We already know fruits and veggies are extremely important to our health. They’re a source of nutrition, providing potassium, vitamin A, and more. But they have a lesser-known benefit, too: They can also help defend us against wrinkles and age spots! Karen Asp, author of ANTI-AGING HACKS, shares 7 ideas for how to boost your fruit and veggie intake for the new year to get healthier, younger-looking skin.
You really are what you eat, and by eating more fruit and veggies, you can fight wrinkles and get glowing skin. It’s recommended that Americans eat 1.5 to 2 cups of fruits and 2 to 3 cups of veggies every day, but only 12 percent are eating enough fruit while only 9.3 percent are eating enough veggies.
Fruits and veggies don’t just feed your body. They also nourish your skin, as they’re filled with powerful antioxidants that protect your skin from sun damage, age spots, and wrinkles. They’ll also aid skin growth and give your skin a healthy glow. Besides skin health, not getting enough fruits and veggies has other impacts on aging. Studies show that people who eat fewer than five servings of fruits and veggies a day had shorter telomeres than their produce-loving peers. The reason? Antioxidants in fruits and veggies stomp out free radicals, molecules that can damage cells and encourage telomeres to shrink more rapidly.
Aim to eat a minimum of five servings a day, although know that more is better. Eating raw, whole fruits and veggies is one easy way to increase your intake. Or try these strategies:
- Top your pizza with veggies
- Make a smoothie with fruits and veggies
- Swap zucchini noodles for pasta noodles
- Top your morning cereal with berries
- Make a PB&F (peanut butter and smashed fruit)
- Add frozen chopped spinach or kale to soups, stews, and sauces
- Use riced cauliflower in place of regular rice
Get more tips on self-care in ANTI-AGING HACKS by Karen Asp!
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Excerpted from Anti-Aging Hacks by Karen Asp. Copyright © 2019 by the author. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.
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