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by Alex Avery  
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What foods to eat to look and feel Younger

Our eating habits affect our quality of life. Eating too many of the wrong types of food and is open to many potential health problems. On the other hand, by eating the right kinds of foods, you are helping yourself to live a healthier and longer life. In fact, the consumption of these “super foods” will help you look and feel younger too.T

he golden rule of healthy foods is eaten raw, buy organic, and avoid processed. Cooking destroys vitamins and nutrients in foods, so eating raw foods, whenever possible, is recommended. Organic foods with pilaten are generally agreed to be a healthier alternative because they are free of chemicals and other contaminants. Avoid commercially prepared and packaged foods as much as possible. Stay away from sugar and refined carbohydrates. Dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt believed that sugar elastin and collagen in the skin is broken, causing premature aging.

He thinks he can turn back the clock for ten years and improve texture, tone and brightness of the skin, simply by reducing the amount of sugar you eat. (Dr. Brandt has Madonna and Cher among its customers, so it definitely has some believers in his theory.) A diet rich in fiber, whole grains and antioxidants will keep you looking and feeling younger. Most of us know about whole grains and fiber, but what are antioxidants? Well, antioxidants are vitamins and nutrients. They are so highly prized because it is believed to protect against damage to the heart, arteries and other tissues. Not only that, but they are also able to repair the damage that has already occurred in cells.

The antioxidant-rich foods include most of the berry family with blueberry topping the list. Kiwi has been recognized for its unusual combination of health-promoting substances as well. Apples, cherries and plums are almost as highly qualified as berries, so be sure to include in your anti-aging diet. All vegetables contain different levels of antioxidants as well as plenty of nutrients, especially green leafy vegetables, with beans, artichokes and broccoli that has a high levels.

Nuts are considered a healthy food. Walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts are especially good for you because they contain omega-3 fats, which are excellent for the heart. For those who do not enjoy eating fish, which are prized for their Omega 3 fats, nuts make a wonderful substitute. Nuts are high in calories, so a little goes a long way. Even better news for fans of the snack is chocolate has made the list of “good for you” foods. The black chocolate in particular has health benefits for us. Just eat a small amount of it though or excess calories you consume may be greater than the health benefits.And to wash all this delicious food down, your best choices are water or green tea. Water is the number one beverage choice.

We need to moisturize the skin and wash the toxins from our body. Not drinking enough water will lead to a tired, feeling lethargic and less glossy appearance. Drinking a cup or two a day of green tea a day is beneficial. Not only will you burn more calories, it’s just good for you. Make wise choices in your daily diet and you’ll be on the way you look and feel younger before you know it. And, as Martha Stewart would say, “That’s a good thing.”


      © 2006 by Alex Avery.