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The Best Anti-Aging Foods

Updated on October 18, 2014

Disclaimer: I am not a health care professional. Please seek the advice of your doctor before you change your diet, exercise program, or make any other lifestyle changes.

Genetics are amazing...here are my daughter and I: 24 years difference in age.  Don't I still wish for that young beautiful skin I used to have.
Genetics are amazing...here are my daughter and I: 24 years difference in age. Don't I still wish for that young beautiful skin I used to have. | Source

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Beauty From The Inside Out

You are what you eat. Jillian Michaels says you shouldn’t eat it if it doesn’t “have a mother or come from the ground.” Meaning, don’t eat processed foods. Colorful foods are always the most vitamin and mineral enriched; the more colorful the plate, the healthier the meal.

Vegetables and fruits are usually the most colorful foods. Vegetarians and Vegans do well on this diet as long as they get enough protein and iron. Lentils and dark green veggies are high in protein, iron, calcium, and vitamin K. Grains and complex carbohydrates should be consumed throughout the day, and not as much in the evening. Foods with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits will greatly decrease the aging symptoms.

Drinking Water Will Keep You Youthful

Water is the absolute best product you can use to fade and minimize wrinkles, age spots, and scars. The average person needs 64 ounces of water per day. That is 8 cups. A cup is 8 ounces. That really isn’t very much. If you have difficulty remembering to drink water throughout the day, use a disposable 12 ounce cup and keep it near you. The first thing that you should do in the morning is drink 8 ounces of water quickly. Occasionally throughout the day, fill your cup with water, and chug it down. Try having 1 – 2 cups of water at meals also.

Many people drink more water if they have a straw. When you drink from a straw you ingest much more liquid and a lot less air. Others drink more from a water bottle than they do from a cup or glass. Try experimenting with different ways to get the water into your body, and then decide what works best for you.

Water means water. Feel free to drink whatever you’d like to. But consuming 64 ounces of plain water needs to be a priority if you want to keep a youthful look and healthy body. Other beverages can be used as a reward for yourself once you’ve had your daily required water.

Colorful Foods Make You Beautiful - Decorate Your Plate

FOOD
COLOR
VITAMINS
MINERALS
FIBER
PROTEIN
ANTIOXIDANTS
Baby Spinach
Dark Green
A, C
Beta-C, Cal, Iron, Lyco
X
 
X
Blueberries
Dark Blue
A, C, K
Beta-C, Cal, Iron, Lyco, Phos, Potas
X
 
X
Cherries
Dark Red
A, B-Com, C, Chloine, K
Beta-C, Cal, Fluor, Lyco, Mag, Phos, Potas
X
 
X
Kale
Green
A, B-Com, C, K
Beta-C, Cal, Lyco, Mag, Phos, Potas, Sodm
X
 
X
Kiwi
Green
A, B-Com, C, Choline, K
Beta-C, Cal, lyco, Mag, Phos, Potas
X
 
X
Lemons
Yellow
A, C
Beta-C, Cal, Lyco, Mag, Phos, Potas
X
 
X
Pomegranate
Red
B-Com, C, Choline, K
Beta-C, Cal, Lyco, Mag, Phos, Potas
X
X
X
Red Wine
Dark Red
Choline
Cal, Fluor, Mag, Phos, Potas
 
 
X
Strawberries
Red
A, B-Com, C
Beta-C, Cal, Fluor, Mag, Phos, Potas
X
 
X
Yogurt
White
A, B-Com, Choline
Cal, Fluor, Mag, Phos, Potas, Selenm, Sodm, Zinc
 
X
X
Decorate Your Plate

Eat Colorful Foods

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Sun Bunnies are Out of Style

Always use sun block, or sun screen on a daily basis. Cover your entire face (neck, chest, shoulders, back, hands, and feet). Because of the deterioration in our protective atmosphere, sunbathing is losing its popularity...but that's another topic for another time.

Basically, if you are interested in extending your youthful look naturally and for as long as possible, please protect your skin from the sun.

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A Face is More Than a Face

One important thing to remember as we are getting older is that our faces are not the only area that shows maturity. When you are considering a new approach to looking younger, you must treat other body parts as well as you treat your face. Pamper your face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, hands and feet.

Additional Products and Techniques to Keep You Looking Young

Skin care is of great importance if you are attempting to hold on to your youthfulness. Not all skin care products are the same. I have some recommendations listed below, but you may need to continue trying different products until you find the one that works best for you. Cleanser, toner, and moisturizer need to be used twice daily. Especially before bed, or immediately when you come home from work.

On a weekly basis, facial masks, treatments, and massages will help you maintain fresh, healthy skin cells. Be sure to use a mask that cleans and closes pores. For swelling, you may use a cold rag with ice cubes in it to place over your eyes. Cold cucumber slices and wet tea bags also reduce swelling and help eliminate dark under eye circles.

Products that may be helpful:

  • Preparation H for younger looking eyes and temporarily reducing wrinkles
  • Anti Aging Serum for lifting eyelids
  • Olay products for cleansing and moisturizing
  • Mary Kay products for cleansing and moisturizing
  • Clinique products for cleansing and moisturizing
  • Proactiv for teens or adults with acne on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, or back

Always use your ring finger to apply cleanser, mask, or make up. It is just as important to rub up and out. Since gravity isn’t a friend to any of us, defy it and use up and outward strokes when applying a product to your face. I appreciate the time you are spending to read my work. Please feel free to leave a comment, as well.

"Be kind to one another" ~ Ellen

God Bless You ~ Margaret Sullivan

More Great Foods High in Vitamins, Minerals, Fiber, and Protein:

FOOD
COLOR
VITAMINS
MINERALS
FIBER
PROTEIN
Almonds
Light Brown
B-Com, Choline, E
Cal, Iron, Mag, Phos, Potas
X
X
Cinnamon
Brown
A, K
Cal, Iron, Potas
X
 
Onion
White
B-Com, C
Cal, Mag, Phos, Potas
X
 
Orange
Orange
A, B-Com, C, Choline
Cal, Mag, Phos, Potas
X
 
Peppers
Green, Red, Yellow
A, B-Com, C, E, K
Cal, Fluor, Mag, Phos, Potas, Sodm
X
 
Raisins
Dark Brown
B-Com, C, Choline, K
Cal, Fluor, Iron, Mag, Phos, Potas, Sodm
X
X
Sesame Seeds
Light Brown
B-Com
Cal, Iron, Mag, Phos, Potas, Sodm
X
X
Walnuts
Brown
A, B-Com, Choline, K
Cal, Copr, Iron, Mag, Mang, Phos, Potas, Selenm, Sodm, Zinc
X
X
Wheat
Light Brown
A, B-Com, Betaine, Choline
Cal, Iron, Mag, Mang, Phos, Potas, Selenm, Sodm, Zinc
X
X

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you, Rasta!

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Nice overall review. Basically shows that looking younger requires changes in diet and skin care. Nice little warning about sun bathing.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      So glad you enjoyed the read, Melovy. Thanks so much for the comment!

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      I'm right there with you, VibrantViews. I don't always eat the way I advise. I try to though...lol What's the harm in a couple of donut holes anyway ;)

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      VibrantViews 5 years ago

      I'm trying to do better with eating, as I grow older. Snuck in a couple donut holes this morning though :) Thank goodness for miniature foods nowadays. Slider with cheese, if you please - - and add onions, that's a veggie :)

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      An interesting hub, I particularly like the table with the various minerals, and it’s especially useful to know sources of calcium other than milk. Thanks for the information.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you, Marcy!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Very helpful information! I really like the chart you added to show us what nutrients can be found in various foods! Sometimes I go on long kicks where I remember to eat those great sources of vitamins and anti-oxidants, and other times I slack off and forget. Thanks for the reminder!

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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      I totally agree with you, after all we are what we eat.

      As my mom always says, "she looks young, but look at her hands!" and may I add our necks and knees show the aging process as badly.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      I'm glad you all enjoyed the hub. It was fun to write too!

      Thanks for your input!

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      Michael J Rapp 5 years ago from United States

      I have to admit I'm a meat and potatoes guy, but I do try to get my veggies every day, and I drink a lot of water. One thing I feel fortunate for is that I've never really been attracted to super-sweet foods like soda and candy. But I do love a good steak . . . and steaks had mothers! :) Up and awesome!

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      Lisa McKnight 5 years ago from London

      Great hub Margie, I like the video with Ellen Generes too. The information is helpful too.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      I'm glad you enjoyed the hub, teaches and Kelley. I appreciate your input.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Water is vital to life and youth. Thanks for this interesting hub. I really enjoyed your graph. Voted up and useful. Take care, Kelley

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for posting this helpful information. It is so much a concern these days for all women. We must make good food choices in order to keep a younger, healthy body going well into the later years.

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      jaswinder64 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada.

      Yes, we are what we eat. Very interesting and informative hub. A lots of information about healthy eating, is there. So voted up!

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thanks for your input, wetnosedogs. I'm glad to hear you are choosing water over soda :)

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      I am a coffee drinker, but I also drink more water now that I am older. Takes the place of soda, I think, which I really don't care for. Great hub.