Even though you can’t stop the ageing process you can slow it down

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Although ageing is a natural stage in life, many people are still afraid of ‘looking’ their age. Especially, when every form of media exalts unrealistic beauty standards. In any case, until someone discovers the fountain of youth,ageing will remain a natural stage in life; an unavoidable one at that.

Even though you can’t stop ageing, yet, you can slow down the process.your body is made up of over a billion cells. Some of them, including brain cells, are rarely replaced. Others are constantly replaced, as existing cells multiply to make new ones. However, each cell can only multiply a certain number of times before it dies.

As more cells are lost or damaged, you start to show signs of ageing. For example, the fewer skin cells you have, the thinner your skin becomes. The more we expose our skin to UV rays or eat certain foods, the faster we age.

If you want to stay younger for longer, mind the food you eat on a daily basis and cultivate a culture of choosing healthy food over junk. Food nutritionists recommend the following foods which will help you keep the wrinkles away for longer.

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Lots and lots of veggies

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Veggies contain a lot of nutrients needed by our bodies such as antioxidants that help reduce the risk of heart disease, cataracts and cancer. They are also low in calories which keeps the body fit and healthy.

Many vegetables are also high in carotenoids like beta carotene. These can protect against sun radiation and free radicals, both of which can lead to ageing. Some of the best sources of beta carotene are carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.

Vegetables are also rich in vitamin C, which is important for collagen production and has strong antioxidant effects.

Avocadoes

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If you want to protect your skin against wrinkles, inflammation and dryness then avocado is the superhero you need in your life.  At least one piece of avocado everyday helps in preventing inflammation, protects your skin from the sun and helps repair damaged DNA because of its unique compounds called polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols.

Taking Green tea

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Green tea accelerates the antioxidant capacity in the blood, which in turn protect the body against free radicals. This may reduce and even partly reverse some signs of ageing.

Dark Chocolate/Cocoa

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It is proven that taking a cup of dark chocolate/cocoa relieves the body and reduces the chances of getting blood pressure, it also increases insulin sensitivity and improves arterial function and elasticity. It also contains flavonols which are anti-ageing components recommended by doctors.

Tomatoes

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Tomatoes can be classified either as a fruit or as a veggie. It contains impressive health elements because of its high lycopene content.

Lycopene is a type of carotenoid that reduces the risk of heart disease; stroke and prostate cancer.

Bone Broth

Bone broth is what comes from cooking bones from meat, poultry or fish for an extended period.

When bones are cooked, collagen breaks down into gelatin, which is rich in the amino acid glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. There’s evidence suggesting that the collagen from bone broth may help to reduce signs of ageing.

Other recommendations include eating a good portion of fruits and drinking plenty of water.

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