Double-Duty Anti-Aging Foods

These powerful foods work overtime to make your body healthy and beautiful on the inside and out!

Double-Duty Anti-Aging Foods

Certain foods can hold two-fold benefits for your health, thanks to naturally occurring compounds. Some of these benefits can help improve your appearance, providing potent anti-aging tools or quick-fix solutions for common beauty problems. Others will improve your longevity and boost your immunity, protecting your heart, and even arming you against the common cold.

Enjoy the whole-body benefits of incorporating the following foods into your diet. 

Double Duty Food #1: Kiwi

Inside Benefit: Eat one kiwi a day to bolster your immunity. Just one kiwi provides you with more than the 100% of the vitamin C you need daily. Vitamin C may help reduce levels of stress hormones, according to studies, as prolonged periods of stress deplete levels of vitamin C in the adrenal glands. Stress can negatively impact your immune system. Be proactive by consuming appropriate amounts of vitamin C and improve your body’s ability to fight off colds and infection.

Outside Benefit: To improve a tired appearance, try kiwis instead of cucumbers. Kiwi is loaded with vitamin K, which is know to reduce puffiness and dark circles around your eyes. Place chilled slices of kiwi on your eyes for 15 minutes.

Double Duty Food #2: Eggplant

Inside Benefit: Nasunin, the antioxidant found in the purple skin of eggplants, is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been shown to protect cell membranes from damage. Nasunin helps eliminate the buildup of plaque in the blood vessels, keeping your heart and the cardiovascular system healthy.

Roast eggplant slices in the oven with some olive oil to reap this benefit. You can also try this Eggplant Bruschetta recipe – make sure to eat the skin!

Outside Benefit: Eggplant can help fade age spots. Make a face mask by blending 1 cup of eggplant, skin on, with a half-cup of yogurt. Apply to your face for at least 20 minutes. You should look for results to show up in about 10 days.

Double Duty Food #3: Red Chili Peppers 

Inside Benefit: Chili peppers contain capsaicin, a compound that gives spicy peppers their zing. Some studies indicate that capsaicin may be helpful in slightly lowering triglycerides and preventing the oxidation of cholesterol, reducing your risk for heart disease. Add raw red chilis to your soups and salads.

Outside Benefit: Want thicker, healthier hair? Mix cayenne pepper, made from ground red chilis, with water to create a hair mask. Red chili peppers trigger blood circulation to the scalp, which can enhances hair's nourishment and growth.

Click here for a guide to more of the superfoods that can help you live longer, feel fitter, and look younger.  

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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