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Foods That Make You Look Younger

Trying to maintain your youth? Here are some of the best anti-aging foods that you should add to your diet today!

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    A healthy intake of water will allow your skin to be properly hydrated, making it look and feel younger. The skin is the body's biggest organ, which many people tend to overlook, and like the rest of the body, it needs water.
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    Berries, like blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries are great sources of antioxidants, which fight the free radicals that cause wrinkling of the skin. A cup a day is enough to fight physical and mental aging!
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    Believe it or not, eating chocolate could be good for your skin and even make you look younger! Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants, or flavanols, that may help prevent wrinkles and make skin more radiant by boosting elasticity and improving hydration.
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    Kiwis contain Vitamin E, which protects cell membranes and guards against collagen damage caused by UV rays.
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    The avocado is nature’s gift of a perfect moisturizer for dry, aging, and sensitive skin. It contains a powerhouse of vitamin E, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, lutein (for eye health) and glutathione (a natural detoxer). Avocados also contain cholesterol-lowering oleic acid and heart protectors such as potassium and folate.
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    Guava is great for your skin because it’s loaded with vitamin C. According to the Dr. Oz Show, it has four times as much as citrus fruits. Vitamin C serves as the body's natural Botox, keeping your skin cells full and wrinkle-free.
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    Bell peppers contain vitamin C, which helps to strenthen blood vessels and the connective tissue that holds your teeth in your jaw, and fights periodontal disease and gingivitis.
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    Red wine contains skin-friendly grapeseed extract and resveratrol, two powerful antioxidants.
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    Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that form a barrier against cell-damaging free radicals (which cause the skin to age), enhance your immune system, and fight skin cancer.
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    Leafy greens, such as kale and spinach, contain lutein, which protects the skin from sun-induced inflammation and wrinkles. Greens are also rich in iron and folate, which help boost the body’s immunity, enhance vision, improve memory, beautify the skin, slow aging, protect the heart, and improve blood circulation.
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    Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, which helps balance your skin's PH, combats dryness, and promotes cell turnover, resulting in younger looking skin.
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    Butternut squash contains beta carotene, which encourages hair growth. Not having enough beta carotene in your diet can lead to dry, lifeless hair.
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    Tomatoes contain lycopene, a potent antioxidant that shields the skin from sun damage. TIP: To best absorb lycopene, eat tomatoes with olive oil.
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    Nuts are an excellent source of selenium, and this antioxidant protects your skin's elasticity and reverses sun damage.
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    For strong, lustrous hair, eat plenty of whole grains, which are an excellent source of B vitamins and folate. These help produce red blood cells that carry oxygen and nutrients to your scalp and follicles. Avoid processed white breads and pastas, which are quickly broken down into sugar and cause the collagen to become inflamed and stiff, leading to wrinkles.
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    Oysters have the most concentrated form of zinc, which maintains the collagen that keeps your skin firm and helps repair damage done to skin cells.
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    Lemons, limes, and other citrus fruits inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria and contain vitamin C that builds collagen. Citrus also contains bioflavonoids, which protect the skin against UV rays and help prevent cell death. TIP: Squeezing some into your water will help neutralize the acidity in your skin, boosting collagen production.
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    The sulfides and chromium in onions help to boost the immune system and heart health, as well as act as an antibacterial and detox trigger. Onions also help to gently rid the body of unwanted water weight, thus eliminating bloating as well.
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    Green tea helps regulate a protein in your body that controls the life cycle of skin cells. Tea also contains polyphenols such as catechins, which have anti-cancer and anti-aging properties.
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    Lean beef is an excellent source of keratin, the proteins responsible for improving your hair's texture, shine, and thickness.
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    Low fat milk is a great source of vitamin D, which helps keep your teeth and jawbones strong.
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