food you must eat to make you look younger

Some of the most beautiful people I know
are the most insecure about their looks.
Take my friend Giselle (believe me, not her real
name!). She’s one of those women always
invited to events most of us rarely go to—award
shows, boutique openings, glamorous parties.
With her long blonde hair and sparkly blue eyes,
she could have her pick of men. But she
spends most of her time picking on herself.
“I wake up every morning looking older than the
day before!” she told me recently. She already
does a lot of the right things—doesn’t smoke,
avoids too much sun, gets enough sleep, and
takes time to relax and let go of her stress. But
when I asked about her diet, she was surprised.
“I don’t worry about my weight!” she said.
Maybe not, but the right diet can do more than
just lead to weight loss. It can turn back the
hands of time, as well. If finding eternal youth
youthful is on your to-do list, try adding these
Eat This, Not That!-recommended foods to your
daily diet plan.
Beauty Food Fix #1: Shiitake
Grey hair is beautiful when it’s age-appropriate,
but unfair for folks who start to salt-and-pepper
before they’ve finished life’s main course. One
cause of early greying: a lack of copper. A
study in the journal Biological Trace Elemental
Research found premature-graying individuals
had significantly lower copper levels than a
control group. Your body requires copper to
produce pigment for your skin and hair, and
shiitake mushrooms are one of the best dietary
sources. Just a half cup provides 71 percent of
your recommended daily intake of copper—and
for only 40 calories! If you’re not a fan of
mushrooms, then make these 6 nuts part of
your diet.
Beauty Food Fix #2: Sweet
A study in the Journal Evolution and Human
Behaviour showed eating a diet rich in fruits and
vegetables gives a healthier, and more
attractive, golden glow than the sun.
Researchers found people who ate more
portions of red and orange fruits and vegetables
per day had a more sun-kissed complexion than
those who didn’t consume as much—the result
of disease-fighting compounds called
carotenoids that give those plants their colors.
And no, you won’t look like an Oompa Loompa.
In fact, given the choice between a real suntan
and a glow caused by diet, study participants
preferred the carotenoid complexion. Few foods
are as rich in the beauty stuff than sweet
potatoes; just half a medium potato with the
skin provides 200 percent of your daily
recommended intake. Add more sweet potatoes
to your diet with the 10 best recipes for weight
Beauty Food Fix #3: Cheddar
Good news, politicians: Cheesy smiles may be
good for you. One study in the journal General
Dentistry of people who didn’t brush their teeth
for 48 hours (don’t try that at home),found
snacking on cheddar cheese raised their
mouths’ pH to freshly-brushed levels. (Like
cavities, discoloration is increased when you
have an acidic environment in your mouth.)
Plus, compounds in the cheese that adhere to
tooth enamel, like a white strip, help to fend off
acid. Speaking of morning rituals, don’t miss
our science-backed 8 Ways to Lose Weight
Before Noon.
Beauty Food Fix #4: Spa Water
Puffy, dark circles under the eyes may indicate
you had too much fun the night before, but it
can also indicate another more common, less
exciting issue: dehydration. Salty foods, alcohol,
exercise, hot weather and just plain not drinking
enough water can create inflammation, which
results in the Rocket Raccoon complexion. Start
replenishing your body right away: Cut up some
citrus fruits (rind included) and soak them in a
pitcher of ice water. Now drink copiously. The
citrus not only improves flavor, but the rinds
contain a powerful anti-inflammatory compound
called de-limonene, which helps the liver flush
toxins from the body, according to the World
Health Organization.
Beauty Food Fix #5: Lean Beef
Weekly manicures can keep your nails in tip-top
shape, but so can Sunday’s top round roast
dinner. Researches say a diet rich in protein,
iron and zinc are the key to long, strong,
beautiful nails. And you’ll get a healthy serving
of all three nutrients from a small portion of
lean red meat. A recent study in the Journal of
The European Academy of Dermatology and
Venereology that looked at nail growth over the
past 70 years found that dietary protein was the
difference between spurts and lags in nail
growth. It’s perhaps no wonder, considering
nails are made from protein—keratin,
specifically. Nail it with a small 3-4 ounce
portion of top round or sirloin, which are the
leanest cuts of red meat, one to two times a
week. Find out the 5 best cuts of beef for
weight loss.
Beauty Food Fix #6: Almond
No, you don’t rub it into your scalp like Rogaine.
But almond butter is one food that contains a
wide variety of nutrients—including protein,
healthy fats, and certain vitamins—that have all
been linked to hair health. It’s the vitamin E
content in the nuts that researchers say is
particularly good for keeping your locks thick
and lustrous. One eight-month trial found men
who supplemented daily with vitamin E saw an
increase in hair growth by as much as 42
percent. Just a tablespoon of almonds provides
nearly two thirds of your RDA for fat-soluble
vitamin E. Discover the 20 full-fat foods that can
help you stay skinny.
Beauty Food Fix #7: Tomatoes
New research has found that the reason
melanoma rates are so low in regions like the
Mediterranean—where going topless on the
beach is all part of the summertime fun—has to
do with the Mediterranean diet. Foods high in
antioxidants, particularly deeply colored fruits
and vegetables, can help fight the oxidizing
effect of UV rays. One study in the British
Journal of Dermatology found participants who
ate five tablespoons of tomato paste (a highly
concentrated form of fresh tomatoes) daily
showed 33 percent more protection against
sunburn than a control group. And tomatoes
work double duty to boost beauty: While the
carotenoids and antioxidants help the body fight
off oxidation that ages skin cells, they also
boost pro-collagen—a molecule that gives skin
its taught, youthful structure. Tomatoes are also
one of the 8 foods you should eat every day.