We’ve all heard the adage “You are what you eat.” Though there are many ways to interpret that saying, one that rings true is how your diet affects aging. The convenient choices of prepackaged meals, canned goods, and frozen heat-and-eat dinners litter our grocery store shelves. While these may be the first thing you want to reach for after a long day, they’re the last thing you should choose if you want to maintain a youthful look.
Our team at Aesthetx has put together our top five foods to consume to stay healthy and looking your best, 10, 20, or even 30 years down the road.
This superfood is a nutritional dynamo for your body and brain. Avocados are rich in vitamin E to make your skin more resilient to UV rays. It may also play an essential role in fighting off the virus that causes COVID-19. In addition, avocados are a high-fat fruit to lower LDL, reduce triglycerides, and raise HDL. Consuming avocados regularly will work wonders for improving your cardiovascular health, weight management, and glucose control.
Spiky artichokes may not be the first thing you reach for in the produce section. Still, this thistle-family food offers a plethora of whole-body benefits. Artichokes are rich in soluble fiber, including insulin, for a powerful prebiotic for gut health.
Eighty percent of our immune system resides in our gut. Therefore, eating artichokes boosts immunity, mood, and metabolism. Artichokes are also an excellent source of electrolyte minerals like potassium, sodium, and magnesium. In addition, they are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants to support collagen regeneration and overall anti-aging.
3. Wild Alaskan Salmon
Known as a staple for anti-inflammatory diets, wild Alaskan salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation, prevent dry skin, and ward off skin cancer. It also has plenty of vitamin E for skin health with negligible carbohydrates. It is chock-full of selenium, potassium, and vitamin B.
This water-rich cruciferous vegetable is an excellent source of sulforaphane to activate your body’s detox process, help your body retain youthful behaviors, and clean up old cells. It has significant levels of lutein, a carotenoid, to protect your eyes and increase brain function.
An assortment of berries may add a rainbow of bright colors to your fruit bowl, but they also have plenty of antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fiber to help regenerate youth. Each berry contains different polyphenols – like anthocyanins in blueberries, which can improve cardiovascular health, and ellagic acid in raspberries. This phenol may bind to specific chemicals responsible for cancer. Additionally, berries are bountiful with vitamin C, a proven preservative of collagen for the skin.