Looking for a recipe that was taken directly from the fountain of youth? Here are five foods and drinks that can give you a younger-looking skin.
One Australian study of people in Australia, Sweden, and Greece concluded that people who eat the most beans, fish, vegetables, and olive oils have the fewest wrinkles. The researchers think the combination of healthy monounsaturated fats, lean protein, and antioxidants helped fight against aging.
As such, it is best to eat a bean-based meal at least once a week, and try to get five or six servings of vegetables every day.
Lean meat such as skinless chicken, chicken breasts, fish, and beans are packed with protein. While you’re digesting them, your body breaks protein down into amino acids to help build cells back up.
Having lots of protein available will make it easier to repair and rebuild skin cells and the collagen that gives your skin structure. You can try to include a bit of lean protein into every meal, especially if you have a bit of protein deficiency.
This pungent herb contains a lot of skin-protecting antioxidants called polyphenols, which help protect your skin from free radicals (unstable molecules that break down collagen).
You can chop some garlic up and allow it stand for 10 to 15 minutes before adding it to a recipe. Doing this gives its active compounds time to develop. Garlic and other polyphenol-rich foods are also some of the top cancer-preventing foods.
Coffee has the ability to increase wrinkles by increasing stress hormones like adrenaline and noradrenaline. Instead, you can get your caffeine fix from green tea, which is full of polyphenols.
When you’re not taking a cup of tea, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. By drinking water, you are keeping your skin cells full of fluid which help them take in healthy nutrients more easily and keep the membranes supple. This will help your skin look hydrated and smooth.
Take at least five glasses of water every day, and increase your intake if you will be spending time in the heat or being physically active.
Olive oil is loaded with oleic acid, a fatty acid that makes skin soft by keeping cell membranes fluid. The vitamin E and polyphenols in it also help your skin look young.
100 percent extra-virgin olive oil contain the most antioxidants, because it’s the least refined. Use it for your fat in most dishes, but avoid heating it too much or it will lose some of its healing properties.
The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon are not only good for your heart, but they also keep cell membranes fluid to help give your skin youthful smoothness. Eat oily fish like salmon and mackerel every week. Salmon is also a excellent food source of vitamin D.