Did you know that some of the foods in your kitchen may very well be anti-aging foods that can improve your quality of life?
That’s right, you may have the fountain of youth in your kitchen.
I hope this excites you. Modern culture is so obsessed with remaining youthful that people pay extreme amounts of money to have operations performed to make them appear younger.
However, what most people don’t understand is that youth and vitality are a side effect of good health, and there’s no operation that can help you maintain that as well as proper self care will.
Actually, one of the best ways to keep yourself vibrant and youthful is to eat a diet rich in anti-aging foods and foods for healthy, clear skin.
I always have nutrition tips for you, but this is one of the very best I’ll ever share: stocking up on these seven anti-aging foods below will drastically improve your quality of life. Check them out!
Eat These 7 Anti-Aging Foods (No Matter Your Age)
1. Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
EVOO is an incredible source of monounsaturated fats, which have been conclusively shown to help our hearts and cardiovascular system. Add it to whatever food you choose to. It’s that good.
If you could chug it by the bottle, I’d certainly encourage you to. It’s really that good.
Instead, you can use it in homemade salad dressings and drizzle it over almost anything you cook. Your tastebuds and your entire body will thank you.
Have you ever noticed that a shelled walnut resembles a brain? That’s quite fitting, as walnuts are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are tremendous for brain health.
They also do wonders for the health of your nervous and cardiovascular systems.
They can be used in so many different ways, so don’t be scared of them. A half handful a day is all you need.
3. Fish Oil or Cold Water Fish
Either of these amazing foods is also an amazing source of omega-3 fatty acids. Whichever one you choose, you can rest assured that you’re lowering your blood pressure and protecting your heart.
What’s special about fish oil and cold water fish is that they contain the ideal versions of omega-3, which is DHA, a fast-acting prostaglandin in the body that really have tremendous benefit for your health.
It’s very helpful for our brain and can help prevent conditions dementia. These anti-aging foods are must haves on a regular basis.
Some people may tell you that avocados are full of fat, and they’re absolutely right.
What they don’t realize is that this is the good kind of fat—monounsaturated fat—which you also find in olive oil.
Monounsaturated fat helps reduce cholesterol levels, decreases risk of heart disease and stroke, and also reduces your belly fat.
[Related Recipe: Super Fast Healthy Lunch: Berry and Arugula Stuffed Avocado]
Garlic not only keeps the vampires away, it also keeps you from joining them in a coffin!
A potent anti-aging food, garlic is high in sulfur which is very good for your liver and also your skin.
It’s also great for cardiovascular health, blood pressure and cholesterol.
This anti-aging food is good for so many reasons, so even if you’re not looking for anti-aging benefits, you should make sure your diet is rich in garlic anyway.
[Related Recipe: The Garlic Soup for Colds (Slow Cooker Recipe)]
Blueberries are low on the glycemic index, which means they’re sweet and tasty but they won’t spike your blood sugar. That’s a very good thing.
They’re also packed with antioxidants, which will get rid of all of those free radicals inside of your body which do damage to your skin and generally age you faster.
Make sure you eat plenty of berries—and cherries—and try popping them in your morning smoothies for a full-on healthy berry blast.
[Related Recipe: Green Smoothie Bowl with Blueberries and Acai]
Watercress may seem like just another green, but it’s actually one of the most powerful ant-aging foods there is.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found watercress to be the highest-rated vegetable in terms of nutrient density, even above kale, spinach and swiss chard. Can you believe it?
It also has a bit of a bite thanks to sulfur, which, as with garlic, is amazing for your health. Skip the spinach and pick some up today!
These are the seven must-have anti-aging foods that anybody over 40—or people at any age, really—should be eating on a regular basis.
Bonus: Your Most Pressing Healthy Skin Questions Answered
Why is healthy skin important?
Healthy skin is a reflection of what’s happening inside your body. Healthier-looking skin indicates that your “insides”, specifically your liver, are in a good health. Obviously, from a vanity standpoint nobody likes dry, patchy skin covered in acne or pimples.
What promotes healthy skin?
In general, a healthy diet full of micronutrient rich foods will promote healthy skin. Specific nutrients that are good for your skin include; protein, vitamin C, vitamin E, sulfur, and collagen – just to name a few.
Avoiding sugar, dairy, and gluten will also do wonders for your skin since these allergenic foods will increase insulin and/or inflammation inside your body which can lead to acne and breakouts.
How to maintain healthy skin naturally?
You don’t need to do monthly face peels to have nice skin. Other than the nutrition tips I’ve given you in this post, you can also consider some of the following:
- Moisturize with olive or coconut oil
- Exfoliate with a good sponge to remove dry skin
- Make a DIY face mask with aloe vera gel, vitamin E, and olive oil and apply once per week
- Avoid spending too much time in the sun
- Drink lots of water since hydration is important for good skin
What diet for healthy skin?
Any real food diet that is rich in micronutrients and promotes alkalinity in the body will do your skin a world of good.
My All-Day Energy Diet is one of the best diets that, as a by-product of eating for energy, can dramatically improve the health of your skin.
Whichever diet you choose, be sure it is low in allergenic foods that create inflammation (gluten, dairy, sugar, etc…) and high in anti-inflammatory foods like vegetables and fruit – most of them preferably raw.
What vitamins promote healthy skin?
The main vitamins that promote healthy skin are vitamin C and vitamin E.
The former is an essential building block for and supporter of collagen – which is the matrix within your skin that gives it its elasticity. Vitamin E is like a forcefield around the cells inside your body, protecting them from free radical damage.
Since your skin is made up of those very same cells, that protective property is transferred to your skin as well. Vegetables and fruit will provide you with all the vitamin C you’ll need and almonds are a wonderful source of vitamin E.
Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s most trusted health and fitness experts. A former pro soccer player turned NYT bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet, his clear, science-backed advice has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 men and women and he’s on a mission to help 100 million people by 2040. Read his inspiring story, “From Soccer to Bed to No Hair on My Head” that started it all.