A healthy diet is a best way to keep you looking years younger, but bear in mind that converse of this is also possible; an unhealthy diet can stimulate your aging process, leaving you look years older than actually you are. Here is a list of foods that you should eliminate from your daily diet to keep you young, as well as a list of foods that you should include.
Avoid deep fried foods
Anything that has been deep fried in oil, such as potato chips, French fries etc, makes a rich source of unhealthy trans fat, which contribute to inflammatory process inside your body, accelerating the aging process. It is recommended that trans fat should make less than one percent of your daily diet.
Say no to refined sugars and high fructose corn syrups
A study published in journal Age in February this year concluded that a person’s blood sugar levels are directly related to how old he or she looks. The study carried out on 670 people between 50 and 70 years of age, found that for every 1 millimole per liter increase in blood sugar levels, the participants looked 5 months older than their actual ages. Also eliminate doughnuts and other sugary pastries from your diet.
Eliminate processed meats
Processed meat in any form – hot dogs, bacon, pepperoni etc – is considered to have aging effects. These are all high in saturated fats and also make a rich source of nitrates, both of which contribute to inflammation throughout your body. Remember, your daily saturated fat consumption from all sources should be less than 7 percent of your daily calorie intake.
Monitor your alcohol consumption
Too much alcohol consumption can age you prematurely. Moderate consumption of alcohol, on average, one or two alcoholic drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women, is believed to be good for your heart. But excessive consumption of alcoholic drinks has several side effects, and premature aging is one of them.
Include leafy green to your daily diet
Romaine lettuce is rich in vitamins A and C as well as certain antioxidants, that help inhibit inflammation process in your body. Other dark green leafy vegetables that you can include in your diet are spinach, endive, escarole, broccoli and arugula.
Tomatoes are particularly high in antioxidant lycopene which is essential for a healthy glowing skin. Other rich sources of lycopene include guavas, grapefruit and watermelon.
Increase your seafood consumption
Almost all seafood products are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which help battle inflammation in your body. So include marine fish, such as salmon, tuna and herring to your daily diet plan and look years, or decades younger.