Top that morning oatmeal with strawberries and, surprisingly, your skin will benefit.
When mice were exposed to increasing UV radiation for eight weeks, those that received a topical application of ellagic acid, a compound in strawberries, had less sunburn and wrinkle formation. Ellagic acid prevents inflammation and blocks secretion of enzymes that break down the skin’s collagen and cause wrinkles.
Even just eating strawberries could help prevent aging. Strawberries also come packed with skin-healthy nutrition, especially vitamin C, which your skin needs to make collagen. In 1 cup of strawberries, you’ll get 96 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C, which more than covers the recommended 90 mg daily value. Plus, eat one serving a day—eight strawberries, to be exact—and you may improve heart health, help manage diabetes, support brain health, and reduce the risk of some cancers, according to the California Strawberry Commission.
If possible, choose organic strawberries. If you can’t find or afford organic, this shouldn’t stop you from buying strawberries, but it’s worth checking into, as strawberries can be loaded with pesticides. According to the Environmental Working Group’s 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, strawberries have the most contamination from pesticides.
If you want to slow the hands of time, aim to hit your yoga mat at least three times a week.
Ancient yogi texts suggest that a regular yoga practice may delay the aging process, and studies now prove that. In one study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, yoga was linked to an increase in two substances, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) and growth hormone (GH). They’re known as anti-aging hormones (DHEA-S is sometimes called the youth hormone), but they typically decline with age. Unless, that is, you’re doing yoga. Twelve weeks of doing yoga six days a week significantly increased both hormones in middle-aged individuals. Another study in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity showed changes in cellular aging after individuals did twelve weeks of yoga and meditation five days a week for about ninety minutes each time.
Yoga also improves numerous variables associated with aging. You’ll build balance, especially when you do poses like Warrior and Tree Pose, which can reduce your risk of falling. Yoga helps fight age-related declines in your flexibility, which can affect your daily functioning. And while it’s not like lifting weights, yoga can increase muscular strength to some degree, even helping you build some bone density.
If you’re new to yoga, take an introductory class from a qualified instructor so you can learn the poses. You can also do yoga at home through DVDs, free YouTube videos, or online streaming sites like www.myyogaworks.com, www.yogaglo.com, or www.yogadownload.com. Aim to practice yoga at least three times a week.