The Anti-Ageing Diet - the Best and Worst Foods
The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is a natural part of the Ageing process. So too, is the inevitable fact that the older we get, the shorter our remaining lifespan is. While The Harley Medical Group offers many Cosmetic Surgical procedures and Non Surgical treatments to help reverse the common signs of Ageing, there is something else we can do which not only has an Anti-Ageing effect on our appearance, but may also influence our chances of living to an advanced age – and it’s all to do with our diet.
In recent years, scientists have conducted research in to exactly how our diet affects our lifespan and whether or not certain food regimes can prolong our lives, as well as improve the condition and appearance of our skin. Here we discuss the best and worst foods for Anti-Ageing:
Best age-defying foods
We’ve all heard that eating healthily is vital for maintaining overall health and fitness – but what you eat can also have a positive impact on Ageing. So which foods are best for extending lifespan?
Fruit and vegetables
Colourful vegetables and fruit contain high levels of antioxidants which help to promote healthy skin cells. In particular, zinc, vitamin C and beta-carotene (found in dark green, leafy vegetables) ensure that your eyes are healthy and your vision remains intact. Vitamin C is also known to be a good Anti-Ageing ingredient for your skin, leading to fewer wrinkles, while resveratrol (found in red wine and grapes) is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer and premature Ageing.
Fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna, contains omega-3 which along with reducing your risk of having a stroke and protecting your heart, also helps to prevent you from getting Alzheimer’s disease.
High in healthy fats, nuts are a great Anti-Ageing snack, helping to lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol. So the next time you’re looking for something healthy to snack on, opt for unsalted nuts.
Food rich in fibre, such as wheat, barley, and oats can help to reduce the risk of developing Type II diabetes. You should aim to include three servings of this type of food in your diet every day.
Beans and lentils
You’ll find plenty of protein and fibre in beans, making them an ideal alternative to eating fatty red meat (excessive consumption of which is linked to diabetes and heart disease). What’s more, they tend to be inexpensive and can be found in all supermarkets – so there’s no excuse not to add them to your basket.
You’re likely aware that the calcium and vitamin D found in dairy food helps to keep your bones strong and healthy. This reduces your risk of developing osteoporosis in later life. What’s more, if you opt for low-fat versions, you can also maintain a healthy cholesterol level. For those who are lactose-intolerant, you can keep your calcium and vitamin D levels in check with almond or soy milk.
Worst foods for Ageing
Of course, that leaves some food groups which have a negative impact on Ageing, when it comes to both your lifespan and your appearance. So here are the foods (and drink) to avoid if you want to stay looking younger for longer.
Food high in saturated fat
We all know that eating a lot of fatty foods is bad for us in terms of weight gain – but did you also know that large volumes of saturated fat can clog up your arteries, leading to health problems with your heart? What’s more, greasy and fatty foods can have a detrimental effect on your skin too, and have been known to cause breakouts. Steer clear for smooth skin and a healthy heart.
Food high in salt
A diet containing too much sodium will result in a raised blood pressure, which can have a damaging effect on your brain, kidneys and eyes. Remember that packaged food tends to contain a high amount of salt, and always check the labels on your food before consuming. That’s not all though – the white stuff is also bad for your skin. Consuming too much salt will cause your body to retain water, which means your skin could end up looking puffy and swollen. It has also been proven to affect collagen, resulting in more wrinkles and fine lines – the opposite of what you’re aiming for if you’re looking to turn back the clock.
Food high in sugar
At the other end of the scale, sugary foods are just as bad for you. In fact, excess sugar has been found to have more of a damaging effect on skin than smoking and drinking alcohol. That’s because it weakens the skin, making you more susceptible to seeing lines and wrinkles. From a health point of view, too much sugar can lead to Type II diabetes and heart problems. For those who have a sweet tooth, it’s wise to get your sugar fix the natural way from fruit.
Too much alcohol
As a diuretic, consuming too much alcohol can leave you dehydrated. The more dehydrated your body is, the more likely you are to develop fine lines and wrinkles. It is also known to trigger an outbreak of Rosacea in some people.
By making small changes to your diet, you can help to prolong your life expectancy, as well as maintain better overall health and keep those wrinkles at bay for longer. Keep your skin in optimum condition by undertaking a course of Skin Peels and Medical Microdermabrasion – book your FREE consultation now to discuss your skin’s requirements with one of our trained specialists. Don’t forget to take a look at The Harley Medical Group’s Skin Care range, which is packed with vitamins C and E as well as other skin hydrating products and give your skin the best possible chance of staying young-looking and healthy.