Sunday, September 11, 2011
By Sara Novak, Planet Green
The day I turned 25 years old I headed straight to the store and bought loads of different ultra pricey skin creams. I was sure this would keep me wrinkle-free. By 30 my tone had changed. I began to realize that while I still wanted to look young and vibrant, youth came from the inside. The foods you eat show through your skin. They're what end up keeping you looking young or not so much. After all, your food is your medicine, three times a day, everyday.
As you already knew it's loads of fruits and vegetables as well as other whole foods that end up doing the trick. If you're concerned with aging gracefully, start where it matters, in your diet. Here are seven foods that will keep you looking younger longer.
1. Avocado and Other Good Fats
Avocado has a lot of things going for it not the least of which is its fat content. You'll notice that as you age those with little flesh on the body, especially in the face, begin to age faster. A little flesh keeps us looking younger. Bathe yourself in good fats like olive oil and avocado. If you're concerned with cutting the fat, focus on the bad fats like lard and excessive amounts of butter.
2. Water-Based Fruits and Vegetables
Hydration is a big part of looking young because it helps that skin retain moisture. When the skin is dehydrated it lays flatter on the body and wrinkles begin to show. This means not only drinking loads of water, but also making sure that you're loading up on water heavy fruits and vegetables. Some really good choices include watermelon, cucumber, and citrus fruits.
Guava is great for your skin because it's loaded with Vitamin C. According to the Dr. Oz Show, it has 4 times as much as citrus fruits. Vitamin C serves as the body's natural Botox, keeping your skin cells full and wrinkle-free.
Depending on type and variety oyster, they provide 16 to 182 mg of zinc/100g serving, according to Healthalicious. This accounts for 110 to 1200% of the RDA for zinc. Zinc serves to repair damage done to skin cells. So if you spent too much time out in the sun as a child and caused problems for your skin, zinc can repair it.
5. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes have beta-carotene, which is known to balance your skin's pH, helps combat dryness, and promotes cell turnover, all resulting in smoother skin. Combining good fats like coconut or olive oil with beta-carotene makes it even more effective.
6. Seasonal Berries
Berries are among the highest is antioxidant content. Berries like blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries have some of the highest antioxidant capacity. These antioxidants fight the free radicals that cause wrinkling on the skin.
7. Omega Fatty Acids Oil
"Essential fatty acids are responsible for healthy cell membranes, which is not only what act as barriers to harmful things but also as the passageway for nutrients to cross in and out and for waste products to get in and out of the cell," Ann Yelmokas McDermott, PhD, a nutritionist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston told WebMed.
Omega 3 is made up of three acids EPA, DHA, and ALA. ALA can be found in hemp seeds, flax seeds, and chia seeds. DHA and EPA are found in algae, spirulina, blue-green algae, and chlorella. Omega 6's are found in many vegetarian foods including olive oil, whole grains, and avocados.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend......
I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.
Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 and 70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love.........I will. I have!
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But then again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.
Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.
I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.
So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.
As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore......I've even earned the right to be wrong.
I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.
May our friendship never come apart.......especially when it's straight from the heart!!!
Friday, September 09, 2011
Two elderly gentlemen from a retirement center were sitting on a bench under a tree when one turns to the other and says: "Slim, I'm 83 years old now and I'm just full of aches and pains. I know you're about my age. How do you feel?"
Slim says, "I feel just like a newborn baby."
"Really!? Like a newborn baby!?"
"Yep. No hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants."
Thursday, September 08, 2011
A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car.
His father said he'd make a deal with his son, "You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, and get your hair cut. Then we'll talk about the car."
The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he'd settle for the offer, and they agreed on it.
After about six weeks his father said, "Son, you've brought your grades up and I've observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I'm disappointed you haven't had
your hair cut."
The boy said, "You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that, and I've noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair, and there's even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair."
(You're going to love the Dad's reply!)
"Did you also notice they all walked everywhere?"
I wish I would have thought of that when our boys were 16!!!
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Three men were hiking through a forest......
When they came upon a large, raging, violent river.
Needing to get to the other side, the first man prayed:
"God, please give me the strength to cross the river."
God gave him big arms and strong legs.......And he was able to swim across in about 2 hours, having almost drowned twice.
After witnessing that, the second man prayed:
"God, please give me strength and the tools to cross the river."
God gave him a rowboat and strong arms and strong legs.....and he was able to row across in about an hour, after almost capsizing once.
Seeing what happened to the first two men, the third man prayed:
"God, please give me the strength, the tools and the intelligence to cross the river."
HE WAS TURNED INTO A WOMAN!!!
She checked the map, hiked one hundred yards upstream.....and walked across the bridge.
GUYS.....if at first you don't succeed, do it the way your wife told you!
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