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Foods with anti-aging properties 

There are a variety of factors that affect the health of the facial skin and how it ages.

Air pollution, smoking, unbalanced diet, stress and tension, fatigue and lack of sleep, anxiety and even excessive exercise, these are just some of the factors that create *free radicals in the body that accelerate the aging process of the skin and cause wrinkles to form.

There are a number of foods with exceptional properties due to their rich composition, which contribute greatly to the proper functioning of various systems in the body, neutralize free radicals in the body, help the regeneration of skin cells and especially prevent its aging processes.

In addition, neutralizing free radicals in the body reduces the chance of getting certain types of cancerous tumors and improves the function of the blood and heart system.

Pomegranate 

Drinking pomegranate juice is healthier than eating the fruit itself, compared to many other fruits, since 70% of *antioxidants are released from the peel during squeezing.

Pomegranate juice contains a particularly powerful antioxidant called punicic acid which can effectively filter out radiation and protect the skin from harmful sun rays.

In addition, pomegranate juice contains antioxidants called polyphenols that work on two levels:

❀ Inhibition of the growth of various cancer cells.

❀ Prevention of artherosclerosis, improving blood    circulation, lowering LDL cholesterol level and lowering blood pressure.

Pomegranate also contains anti-inflammatory ingredients that are known for their ability to repair skin cells, protect it from various infections, lighten the skin, enrich it with moisture, treat blemishes and more.

Berries

Adding berries to the daily menu will ensure an improvement in the appearance of the facial skin thanks to high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and nutrients they contain.

❀  Strawberries - rich in vitamins C and E (more than citrus fruits!), Antioxidants that help lighten the facial skin, minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium that contribute to bone health and regulate blood pressure.

❀  Blueberries - contain anthocyanin - this is a pigment whose high concentration is found in their peel and is found to be effective in preventing inflammatory processes in the body, preventing *oxidative stress, slowing down the aging process and preventing various aging diseases. In addition, blueberries contain a large amount of antioxidants that contribute to strengthening the structure of collagen cells, which are responsible for the elasticity of the skin.

❀  Raspberries - rich in beta-carotene type of carotene which in the body becomes retinol - a derivative of vitamin A. Vitamin A - helps in the production of healthy cells, increases the amount of molecules that support the skin and give it moisture and in addition to all is a wonderful antioxidant.

Recommended daily intake - half a glass.

Anti-aging mask for all skin types:

 

3 ripe strawberries

5 raspberries

5 blueberries

1 cup yogurt (unsweetened)

1 tablespoon honey

 

Rinse the fruit well

Mix in a blender or in a large bowl

until a homogeneous mass is obtained

Before applying, make sure that the skin is completely clean and dry

Apply the mask while gently massaging the skin

Wait about 20 minutes

Rinse with lukewarm water

A recipe for natural and healthy chocolate:

1 cup vegetable milk (unsweetened)

1 teaspoon raw cocoa powder

1 teaspoon almond butter

1 teaspoon natural maple / silane syrup

1/2 teaspoon natural vanilla extract


Melt everything in a small pot
Until a smooth liquid is obtained

Pour into a cup and indulge

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Raw Cacao

Refers to cocoa without emulsifiers or raw sugar of course.

Considered a true superfood, mainly due to the huge amount of polyphenols, the same antioxidants found in pomegranate that protect against sunlight, fight free radicals and reduce signs of aging.
In addition, natural cocoa is the number one source of magnesium, an essential mineral for the body that supports the heart and increases mental strength, relieves menstrual pain, relieves muscle pain, helps build strong bones and improves blood circulation and oxygen supply throughout the body.

Cocoa has also been found to aid clear thinking, clarity, and vitality, and is a wonderful substitute for coffee as a natural stimulant.

Recommended daily intake - one cube of dark chocolate, preferably over 70% cocoa.

Omega 3

Omega 3 is a general name for a group of essential fatty acids that the body cannot produce on its own and are therefore necessary as a regular ingredient in the diet or as a food supplement.

Their role in the body is extensive. because they are part of the fatty layer of cell membranes, they maintain the elasticity of cells and monitor the penetration of various substances and therefore, they are essential for the proper functioning of every cell and cell in our body, from brain and heart cells to skin cells.

Regular and steady consumption of omega 3 in the diet contributes to the smooth and soft texture of the skin, keeps the skin moist and reduces irritation and redness, prevents pimples, saturates the skin and even helps maintain the strength and elasticity of the skin.

Omega 3 can be consumed from a plant source - chia seeds, walnuts, flax seeds (ground), hemp seeds and algae, or from a live source - deep-water fish. It can also be taken as a dietary supplement.

Recommended daily intake - individually and as needed, starting from 500 mg per day.

Green Tea

Green tea, unlike other types of tea, is a tea that has undergone minimal oxidation during the processing process, and therefore retains a significant amount of antioxidants (the same polyphenols from above). Unlike foods that contain antioxidants, the tea is much easier to consume in large quantity and hence its advantage.

In addition, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee so it can be consumed throughout the day, even in the late evening.

One of its additional and popular benefits is the ability to help with weight loss, in almost every diet it is recommended to include green tea thanks to the polyphenols, caffeine and their thermogenic effect - increase the metabolic rate, encourage the heat generation process and thus fat burning.

The tea is best purchased in bulk so that the leaf is closer to its natural configuration and brew for 2-4 minutes in boiling water.

Recommended daily intake - 3 cups.

Garlic

Apart from being a necessary spice plant which is common in every home, garlic has medicinal properties as well as those associated with ancient traditional writings. Garlic contains a unique powerful antioxidant called allicin.

Allicin has been shown to neutralize the action of two enzymes essential for the existence of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Hence it can prevent or delay the development of diseases, infections or inflammations. It is not for nothing that garlic is used in the world of cosmetics to heal and disinfect wounds and lesions on the skin that are characteristic of oily skin or as a result of environmental / hormonal changes.

Beans

As you probably already understand, beans are also rich in antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and thus help delay facial skin aging.But apart from that, beans are also the richest source of vegetable protein and thus constitute a worthy substitute for animal protein.

In addition, white beans (mostly) contain a significant amount of calcium in particular and minerals in general including magnesium and potassium and metals like zinc and copper. All of these contribute greatly to maintaining bone structure and health.Many are reluctant to cook beans due to the long cooking time and the fear of gases after eating.

There is one solution to these two concerns - prolonged soaking (12-24 hours) while rinsing and changing the water (2-3 times). Cook for between 40 minutes to an hour, or until the beans are soft enough.

Recommended daily intake - one cup of beans contains 35% protein, 45% dietary fiber, 37% iron (in women) and 16% calcium from the daily recommendation.

Mask for oily and acne prone skin:

1 crushed tomato

2 cloves crushed garlic

2 tablespoons oatmeal

1 tablespoon honey

Mix all the ingredients together until a homogeneous paste is formed

Before applying, make sure that the skin is completely clean and dry

Apply the mask while gently massaging the skin Wait about 20 minutes

Rinse with lukewarm water

Can be applied topically every evening

*Free radicals - are chemical forms with missing electrons, this condition is often not chemically stable and therefore the radicals easily participate in chemical reactions that create destructive chain reactions.

 In the human body, they are formed, among other things, as a by-product of the respiratory process and are controlled by antioxidants that neutralize their damage to the body.

Free radicals damage proteins, fats, mitochondria of brain cells, cell membranes, and even the structure of DNA. In doing so they cause premature wear and tear and degeneration of the body. It is estimated that a large number of diseases are related to these processes, including cancer.

*Antioxidants - These are chemicals with redox capabilities - transferring excess electrons to free radicals and thus neutralizing them. In this action, the antioxidant itself is oxidized, but remains relatively stable and therefore does not cause damage.

*Oxidative stress - A phenomenon caused by damage to proteins and DNA from highly active forms of oxygen, these are free radicals.

When oxidative stress persists for a long time, it causes cumulative damage to the cells, they begin to malfunction or die and thus it forms a fertile platform for many diseases.