Post on: 2020-07-07.
Posted in: Read.
Imagine you could fill your fork with all sorts of foods that help you avoid wrinkles. It’s possible – and, a good idea as the sun isn’t the only thing causing wrinkles to form on your skin: aging, genetics, beauty products, and your diet are also factors involved in wrinkle formation.
As always, my blogs and books are only filled with research-backed facts: that’s my promise to you. This isn’t a rant to make you feel scared and run off to eat some crazy, weird, trendy food. This is exactly what you’ve always wanted to know about wrinkles, and which are the best foods that help you avoid wrinkles.
From the author of Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles and the acclaimed Aging Bites, comes the best 6 Foods that Help You Avoid Wrinkles.
Fastest Way to Naturally Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles
One of the fastest ways to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on your skin is to get more water into your body. Dehydration is more common than you may realize. Many of the foods we eat are dehydrating: coffee, tea, alcohol, processed foods, baked goods. Drinking water is an easy way to rehydrate, but there are other ways too. Many foods are excellent hydrators, including watermelon, raspberries, kiwis and bell peppers. Amazingly, many of these are foods that help you avoid wrinkles as they also contain nutrients scientists have found support healthier skin.
6 Foods that Help You Avoid Wrinkles
- Almond Butter
An apple a day, may keep more than a doctor away – it may keep wrinkles away. Apples contain quercetin, a wrinkle-fighting powerhouse. Quercetin is a type of flavonoid found in apple skins, as well as citrus fruits and onions. It’s really effective at neutralizing free radicals (ie. stopping damage caused by UV rays or other irritants to the skin including chemicals in beauty products). Eating both Granny smith and Braeburn apples were found in a study, published in the journal Experimental Botany, to offer the skin some UVB protection. Apples are definitely one of the foods that help you avoid wrinkles – and, being so easy and portable they are top on my list.
Just because this little fruit has tough skin, don’t underestimate its ability to improve yours. Did you know that a kiwi contains more vitamin C than an orange? That’s important, since vitamin C is required for the production of collagen – the scaffolding that gives your skin structure so it’s doesn’t wrinkle. Cool fact: a research study showed kiwi fruit doubles collage synthesis in the skin. Since vitamin C isn’t a vitamin your body can store, it’s a good thing to consume vitamin C-rich foods throughout your day. Bell peppers, tomatoes and raspberries are also good sources of vitamin C.
Spicy raw in salad dressing, while sweet and aromatic in cooked dishes, whatever way you like your garlic, get more in you! Garlic targets the same thing as many common pain medications called NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) many of us take for a common headache. By targeting the enzyme that promotes inflammation, called cyclooxygenase, garlic effectively stops inflammation – that red, puffy and destructive inflammation that breaks down the structures of your skin that keeps it firm. Stock up on some purple garlic for a spicier addition and always try to buy local. Garlic is a great culinary addition to your list of foods that help you avoid wrinkles.
No, I’m not KALEing you – eating kale can help get old skin to grow again. A great source of vitamin A, kale can stimulate the base layer of skin cells to differentiate (ie. grow into healthy, young skin cells). Plus, vitamin A helps both collagen and blood vessel to form. Ultimately, kale helps your skin have a more youthful, firm appearance, says researchers. Delicious with a tahini salad dressing, or chopped into a stuffed mushroom with barley and feta (see recipe below), kale is definitely worth adding to your list of foods that helps you avoid wrinkles.
It’s not uncommon to catch me with a heaping scoop of nut butter in my hand – it’s a frequent indulgence I love, particularly when paired with a sliced apple. Almond butter is the best choice – it earns it’s spot on our list of the best 6 foods that help you avoid wrinkles because if it’s triple powered action. Containing omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and glucosides, almonds are great for your skin. Glycosides and vitamin E work in synergy (as scientists call it) to fight free radical damage from UV light, smog, cosmetics and a poor diet that cause wrinkles and other unwanted skin problems. As for those omega-3s, if you’ve been around my blog, you know they are one of the best nutrients for inflammation, your brain, heart, and mood.
Chocolate and your skin aren’t always a good combination, as the sugar and milk products added during the creation of most chocolate bars and treats can stimulate inflammation in the skin. However, feel free to stuff your purse or briefcase with dark chocolate my friends! Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants known to reduce inflammation. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a cup of cocoa has twice as much antioxidants as red wine (and we all know how scientists have been talking about the many health benefits of red wine for years).
Mushrooms Stuffed with Barley, Kale and Feta
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup minced onions
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 cup pearl barley
- 2 cups organic broth, or water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup chopped organic kale
- 4 large portabello mushrooms
- 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Heat the oil in a medium saucepan, or soup pot over medium heat. Add in the onions and garlic, stirring frequently until the onions are translucent and the garlic aromatic (about 4 minutes). Add the pearl barley and continue to cook, stirring until the grains are coated with oil.
- Add the broth or water to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring once or twice with a fork to separate the grains. Cover the pan and lower the heat, keeping the broth at a simmer. Cook the barley without stirring until it is tender, about 40 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat, uncover, and fluff the barley with a fork to let the steam escape. Gently stir in the chopped kale. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Or, for a spicy addition, toss in some diced chili peppers or a splash or two of hot sauce.
- Prepare the mushroom caps by cutting away the steps. Scrape out the gills.
- Set the caps in a baking dish and sprinkle with lemon juice. Fill each cap with the barley-kale mixture and top with feta cheese (about 1/8 cup per cap). Cover the dish loosely with aluminum foil.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, until the caps and barley are very hot. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the feta is lightly browned (about 5 minutes). Serve at once.