Anti Aging Foods To Turn Back The Clock

Stop wasting money on expensive skin cream and start splurging on anti aging foods.

We all want to look younger. That’s why the anti aging cosmetics market is so huge. It’s no surprise that statistics states the market is set to reach a worth of £221.8 billion by 2020, when we’re all so obsessed with slowing down the aging process. But surely there must be a better way to keep your body youthful for longer, than a tub of cream (unless it’s the type you can eat!)?

Plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn says no matter how many cosmetics or high SPF sunscreens you slather on, it’s what you eat, that really turns back the clock.

If you’re constantly exposed to the hundreds of free radicals and pesticides ( link to organic food content) contained in non- organic, processed food, then it’s time to rethink your weekly shop and start eating real foods.

Sardines and oily fish in general - great source of Selenium and B Vitamins

What causes skin to age in the first place?

The skin is our largest organ and our first defense to the outside world. If we don’t look after it, it’s also the first thing that will start showing signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles.

Unfortunately, we’re genetically programmed to show age on our skin overtime. If you’ve started to see a few little lines recently ,then you can partially blame it on being hereditary.

Don’t worry! Even if your family tree shows evidence that they hereditarily age faster, there are other, more relevant factors to skin aging.

The majority of skin aging is actually down to the external environment and multiple stresses, our skin can be exposed to daily. Dr. Diana Howard, Dermatologist, says that 80-99% of the changes we see on our skin as we get older, are a direct result of environmental exposure. Yes, that means slathering on SPF 2 oil, whilst sipping cocktails by the pool isn’t the best idea, if you want to look younger.

Spinach - eat it for better skin

How vitamins and minerals in food can benefit the skin

Nutrition plays a huge factor in anti aging. Think of any nutrient dense, multivitamin superfoods as a prevention method against aging, for your skin.

Before we tell you what to eat, it’s important to understand why foods are going to help keep wrinkles at bay. Here’s the lowdown on what minerals and vitamins contained in foods, make your skin looks its best.

Benefits of Vitamins C and E

They’re proven to act as antioxidants and combat the effects of overexposure to the sun. Vitamin C especially, can boost levels of collagen.Collagen is the miracle stuff that plumps out wrinkles and fine lines naturally. Yes it’s found in food as well ( scroll down to find out which!) If you have a diet full of vitamin E a potent anti-inflammatory vitamin, then you can expect to look younger for longer due to it’s anti aging properties.

Are Omega 3 fatty acids anti-aging?

These essential fatty acids are an important factor, in helping you body regenerate healthy cells. They help skin look youthful by producing and regulating sebum levels. This helps skin appear more youthful and hydrated.

Look younger with selenium

Selenium is an interesting trace mineral, that we all struggle to get enough of. It contains an enzyme called glutathione that plays a major part in protecting our body from cellular damage that causes inflammation and aging.

Kale and other leafy greens - for your skin

Stay smooth with Vitamin B complex Biotin

Fat production in the skin is an important factor in anti aging. If fat is not being processed correctly, then it shows on our skin first. If your body is full of Biotin, you can ensure that won’t be a problem.

There are certain foods to eat to slow down the aging process both inside and out. They all contain the above vitamins and minerals as well as more super skin nutrients. If you want to keep your skin glowing, healthy and looking youthful for longer, try adding these healthy foods to your diet.

Your healthy anti aging foods list

    1. Leafy Greens

Eating leafy greens, like kale, spinach, and collards are the easiest way to get all your anti aging vitamins in one dose.

Vitamins and minerals Benefits of leafy greens for anti aging
  • Leafy greens contain skin vital vitamins B & C
  • Vitamin A
  • Iron and beta-carotene.
  1. They’re cheap and tasty (especially when combined with healthy fats!)
  2. You can even put them in smoothies to get a concentrated shot of goodness.
  3. They’re great at acting as an anti inflammatory and contain antimicrobials that can help to boost your gut health.

Remember, your gut is directly linked to your skin and brain, if it’s off balance, chances are, your skin is too.

Oily fish is an important part of the ration if you worry about your skin

    1. Blueberries

Anti aging foods for your skin don’t come much easier to find than in delicious, juicy blueberries. If your go to snack is a handful of berries, then you’re on the right track with boosting your skin health.

Vitamins and minerals Benefits of eating blueberries for anti aging
  • Blueberries contain high levels of phytonutrient, as do strawberries
  • Vitamin C
  1. The phytonutrient contained in blueberries is a powerful component that helps to bind collagen fibers together, which actually stimulates further collagen production.
  2. Blueberries can be expensive when bought fresh, so stock pile them frozen for maximum nutritional benefits.

Get creative with your anti aging diet and indulge in blueberries at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    1. Hydrolysed Collagen Gelatine

This is fairly new to the clean eating world but great for those who like to live the healthiest life possible. Gelatin is a key factor in the process of skin cell regeneration. It has the power to block your delicate skin from aggressive UV light damage that causes wrinkles and aging.

Vitamins and minerals Benefits of eating gelatine for anti aging
  • Gelatine contains large levels of collagen
  1. You can actually stimulate collagen production by using gelatine in your foods.
  2. If you love cooking, making a large batch of bone broth and drinking a cup a day, provides natural anti aging benefits. The cooking process allows the bones to release collagen as they’re cooked. The downside is that it can be very time consuming, not great if you’re busy

Green tea is the Asian secret of great skin

It’s much more convenient to use pure hydrolysed collagen gelatine powder in your diet every day instead. If jelly used to be your favourite childhood food, then you can make your own treats using collagen boosting gelatine or add a scoop to hot drinks for all the benefits of bone broth, without the mess.

    1. Oily Fish

The best way to dose up on this superfood, is by sourcing sustainable salmon “Wild salmon is phenomenal for your skin,” says certified nutritionist Suzie Carpenter.You can also get all your essential fatty acids from line caught tuna and mackerel.

Vitamins and minerals Benefits of eating oily fish for anti aging
  • Omega 3
  • B Vitamins
  • Selenium
  1. We all know by now how amazing omega 3 essential fatty acid is for our skin and overall health.
  2. Studies suggest that you can eat oily fish to help prevent heart disease, age related sight loss and dementia too.

Oily fish is also a huge source of protein, great for building lean muscle.

    1. Green Tea

This detoxifying and anti aging drink has been shown to provide impressive results in the skin.

Vitamins and minerals Benefits of green tea for anti aging
  • Polyphenols
  1. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology the polyphenols in green tea protect the body against free radicals and cell damage.
  2. The antioxidants found in green tea have been proven to protect the body from cellular damage. It can help regenerate cells.

Nuts mix - great for your look and brain

It’s your anti aging miracle in a cup!

    1. Tomatoes

Get an anti aging boost just by including tomatoes in your daily diet.

Vitamins and minerals Benefits of tomatoes for anti aging
  • Vitamin C
  • Lycopene
  1. Lycopene helps to smooth the skin of fine lines and wrinkles.
  2. Lycopene is found in the tough skins of the tomatoes and is one of the easiest, and most versatile anti aging foods you can eat.
  3. You can get an even bigger skin boost, by popping some tomatoes in to roast with some anti aging spices. Lycopene is actually released better, through heat!
    1. Turmeric

If you have used raw turmeric root (part of the ginger family) to cook with, then you will be familiar with the yellow stained finger look. This is due to the curcuminoids that create the bright yellow colour. The fragrant smelling cucuminoids are also the most beneficial and antioxidant component in turmeric.

Vitamins and minerals Benefits of turmeric for anti aging
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B6
  1. Turmeric is a budget friendly, anti-inflammatory, healing spice for your body.
  2. It is a spice that is often found used in Asian cooking and has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for hundreds, if not thousands of years to boost immunity and as an anti aging herb.

Turmeric is full of antioxidants

Not sure how to use turmeric in your diet for anti aging? You can buy it ground and stir it into curries or rub it into meats before roasting with cumin and ginger. Turmeric lattes are a trend that seem to be replacing the regular caffeinated version in 2017, here’s how to make your own.

    1. Nuts

Thought fat was just in fish and oils? You can get healthy fats, protein and that collagen boosting vitamin e by ensuring you get enough nutrient filled nuts in your diet. “A nut-rich diet, can boost longevity in many ways. They lead to weight loss, better sleep, improved, memory, a stronger immune system, and healthier, younger-looking skin” says Andrea Paul, M.D.

Vitamins and minerals Benefits of nuts for anti aging
  • Vitamin B
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin E
  • Omega 3’s
  1. The vitamin e and omega 3’s in nuts, especially walnuts help plump the skin and smooth fine lines.

To make sure you’re getting the most benefits from these tasty snacks ,you need to select the right nuts. For wrinkle free skin, snack on almonds and walnuts throughout the day or grab yourself some almond butter for your morning smoothies.

    1. Avocados

Want wrinkle free, youthful looking skin? Then add Avocados to your weekly shopping list. These creamy, delicious fruits are mainly made up of the healthy fat oleic acid. Also found in olive oil. The right amount of essential fats, help with anti aging and overall cell health.

Vitamins and minerals Benefits of avocado for anti aging
  • Avocados are packed full of over 20 different minerals and vitamins including
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B5 & 6
  • Selenium
  1. If you struggle with acne or problem skin, it’s perfect if you’re wanting to detox your body and skin.

at avocado at any chance you have - for better skin

Eat avocados at any chance you can. They’re delicious mashed as a topper for sourdough toast, made into guacamole for a perfect side for hearty chilis and a great thickener for smoothie bowls.

You can eat your way to younger skin!

If you want to look younger for longer, then make sure you include lots of superfoods in your diet, alongside plenty of sleep, and water. Don’t forget to stress less too to keep those wrinkles at bay! For more inspiration on how to include anti aging food in your diet, visit our recipes page.

Written by: Emily Dallara

Source of images: pixabay.com

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