Many people still feel young and vital even in advanced years. But unfortunately, the aging process is nevertheless usually visible in the form of wrinkles. This is especially true for smokers and people who are often exposed to strong sun rays. While the formation of wrinkles cannot be avoided entirely, it is possible to slow their development with a healthy lifestyle and the right diet. So before you invest in expensive creams or cosmetic treatments, it is advisable to try out some anti-aging products from Mother Nature’s factory:
- Berries: acidic berries are especially rich in vitamin C, which improves the elasticity of the skin. Particularly dark berries also contain substances that protect the cells against free radicals.
- Spinach: this green leaf vegetable contains a lot of vitamin B2, which is important for a healthy skin and the metabolism.
- Broccoli: this all-round talent is almost regarded as a medicinal plant: Thanks to its high vitamin B content, broccoli can alleviate minor inflammatory conditions and thus provides for a fresh complexion and healthy skin.
- Green tea: the leaves of green tea contain catechins, which have an antioxidative and anti-inflammatory effect and can protect the cells, for example, against damage by environmental influences.
- Carrots and tomatoes: these popular vegetables are rich in carotinoids, which can protect the skin against damage and premature aging caused by the sun’s rays. But they are no substitute for suncreams. At most, they serve as a supplement to standard sun protection. They are even more effective when cooked than they are raw.
- Proteins: the skin consists of collagen, a protein building block that is responsible for the structure and renewal of the body’s cells. Products that contain protein and are rich in calcium, such as yoghurt, whey and buttermilk, thus offer a suitable means of coping with the problem of aging skin.
- Nuts and oils: walnuts and linseed oil in particular are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are valuable nutrients for the body in many respects. But if you tend to put on weight, you should keep an eye on the calorie count.
A healthy lifestyle provides for long-term vitality
If you include these foods in your diet more often, you can do a lot to help your skin and your body stay young and healthy for longer. Besides a generally balanced diet (plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and little in the way of sugar and white flour products) and avoidance of overweight and smoking, you also need to make sure you taken sufficient exercise in the fresh air and get enough sleep.
Contribution to your health
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