9 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Anti Aging Foods But Should
The visible signs of aging can get to the best of us. Even the strong hearted may not be spared the agony when it comes to noticing their first ever grey hair, first fine line or the loss of skin volume and elasticity.
If you are like most people, you may have thought that the first wrinkle on your face was going to take you downhill from there. Or if you have been impressed by the effects of cosmetic surgery celebrities, wondering if looking young would be worth using up all your savings for, you are wrong. You do not need expensive surgeries, creams, or treatments to age reversely. But what you do need is food.
That is correct and it doesn’t get any simpler than that. Without ever actually realizing what a significant difference our diet can make in reverse aging, we have a tendency to opt for less reliable and potentially harmful methods to look younger.
While eating the rainbow in all its glory will do wonders for improving your overall health, our particular concern is with foods that halt the effects aging. So here are some top contenders that can produce noticeable effects on how well you age.
Tomatoes are great for reverse aging, especially the skin. Tomatoes have a very large quantity of carotenoids in them which have been studied extensively to protect and shield from damage caused by sunlight.
UV light forms free radicals of the naturally occurring and otherwise harmless elements in the atmosphere. These free radicals, in turn, can react with our skin among other things, damaging, drying, exhausting and eventually causing premature aging of the skin.
The specific carotenoids in tomatoes also naturally inhibit the enzyme collagenase that breaks down collagen in the skin. Collagen is important for strength, whether it is associated with skin, hair or any other tissue of the body. If it is maintained in adequate amounts in the skin, it makes the skin stronger and more resistant to factors that cause aging.
Using tomatoes in their raw form, can help gain maximum reverse aging benefits.
2 Green Tea
Green tea already has an established reputation as an effective weight loss agent but its benefits do not stop there. In fact, you can also add in some green tea to your reverse aging regimen to look years younger than your biological age. This particular benefit is derived from the anti-oxidant properties of green tea.
Tracing it back to its roots, green tea is said to have come from China, hence the legend of a Chinese monk who lived for almost 150 years. When he was asked by their king how he had lived for so long, the monk is said to have thanked tea for it.
This little tidbit might be nothing more than a folktale, but the fact remains that modern research has indeed proved the old monk right.
Various oxides and radicals produced by the normal metabolism of oxygen in the body exert stress on the skin. They attack the skin, making it weak and fragile, also causing it to lose its elasticity.
All of this eventually presents distressing effects as aging. Here, anti-oxidants in green tea can help in eliminating these radicals and limit the harmful effects that lead to aging.
Yogurt is known to be full of nutrients like calcium, vitamin D and many proteins. It is known to be of great use for stronger bones, healthier hair and softer skin. Yogurt is also a very important food for reverse aging.
Yogurt contains lactic acid, which can do wonders for your skin because it destroys dead skin or epidermal cells. It also works very well to minimize the harmful effects of over exposure to sunlight and moisturizes the skin to keep its natural elasticity for a younger looking you.
4 Aloe Vera
This list would be incomplete without the magical Aloe vera! Aloe vera gel can be found in pure forms, creams, oils, ointments, shampoos, you name it. But, it can also be used as a drink. Among its countless uses in the body, one is reverse aging. Drinking aloe vera gel everyday can literally freeze your aging process!
Aloe vera is an excellent promoter of collagen synthesis, which as discussed earlier, is very important to reverse aging. Aloe vera also detoxifies your body, removing many toxins from your gastric and intestinal systems. Many of these toxins would otherwise cause premature aging.
Not only does Aloe vera increase the production of collagen, it also inhibits the natural or excessive breakdown of collagen in the body, making sure that your skin gets all the collagen it needs to look soft, supple and younger.
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