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food to stay young

on February 8, 2012

1. Avocados

avocado

According to Paula Simpson, BASc, RNCP, the oil found in avocados works to toughen your skin while also hydrating it.
“Avocados are full of monounsaturated fatty acids,” says Robyn Flipse, MS, RD. “This is the healthiest type of fat for the cardiovascular system because it doesn’t promote inflammation.”

2. Berries

berries

Stocked with antioxidants, these yummy snacks neutralize damaging free radicals, says Simpson. They also help the body manufacture collagen, leaving your skin firm and smooth.

3. Low-fat yoghurt

low fat yogurt

You already know it’sfull protein and calcium but yogurt contains other vital nutrients as well, according to Lisa Drayer, MA, RD, author of The Beauty Diet. “The vitamin B in yogurt is essential for multiple body functions, including cell growth and division.” Just one cup of yogurt has 450 milligrams of calcium, more than a cup of fat-free milk.

4. Water-rich food

watermelon

Foods high in water content, such as cucumbers, watermelon, apples, peaches, melons, and celery, are some of the best hydrating solutions for your skin, says Simpson. They keep away wrinkles and therefore keep you looking fresh-faced. Flipse also recommends hydrating fluids, like green tea or sparkling beverages, to keep the skin moist.

5. Carrots and tomatoes

Carrots and Tomatoes

The more colorful the better. These bright veggies are stocked with phytonutrients and antioxidants, both of which protect against damaging free radicals. The beta carotene and lycopene found in them also protect your skin from sun damage and repair skin cells.

6. Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate

“Resveratorol and flavanols.” These two compounds are the good stuff in dark chocolate that promote circulation and can even protect against moderate sun damage. Just make sure to choose dark chocolate over milk, as the dark chocolate is more beneficial to your health.


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