Besides keeping us healthy, a balanced diet can also make us look younger and live longer.
Although most people focus more on finding special creams or treatments, they ignore the fact that in the end it all comes to our lifestyles and what we eat.
There are no “magic potions” but there are magic foods that can help us live longer and better.
Adopting most of the principles of the Mediterranean diet can help with that. Cooking with olive oil, eating lots of fruits, vegetables, grains and fish will improve your life and maintain your health. Olive oil has the ability to keep the skin hydrated and maintain its elasticity.Green vegetables contain zinc which is known for renewing collagen cells.
The tomatoes have a powerful natural antioxidant called lycophen which is known for fighting off the free radicals and protects the skin against the UVB sun rays. The zucchini, the beets and the cabbage also protect the elasticity of the skin and prevent skin redness. Among fruits, berries are the best since they have a very high amount of antioxidants which fight off the free radicals.
Gray hair usually appears as a result of the decrease of melanin production or copper deficiency. The solution could be eating foods rich in copper and vitamin B6, such as crabs, oysters, sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, vegetables and whole-grains.
Unfortunately, the risks of getting certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer, are higher once you get older. But having a balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, especially cruciferous ones (broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower), can help you reduce the chances of developing this dreaded illness.
Heart diseases are also more frequent with the years. The main factor for these is eating foods high in fat. So, the best thing you can do for your heart’s health is to replace the bad fats with good fats, such as Omega 3 fatty-acids. These acids have the ability to improve your triglycerides level and lower your cholesterol. Omega 3 fatty-acids are found particularly in all types of fish, seafood, walnuts, flaxseeds, soybeans, avocados and olive oil.
Foods rich in antioxidants are not only good for our skin but also for our brain. Berries, oranges, plums, onions, Brussels sprouts and many others can improve our memory and brain functions. Vitamin B and Omega 3 fatty acids are also essential and you can find them in: all types of fish, seafood, dairy products, green vegetables, whole grains, carrots, nuts and seeds.
Besides eating all the right foods, exercising is vital if we want to keep a fit figure. An athletic person will always look younger than he actually is.
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