Aging is inevitable and inescapable. Most of you might think that age is just a number. But it is something you cannot do away with.
It happens to each and every one whether in your 30s or 40s or beyond. For a friend of mine the moment came when she was just 29. I met her quite early that morning and thought she was tired so I asked her, “Did you sleep well last night? You look quite tired.” She said that she slept fine. She immediately ran towards the mirror and what she noticed came as a shock to her. There were dark circles under her eyes.
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So her eyes told an altogether different story – the signs were not of tiredness but the process of aging.
Aging comes naturally but there are certain factors and the kind of lifestyle we live that speeds up this process.
Factors that speed up the aging process
- Poor eating habits
- Too much exposure to sun
- Lack of sleep
- Excessive alcohol intake
Can you slow down the process of aging?
The question that pops up in our minds is that is there a way to knock off some years. Yes there is!
The simplest way is to make smart food choices. No doubt, there are various factors that contribute in how long a person lives, but by a healthy lifestyle and eating some brilliant nutrient-packed foods you can slow down the process of aging.
According to the researchers, there are many foods that are rich in anti-aging elements. If consumed on a daily basis, they are quite helpful. They not only add years to your life but also keep away diseases linked with age.
Here are some superfoods to make you look and feel young:
A study revealed that people in Soviet Georgia live longer as compared to other countries. The secret behind it is the ever-present yogurt in their diet. It contains calcium which prevents osteoporosis. It is also rich in what can be referred to as “good bacteria” which wards off the intestinal illness common in the old age.
Oranges are not only yummy and mouth-watering but are also rich in Vitamin C which helps the body in generating skin-firming collagen and thus keeps the skin supple. This delicious fruit contains a high amount of fiber and keeps the body hydrated which gives you a glowing skin.
Strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, blueberries – all are good for your health. A recent study revealed that the blueberries and strawberries contain higher amounts of antioxidants as compared to others. The abundance of Vitamin C present in them is good for the skin. They also help in decreasing pain and avoiding rashes.
4. Olive oil
The benefits of olive oil are unparalleled. It improves our health in innumerable ways. It not only reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes but also prevents heart strokes. As we grow old our arteries may not function properly. But the presence of olive oil in our diet can improve the arterial functioning in the old age. This is because it contains mono-unsaturated fats – good for the body and heart. Other antioxidants such as polyphenols present in olive oil helps fight osteoporosis and prevent skin cancer.
5. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate, rich in cocoa, is packed with nutrients. It is one of the great sources of antioxidants. Flavanols present in the dark chocolate reduces skin inflammation caused due to UV rays. It also increases the skin’s ability to seize moisture. The hydrated skin decreases the occurrence of wrinkles and thus makes you look younger!
Apart from that, it improves the blood flow in the body and thus maintains blood pressure.
If you are planning to go on a beach – load up dark chocolate!
It may come as a surprise to most of you but its true and studies have revealed that who consumes nuts live extra two years on an average. A perfect age combating food, nuts are a rich source of omega-3 essential fatty-acids. Nuts like olive oil are also rich in unsaturated fats so the health benefits provided by nuts are similar to those of olive oil. Apart from containing high amounts of antioxidants, nuts are also rich in minerals and vitamins. Thus they help in maintaining cholesterol levels and increases immunity.
One of the greatest misconceptions that people have is that eating nuts will result in weight gain. But the fact is that our body does not absorb around 20% of them.
Wine especially the red wine contains anti-aging compounds such as resveratrol which keeps the blood vessels healthy. A study revealed that resveratrol also plays an important role in activating genes that slow down the process of cellular aging. It also protects the body from harmful UV rays.
Popular for its anti-aging elements, avocado can be consumed in a variety of ways. You can use it in your salad or make a delicious dip out of it. A brilliant source of vitamin E, avocado is rich in antioxidants and that prevents any injury to collagen. The presence of high amounts of unsaturated fats and beta-carotene nourishes skin by keeping it hydrated and protects it from the noticeable signs of aging. It also plays a vital role in keeping your heart healthy.
It is true that with a balanced diet and proper exercise you can stay fit even in the old age. But these foods are remarkably capable in reducing the effects of aging and problems associated with it.
So if you are 50 and want to look 30 give it a try!