Find the fountain of youth with these six healthy foods.
Tiny, juicy blueberries are one of the few commonly eaten fruits that are native to North America. The dark blue-skinned fruit is chock-a-block with cancer-preventing antioxidants called anthocyanins, a type of polyphenol. A one-cup serving also contains nearly 25 percent of your vitamin C requirements, along with dietary fibre and even manganese, which plays a vital role in bone health and metabolism. Best yet, they taste as good as candy.
- Dark green vegetables
Think spinach, kale and broccoli. When it comes to veggies, the darker in colour, the better, dark vegetables are filled with a plethora of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help build and repair our cells.But these green vegetables don't float everyone's boat, in which case you can get creative. Try mixing them into foods you already love.
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Looking for the real fountain of youth? Search no further than plain water. Don't forget to drink water.Our bodies are made up of over 70 percent water and it keeps us fresh and hydrated. Dehydrated bodies feel tired and cranky and dehydrated skin looks dry and lacklustre. So if you're looking for a calorie-free way to quench your thirst, reach for a glass of water instead of coffee or diet soda and you'll look younger for it. Hydrated skin looks dewy, fresh and younger.
Dark purple and best known for their laxative qualities, prunes have earned a reputation as a digestive aid for the retirement-home crowd. But they're a formidable anti-aging food. Sure, their wrinkly skin may not be as attractive as dried apricots or craisins, but they happen to be filled with potassium, fibre and antioxidant phytochemicals, plus iron and vitamin A. If you just can't bring yourself to pick up a package of prunes without feeling, well, old, just think of them as dried plums, their younger-sounding—and accurate—alternative name.
Yogurt is high in bone-building calcium and protein, two crucial dietary elements many women in particular don't get enough of. It's also low in carbs, and contains lactase, which can actually help those who suffer from lactose intolerance. Go for the plain unsweetened kind, which will allow you to add fresh or frozen fruits and unsalted nuts (and perhaps a drizzle of maple syrup or honey) for an even better health boost.
- Frozen fruit and vegetables in the winter
When the weather turns cooler, we can rely on frozen and canned fruits and vegetables for our fix of antioxidants. Rather than focus on that one miracle food, go to your grocery store and stock up on the wonderful variety of fruits and vegetables. If frozen seems less healthy than fresh, think again. Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are packed with more nutrients than their fresh counterparts that have travelled a distance. Again, opt for the dark stuff such as frozen blueberries, spinach, even frozen carrots. Canned, no-added-salt tomatoes are also a great wintertime choice, as is canned asparagus.