UV exposure. Beta-carotenoid is another carotenoid that can reduce reactions to sunburns. Free radicals are a by-product of sun exposure and are little rouge cells going around taking healthy electrons from healthy cells. Antioxidants form your army against free radicals by going around returning the stolen eletrons to cells making them healthy once again. Antioxidants assist in the fight against premature ageing.

#7 Anti-Ageing Foods - Blueberries

This anti-ageing food is a super berry, they pack a punch full of Vitamin A, C and fiber and can delay the ageing process. Blueberries help to neutralize free radicals, which might otherwise damage skin cells, leaving your skin with a younger and softer look and feel. They are one of the highest sources of antioxidants so grab a handful and eat these delicious berries as often as you can. 

 

 

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X Happy Skin Days, Sarah Wilkinson, Skin Matrix

 

References:

  1. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/02/02/anti-inflammatory-foods-herbs-spices.aspx
  2. http://www.webmd.com/beauty/skin/want-healthy-skin-feed-well
  3. http://www.livestrong.com/article/457861-what-are-the-benefits-of-blueberries-for-the-skin/
  4. http://greatist.com/health/6-food-groups-will-protect-you-sun