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Superfoods to make you look younger!

Sep 30 (): There has been a lot of interest among the emerging next generation of men and women on how to look younger, defying ageing.

Moving away from doctored treatments, pills, plastic surgeries, much-advertised anti-aging creams etc, this article aims to have a quick look at the foods that are effortlessly available and easy on one’s pocket. Also, you can pick them up easily from your neighbourhood store!

When rightly used in moderate proportions, natural foods will leave the skin radiant and glowing – at the least delaying the ageing process.

Superfoods to make you look younger

Dark chocolate– A wonderful source of anti-oxidants, dark chocolate improves blood flow to your skin and also keeps it hydrated, which means fewer wrinkles. A square or two would do for a day.

Indian Gooseberry (Amla in Hindi; Nellikkai in Tamil;Usirikai in Telugu) – A natural cleanser, Indian gooseberry flushes out toxins from the liver and helps in good digestion. Loaded with vitamin C, it is a great natural tonic to add glow to one’s skin. Oranges are said to have less vitamin C, compared to Indian gooseberry.  Gooseberry with its many minerals and vitamins like Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Carotene and Vitamin B complex is also a powerful antioxidant agent. Free radicals associated with formation of wrinkles and age spots are done away with by its anti-oxidant qualities. You can take it as such or as juice or as honeyed gooseberry or even in dried form.

Green tea – It is a powerhouse of antioxidants which work against the free radicals, which are in turn responsible for premature ageing. It aids renewing cells and thus prevents premature ageing of cells. It works wonders when you can make it  your daily cuppa.

Citrus fruits – A rich source of vitamin C. The age-old beauty trick advised by beauty experts is to have a warm glass of water with a dash of lemon juice and a few drops of honey in empty stomach to cleanse your system. The phytonutrients present in them act as antioxidants that help flush out toxic radicals from the body. They can be consumed as such (not to lost their fibre content) or as juices, or add a dash of their juices to your foods, in ways you prefer.

Yoghurt – With its probiotic qualities, yoghurt keeps your digestive system healthy which does have an impact on your skin.

Nuts – Walnuts full of B vitamins, in addition to being  brain-healthy, reduce stress and  keep skin disorders like fine lines, wrinkles at bay. Almonds, full of vitamin E are nourishing for your skin and helps protect it from the sun’s harmful UV rays. But, watch out for your portions as they can expand your waist line, being calorie-dense.

Fish – Omega 3 fats in fish help protect skin against damage.

Other than these foods, regularly load up your plate with whole grains, green leafy vegetables and tomatoes for that dosage of vitamins B and C.

And, the all-essential elixir of life –water. It is vital to maintain your skin health as it pumps out toxins from your system, keeps your skin hydrated and your organs alive and kicking from within.

As a standard rule, reduce the amount of fat, white sugar, white flour, salt and spices in your diet.

Cooking methods also have a profound influence on the nutrients that your body gets. Always go in for safe cooking methods like grilling, steaming, boiling, poaching, baking and roasting that do not rob the foodstuffs of their nutrients.

When right food and moderate exercise are coupled with a positive mind, younger looking skin is not far away! It is all yours for sure when you put your head high with a warm smile, bubbling love for life, for yourself and your fellow beings!

Last but not the least – never forget to ‘keep the child’ in you – all the time!

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