11 Foods That Keep You Young
September 5, 2014
From your mind to your skin, we know the perfect food antidotes to aging
Stay Young With These Foods
There are plenty more foods that have multiple purposes and act as anti-aging superfoods, from salmon to blueberries. Incorporate these delicious foods into your diet and we bet you’ll take a walk back through time!
For Your Brain
Staying young means nothing if you aren’t staying smart. You definitely want to load up on the brain-boosting foods to keep your wits razor sharp. Foods like blueberries contain anthocyanins, which help reverse age-related declines in cognitive and motor function.
For Your Muscles
Nothing will make you feel older than aching muscles, but a healthy diet can help with muscle architecture, while others reduce muscle soreness. For instance, the caffeine in coffee directly stimulates your muscles to help put a spring in your step.
For Your Joints
You have to remember mom and dad complaining about their creaking joints. The key to stopping joint pain? Load up on foods that are anti-inflammatory. Both garlic and olive oil can be extremely good for regulating inflammation and adding a ton of flavor to your dish!
For Your Heart
According to the Center for Disease Control, there are 26.5 million non-hospitalized adults diagnosed with heart disease. There are some factors that predispose you to heart disease, like genetics, but there is plenty of weight placed on lifestyle choices. Aside from avoiding foods that are bad for your heart, you should also include foods like berries, nuts, and even dark chocolate into your diet for a healthy ticker.
For Your Eyes
What makes a food good for your eyes, you might ask? Foods high in nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin (which have been shown to reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration) are especially beneficial to your peepers. Other essential nutrients and vitamins, like omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, beta-carotene, and vitamin A, C, and E, all contribute to eye health as well. Foods like leafy greens (especially dark ones like kale and spinach), eggs, nuts and seeds, fatty fish (like tuna, salmon, or anchovies), carrots, and sweet potatoes are also foods that promote healthy eyes.
- Elyse Cromer
For Your Face
In addition to eating healthy foods, there are tons of healthy foods you can put directly on your skin to keep your outsides looking as young as you feel; yes, there are “edible” masks that can completely transform your beauty regimen. With Alex Wolfer’s Avocado and Oat Facial mask, you can hydrate and exfoliate your face while her Red Wine Mask will help take care of those wrinkles. Check out some more edible masks here!
For Your Skin
Your skin can get a natural glow that radiates from the inside out. Foods like pumpkin seeds contain tons of zinc, which aids in healthy skin cell turnover, locks moisture into your skin, and boosts collagen production and elasticity in your skin.
- Elyse Cromer
For Your Hair
When it comes to maintaining a healthy head of hair, your body needs essential vitamins and nutrients. The most essential nutrients for your hair include vitamins A and C, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc. But instead of purchasing individual vitamins, there are plenty of delicious foods you can eat in your day-to-day routine to help you achieve healthier hair. A handful of walnuts will not only satiate your hunger, but it will also give your hair the support it needs to grow long and luxurious. Want your hair to be super shiny? You’ll be sweet on sweet potatoes in no time!
For Your Soul
Because really, who cares if you look good if you don’t feel good? Endorphin-releasing foods like chocolate and ice cream will cheer you up and put a smile on your face. After all, frown lines are terribly unsexy.