As usual, time has flown this year, and the busy, bustling holiday season is already here. This means endless holiday parties, gatherings with friends and family, and of course, tons of photos to forever capture your fun, holiday memories. Looking your best on camera and not appearing to ‘age’ starts with skin that doesn't appear dull or dry, and is less than glowing radiant. After all, we may think our genes are what controls how well we age, but in reality, a large percent of how we age is determined by our lifestyle choices.
It’s all about making smart choices when it comes to selecting foods that you should have at a holiday gathering that can help you with anti-aging benefits. Although you may lose your willpower to stay away from some of the mouthwatering delicacies during the loaded month of December, making healthier choices can definitely help you in your bout against aging. To help, here are five foods that prevent aging skin and are packed with other anti-aging benefits:
Cranberries are tangy in taste and contain antioxidants and Vitamin C, which are good for the skin, particularly when it comes to anti-aging benefits. It also helps in the synthesis of collagen within the skin while also keeping the skin hydrated. Research has proven that cranberries help you to fight tooth decay. That’s right, baked cranberries can be a healthy choice over other temptations keeping in mind the sugar content of course.
I know, I know, although beets may not be your favorite choice, still, they can be a healthy choice for the fiber content, which makes you feel full. Also packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants, beets have anti-inflammatory properties to keep your skin away from any type of inflammation or black spots. Try roasted beet roots or grating on top of your salad as a great alternative way to enjoy this vegetable.
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which turns into Vitamin A in the form of retinol, within our body and helps the skin to remain hydrated and in good shape. It also contains Vitamin C, which helps to get rid of the free radicals and increases the production of collagen to keep the skin free of pigmentation and wrinkles. Other benefits of retinol include supporting our immune system. Grated carrots in pure ghee can be a delicious item, but make sure to add as much little sugar as possible.
Squash also contains a high fiber content making you feel full, and preventing you from overindulging with frequent servings. This fruit, which is used as a vegetable is also rich in Vitamin A, C and E, which help in keeping the skin healthy and in building collagen within the body to keep the skin free of pigmentation and other blemishes. Other contents include magnesium, potassium, and manganese, which are essential minerals for the skin to help fight wrinkles, acne breakouts, and skin allergies. Try butternut squash toasted, roasted, pureed, or mashed. There’s a wide range of delicious recipes made from this fruit, which include soups, muffins, breads, and casseroles.
The multiple benefits of sweet potatoes as an anti-aging agent cannot be ruled out unless you have tried with this vegetable in various forms like mashed and in roasted forms. Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamins A, C, and beta-carotene, which are all good nutrients to the skin. They also contain copper, which builds collagen to keep the skin healthy and tight and also prevents osteoporosis. Other goodness found in sweet potato includes omega-3, Vitamins K & E and zinc. These antioxidant properties prevent free radicals to affect skin pigmentation. Try this sweeter sister potato mashed, baked, or roasted.
written for Cliff Original by Frederick Entenmann, Best-Selling Author, Health & Wellness Consultant, Life Performance Coach for CEOs and Professional Athletes, Founder of Mind-Body-Life. Frederick is a former professional athlete who is a leader in the fields of corrective, high-performance exercise kinesiology, mind and body holistic health.