Anti-Wrinkle Super Foods
Berries Are Your Bestfriends
Blueberries are my favorite and they are truly the best anti-aging, and anti-wrinkle food. This is the perfect anti-wrinkle food. Berries have natural fructose sugar that satisfies your longing for sweets and enough fiber so you absorb fewer calories that you eat. British researchers found that the high content of insoluble fiber in fruits, vegetables and whole grains reduces the absorption of calories from foods enough to promote weight loss without hampering nutrition.
BEANS - Great Anti-Aging Foods
Beans are one of the best sources of plant protein. Peas, beans and chickpeas are collectively known as legumes. Most common beans have 215 calories per cooked cup (lima beans go up to 260). They have the most protein with the least fat of any food, and they're high in potassium but low in sodium.
Plant protein is incomplete, which means that you need to add something to make it complete. Combine beans with a whole grain - rice, barley, wheat and corn - to provide the amino acids necessary to form a complete protein. Then you get the same top-quality protein as in meat with just a fraction of the fat.
Studies at the University of Kentucky and in the Netherlands show that eating beans regularly can lower cholesterol levels. The most common complaint about beans is that they cause gas. Here's how to control that problem, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA):
Before cooking, rinse the beans and remove foreign particles, put in a kettle and cover with boiling water, soak for four hours or longer, remove any beans that float to the top, then cook the beans in fresh water.
A medium tomato (2.5" diameter) has only about 25 calories. These garden delights are low in fat and sodium, high in potassium and rich in fiber.
A survey at Harvard Medical School found that the chances of dying of cancer are lowest among people who eat tomatoes (or strawberries) every week.
And don't overlook canned crushed, peeled, whole or stewed tomatoes. They make sauces; casseroles and soups taste great while retaining their nutritional goodness and low-calorie status. Even plain old spaghetti sauce is a fat-burning bargain when served over pasta, so think about introducing tomatoes into your diet.
The Magic of Tofu
You just can't say enough about this health food from Asia. Also called soybean curd, it's basically tasteless, so any spice or flavoring you add
blends with it nicely. A 2½ " square has 86 calories and nine grams of protein. (Experts suggest an intake of about 40 grams per day.) Tofu contains calcium and iron, almost no sodium and not a bit of saturated fat. It makes your metabolism run on high and even lowers cholesterol.
With different varieties available, the firmer tofus are good for stir-frying or adding to soups and sauces while the softer ones are good for mashing, chopping and adding to salads.
This Eastern Europe staple is a true wonder food. There are only 33 calories in a cup of cooked shredded cabbage, and it retains all its nutritional goodness no matter how long you cook it. Eating cabbage raw (18 calories per shredded cup), cooked, as sauerkraut (27 calories per drained cup) or coleslaw (calories depend on dressing) only once a week is enough to protect against colon cancer.
And it may be a longevity-enhancing food. Surveys in the United States, Greece and Japan show that people who eat a lot of it have the least colon cancer and the lowest death rates overall.
Fish & Omega 3
The health benefits of fish are greater than experts imagined - and they've always considered it a health food.
The calorie count in the average four-ounce serving of a deep-sea fish runs from a low of 90 calories in abalone to a high of 236 in herring. Water-packed tuna, for example, has 154 calories. It's hard to gain weight while eating seafood.
As far back as 1985, articles in the New England Journal of Medicine showed a clear link between eating fish regularly and lower rates of heart disease. The reason is that oils in fish thin the blood, reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
Fish oil can bring about dramatic relief to the inflammation and stiff joints of rheumatoid arthritis.
Talking about fish oil is worth repeating over, and over again, not only does the oil in fish have anti-aging properties, but it has a bonus in what it does to your hair.
Did you know fish will give your hair a dark luster beyond what you could ever imagine. People constantly stare at my hair, and they ask me all the time do you color your, or what do you use on your hair? Just fish oil every day.
For years now I either take a fish oil supplement or have tuna, or salmon.
Water, Water and More Water, and Then Rest
Did you know if your body doesn't get enough water your body fluids could very be thrown off balance. Believe it or not this can cause water retention. Keeping the body well hydrated is one of the best ways to keep the body well tuned up and ready for anti-aging prevention.
Water aids the body in maintaining a healthy muscle tone, and water flushes any waste from the body. Did you know water helps to prevent the skin from sagging.
In this age of the bottled water--just because its in a bottle does not mean it purified water. For me, steam distilled is the best for the, and does a better job of cleansing toxic from the body, which is a great wrinkle preventer.
For individuals who take medications, or any type of supplement drinking water helps the liver to metabolize the medicine, and to do its job, and exit the body. After a dose of medication has been taken water is needed to effectively put the medicine to work, and then release it from the body. Not all medicines are broken down by the liver, this is just one example.
Rest is a must, nothing will have you wearing your age on your sleeve faster than a body that doesn't get plenty of rest. I am true blue to a good night's sleep, and when I don't get it, I feel, and so will anyone else who comes across my path (lol).
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