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Eat yourself young: Bernadette's top 10 foods for anti-ageing





"These delicious tasting foods help slow down the physiological changes that happen as you age. If you want to become a picture of health as you get older, plant foods are the way to go," says Bernadette.

CUCUMBERS contain a host of vitamins. Just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, folic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Try adding it to a juice. Because juices hydrate the body, your skin will look vibrant and plump. You can easily increase your fluid intake with these delicious drinks and a well-hydrated body is essential for good skin and improved vitality.

CELERY is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc; these minerals are the building blocks of cells, bones, hair, skin, teeth, nails, brain function and sexual health.

LETTUCES contain silica, which is great for connective tissue and a clearer complexion.

STRAWBERRIES and RASPBERRIES are at their best when they are in season. However, they are not always available, so make the most of them when they are in season because they are amazing for your skin. They help promote the production of collagen, which is a part of the connective tissue that helps the elasticity and constant renewal of skin cells.

Traditionally, BEETROOT was eaten for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is a strong antioxidant that is high in fibre and iron. Beetroot is also rich in silica, which is good for our skin, connective tissues and bone health. It is much more beneficial to eat raw beetroot as the oxalic acid becomes harmful when cooked. I never juice beets as they are loaded with sugars, but the green leaves can be juiced.

TOMATOES are a fruit, so they should always be eaten on an empty stomach. They are a rich source of vitamin C and lycopene, which helps to mop up damaging free radicals in the body that can harm our cells. They are low in calories and fat-free. Talk about fast food for breakfast - a quick rinse under the tap and they're ready.

BUCKWHEAT lowers blood sugars more slowly than wheat-based cereals. With a low glycaemic index, it may be helpful in the management of diabetes. It also improves appetite, is great for digestion and good for drawing out excess fluid from swollen areas of the body. Buckwheat is loaded with an impressive array of useful minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese, in addition to proteins and antioxidants

SEEDS such as sunflower, flax and sesame are rich in 'good fats'. Small amounts of fat are an intrinsic part of a healthy body; it is not only our figures that suffer from abstaining from these foods but also our health. Good fats are also beneficial at keeping your hair shiny, your nails strong and your skin young looking and blemish-free.

AVOCADOS are also rich in 'good fats'. One of the best strategies you can employ to nourish skin is to put more nourishing fats into your diet. There are two essential fats (Essential Fatty Acids) that the body cannot produce and must be obtained from foods. Both are essential for health: Omega 3 Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) and Omega 6 Linoleic Acid (LA). Pampering and nurturing your skin from the inside works much better than expensive anti-ageing creams.

WHEATGRASS increases energy and builds a healthy immune system. It's loaded with large quantities of nutrients, rich in beta-carotene, chlorophyll, vitamin C and vitamin B-17. It is one of the fastest-selling super foods in the marketplace, despite its strong taste.


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