Recently I got the shock of my life after my friend dropped a bomb on me. During a rather lively night where the alcohol was flowing, she confided in me that she had recently undergone a Botox treatment!
That wasn’t all…then she told me three of our other friends had also been injected with the anti-aging poison. She claimed they were most afraid to tell me because they knew I would object. And, although I have no problem with Botox or seeking to improve one’s look, I do have a problem with a 26 year old doing it!
The bigger picture, people!
This is the time of our lives where our lifestyle choices can do so much for the benefit our looks AND longevity. The food we choose to put into our bodies not only contributes to a healthy inside, but a youthful and vibrant looking outside too!
Without further ado, here’s the anti-Botox regiment:
- A daily dose of berries may ward off DNA damage which leads to sunken skin. In addition, they also help to prevent certain cancers and age-related cognitive decline. The many benefits of berries are credited to their abundance of anti-oxidants.
- Citrus fruit is touted as one of the best sources for vitamin C, but it also carries tumor-inhibiting limonoids. In addition to preventing certain diseases, vitamin C is required to produce collagen, and collagen is responsible for the plump appearance of youthful skin.
- Tomatoes are one of the few foods that naturally contain lycopene, an antioxidant thought to protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer. It’s has also been proven to increase the skins ability to filter out the sun’s damaging rays. Be sure to cook tomatoes in olive oil, as this enhances the body’s ability to absorb the active nutrients.
- Oily fish such as salmon are abundant in Omega 3 fatty acids. In addition to warding off heart disease and several types of cancers, omega-3’s anti-inflammatory properties may slow telomere shortening. Telomeres are DNA sequences that naturally shorten as cells regenerate, so slowing this process may lessen the aging process significantly. Adding a drop of fish oil to a smoothie or juice can dramatically reduce the signs of aging.
Now although I do not judge people for having had Botox and it’s many anti-aging cohorts, I do feel that no matter what your age, consuming foods that benefit our insides as much as our outside is where the true fountain of youth lies.
Incorporating these foods into your life through juicing and smoothie making can yield remarkable results in the battle against aging.