Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Ageing is a natural and inevitable process that everyone must undergo at his or her own time and pace. Although we can't control this complex and dynamic form of biological process, we can slow it down and increase our lifespan.
Surely some aspects of ageing are fairly uncontrollable and these are largely based on hereditary factors such as, family history and chronic medical conditions. However, some factors are somewhat controllable and are largely the outcome of unhealthy habits. Making positive lifestyle choices, for instance, eating healthy, exercising regularly, not smoking, limiting alcohol intake, getting an adequate sleep, can help delay the ageing process and add years to your life.
Here are some foods you must take to help you look younger and add years to your life:
Pomegranates are one of the best softening foods and help slow down the ageing process by prompting cells to recycle and rebuild themselves. They are packed with vitamin C, which helps guard against the wrinkling effects of sun damage. Pomegranates also have antioxidant, antiviral and antitumor properties.
Blueberries aren't just delicious, but also contain more antioxidants than almost any other food does. Blueberries are jam-packed with health-boosting compounds which can save skin from the serious dangers of free radical damage.
Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps make collagen that helps keep your skin supple and plumps it up, giving smoothness and support.
Try cooking with olive oil in all of your favourite recipes. The 'good fats' in olive oil are found to be highly beneficial as they contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which improve circulation, leaving skin rosy and supple.
Yogurt is beneficial for overall health and wellness. Packed with calcium, protein and vitamin D, yogurt helps keep your bone strong and support muscle maintenance. It also contains probiotics, whcih can aid with digestion as well as help diminish the incidence of age-related intestinal illness.