What can I eat to slow the ageing process?
If you know the right foods to eat, you really can impede the rate at which your skin show signs of age. It should be noted that the effects are not uniform amongst us all, and that some people, no matter what they do to themselves, appear to age more quickly or slowly than others. The effects of ageing are seen on the surface of the skin and so the conditioning of our skin is key to how changes occur throughout our lives. The conditioning of our skin is influenced by air, radiation and substances upon our skin, as well as by bacteria and other lifeforms that live on its surface.
Sunlight is obviously a big factor as it represents 99% of the radiation our skin encounters, and the heat from sunlight increases the rate of any reaction our skin undergoes. As the Ozone layer is depleted, microwave and cosmic ray radiation is also increased, which burn selected layers of the skin and effect skin colour as well as well as affecting the substances on our skin. Salt levels on our skin also influence our skins conditioning. Salt is often used to soften meats such as encrusting chicken in a salt surround before roasting, and the simple truth is that the more time you spend sweating helps makes your skin softer. Sweating also frees your skins pores by pushing out dirt and other particles from within, much better than any creams or lotions.
One of the most important influences on our skin, due to what winds up being deposited on, in and below our skin, is our diet. Our diet controls many part of our body and affects the way it grows and forms as well as the way it changes throughout our life. One of the major causes of ageing are free radicals in our body that break loose if left alone, causing damage to our body’s organs and giving the skin it’s wrinkled appearance. If we can adjust our diet to be sure we are eating the right fruits, nuts, and vegetables, we can assist our bodies to slow the ageing process.
Although you will never completely eliminate free radicals from your system, you can neutralise them by eating the right food types. A good place to start is with nuts - it has been proven that nuts help protect you from heart-related diseases, and so why not!
If you can discipline yourself to eat an ounce of nuts more than five times per week, you can reduce the risk of coronary diseases by 25-40%. Nuts are also low in saturated fats, which cause heart and artery disease, but are high in unsaturated fats, which raise good cholesterol. If you make sure you add nuts to your diet several times a week, you can help your body remain younger and healthier.
Fruits are an excellent source of anti-oxidants, it's no secret, and anti-oxidants can help neutralise the free radicals that before they cause damage to our bodies. The Acai Berry has been shown as having 33 times as many anti-oxidants as red wine. Mangosteens are a powerful anti-oxidant too and as for the Goji Berry - it contains essential biochemical defences that can slow the ageing process.
Vegetables such as carrots and green leafy vegetables, contain huge amounts of beta-carotene as do broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and radishes. By eating these raw, or only gently boiling you avoid annihilating the important enzymes that help the body fight off cancer and the build-up of toxins
Now you know the nuts, fruits, and even vegetables that can slow the aging process. Take action today by slowing adding more of each of these groups of foods into your diet. By making the change slowly, you will gradually get used to not having the high sugar, fats and processed foods in your diet and will learn to enjoy these healthy foods that not only taste good but can help you stay younger, longer.