Anti-Aging Foods: Eat These 7 Items To Help You Look And Feel Younger

| June 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

The U.S. market for anti-aging products — estimated at about $80 billion — is expected to climb to more than $114 billion by 2015. But perhaps midlifers who have that “forever young” mindset should save their money. Experts say you can eat your way to a younger, healthier you. In general, you should replace fattening starches with whole grains and cover at least half your plate with fruits and vegetables.

1) OrangesJust one orange a day can help you feel younger. Not only is this delicious fruit packed with vitamin C, but it also boasts skin-firming collagen.

2) Broccoli Just a half-cup of occoli a day can make you feel energized while also boosting your immune system. Why? Because occoli contains more than 2/3 of the daily recommended dose of vitamin C. Broccoli also has the nutrient sulforaphane, which helps with liver detoxification.

3) Low-fat yogurtLow-fat yogurt provides the calcium and phosphorus that can boost tooth enamel, which will make your smile even ighter. In addition, yogurt’s probiotics and help with digestion so that you are less constipated.

4) Bell peppersBell peppers are chock-full of antioxidants, especially the ightly colored red, yellow and orange ones. Indeed, these peppers can boost immune function, ward off sun damage and even reduce your risk of several types of cancer.

5) BerriesAll types of berries are good for you — cranberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries — but the darker ones are the best as they usually have the highest concentration of antioxidants. Berries also have a lot of vitamin C, which is good for your skin. 6) Sweet potatoesSweet potatoes offer an abundance of benefits, everything from antioxidants to anti-inflammatory agents. They also have vitamins A, C and E, which can help you maintain a lovely complexion and beautiful hair.

7) CarrotsCarrots pack a lot of beta-carotene, which not only helps with skin-cell renewal, but acts as a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are great for getting rid of free radicals that can make your skin age faster.

Fried food is loaded with fat and calories while offering zero nutritional value. It’s a lose-lose! Sure, fries and chips TASTE good, but healthier items also taste good. Just say no to the deep fried items on your menu. You’ll be thinner, healthier and won’t have greasy fingers.

White ead products have minimal nutritional value and are quickly converted by your body into sugar. So you may as well eat a cupcake. Even eads that are technically wheat, but are as soft and smooth as white ead, should be avoided. Don’t be afraid to discard the ead from your sandwich or to push away that ead basket. Your waist will shrink and you’ll lose that bloated feeling that high carbohydrate meals give you.

You were so good to order a salad, but then canceled out the low-cal benefits by drenching the salad in fattening creamy dressing. Just a few tablespoons of creamy dressing contain more than 20 grams of fat and hundreds of calories.

Just like white ead, white rice has minimal nutritional value, and the glycemic load will quickly prime your body for storing fat.

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