‘The cleansing process starts from inside.’ I know, these are words heard before. We normally say this when it comes to reducing weight, changing a lifestyle and getting that perfect body you aim for, diet and what you eat is a prime concern. But little did we know there are certain foods which actually help in fighting the ageing process. Yes! You heard it right. We can look much younger and delay our ageing of the skin by incorporating certain specific food in your diet. Let us look into these foods and its essence one by one.
It contains large amount of antioxidants such as flavonoids, anthocyanin and the main component Vitamin C. These promote cell health and helps in increasing immunity in order to protect against diseases. The more dark the berries are the more is the antioxidants present in them. So, next time you find those lovely looking berries in the market, quickly put them in your fruit basket.
The more we talk about this fruit and its benefits, the less it seems. It is one of the best fruit when it comes to diet, hair and now skin too. It contains high levels of Vitamin E, Vitamin B and potassium. This helps in keeping the skin hydrated. It also contains unsaturated fats which lower blood pressure and increase blood flow which is important for stimulation skin cells and prevent ageing.
We already know the benefits of tomatoes for skin externally, but do we know it what it does internally. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which protects your skin from damage caused by free radicals. Lycopene helps in making the skin firm as it reduces the activity of the enzymes which acts as a catalyst in breaking down the collagen. Apart from lycopene, it also contains Vitamin C for collagen strength and potassium which maintains the water and nutrient content for the skin cells.
Broccoli which is taking a great step ahead in terms of diet when it comes to weight management. It certainly has good nutrients such as Vitamin C and Vitamin A and is also rich in antioxidants. As mentioned earlier, Vitamin C stimulates the collagen production process. Vitamin A acts as a shield inside the skin cell to protect from the Ultra Violet radiation damage.
Now you will know the secret behind Popeye and his spinach obsession. Spinach is one of the prime sources of anti-oxidants. It has added antioxidants due to the presence of lutein and zeaxanthin. The antioxidant carotenoids protects the eyes to a large extent. It protects eyes from any risk of age-related degeneration as well.
Apart from boosting the collagen production, it helps in keeping the skin firm and wrinkle free. It contains Vitamins and minerals that help in improving the skin cells in a drastic way. The seeds of pomegranate contain ellagic as well as punicalagin that help in inhibiting free radical damage.
We all love watermelon on that hot summer seasons. Every slice of it seems so satisfying to us, but now it will be more satisfying as you read its benefits towards anti-ageing. Free radicals stimulate the signs of ageing such as wrinkles on the skin. Hence, watermelon fights towards it. It also contains lycopene that prevents from any kind of heart diseases, cancer and diabetes.
For all the non-vegetarians out there, a major boon for you. Yes, fishes can be your rescue to ageing. Not every fish though, but certain fishes like Salmon and Tuna plays a major role in improving the skin texture and thereby fight against ageing. It contains an Omega fatty-3 acid which helps in the rejuvenation of the skin.
From the pine nuts to walnuts to pistachios to almonds and cashews plays a major role in repair of skin cells/tissues. It contains healthy fats as well as calcium, vitamin E, potassium. A handful of nuts, that’s all you need.
Don’t be afraid, when I say chocolate, because unlike other chocolates dark chocolates contain flavonoids that protects the skin from harmful UV radiation. Apart from the benefit of having a non-guilt sugary food, it improves the skin texture and thereby giving a glow to the skin. But be cautious, the consumption should be moderate as anything in excess not good for health.
Last but not the least all the citrus fruits contains Vitamin C and Folic acid. It helps in reducing the cholesterol level. It helps in inner cleansing by detoxifying the body. If consumed on a regular basis, you can prevent any kind of heart conditions as well as circulatory problems. Since, Vitamin C is the main nutrient present; it does wonders to your skin.
Don’t all of us want to look younger than we are and live as long as possible? These foods can play a vital part in your life to increase your lifespan and change your lifestyle as well. Remember, ‘You are what you eat’.
Ashwathi is an enthusiastic traveller and dancer with a passion for movies and music. Hailing from an Army background, she considers herself fortunate enough to have experienced the diverse cultures that India boasts of. She is a graduate in Journalism and Mass Communications and has worked in print, radio and television.