12 Drinks That Slow Down the Signs of Aging

Drink from the fountain of youth: these beverages can slow down visible aging
thinkstock

Fresh-Squeezed Grapefruit Juice

Thinkstock

Citrus fruits pack tremendous amounts of vitamin C, which allow for excellent maintenance and production of collagen, the substance that allows skin to be flexible and strong. As we age, collagen production decreases, leading the way to wrinkles and dry skin, both of which are unfortunate signs of aging. Grapefruit also contains spermidine, which helps cellular growth. 

Almond Milk Smoothie with Bananas and Avocados

Thinkstock

Almond milk contains vitamins A, D, and E, all of which are fat-soluble so they promote healthy skin. The calcium and protein in almond milk are beneficial for strong nails and hair. Avocados are loaded with monounsaturated fats that promote vitamin absorption, leading to young, supple, and radiant skin. Bananas are rich in vitamins A, B, and E, all of which are excellent for your skin as well. Throw in some hemp, flax, or chia seeds for an extra boost, blend it all together and enjoy the hearty goodness, all the while knowing it is doing your body more than good. 

Whole Juice Made with Beets, Apples, Spinach, Carrots, and/or Berries

Thinkstock

You have hit the natural rainbow jackpot with this: All of these fruits and vegetables have deep, rich colors — a sign that they contain innumerable vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can reverse the aging process. Plant protein also helps detoxify all the impurities from the body, which can cause dull, coarse hair and skin. The abundance of vitamin C and calcium in this potpourri of fruits and vegetables can contribute to soft and youthful looking skin while brightening and strengthening hair, teeth, and nails. 

Water

Thinkstock

Our bodies are composed of more than 70 percent water, and it is essential for the hydration of every organ — of which your skin is the largest and most visible. Without water, skin becomes dry while hair and nails become brittle. Dry skin is prone to wrinkling and lack of water leads to a build-up of toxins which can disrupt every process in the body. 

Wine

Thinkstock

Drink wine in moderation, of course, as excessive consumption can paradoxically promote the aging process and ruin the liver. Red wine is the preferred choice as it contains resveratrol which has been shown to promote the "longevity" gene while retarding inflammation and diseases associated with getting old. Raise your glass to that!

Tea

Thinkstock

There are so many varieties of this healthy alternative to coffee. The catechins and antioxidants in teas have been shown to block neuronal (nerve) death, and the immune system is also boosted by tea, thereby reducing inflammation, which in turn imparts a healthy looking appearance. 

Soy Milk

Thinkstock

Phytochemicals in soy and its products (tofu, tempeh, edamame) help maintain smooth skin by maintaining elastin and collagen which helps prevent wrinkles. It is hypothesized that the isoflavones on soy may protect against skin damage from UV light exposure. 

Greek Yogurt Fruit Smoothie

Thinkstock

Although I generally discourage dairy intake for several reasons, Greek yogurt actually contains less lactose and carbs, and more protein, probiotics, and nutrients as compared with regular yogurt. So when you want a great anti-aging smoothie, grab some Greek yogurt and add bananas, berries, and flax powder and blend away. Berries are loaded with antioxidants, especially vitamin C, which are responsible for collagen integrity. This can help skin, cartilage, bones, and joints withstand any degenerative effects over time. Bananas contain pectin, which promotes the detoxification of toxins and heavy metals —essential to slowing down the aging process.

Hot Chocolate

Thinkstock

Need a good excuse to indulge in some chocolate?  The cocoa bean has a plethora of antioxidants, flavonoids, and polyphenols which promote anti-aging. They are naturally occurring plant pigments that combat free radicals which are damaging to the body. Dark chocolate is better than milk. 

Coconut Water

Thinkstock

Besides the abundance of minerals, electrolytes, and vitamins, coconuts have plant hormones called cytokinins which promote cellular growth while impeding cellular aging. This translates into anti-aging mechanisms which helps the skin stay young. 

Aloe Vera Juice

Thinkstock

This very versatile plant helps maintain youthfulness. It contains plenty of amino acids and nutrients that help replace skin cells and maintain collagen. Antioxidants promote skin regeneration while helping to maintain elasticity. A topical application keeps skin moist and supple as well. 

Special Spice Drink

Thinkstock

I take water steeped in boiled broccoli and add pinches of powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and basil, mixed with some olive oil. I drink this self-made concoction daily. I have been doing this for years, and I know that I am drinking from the fountain of youth with this winner!