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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2008-09-25

Eat These Healthy Foods And Fight Those Rude Wrinkles


A good friend of mine called me last week to tell me she had gotten botox and was really happy with the results. Of course I was curious and couldn't wait to see how she looked (okay she looked fabulous but for now I will stick to the below ideas). I decided to take a different route and to instead see how I can fight wrinkles by changing my diet and eating certain healthy foods.

Healthy Foods That Will Help Keep Those Nasty Wrinkles Away

**Olives-In 2001 Australian scientists discovered that the more olive oil people had in their diets, the less wrinkles they had. The oleic acid found in olives and virgin olive oil is the key here. Oleic acid actually soaks through the membranes of skin cells plumping them up, which then makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. Organic extra virgin olive oil contains high levels of antioxidants like phenols, and vitamins E and A, which fight free radicals and thus prevent premature aging. Those antioxidants help neutralize the oxidation process, which is common to all fats, and preserve the properties of olive oil too.I know this may sound crazy but I take a teaspoon of extra virgin oil everyday. Make sure it is the extra virgin olive oil as it is the best for the skin.

**Tomatoes-Tomatoes contain lycopene, a skin-friendly antioxidant which is also 100 times more powerful than Vitamin E, which is known by many cosmetologists to be a vitamin for the skin. Don't forget about all the powerful antioxidants in tomatoes that promote healthy skin as well.

**Kale- Rich in antioxidants and contains iron that helps bring oxygen to the skin and vitamin A that wards off premature aging.

**Salmon- Salmon and other cold-water fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which hold off wrinkles by preventing inflammation and lubricating your skin.

**Spinach-Spinach is full of the substance known as lutein. Recent French research has shown that lutein helps skin hydration and elasticity, which in the end helps get rid and prevent wrinkles. You will need at least 10mg of lutein for it to have any effect, which is roughly a 4oz serving of spinach. More here.

**Goji Berries-Are packed with vitamin C as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E. They also contain linoleic acid, an essential fat that plumps up the skin and makes it look smoother and younger.

**Beans-Beans are really, really good for your skin. They help your body create hyaluronic acid which plumps and smooths the skin.

**Dark Chocolate-Yes!!! I can absolutely do this one daily (I know, I know-moderation is the key). Studies have shown that after drinking a cocoa-packed drink, blood flow to the skin was boosted (meaning it gets higher levels of nutrients and moisture). It also seemed to be more protected against UV damage - the number-one skin ager.

**Prunes-Are the fruit that contain the highest level of anti-oxidants which are essential to anti-aging in the skin (blueberries are a close second).

**Turkey-Okay, being a vegetarian I hate to even mention this ( I think Turkey's are cute) but fair is fair and I can't be biased so I will begrudgingly tell you that turkey has a protein called carnosine that slows down the cross-linking process in the skin thus helping with wrinkles.

I also found several articles linking consuming too much sugar to causing wrinkles . I suppose that laying off the sugar would be a good idea. Never fear though, because if you read my blog you know that you can use Stevia as an option (check older posts).

Good luck with those wrinkles!

29 comments:

Noreena said...
I am on a weight loss journey and I am a natural skin fanatic. I enjoy make up, but there's nothing like taking it off to find beautiful, smooth skin underneath. Thank you for the foods you listed. I read about olive oil and it's benefits to the skin. I am going to try it and see what happens.
Mike Foster said...
The irony: prunes, while quite wrinkled, help remove wrinkles...hmmmm.
All excellent foods, and not just for wrinkles...

peace,
mike
livelife365
Polly said...
I purchased three Goji berry bushes last year at a cost of £9.99. The read up on them was that in year one after planting each bush would provide at least 2.2 lbs. It may be the unusual weather we have had with not much sunshine but I have not had one berry to try yet!

As usual you have provided an informative and useful post ... just thought I'd share the goji berries.
Oh,this is an interesting and original post!
I didn't know olive had this effect, or chocolate! :)
John said...
All of that information--no wonder you look so good!
Jacqueline said...
Heidi,
Once again, you've got some great information here. Sugar does age you, no doubt. Thank goodness for alternatives.
aybi said...
i tried the goji berries before from my mom, i knew it has so much benefits.. And chocolates are getting more and more attention because of its hidden benefits.
Dori said...
Thanks for the info about the olives, olive oil, and salmon. I have all of these pretty regularly and it is just good to know that they are helping me out like that. Woo Hoo! :)
Punam said...
Tomatoes sound wonderful! And botox, naah! Anyday, home remedies are the best. But I feel one must learn to age with grace.
john b said...
All good food choices. We almost exclusively use olive olive oil. One other important factor in fighting wrinkles is protecting your skin from the sun. I realize this does not jive with your foods list, but I feel it is worth mentioning. All of the sun worshipers are going to have their day of reckoning at some point. Bronze beauty today, leathery skin-cancer patient tomorrow. My advice, wear plenty of sun screen and stay away from tanning beds.
Im only 25 yrs old but I will take note of this post for me to avoid wrinkles in the near future! Godbless!
Liza said...
great list, i love everything, except for the beans. i also eat beans but not too much.

thanks for sharing ;)
Rachel said...
Another advantage to eating chocolate - I love it!
Mekhismom said...
I guess lowering sugar intake is just a good idea all the way around. I am going to try. I am taking babysteps. My first was to eliminate lemonade. It may not sound like much but I have been drinking it consistently since my son was born and those empty calories can't possibly be good for me. Thanks for the great info.
RainbowMom said...
That is fantastic! I've been craving spinach lately.. I best make a big lovely spinach salad for dinner. Love your blog as always full of awesome information. :)
From all the other facelifts I've seen....some close up too....CREEPY.

"Eat these foods people" is my opinion.
BeadedTail said...
I never realized that foods can help fight wrinkles so I'm certainly glad to get this information. And of course I love your lists that include chocolate!
Nancy Ellyn said...
Botox! NO NO NO! If you eat right and suppliment, you'll never need it! I fight wrinkles everyday. I want perfect skin...With whole, healthy foods, exercise and supplimets. I believe I have found the Fountain of Youth. Food, suppliments and physical activity will keep you young! I will testify and you can contact me for more info!
tashabud said...
I eat all the foods you listed, but not on a daily basis. If only I can get the sugar out of my diet would just be perfect. Thanks for sharing those info. I'll try to eat more of them on a daily basis.
Yeah, I'm thinking eating olives & prunes is way less painful than botox, but whatever floats your boat right? ;-)
ssgreylord said...
wrinkles never seemed to be a worry of mine until boom- i woke up with a little road map on my face one morning and i thought, now where did those come from?

now it is a worry and to think food can have an affect! i'll be hitting the olive oil (a favorite of mine) guilt free.

thanks, heidi
Swubird said...
Nature Nut:

Great article and excellent advice. My Queen takes Omega-3, and we consume a lot of olive oil, but the main thing she does is protect her skin from excessive sun exposure. And it seems to be working.

I believe nutrients help. Even olive oil, as long as you are absolutely certain that it's not rancid, which can be difficult. Unfortunately, rancid oil will have the opposite effect. No good.


Happy trails.
KentuckyGal said...
Cool, I'd much rather modify what I eat and get the nutrients I need from natural sources than popping a pill.
Doris said...
I LOVE LOVE dark chocolate, so glad to hear it's also good for my face!

MY grandmother immigrated here from Spain right after she and my grandfather married. She used Olive Oil in everything, and I can remember her complaining that it was hard to find really good oil. When she'd go home to visit her parents she'd have it shipped here.

She would put olive oil in her hair and on her face after washing it. I can remember thinking this was odd, but she swore by it.

She died at 104. Just went to sleep one day and never woke up. Her hair was always soft and full; her skin looked like that of a 50 year old.

I may plant a Goji berry bush to replace the lemon tree we lost in Hurricane Ike. It's good to know the added benefits of this already awesome berry.

Doris
foongpc said...
Wonderful tips! I'm happy dark chocolates help! But it's also true sugar does cause wrinkles. So make sure your chocolate is low in sugar : )
There is so much to the old saying "we are what we eat" ...just can't get away from it...thanks for the tips Heidi, I can use all the help I can get at this stage of my life!!! :0)

Cheers
Yu Ming Lui said...
Yup, sugar damages collagen apparently.

Here's an article I found on the Internet:

Face facts: Too much sugar can cause wrinkles - MSNBC
Angel said...
Hey thanks for sharing those wonderful tips, it is very helpful to each and everyone. I like to hear some more from you.
Oh gosh, this is great news! I use olive oil for everything! And I love olives too... kalamata are my fav! We also use quite a few tomatoes per week, they go on almost everything as well... dark chocolate! Yes!! And turkey. Well, let's just say that we get a lot of use out of ground turkey in place of hamburger... so yay for this post, and thanks so much!!

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