Lubna Khan |
Now, this is a question that has been asked for centuries. Most people want to look and feel young, which drives many researchers and scientists into a quest to develop and find an anti-aging formula.
Since there is no magic formula that will erase our wrinkles and fine lines away immediately, incorporating certain anti-aging foods into your diet is one of the best methods that can help you bring closer to this goal.
Using these nutrition-dense foods, you can help slow down the aging process in every part of your body – this means from your skin to your brain, heart, and joints!
Here is a list of my favorite anti-aging foods and what they do in order to make your body feeling young and healthy.
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Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and in a compound called “anthocyanins”, which is known for it anti-aging effects by limiting cellular damage. Most research has shown that consuming blueberries on a regular basis protects regions in your brain that are associated with memory and slow down age-related damage to brain cells.
According to studies, dark chocolate with the highest percentage of cacao (70-90%) helps slow down effects of aging. However, it is concluded that due the high amount of calories that come with it, eating a small piece and adding this to well-balanced healthy diet, moderately is key.
Nuts contain monosaturated and polysaturated fats, which are known compounds that help reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Eating nuts as a part of a balanced diet can add years to your life by preventing these chronic diseases. The best types of nuts to consume are walnuts, chestnuts, and pecans when it comes to anti-aging.
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Salmon is a super antioxidant and is also high in astaxanthin. Due to these compounds, consuming wild-caught salmon helps protect against inflammation and oxidative stress, which makes it useful to prevent early signs of aging.
Avocado has been in the spotlight recently as a super-food, and for good reasons. This superfood is packed with fatty acids and antioxidants, which are the key compounds needed to keep your heart arteries healthy and young. Avocado is known to be extremely beneficial for the skin and hair as well.
Turmeric root has anti-aging and skin-lightening properties and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine and cosmetics. A compound, which is abundant in turmeric is called curcumin, which helps against inflammation and aging of joints, brains, and muscles.
A healthy and well-balanced diet is your key to lowering risks of chronic diseases, better bones, gut health, and skin and vision protection. It’s not just about looking good from the outside, but also feeling good from the inside! Incorporate these foods into your daily life and feel the difference!
Lubna Khan is a certified fitness leadership trainer from Canada and is looking to become a motivational speaker. She advises people on how to eat healthy by making substitutions in their diets, offer meal plans and add small habits in their routine. She also offers to consult on beauty and skincare routines, workouts and training as well as fashion styling.