Awareness about health and well-being has been increasing over the years. Individuals’ expectations of health and long-life have also become greater. Growing old is inevitable. Yet, one can still age gracefully by looking and feeling great!
Eating right can promote health and prevent diseases such as heart problems, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and many others. It will also slow down the ageing signs that include wrinkles, dull skin, brittle nails, and unpleasant hair quality.
It is very essential to eat wisely to get the most benefits from a daily diet. It should be rich, well-balanced, varied, and inclusive of all the main food groups. The diet should combine fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole-grains, lean meat, fish, eggs, and low-fat dairy products with an adequate amount of water to hydrate the body properly.
Although the list of “superfoods” is endless, below are five food items that help with youth and rejuvenation.
Superfood 1: Red Fruits (cranberries, raspberries, and strawberries)
Those fruits are loaded with Vitamin C and known to be some of the most powerful antioxidants to prevent diseases. They boost the immune system and keep the skin and eyes youthful.
Tip: Add raspberries to whole-grain breakfast cereals to help the body absorb iron from the cereals.
Superfood 2: Sweet Potatoes Sweet potatoes are one of the very few foods that contain both Vitamin C and E which work as antioxidants with one another to fight wrinkles and preserve sight and memory. The orange sweet potatoes are very rich in beta-carotene that keeps the eyes and lungs healthy and boosts the immune system.
Tip: Bake it or roast with minimal amount of fat and add it to one of the healthy salads or serve it as a side dish to the main meal.
Superfood 3: Flaxseeds Flaxseed and flaxseed oil are loaded with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are the backbone of a healthy heart, young skin, and an efficient immune system. Flaxseed is also rich in Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc. It contains lignans which act as an anti-carcinogenic factor.
Tip: Use ground flaxseed with warm water as a facemask for a more radiant skin.
Superfood 4: Avocados Avocados are loaded with Vitamins C and E and are essential for the softness and health of the skin and glossiness of the hair. Avocados are heart healthy as they are rich in omega-9 fatty acids and have anti-inflammatory properties. The main antioxidant in avocado is lutein which is known to help against eye and heart diseases.
Tip: Cut up slices of avocado with low-fat milk to make a very healthy and wholesome milk shake. Avocado slices can also be added to a salad with lemon and a hint of olive oil.
Superfood 5: Green Tea Green tea is very high in the antioxidant flavonoids that fight the free radicals and premature ageing. It also protects against heart problems and lowers the bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Green tea has very significant anti-carcinogenic properties.
Tip: Prepare green tea with slices of lemon and refrigerate to serve cool in the summer (rich in Vitamin C and act as antioxidants.)