You know that old saying, “You are what you eat”? Well, it is very true! What we put into our bodies reflects in our skin and impacts our mind and energy. You can test this theory and I challenge you to do so! Notice how different you feel after eating something processed versus fresh whole foods.
Aging is inevitable, however, we can greatly impact how we age by fueling all the cells of our bodies with healthy foods, exercise and a positive mindset. Beauty comes from the inside and what you put inside you radiates on the outside!
Here are some foods you should consume to keep you feeling youthful and energized:
Walnuts: Rich in omega 3s, walnuts help to keep your skin looking vibrant and glowing. It has also been shown to impact memory and cognitive processes. Walnuts have demonstrated a positive impact on melatonin levels (our sleep hormone) and I cannot stress enough how important sleep is for feeling youthful and rejuvenated. Have you ever noticed that walnuts look like brains? It’s real brain food! Eat them as a snack or add them to your oatmeal.
Goji Berries: Nicknamed the “longevity fruit”, it contains sesquiterpenoids that are anti-inflammatory and stimulate production of human growth hormone (HGH). HGH is our anti-aging hormone that increases energy and maintains muscle mass. It’s rich in antioxidants, which protects our DNA from free radical damage. Free radicals accelerate aging. Add some goji berries to your favorite trail mix.
Leafy Greens: These nutritious vegetables, such as spinach, kale and collard greens, are great sources of lutein and zeaxanthin antioxidants, which are known to reduce risk of macular degeneration (age related vision loss). The folate levels in spinach have been found to improve short-term memory. Sneak them in your breakfast smoothie or make yourself a delicious salad for dinner.
Pomegranate: This colour-rich fruit contains one of the highest levels of antioxidants. Clinical studies have shown that pomegranate significantly improves signs of extrinsic skin aging. Containing anthocyanins, pomegranate seed oil has even been found to facilitate skin repair by promoting regeneration of the dermis and epidermis. Eat one for dessert or topically apply oil onto skin.
Blueberries: Also one of the richest sources of antioxidants (which is what gives blueberries such rich colour), this fruit is known to prevent memory loss and chronic degenerative diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s. They are anti-inflammatory and contain anti-aging vitamin C and E, which are great for your skin. In a smoothie, yogurt or your pancakes, these are sure to enhance the tastiness and nutrition of any meal.
A good rule of thumb is to eat foods that are high in omega 3s, anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants. Remember that beauty comes from within. What you put in will reflect in the skin! Eat well and your body will radiate your beauty. Be kind to yourself and your inner joy will come shining through!
In great health & happiness,
Dr. Michelle Peris is a Naturopathic Doctor whose goal is to inspire health through educating, motivating and empowering people. She has a family based practice out of a clinic in Oakville, Ontario.
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