Foods to Make You Look and Feel Younger
Food. When we are busy, we grab it on the go, dining at our desks or watching television or talking on the phone. While, many of us feel good when we eat, for others, it can be more complicated.
Food can gain control over our lives and it can become a force in everything we think or do. If we do not pay any attention, we absentmindedly reach to it for satisfaction or just because it's there. Food can make you bloated, exhausted, ill, overweight, depressed and confused. Yet at the same time, it can also make you healthy, happy and energetic. One of the main reasons for this is the language of food and how it talks to our genes.
Food is a nutritious substance which humans require in order to maintain life, foster energy and nourish growth. However, processed foods do the very opposite — added sugar, excess gluten, starch, hydrogenated fats and oils, meat from unhealthy and unhappy animals, will do nothing but provide excess body fat, exhaustion, and significantly increase your biological age —causing your body to feel older and more tired.
On the contrary, natural, unprocessed foods can work wonders for your health. I know that from both my own experience and from the thousands I have treated over the past 25 years. If you let the right food talk to your body and your genes, you will feel younger, and other good things will happen.
1. Colours: Youthful Glowing Skin
Believe it or not, colours have the highest concentration of vitamins, antioxidants and phytochemicals in. Each colour works on specific targets, which is why you need a variety of them all to fight the numerous and different harmful pro-oxides. Vegetables, including leafy greens and berries, are wise everyday choices. Enjoy kale and broccoli for hormonal balance and cancer prevention; eat spinach and dark leafy greens for glowing skin, enjoy the anti-inflammatory power of turmeric root and cholesterol lowering tomatoes and indulge in blueberries for youthful exuberance. We all require at least 600g a day of these rainbow foods and an easy way to consume these foods is by juicing them - try mixing celery, spinach, cucumber, lime, a granny smith apple, and ginger root for a tasty combination of green juice. Or mix watermelon, red peppers, carrots, red apple, and perhaps ginger root too, for a red fruit juice. You will love what it does for you and your body.
2. Amino acids: Energy, Strength, and Happiness
Amino acids are produced after you eat protein rich foods. We all require these protein-rich amino acids to survive - whether it comes from fish, chicken, lamb, eggs, beans, tofu, almonds or nuts - we all need protein to build muscle, balance mental health, cultivate energy and maintain endurance. What's more, we also need protein to trigger the production of cheerful molecules in the brain, such as dopamine and serotonin, which induce happiness and self-confidence.
3. Fats: Harmonising Hormones
You have probably been avoiding fats and oils, believing the age-old myth that fat will make you fat. However, we need fat to produce hormones. For women, it's crucial for maintaining balance before, during, and after menopause. The right kind of fat from grass-fed animals and organic non-hydrogenated plant based oils such as coconut, olives, and flaxseeds, is essential for coping with stress, life challenges, and maintaining natural-looking, beautiful, well hydrated skin.