Did you know that the key to eating a diet that will slow down the signs of aging is to eat one that is rich in anti-oxidants?
Oxidants (or free radicals) can create cell damage (which attributes to aging) and it's the anti-oxidants (or 'against oxidants') that prevent this cell damage.
Now, don't get me wrong oxidants are not a bad thing. The ones created internally by our own body fight off viruses.
The challenge arises when too many oxidants are created. Not only can this lead to disease but it also contributes to the aging process.
So our aim is to introduce anti-oxidants into our body via a healthy diet and to ensure the number of oxidants and anti-oxidants is balanced.
Do you know the foods that are highest in anti-oxidants?
I have collated a list of 12. Here are a couple:
Yellow- and orange-coloured foods are chock-full of beta-carotene which, once eaten, is converted by our body into Vitamin A, a powerful anti-oxidant that encourages skin repair.
You’ll find beta-carotene in carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, and pumpkins - tasty winter vegetables which are bountiful at the moment.
Allium vegetables (or members of the onion family) are high in anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which we now know are important in reducing and slowing the visible signs of aging on our skin.
Family members include garlic, onions, shallots, leeks, and spring onions (or scallions, if you're Irish) and are readily available all year round.
If you want to include more anti-oxidants into your diet and want to know what foods that would include, then you'll find the answer in my Beauty Box article "12 Foods that Slow the Signs of Aging". To unlock the Beauty Box, head on over here.