With a healthy diet that provides you with rich nutrients, you'll be able to turn back the hands of time and help your body actively fight the aging process. From neutralizing antioxidants to skin-nourishing lycopene, the grocery store aisles are loaded with foods chock full of age-fighting ingredients.
To learn more about the different kinds of food you should be putting in your grocery cart to stay young, keep reading.
Don't Say Goodbye to the Berries
Every kind of edible berry will help in some way to slow the aging process. However, the best types of age-fighting berries are blueberries and acai. The antioxidants in blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries can all help slow the mental aging process as well as release their antioxidants to regenerate new skin cells to keep you looking young.
Antioxidants are compounds that fight or neutralize free radicals, which are essentially unstable oxygen molecules that cause cell degradation, leading to premature aging or even health conditions like cancer. So, grab a handful of berries and make yourself a soy-yogurt smoothie. Your skin and digestive system will approve. Your taste buds will be delighted as well.
Don't Say Ta Ta to the Tomatoes
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which helps to keep the skin staying fresh. Other fruits and veggies that contain lycopene include red bell peppers, guava, papaya, and watermelon.
Lycopene is helpful because inside each cell there is a small chromosome with a tail, let's say. If the tail is short, the cell has a short lifespan; once it dies, another wrinkle is added to the team.
If the tail is long, the cell has a long lifespan and your skin will stay younger longer. Essentially, the lycopene helps to get rid of the faulty, short-tailed cells and then create new ones by increasing oxygen flow to your skin's cells.
Carrots Can Help More Than Your Vision
Carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and mangos are all fantastic sources of beta-carotene, and your skin needs beta-carotene to stay hydrated. It also protects the Vitamin C in our bodies from oxidation, which then lets us have nice, hydrated skin. If there is a lack of beta-carotene, the skin dries up, cells die, and wrinkles are formed.
Just by adding a few more veggies and fruits to our diets, these foods can ward off aging. Add some fruit in the morning or to snack on during the day and some vegetables at night and you'll be one bite away from a great fountain of youth.