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Eat Yourself Beautiful

Ten of the best foods to keep you looking young and healthy both on the inside and out.  

Olive Oil – A staple of the life-enhancing Mediterranean diet, Olive oil has long been touted as a super food. In fact, it was four decades ago when researchers discovered that the monounsaturated fats in olive oil were a huge factor for the low rates of heart disease and cancer on the Greek island of Crete, so get drizzling!

Natural yogurt – High in protein and packed with calcium, yogurt heals you from the inside out. The high calcium content helps ward off osteoporosis, while the abundance of live bacteria is great for your gut.

Chocolate – Not only is chocolate a proven mood enhancer, any chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa is loaded with proteins and Vitamin B, meaning just a couple of squares will help burn fat and improve your skin and hair.

Berries – An easy way to get one your five-a-day, is to put a handful of berries into your morning smoothie. Both raspberries and strawberries contain ellagic acid which protects against UV rays and can help thwart wrinkle, while blueberries are rich in Vitamin C, aiding circulation of blood, along with potassium to beat puffiness.

Wild salmon – Wild salmon, though more expensive than farmed, is thought to be better for you as it is lower in fat and there is less chance of contamination from pollutants, but either kind are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients not only protect your heart by boosting arterial function, they also help your produce sebum, your skins natural oil, which keeps hair healthy and skin plump and youthful.

Nuts – These delectable delights are literally small anti-ageing bombs, thanks to their concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals, including antioxidants. Though all nuts offer nutritional benefits, walnuts in particular are high in omega-3 and omega-6 which help keep your hair glossy, and your brain young, as they are proven to help prevent cognitive decline.

Broccoli – Not only is broccoli loaded with vitamin C and fibre, it also contains a natural compound called nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN). Also found in cabbage, cucumber and avocado, this compound may slow down the ageing process, by reducing the inflammation which causes ageing and protecting cells.

Tomatoes – You say tomayto, I say: ‘wow, you look fantastic!’, since tomatoes have proven to be double trouble for ageing. Brimming with those brilliant antioxidants and carotenoids that help fight the oxidation which ages skin cells, they also boost collagen production, keeping skin taut and youthful.

Sweet potatoes – Like most vegetables that are red, orange or yellow in hue, sweet potatoes contain those disease-fighting compounds: carotenoids. In fact, just half of a medium sweet potato with the skin on, provides a whopping 200% of your daily recommended intake. A super spud indeed…

Wine – If you want to age like a fine wine, you might want to start drinking some. Studies have shown that drinking alcohol in moderation protects against heart disease, diabetes and age-related memory loss. Red wine in particular, contains resveratrol, a compound that may activate genes that slow cellular aging. Cheers!

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