Friday, December 4, 2009

Five foods to help you look fabulous

Five foods to help you look fabulous

(1) Eggs

They’re full of vitamin E, which helps your body absorb calcium better, which is

vital for strong, youthful teeth and bones. Studies also show that people who regularly eat eggs eat less calories overall (they keep you full for ages).

(2) Dates

They’re a great source of vitamins A, B and C, and help digestive health – so they reduce a bloated stomach (which makes you look older).

(3) Almonds

Packed with wrinkle-fighting vitamin E, snack on a small handful every day (no more than nine or 10 at a time though, as they are fairly high in calories).

(4) Berries

All colourful berries (ie, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries) are full of powerful antioxidants that protect the body against the ageing effects of free radicals in the environment.

(5) Avocados

Full of anti-ageing vitamins C and E, they help keep your skin looking peachy and plumped up.

And five things that won’t…

(1) Smoking

Puffing away speeds ageing internally and externally.

(2) Alcohol

Booze is one of the biggest agers, it dehydrates skin (causing wrinkles), slows your metabolism and causes your body to cling to fat around your waist, back and stomach. Have at least four alcohol-free days a week.

(3) Sugar

Refined white sugar breaks down the collagen in your skin, which speeds up the appearance of wrinkles, plus it quickly turns to fat in your body. So limit sugary sweets, biscuits and chocolate.

(4) Stress

A US study found that stress and anxiety speed up cell ageing. The researchers found that women with low stress levels are up to 10 years younger “biologically” than women with high stress levels.

(5) Fizzy drinks

A Bristol University study found preservatives in some fizzy drinks can leach calcium from your bones making them prematurely age. Swap for water (which makes you look younger) or skimmed milk (low-fat dairy products can gently rev your metabolism).

Source: Daily Mirror

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