It’s the age-old question on everyone’s lips – how do we keep age at bay? There are all sorts of lotions and potions on the market, which are usually laden with an ingredients list we fail to pronounce. Many are sucked in by clever marketing campaigns for chemical products that promise eternal youth, using photo shopped models as examples of what we should look like and offering our self-esteem and bodies, a very low blow.
At Thinco, we are all about keeping things as natural and as simple as possible. We embrace all natural ingredients and approaches to health and well-being. We encourage the acceptance of our bodies, of our looks and of our age. But we do have a few secrets up our sleeve that could help to stave of premature aging, simply by adjusting your weekly meal plan.
So today, we discuss the top five foods you can move to the top of your shopping list, to help maintain a youthful glow and energy levels to match.
Berries have been heralded for centuries as a ‘super food’, used not only for their high content of antioxidants, but also for their high levels of fibre. Many berries, like strawberries for example, are an excellent source of Vitamins C, K and some B types, while also offering magnesium, potassium, folate and omega-3 fatty acids. Work berries into your daily diet by sprinkling them on your cereal, blending them in smoothies, or creating refreshing sorbets, and you’ll feel the benefits of youthful, firm looking skin, a sharp mind and a healthy digestive system.
Oats and other wholegrains are complex carbohydrates that will energise your body while maintaining nutrient and fibre levels that are paramount to the human body as we age. Wholegrains will leave you feeling fuller for longer, which also have the added benefit of reducing hunger pangs and the tendency to overeat. Keep your wholegrains in their simplest forms by serving them as porridge, lentil dahl or Barley and Quinoa salad, and you’ll reap the benefits of your body operating at peak performance levels all day, better digestion and a healthy heart.
Legumes and beans offer a brilliant source of fibre, protein and iron, essential for good digestive health and skin cell repair. Beans have also been yielded the ideal food to stave off hunger pangs, high cholesterol levels and even diabetes. Try increasing your bean intake by introducing a meat-free meal at dinner each week, toss them through a Summer salad or make delicious and easy Bean Burgers to enjoy in the sun over the weekend.
Oily & Cold Water Fish:
Oily fish like sardines and mackerel, alongside cold water fish like salmon and tuna will not only give you a boost in Omega-3 fatty acids, they’ll also work towards nourishing your skin and hair, preventing dryness and premature aging. Dry skin can lead to sagging and wrinkles, while dry hair can lead to breakage, patching and a lacklustre appearance. Poach or steam your fish rather than frying it to avoid cooking out nutrients and adding unwanted calories to your meal.
Coconut oil is a fantastic addition to any diet with the goal of maintaining a youthful look. Used as a substitute for butters and fats in cooking and baking, coconut oil offers aid to the skins connective tissue, keeping it firm and supple from the inside and out. Coconut oil can also be used as a lotion on the face and body, protecting it from harmful pollution and UV rays in our day to day lives. Coconut oil has been used for years as a soothing cream for burns and bites, as an intensive hair treatment and to prevent sagging skin and wrinkles.
While we would never suggest to replace a well-balanced diet with one made up entirely of these foods, it is a wise idea to ensure that you are including these nutrient rich foods in your meal plan regularly.
If you feel like you could use an extra helping hand with boosting your body’s function and ability to remain youthful, try using a Detox supplement like Thinco’s Detox Supreme. You’ll notice improvements in your liver and digestive functions, an increase in vitality and energy levels, as well as the benefits from antioxidants and potent adaptogens.