Reverse ageing through diet
The visible signs of ageing 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 realising what a significant difference our diet can make in reverse ageing, 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 ageing. So here are 9 top contenders that can produce noticeable effects on how well you age:
Tomatoes are great for reverse ageing, 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 ageing 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 ageing.
Using tomatoes in their raw form, can help gain maximum reverse aging benefits.
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 ageing 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 titbit 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 ageing. Here, anti-oxidants in green tea can help in eliminating these radicals and limit the harmful effects that lead to ageing.
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 ageing.
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 minimise the harmful effects of over exposure to sunlight and moisturises the skin to keep its natural elasticity for a younger looking you.
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 ageing. Drinking aloe vera gel everyday can literally freeze your ageing 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.
Research has shown that the avocado without doubt, is a superfood when it comes to reverse aging. Avocados also have anti-oxidant properties but what makes them more effective than other foods is that they can penetrate to the cellular level and exert their effects from there.
Mitochondria, present inside every cell are known as the energy factory of a cell. A cell will get all its energy to perform various functions from mitochondria. While generating this energy, mitochondria also produce some free radicals that harm the cells. Avocados can limit the production of these free radicals and assist in reverse ageing by limiting the body’s own by-products that would otherwise cause premature ageing.
The many nutrients found in avocado help in the rejuvenation of the skin, so that dull and damaged skin is replaced by healthier and younger looking skin.
As the saying goes, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’. Well, an apple a day also keeps ageing away. Apples are packed with vitamin C and vitamin B complexes. Apples work essentially for rejuvenation, regrowth, and ‘damage repair’ in many capacities.
Vitamin C is the best promoter of new cell synthesis so it helps new cells replace their exhausted and worn out old versions. This gives skin radiance and glow, reducing the signs of aging. Apples are also full of anti-oxidants that help in reverse aging.
Brussel sprouts can rightfully be called the key to reverse ageing. They have a very high ratio of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They also have a lot of water in them.
As mentioned throughout, free radicals are the real culprits behind natural ageing and premature ageing. Brussel sprouts hunt these down (quite literally) and eliminate them, preventing and greatly slowing down the process of ageing.
The large amount of water present in Brussel sprouts also helps maintain healthier, well hydrated skin which in turn helps in reverse ageing.
Fish and Fish Oils
And excellent source of protein, fish and fish oils are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These are fatty acids that the body cannot produce on its own and they have to be acquired through the diet. Among the many reasons why the body needs these, one is to fight ageing.
With age, the epidermis of the skin gets weaker, fragile and less elastic. This shows the signs of ageing on our face in the form of wrinkles. Omega-3 fatty acids help the skin to maintain its biochemical integrity by keeping its water and nutrients in check. Fish and fish oil are also beneficial in fighting the ageing effects of UV rays.
When taken in through diet, fish and fish oils help in overall protection and maintenance of health, which is important for reverse ageing.
Nuts are full of healthy fat and omega-3 fatty acids that are essential in slowing down the signs of ageing. Nuts are also rich in vitamin E, which helps prevent cellular damage of any sort. As such, it aids in preventing skin cell damage that would otherwise show signs of ageing.
Nuts are also anti-inflammatory and so they reduce the chances of many skin conditions like acne or eczema. These diseases exhaust the skin and make it age much faster than normal.
Consuming nuts can be a good way to avoid this and in turn, achieve the goal of reverse ageing.