By Riham Shamseddine
Awareness about health and well-being has been increasing over the course of years. Individuals’ expectations of their health and a long life have also become greater. Growing old is inevitable; however we can still age gracefully by looking and feeling great! We know that eating right can promote health, prevent diseases such as heart problems, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and many others. It will also slow down the ageing signs that include wrinkles, dull skin, brittle nails and unpleasant hair quality.
It is very essential to eat wisely to get the most benefits from our daily diet. That is, the diet should be well-balanced, varied, rich in vitamins and minerals, and should include the main food groups; that means combining fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole-grains, lean meat, fish, eggs, low-fat dairy products, herbs and spices with an adequate amount of water to hydrate our body properly. Also, for a healthier and younger you, one should avoid junk foods, sugar, salt, alcohol, smoking, stress, lack of exercise and sleep.
Although the list of “super foods” is endless, I have chosen five food items for a younger and more rejuvenating you!
Super Food Number 1: Red Fruits (Cranberries, raspberries, and strawberries)
These fruits are loaded with Vitamin C, known to be one of the most powerful antioxidants to prevent diseases, boost the immune system, and keep the skin and eyes youthful.
Tip: add raspberries to your whole-grain breakfast cereals to help your body absorb iron from the cereals
Super Food Number 2: Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes are one of the very few foods that contain both Vitamin C and E, which work as antioxidants with one another to fight wrinkles and preserve the sight and memory. The orange colored sweet potatoes are also very rich in beta-carotene which keeps the eyes and lungs healthy, and boosts our immune system.
Tip: Bake or roast it with a minimal amount of fat to add it to one of your healthy salads or serve it as a side dish to your main meal.
Super Food Number 3: Flaxseed
Flaxseed and flaxseed oil are loaded with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are the backbone of a healthy heart, youthful skin, and an efficient immune system. Flaxseed is also rich in Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, and lignans that act as anti-carcinogenic agents.
Tip: Combine ground flaxseed with warm water to create a facemask that radiates your skin.
Super Food Number 4: Avocado
Avocados are loaded with Vitamins C and E and are essential for the softness and health of the skin and glossiness of the hair. Avocados are heart healthy as they are rich in omega-9 fatty acids and have anti-inflammatory properties. The main antioxidant in avocado is lutein, which is known to help prevent eye and heart diseases.
Tip: Cut up an avocado and blend it with low-fat milk to make a very healthy and wholesome milkshake. You can also add avocado slices to your salad with some lemon and a hint of olive oil.
Super Food Number 5: Green Tea
Green tea is very high in the antioxidant flavonoid that fights free radicals and premature ageing. It also prevents heart problems, as it is heart healthy and lowers the bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Green tea has very significant anti-carcinogenic properties.
Tip: Prepare green tea with slices of lemon (also an antioxidant rich in Vitamin C) and refrigerate to serve cool in the summer.