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Foods to Eat and to Avoid, to Stay Young and Slow Down the Aging

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Amara is a blogger and writer. She has a deep knowledge of holistic health and wellness. She believes in home remedies.

Adopt healthy eating habits to slow down the aging.

Adopt healthy eating habits to slow down the aging.

Aging is a process that non of us enjoy. We spend a lot of time and money to make us look young and beautiful, and yes! it is possible, If we maintain a healthy lifestyle and adopt certain habits.

There are certain foods that cause premature aging, and certain foods do really help to slow down this aging process.

In this article I am going to share some foods to eat and to avoid to stay young and slow down the aging.

Eat healthy food to stay young and healthy.

Eat healthy food to stay young and healthy.

Foods to Eat

Apart from other factors like good sleep, exercise and good state of mind, there are some foods which usually people do not take into consideration, but they really do help you to stay young and beautiful.

1. Green Tea

This natural remedy is actually incredible. One of benefits we get from green tea is that it is full of antioxidants, which protects our body from free radicals.

Free radicals are the unstable molecules formed during metabolism, the antioxidants found in green tea change the structure of these free radicals, neutralizing them and prevent their damage to our bodies. they also help in the development of collagen.

2. Dark Chocolate

The antioxidants found in dark chocolate are the best you can find. New researches are showing that it can reduce blood pressure, improve arterial function, elasticity and even insulin sensitivity.

These special antioxidants protect your skin from sun damage, and keep your skin young and beautiful.

3. Spices

Spices do a lot more than to add flavor to your food. Cinnamon is a spice that has shown to boost collagen production, increase firmness to your skin and elasticity.

Another beneficial spice is chilli pepper, they are full of capsanthin, which are helpful in age related skin changes and skin cells.

4. Bone Broth

Bone broth is very useful, and many use it as a medicine. You can make bone broth even at home by cooking bones in water. While cooking, bones release many useful components, one of which is collagen.

Many latest studies has found that using collagen improves skin elasticity, moisture and even firmness of your skin to keep you young and beautiful. (source)

5. Flax Seeds

Flax seeds have incredible health benefits. They can lower the cholesterol, reduce the blood pressure, decrease the risk of cancer and help you out in looking younger. They are also great source of Omega 3 fatty acid, and protect the skin from sun radiations and skin damage.

One interesting study has shown that a women who consumed flax seeds for 12 weeks had improved skin hydration and smoother skin. (source)

6. Vegetables

Different vegetables are full of different antioxidants, which reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cataracts and even cancer. Many vegetables are rich in Vitamin C, which helps in the production of collagen with strong antioxidant properties.

7. Pomegranates

Pomegranates help in decreasing the inflammation, help prevent free radicals damage, and blood sugar level. It can protect you from skin damage caused by sun, and help repairing skin by increasing collagen production.

8. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil contains the healthiest fats on the planet. Researches have shown that it helps to prevent many age related diseases. It lowers the blood pressure, prevent metabolic syndrome, fights off cancer , the risk of heart diseases and much more.

It can help your skin look young as it has 70% of mono unsaturated fats, which is associated with skin elasticity and firmness.

9. Fermented Foods

Fermented foods are the food which are chocked full of probiotics, which are actually beneficial for your gut. There is something called the gut-skin axis, which is basically a concept that there is a connection between your gut and your skin.

People who have unhealthy gut, often get inflammation and not so good quality of the skin as well. Fermented foods or probiotics can help to bring in healthy bacteria into your gut and that can result in healthier skin.

10. Fatty Fish

is actually the healthiest food or meat on the planet. Its meat is really an anti-aging gem, as it has high quantity of Omega 3 fatty acid, which is beneficial against heart diseases, skin damage and inflammation. These good fats can moisturize your skin inside out, giving you more youthful look.

Unhealthy food can trigger premature aging.

Unhealthy food can trigger premature aging.

Foods to Avoid

There are many other factors like stress, sun and smoking which speed up this aging process, but do you know apart from these thing one of the biggest contributors is bad and unhealthy food. Following are some food which you should avoid to stay young.

1. Sugar

Sugar is the biggest aging contributing food which causes premature aging. It interferes with elastin and collagen which are your skin's favorite proteins.

When sugar is broken down it binds with collagen, and this binding with collagen cause wrinkles and sagging of the skin. It can also cause insulin spike in your blood, resulting in inflammation, which itself is driving force of aging.

2. Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are full of acids, refined sugar, and other chemicals which are harmful for health. They can damage your teeth and your smile will never be the same again as you will look older.

They also contain high sodium and caffeine that can lead to dehydration, and when you are dehydrated your skin look older and wrinkled.

3. Deep Fried Food

Cooking food at high temperatures increases inflammatory compound known as 'Advanced glycation end products' or AGES. And AGES indeed do age you.

AGES are the one of the main culprits in damaging the collagen of your skin. They encourage inflammation and oxidative stress in your body, which can speed up the aging process.

4. Processed Meats

Processed meats, like salami, sausages and bacon have become a part of people's daily diet, but they can really speed up the aging process. This is because of the presence of high amount of preservatives and sulphites in these meats which are pro-inflammatory, which can make you look older.

Processed meats are also full of trans-fats. Additionally the high amount of salt in these products boost your water retention, making you look puff

5. Fast Food

Fast foods are loaded with harmful trans-fats, which cause blockages in arteries and results in the storage of fat in your body.This make your skin look stiff and dull.

Trans-fats also reduce the fluidity of your cells, put burden on your liver and boost inflammatory effects in your body leading to older, stiffer and more wrinkled skin.

6. Vegetable Oils

Vegetable oils like Soybean and Canola oil can lead to damage cell membranes, as they are highly processed. This speeds up the aging process and leave you with an increased risk to heart diseases.

Vegetable oils are also rich in trans-fats which promotes inflammation, making your skin more vulnerable to UV rays damage.

7. Alcohol

Alcohol effects liver which is your body's number one detoxifying organ. When the liver is damaged or slowed in its ability to function well and flush toxins out of your system then the results in acne, wrinkles and sallowness are visible on your skin.

8. Salty Foods

Salty foods with too much salt can lead to excess amount of sodium in your blood which in return causes water retention in your body and the skin, which can make your skin look bloated, puffy, tired and aged.

Bottom Line

So, it better to avoid these foods completely, or minimize their use. Adopt healthy eating habits to slow down the aging process and for more beautiful, youthful and younger you.


Sources

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Amara

Comments

Amara (author) from Pakistan on October 01, 2021:

Its my pleasure Brian. Thanks again!

Brian from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on September 30, 2021:

Sure, Amara. I will do just that. My wife appreciates me sharing with her your article and she did try to put to practise some of the tips you shared. However, she said she still needs her miracle creams to help as a 'boosters' apparently. Well, there goes me thinking that I can save a couple bucks. Anyway, thanks for the great tips, Amara. Will be on the lookout for more from you. ;)

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 26, 2021:

Thank you very much Maria, your kind and lovely comment means a lot.

I am happy to know that you loved the article. much pleased to see you here.

God bless you.. Have a great day..

Maria Logan Montgomery from Coastal Alabama, UsA on September 25, 2021:

Great article, Amara. As a public health educator, I especially appreciate it.

MariaMontgomery from Coastal Alabama, USA on September 25, 2021:

I just read your article. As a public health educator, I am impressed with the knowledge you impart. Now, if only everyone would adopt these healthy habits, and ditch the unhealthy ones. Sigh...

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 25, 2021:

Thank you so much Vidya g, I highly appreciate your visit and kind comment.

I am glad to know that you found the Hub useful.

Have a great weekend.. Love and respect..

VIDYA D SAGAR on September 24, 2021:

A useful article Amara. The list of foods you mentioned are necessary for being healthy. I am happy that my diets includes most of it. So all's good I guess. Thanks for sharing.

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 24, 2021:

Haha Brian, thank you so much. I am much pleased to know that you loved the article.

You can show this article as well my other skin care articles to your wife, I am sure she will love them.

Its nice to see you here Brian. Blessings.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 24, 2021:

Hey, you're wise to tell your wife. Congratulations!

Brian from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on September 24, 2021:

This is indeed a comprehensive list, Amara. Thanks for compiling this and sharing it. Well, I'll share this with my wife to let her know that she can spend less on the miracle creams and lotions and focus on eating the right types of foods instead. >_

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 23, 2021:

Amara, you're always welcome.

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 23, 2021:

Thank you very much Umesh g. I am pleased to know that you liked the article.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving this comment. Blessings..!!

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 23, 2021:

Thank you very much Brenda. You are absolutely right.

Thanks for your visit and lovely comment.

Have a great day. Much love and blessings.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 23, 2021:

This list is basically good to follow no matter what.

Aging process or not.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 23, 2021:

Very nice and useful article. Thanks for sharing.

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 23, 2021:

Thank you very much Misbah. I am glad to know that you loved the article.

I am also a tea addict, so can't avoid sugar completely myself, but I am trying to lessen its use.

First try to lessen its use then replace it with some other healthy option, like honey, or brown sugar.

Have a great day sis. Much love..!!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on September 23, 2021:

This is so very interesting and informative article, Amara. Unknowingly, I was eating all the things you recommended. Lol! Good for me, I guess. I am a tea lover so can't just avoid sugar. That's something not in my control. Though, I sometimes try to use brown sugar instead of white sugar.

Thank you for creating this informative article. Take care!

Blessings and Love to you, dear sister.

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 23, 2021:

Thank you very much Miekabagh, it really means alot.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving this encouraging comment.

Blessings and gratitude.

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 23, 2021:

Audrey that sounds great. You actually look active and smart as well, as I can see in your picture. Chuckle!

Thank you so much for your visit and comment. Blessings.

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 23, 2021:

Aww Pamela, a really big thanks to you, it really means alot.

Your such kind and warm words of appreciation, made my day.

Blessings & gratitude.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 23, 2021:

Amara, you've researched a serious topic. Well written and informative.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on September 23, 2021:

I'm happy to report that I follow each of your suggestions. Thankfully, I look and feel younger than my age. I'm a believer. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 23, 2021:

You have done an excellent job of giving us the foods to slow again nd the ones to avoid, Amara. This is an excellent article, and we should all follow your guidelines.

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