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There are many things we can all do to stay fit and healthy for longer and feel good that will also make us look good.
Making certain lifestyle choices can have a huge impact on our appearance. For example, it is very well documented that smoking is bad for our health, increases the risk of illness and speeds up the aging process, along with too much alcohol and eating a high-fat diet. However, what isn’t so well-known is that there are many foods we can eat that help delay the aging process while also benefiting our health.
The one thing that is non-negotiable is that time stops for no one, but with more and more research and knowledge, it is possible to stay looking and feeling younger for longer.
It won’t surprise you to know that eating more vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains and spices is good for you and full of goodness. The more we eat, the better we will look and feel for longer.
Beans are a great choice when it comes to healthy eating. They offer carbohydrates for slow-release energy and protein for healthy muscles and bones. Beans are full of vitamins, nutrients, fiber and minerals, which are all essential for gut health and blood sugar balance. Beans also provide a substantial and satisfying meal, so they are also great for weight management, which is vital for a healthy heart.
Beans are a versatile food choice for many dishes and can be added to a whole range of foods. Some popular choices of beans include kidney beans, cannellini beans, and black and red beans. They can be added to soups, stews, salads, vegetarian dishes and sauces. They are also cheap, and you can buy them canned and store them until needed.
Superfoods are all-natural and have the added ability to prevent disease thanks to their high nutritional content, but eating these foods occasionally may not be enough. They need to be eaten regularly and incorporated into our everyday diet. For example, blueberries are full of vitamin C, which contributes to skin health and contains antioxidants. They are anti-inflammatory and are thought to boost brain health, contribute to a healthy heart and reduce the risk of developing certain cancers.
Other fruits and vegetables with anti-aging properties include pears, broccoli, tomatoes and oranges, all of which can benefit our cognitive function.
In addition to foods, using certain beauty products can reduce the appearance of aging while hydrating the skin. Investing in products that boost skin health can have long-term results. For example, vitamin-enhanced oils and creams, such as this CC Serum, can be helpful when used regularly.
When it comes to health and longevity, nuts can play a very important role. Walnuts are a particularly smart choice. Research has shown that women who regularly incorporate nuts into their diet are less likely to experience illness, disease, and other age-related health issues such as visual impairment, memory loss, and physical aches and pains. Walnuts are also known to lower cholesterol, improving your heart health in the process. Many nuts are highly nutritious, containing minerals and vitamins that can also contribute to maintaining cognitive health.
Second only to water, tea is the most popular drink in the world. Not only does it have the ability to hydrate, which is essential for youthful-looking skin, but it is also full of antioxidants. Research has also shown that tea can reduce the risk of heart disease; the older we get, the better the protection it provides.
Tea is also used in beauty products to help nourish and refresh the skin, like this Fresh Tea Face Mist. It is perfect for softening skin and can reduce redness and promote a healthy complexion.
Many people think of spices and herbs merely as flavor enhancers. Although it's true that they are perfect for adding to your favorite foods and drinks, including sweet treats and desserts, they are also good for you! Using plenty of spices and herbs on your food means you are less likely to add salt or sugar, both of which can speed up the aging process. As an added benefit, many spices are anti-inflammatory, such as turmeric, cinnamon and rosemary. Different spices have different benefits. For example, ginger has long been used as a natural remedy to fight nausea.
By incorporating certain foods into our diet on a regular basis, we are protecting both our health and our skin from the inside out.