Here’s What You Should Eat to Look Younger According to Dietitians!

Here’s What You Should Eat to Look Younger According to Dietitians!
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Naturally, your genetic makeup has a lot to do with the process of aging but that is not to say that you can’t change that through the choices you make such as your habits and your diet.

If you want to have smoother and more hydrated skin or if you want to lower the risks of developing skin problems such as acne and wrinkles, the easiest positive change you can make to achieve all of that can really just be your nutrition!

Genes may play a role but so do your life choices so it’s important to know all about the healthy habits you need to adopt if you want to look up to a decade younger!

With that being said, here are some of the best advice you can get from professional dietitians for healthy and radiant skin an even bones!

Eat More Plant-Based Foods

Plant-based sources of nutrition are not only great if you want to slim down or build muscle but such a diet can also help a lot with making you look younger!

That being said, experts Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos Shames, founders of The 21-Day Body Reboot, also known as The Nutrition Twins, explain that “While protein is really essential for building and repairing cells and tissue, it is also a critical component of collagen, which is an important building block in skin that helps with keeping it firm, elastic, and youthful looking.”

Furthermore, dietitian nutritionist Mitchelle Wright, who is also the founder and editor at Kitchenvile.com, goes on to say that “Collagen occurs naturally in the body but is broken down and produced less effectively with age. Therefore, eating protein rich foods that help collagen synthesis can promote healthy skin that also looks younger.”

Thanks to the high antioxidant levels, plant-based protein is also able to promote healthier skin even as you age.

The Nutrition Twins mention that “While [some] animal based protein options create inflammation and even damage the skin from their saturated fat content, plant based protein sources, such as pistachios, contain antioxidants that help keep the body youthful by preventing inflammation that harms skin and causes it to look weathered.”

Eat More Tomatoes

It might sound too good to be true but the owner of Master the Media and a registered dietician by the name of Amy Gorin, mentions that “These red gems boast lycopene, an antioxidant that really helps protect your skin from all that UV damage. You will get the most out of your tomato consumption by just reaching for tomato products such as tomato paste or tomato sauce.”

Choose Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Of course, it is a well-known fact that extra virgin olive oil is an important part of a healthy Mediterranean diet but what is less known is that incorporating it into your daily life can really stop the clock!

The Nutrition Twins explain how that works, saying that “Packed with antioxidants such as tocopherols, beta carotene, and phenolic compounds that really help reduce oxidative damage and inflammation caused by free radicals, [extra virgin olive oil] might protect skin elasticity and help keep skin looking younger. Olive oil is made up of 73 percent monounsaturated fat, and a lot of research has already shown that a diet rich in monounsaturated fat is able to reduce skin aging. Olive oil’s also been shown to protect against all those aging effects of the sun.”

The twins also recommend replacing refined vegetable oils such as canola, corn or soybean with extra virgin olive oil in all of your cooking, including in sauces, marinades and dressings.

Try to Eat 5 Prunes Every Day

Another food not many people think about or necessarily prefer but which should not be overlooked, prunes are amazing for your bones which get affected by aging as well, along with the skin.

The Nutrition Twins explain that they are one of the best at making you look youthful.

That is because, as far as they are concerned, “There is nothing that looks more youthful than having good posture and not being hunched over as typically seen with age. Thanks to prunes’ nutrients that can influence bone health—including boron, potassium, vitamin K, and antioxidant rich phenolic compounds — research has shown that eating just 5 to 6 prunes per day positively impacts bone mineral density and bone strength. Plus, strong and healthy bones are necessary to support healthy and toned muscles and a fit body which makes you appear younger as well.”

Not to mention that if you want younger looking skin, you should avoid sugary and processed foods, which is why grabbing a couple of prunes instead, to satisfy those candy cravings, can really make a difference in your skin as well!

Eat Fatty Fish at Least Once a Week

Wright explains that “Fatty fish such as salmon help in making people look younger. The omega 3 fats help in reducing inflammation that might damage your skin. Additionally, fatty fish contains high protein levels that are important in creating collagen and elastin, which are essential in maintaining plumpness and elasticity of the skin.”

Incorporate Avocados in Your Diet as Much as Possible

Wright also goes on to mention that this miracle food is high in unsaturated fats and fiber that are truly effective in improving your skin’s health.

“The monounsaturated fats found in avocados promote the formation of a really healthy skin membrane. At the same time, the high antioxidant level fight radicals that cause skin damage and aging, which overall results in younger looking skin.”


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Katherine Baldwin

Katherine is just getting her start as a journalist. She attended a technical school while still in high school where she learned a variety of skills, from photography to nutrition. Her enthusiasm for both natural and human sciences is real so she particularly enjoys covering topics on medicine and the environment.

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