BLUEBERRIES AND MEDITATION

 EAT MORE BLUEBERRIES

Good things really do come in small packages, namely blueberries. You wouldn’t think a tiny fruit could pack such a nutritional anti-aging punch, but it can, which is why you should put a cup a day on your menu. Blueberries have been found to have the highest amount of antioxidants among all fruits and vegetables. Those valuable compounds fight disease-promoting free radicals in your body and skin.

Blueberries first earned superhero status for their effect on the memory. In fact, many brain experts list them among their top brain health foods because of their ability to decrease cognitive decline. Blueberries also lower blood pressure and may even have anti-cancer properties.

Plus, one serving (1 cup) of blueberries gives you almost 25 percent of your daily vitamin C requirements. As you’ll remember from hack #91, vitamin C can increase collagen formation, giving you younger-looking skin. Not a blueberry fan? Raspberries and blackberries not only deliver similar benefits but also more vitamin C than blueberries. One cup of raspberries contains 54 percent of your vitamin C needs, while 1 cup of blackberries contains 50 percent.

MEDITATE FOR ONE MINUTE A DAY

If you want to dump stress (which is no doubt showing up on your skin), and even gain protection from aging on the cellular level, give meditation a shot for a single minute a day.

Studies show that regular meditation helps improve brain health, but it’s also protecting you against aging on the cellular level. People with a longtime meditation practice—ten years in one study—have longer telomeres (the caps on your DNA strands) than people who have never meditated, and longer telomeres are associated with longer life.

You don’t need to spend hours meditating every day to get the benefits. Even just one minute a day can give you the benefits of meditation. Once you find that you can set aside a minute a day—consider doing it before you get out of bed or right before you fall asleep—add a few more minutes until you’re consistently doing between five and ten minutes a day. Just don’t beat yourself up when your mind wanders, because it will. The main goal of meditation isn’t to have your mind be entirely still. It’s to train you to pull your mind back to the present every time it wanders, away. As you get better at meditating, focusing becomes easier.

Whether you do guided or unguided is also a personal preference. It might be best to start with guided meditation, especially if you’ve never done it, and then move into unguided once you get comfortable with it. Try using apps like Calm and Headspace for assistance.

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