There is no two ways about it. We all age. Aging is an unavoidable part of being alive, and while there are people who are willing to spend thousands and thousands in surgeries, miracle creams and miracle pills to ‘slow down’ an inevitable process, there are others that prefer aging gracefully with nature’s help.
Yes, surgeries and injections will give you a boost but nothing will benefit you, your skin and your body as much as what you’re eating. Taking care of your body, both for your health and your looks is crucial, particularly for women who have just entered their 40’s.
The following foods will help your body and your skin look and feel their best, either by eating them on their own or by including them in various recipes, and we don’t mean crazy recipes either, like the ones that demand the best pans for glass top stoves or tears of an angel, no. We’re talking simple recipes you can include in your day-to-day diet.
Let’s get started with the Top 5 best foods for women in their 40’s.
Packed with antioxidants of different kinds, blueberries are the food to eat when you’re looking for a way to help your cells regenerate faster. This is particularly important for your skin because antioxidants can help slow down the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines.
Blueberries are also full of nutrients that can benefit your body as a whole and they’re a delicious addition to your breakfast or a wonderful treat for lunch.
If it seems like salmon appears in every single “best foods for…” lists you’ve read, you’re probably right. That’s because salmon is a health all-star thanks to its high content of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation in your body.
Inflammation can cause breakouts, clogged pores, and even wrinkles, but that’s not all. Inflammation can lead to heart disease and high blood sugar so you want to eat salmon, and other fatty fish, for more than just beautiful skin.
Broccoli is not only delicious and a perfect addition to all kinds of recipes. It’s also packed with vitamin C and other vitamins that are necessary for the production of collagen. As you well known, collagen is what gives our skin its elasticity so if you want to keep your skin looking beautiful and young this is the food you need to eat.
Not only that but broccoli also has plenty of beta-carotene, which our body turns into vitamin A, a vitamin needed for cell regeneration. Beta-carotene can also be found in carrots and, in lower quantities, cauliflower, so a mix of all three vegetables make for a delicious side dish that’s fantastic for your skin.
Turkey is far more than the thing you eat during the holidays. Turkey is not only low in calories and a healthier alternative to red meat but it’s also packed with zinc, which help maintain your collagen and elastin levels, which in turn will give your skin more elasticity and a firmer appearance.
Not only that but turkey can help lower your cholesterol levels and help you strengthen your immune system, two very important things when you enter your 40’s.
Of course, if you want to get those health benefits without any added sugars (which are bad for your skin, no matter how you look at it) then you should avoid flavored turkey cuts, such as honeyed, and stick to the smoked ones.
Tomatoes are not only delicious but they’re full of lycopene, which can help prevent some forms of cancer. This is particularly important for your skin, since as you age your skin becomes more susceptible to skin cancer. Not only that but they can help with the repair of your cells, which will help slow down the appearance of wrinkles and it also has anti-inflammatory properties.
If that isn’t enough for you, tomatoes can act as a natural sunscreen and, when applied directly to the face in the shape of face masks, it can exfoliate, reduce swelling, help smooth your skin and more. There’s a very good reason why tomatoes are often found in skin products, after all.
As you can see, including these great foods for your skin isn’t complicated. In fact, you may already be eating some of them! If not, then adding them to your day-to-day diet will definitely add some variety to your plate while also improving your skin’s health and appearance, so it’s a win-win situation no matter how you see it.
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