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The Best Anti-Aging Fruits And Vegetables

Tell me if this sounds familiar to you:  You want desperately to turn back the clock. You're starting to get deepish wrinkles, your skin's not as firm and elastic as it once was. Things just aren't looking how you want them to.

So you decide something has to be done! And quick!

So you head to the nearest department store and spend an obscene amount of money on the newest "wonder serum", and all the cleansers, toners, exfoliants, and masks that go with it.

You ARE going to kick this aging thing in the @ss!

So that night you do the whole routine. I mean what's an hour when beauty's at stake? When your finished your skin feels so soft.

What you don't realize is that it feels soft because you just exfoliated for the first time in months/years, and then applied the left over crap from the processing of petroleum to your face!

OF COURSE YOUR SKIN FEELS SOFT! If you rub oil (ie: the stuff that helps the metal parts of your cars engine slide along each other) on anything - it's going to feel soft!

But...after a week or so, you realize that that [email protected] hasn't worked the way "they" said it would. And your skin doesn't look any better! Plus, you've applied more of the stuff (toxins) that's making you age in the first place!!!

We've all been there!

I've been there, and I know how you feel!

But even if you're using organic skin care products, if you aren't eating properly, and are exposed to toxins, your body won't function correctly, and no amount of stuff that you put on your face is going to help in the long run!

So, here's the good news - stop using toxic skin crap, drink lots of filtered water (not plastic bottled), use simple cleaning products like vinegar, tea tree oil, and baking soda, and cut the stress in your life, and before you know it you'll look and feel younger!

Oh...And the most important part - Eat these fruits and vegetables regularly:

fruits

anti-aging fruit #1 - apples

Apples contains numerous enzymes that nourish the skin and help to keep it hydrated. They're also great at firming the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Apples are an extremely versatile fruit and can be eaten lots of ways. They're a tasty snack when eaten on their own, and are also great when added to a smoothie. For a quick, well rounded snack: Try slices of apple dipped in your favorite nut butter, like almond or cashew. (organic of course)

anti-aging fruit #2 - avocado

Avocado is packed full of healthy fats, vitamin E, and B vitamins. The healthy fats support the production of healthy skin cells which are essential for brighter more vibrant looking skin. The B vitamins also keep your skin healthy and protect against various skin disorders while vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which reduces the visible signs of aging.

Avocado can be eaten on its own as a filling snack. Or, you can use it to create guacamole which is a perfect side dish for many different meals.

anti-aging fruit #3 - blueberries

Blueberries are widely recognized as a superfood and can enhance your health, and your skin. These small, juicy fruits are one of the richest sources of antioxidants you’ll find. These antioxidants will protect your skin from harmful free radicals that accelerate the signs of aging. They’re also an excellent source of vitamin C which promotes the production of collagen in the body – a connective tissue which helps the skin maintain its elasticity and youthful appearance.

When it comes to eating berries, you have lots of option. They can be eaten on their own as a snack, combined with organic coconut yogurt to add flavor, or even used as part of a berry based fruit salad.

anti-aging #4 - kiwi

Kiwis are rich in antioxidants which help to keep the skin firm and reduce inflammation. They’re also packed full of vitamin C, which as discussed above, helps your skin stay elastic and free of wrinkles.

As most fruit kiwis taste great on their own.  You can also use them to flavor yogurt and give it a sweeter, more refreshing taste.

anti-aging fruit #5 - papaya

Papaya is rich in numerous skin supporting nutrients. First, it contains high levels of vitamin A which helps your skin stay moist and retain water. It’s also rich in vitamin C which keeps your skin elastic as you age and protects against fine lines and wrinkles. Finally, it contains plenty of vitamin E which helps your skin stay youthful by protecting it from free radicals.

Papaya tastes great raw and can also be combined with other fruits for a zesty fruit salad. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, try combining it with cilantro, jalapeno peppers and ginger to create a tasty salsa.

Vegetables

anti-aging veggie #1 - beets

Beets are a bright colored vegetable that can have an amazing effect on your skin. In fact, studies have shown that the antioxidants in beets can reduce the deepness of wrinkles by over 50%.

Beets can be eaten raw, roasted or added to salads. Another popular way to consume beets and benefit from their skin boosting properties is to juice them.

anti-aging veggie #2 - bell pepper

Bell peppers contain a wide range of skin boosting nutrients. First, they’re rich in vitamin C which is essential for the production of collagen in your body – a protein that firms your skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Second, they contain lots of B vitamins which have been shown to prevent skin blemishes that contribute to the visible signs of aging.

You can eat bell peppers in lots of different ways. They taste great chopped up and added to a salad and can also be stuffed with a wide range of ingredients. Plus, you can add them to casseroles, stews and other hot dishes.

anti-aging veggie #3 - brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts are packed full of antioxidants and ingredients that detoxify your body. The antioxidants protect your skin from free radicals that can accelerate the aging process while the detoxifying ingredients remove harmful toxins from your skin and ensure that it remains smooth and vibrant as you age.

Brussels sprouts are often steamed and eaten as a side dish. However, they can also be chopped up into small pieces and fried with coconut oil, salt and black pepper to create a tasty appetizer.

anti-aging veggie #4 - carrots

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A which helps your skin stay hydrated and free from wrinkles. Vitamin A also has the added benefit of keeping your vision healthy and strong as you age. Carrots also contain plenty of vitamin C, which helps your skin maintain an elastic, youthful appearance.

When it comes to eating carrots, you have lots of options. You can chop them up and eat them raw or steam them and serve them as a side dish. Alternatively, they can be used as one of the ingredients in a nutrient packed vegetable soup.

anti-aging veggie #5 - kale

Kale has quickly become one of the most popular and talked about health foods around. One of the main reasons for its popularity is it contains incredibly high levels of vitamin K – an antioxidant that protects your skin from damage and helps keep it smooth and clear. It’s also packed full of fiber which reduces your blood pressure and cholesterol levels as you age.

Kale is extremely versatile and can be eaten in almost any way you can imagine. It can be added to salads, used in smoothies, baked, sauteed or steamed.


Note:  You can't just start eating these fruits and vegetables without also eliminating toxins! The food you eat, the air you breathe (air fresheners anyone?), the lotions, potions, and soap you use on your body, and the stuff you use to clean your home and car etc. - they're all aging you! 

So, while adding in these fruits and veggies will help with your health somewhat - there is only so much they can do to help your skin when your body is over-run with 100's of toxins daily!

Anyone who tells you different is a "snake oil" salesman...and you need to stop listening to them!

Are you planning on adding any new anti-aging produce to your diet?

What about eliminating toxins?

Let me know. I'd love to hear your plan!

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