We are continuously bombarded with advertisements detailing the anti-ageing products we should use to keep skin looking young and healthy. There are a few ways in which you can combat the effects of ageing, without having to risk wasting your money on expensive “scientifically proven” creams and pills that claim to do wonders. It’s all about what you eat.

The benefits of a good diet can often be overlooked. Perhaps it is because of its simplicity, or maybe it has stood in the shadow of expensive anti-ageing products for far too long. The weapons you need to fight the effects of ageing are all around you, and they taste great too. Brazil nuts provide an excellent source of Selenium, a powerful antioxidant that is great for cutting cancer risks and is essential for healthy skin. Apples also contain antioxidants that help to get rid of the free radicals present in our bodies, and the added benefit of pectin, which helps to lower cholesterol levels. Oxidants cause damage to our DNA, which controls cell reproduction, therefore antioxidants are essential to combat this.

Berries are a great source of vitamin C, which is great for building up new collagen in the skin, as well as effective antioxidants. They also aim to help prevent thread veins that appear as we age. Avocado contains vitamin E, which helps to maintain healthy skin and as a result slows the effects of ageing on the skin. The flesh and seeds of a watermelon are both useful. The flesh is a source of vitamins A, B and C, while the seeds are rich in the antioxidant selenium, zinc, vitamin E as well as essential fats.

Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnip, brussels sprouts, radish and watercress all aid in fighting against toxins. These should be eaten daily, and raw as far as possible to achieve best results. Perhaps the most overlooked factor of all is water. Water has a tremendous amount of functions in the body as it helps us to get rid of the toxins and unwanted waste materials from the body. It is well known to keep your skin looking healthy. If water doesn’t appeal to you as much, you can still take in fluids by eating frozen yoghurt, soup and watermelon.

Everything in moderation, as the saying goes, but make sure you are eating or drinking the right things in the first place. Chocolate is said to add an extra year to your life, but anything more than the recommended amount and you may run into some health risks. Red wine is a popular topic when it comes to slowing down the ageing process, and with good reason. It enhances circulation to the skin, and carries the added benefit of protecting against cancer as well as heart disease.

Instead of wasting time and money on expensive products, take a trip to your kitchen and source the best anti-ageing products nature has to offer.

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