If you’re desperately seeking ways to keep hold of your youthful looks for as long as humanly possible, then what’s contained within this article may be of interest to you. We examine how to discover which foods to avoid and which ones you ought to be paying close attention to and why. As my Grandma always used to repeat to me, “you are what you eat lass”, and never a truer word spoken. Let’s face it, we’re not going to stay young looking forever, but we can help ourselves by making small adjustments in our diets and being a little fussier when making shopping choices, it’s surprising what can be achieved in within 30 days days, like better mood control, improved wellbeing and in the prevention of premature ageing.
First up, you can take good care of your skin by limiting the number of saturated fats and trans fats in your diet and steering clear of refined carbohydrates (sugars). These two combined are a sure fire way to make you look 10 years older in the blink of an eye. Saturated fats, the fat which goes solid at room temperature, can be found abundantly in dairy and meat products such as cheese, butter, full-fat milk, and fatty cuts of beef, lamb, and pork. Trans fats, (very bad fats) on the other hand are often found in fried foods and processed snacks such as crisps, pies, and pastries and are the worst fats for your health. Trans fats are proven to raise cholesterol, accelerate inflammation in your body, and can lead to heart disease, stroke, or diabetes if not kept in check. Reducing saturated fat and eliminating trans fats from your diet will reduce your risk of heart disease and keep your skin looking younger and healthier for longer. So concerning is the impact of trans fat (ie Hydrogenated fat) that two major British food retailers, Marks & Spencer and Co-op have refused to stock meals containing trans fats for the best part of a decade now.
Refined sugar is a massive problem too, this is often added to packaged foods and drink in order to make it taste more appealing. Fizzy drinks, ice creams, cakes, pastries, and processed ready meals generally contain large quantities of refined sugar. These are often referred to as empty calories or empty carbs, as they do not contain any vitamins, minerals, fibers/fibres or proteins and have no nutritional value to the human body, but do act as a fast reacting energy source, for your brain in particular, which believe it or not consumes approximately 70% of your body’s glucose in order to function effectively.
Monounsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats, often referred to as the “good fats”, are what you should be paying closer attention to. They will help you lower rather than raise your levels of cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. “Good fats” can be found in small oily fish such as salmon, sardines, pilchards, mackerel and tuna along with avocados, walnuts almonds flax, and chia seeds if you don’t eat fish. Try to add more of these foods to your diet and steer clear of “bad fats”, no matter how tasty they are. Eating a healthy balanced diet is crucial if you want to protect your whole body from the effects of premature ageing. A diet such as paleo which contains a balanced amount of fruit and vegetables, plenty of “good fats” and a reduction in dairy products will protect you against inflammation and premature ageing because it also encourages you to replace red meat with fish.
Eating foods, like oily fish that are rich in omega-3, seeds, and nuts, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, and avoiding foods with high sugar content will help you maintain good brain function and assist you with changes related to age. It will also help to protect you from unnecessary aches and pains in your joints. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables which also contain lean cuts of meat like poultry or fish and reduces amounts of cheese, milk, and yogurt is considered a paleo diet. This diet is low in carbohydrates and high in omega-3 fatty acids which help your body fight the harmful effects of heighten and accelerated levels of inflammation.
So, if you’re serious about tackling premature ageing, then eat less fried and processed food such as crisps, chips, pies, and pastries which are laced in “bad fats” and add more “good fats” to your diet, those present in small oily fish, avocados, seeds, and nuts. For your carbohydrate intake try to consume low density carbohydrates like all berries, peaches, plums and bananas and lay off refined sugar, from cakes, pastries, fizzy drinks, and ready meals and you’ll be fine.