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Forever young skin

August 27, 2008

Forever young
I want to be forever young
Do you really want to live forever?
Forever young?

Just quoting a song ‘Forever Young’ by Alphaville (of the ‘Big in Japan’ fame). I don’t know if anyone would really want to live forever. I don’t. I don’t think I want to see more when I am already old, I mean really really old. But, to stay young? I am sure most people would love to, not just us ladies but men too. Right guys?

Just look at Madonna. She just turned 50 and seriously, she don’t look her age and her energy is awesome. Ok maybe she has done something to her really tight skin. I read from the news that after her 50th birthday bash thrown by hubby Ritchie, she worked up at the gym next day.

So what do us, mortals, aka normal people can do to have that tout, flawless skin? Simple. Eat right and your skin will look right. Below is a list from the MSN on ten food that can keep ugly lines and flaky skins at bay. I am off to the Tamu and the Pasar now to buy these great stuff.

10 Foods That May Improve Your Appearance

1. Blood oranges, cherries and blueberries
Collagen is a natural protein in your skin and muscles that provides resiliency, shape and texture. Unfortunately, collagen production decreases with age- but you can fight back with dark fruit. “Blood oranges, cherries and blueberries are full of antioxidants, which decrease aging and disease by lowering inflammation. Antioxidants also increase collagen production and thicken the skin, making you look younger and healthier,” says Julia Tatum Hunter, M.D., of Skin Fitness Plus in Beverly Hills. “Antioxidants also decrease [the severity of] rosacea.” Blackberries, raspberries, plums, pomegranates, cranberries, Asian dragon fruit and kiwis also contain antioxidants.

2. Shellfish, sunflower seeds and sardines
Sunflower seeds // © Lew Robertson/FoodPix/Jupiterimages

Sunflower seeds offer a powerhouse of essential fatty acids, a component of all cell membranes in the body, regulate the flow of nutrients, waste materials, and water in and out of cells.

Sunflower seeds offer a powerhouse of essential fatty acids, a component of all cell membranes in the body, regulate the flow of nutrients, waste materials, and water in and out of cells.

These foods may not taste great together, but individually they offer a powerhouse of essential fatty acids. Steven Chang, M.D., staff physician for, says fatty acids nourish the skin, help maintain skin integrity and keep skin cells performing optimally.

“Essential fatty acids, a component of all cell membranes in the body, regulate the flow of nutrients, waste materials, and water in and out of cells-which keeps you looking young.” Flax seeds, tuna, walnuts, canola oil, soybean oil and pumpkin seeds are more good sources of essential fatty acids.

3. Dandelion, turnip and mustard greens
“Foods that keep our livers cleansed of toxins, heavy metals and fats make our whole body function more efficiently,” says Dr. Hunter. “This makes us happier, which affects how we look. Plus, a healthy liver brightens our eyes and tightens our skin.” She recommends dense green foods such as broccoli, spinach and arugula-as well as turnip, mustard and dandelion greens. Eating these slightly bitter greens has been shown to lessen your sweet tooth. Hunter warns: “Simple and refined sugars, high-glycemic carbohydrates, and refined, manufactured foods age us.” Excess sugar has been linked to a process called glycation, in which sugar molecules bond to protein molecules, which has been linked to sagging, wrinkled skin.

4. Oregano, thyme and parsley
“If you have puffy bags under your eyes in the morning, you are almost certainly consuming much more salt than you need,” says Doris Day, M.D., author of Forget the Facelift: Turn Back the Clock with a Revolutionary Program for Ageless Skin. “Another problem is alcohol: It dehydrates you and can make your skin sag. The worst combination is alcohol and salt, which causes puffy dark circles under your eyes.” Dr. Day recommends reducing your sodium intake to eliminate bloating. Instead of salt, season your meals with herbs and spices such as oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley and garlic.


5. Crunchy vegetables
String beans // © Ann Stratton/FoodPix/Jupiterimages
Celery, carrots, string beans and cauliflower contain cellulose, which helps scrub stains from your teeth—giving you a whiter, brighter smile.

Celery, carrots, string beans and cauliflower contain cellulose, which helps scrub stains from your teeth—giving you a whiter, brighter smile.

Fresh raw veggies are as good for your grin as they are for your skin! Celery, carrots, string beans and cauliflower contain cellulose, which helps scrub stains from your teeth-giving you a whiter, brighter smile. “Both the cellulose and the [other] fiber in these foods act as abrasives that clean and remove bacteria from teeth,” says Mickey Bernstein, M.D., president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Crunchy veggies are especially effective for recent discolorations. If you’ve just consumed blueberries, coffee, mustard, red wine or cranberry juice, follow it up with fresh cucumber slices or an apple.

6. Sea vegetables
“Polluted cells can’t function at their optimum level. When our cells are functioning optimally, not only do we have more energy-we look and feel great,” says nutritionist Carol Wasserman. “Sea vegetables are one of our richest sources of minerals and phytochemicals.” These veggies help detoxify, rebuild and nourish all the cells in our body. Unhealthy foods, stress and environmental pollutants cause cells to age prematurely, potentially leading to thinning hair and premature wrinkles. “Sea vegetables reverse this process,” says Wasserman. “For example, spirulina is a ‘detox powerhouse.’ Hijiki, kelp, arame, wakame, and dulse also work wonders.”

7. Meat, cheese and lentils
It may take 10 pounds of milk to make a pound of cheese, but fortunately you don’t need to eat that much dairy or protein to repair your cells. As you age, your hair and skin cells become damaged, making you appear older. The protein in meat, chicken, low-fat cheese, cottage cheese, and certain vegetables promotes cell growth and repair, which translates to younger-looking skin, fewer wrinkles, less hair loss and a glossy mane. To take a break from meat or dairy, try soybeans and lentils instead (they contain more protein than any other legume).

8. Egg yolks, organ meats and whole-milk products
Dr. Chang says, “Vitamin A is especially important for skin repair, and decreased levels can lead to dry, flaky skin.” Dr. Day adds that a lack of vitamin A may cause your skin to heal poorly and wrinkle easily. The main sources of this vitamin are foods from animals, such as liver, eggs and whole-milk dairy products. Some plants-carrots and broccoli, for example-supply beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A as needed. Apricots, nectarines, plums and cantaloupe are more great sources of beta-carotene.

9. Almond or hemp “milk”
Almond milk is a nutritious dairy alternative because of its high levels of magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, vitamin E, selenium and calcium. Licensed medical esthetician Tina Seitz says, “Hemp milk is a delicious, nutty-tasting non-dairy beverage that provides essential balanced nutrition. It’s a fantastic alternative to soymilk or dairy, and has a natural well-balanced ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids to keep your mind sharp, your immune system strong and your skin glowing.” Both almond and hemp milks are plant-based, and don’t contain lactose. They offer high-quality protein that can give hair a radiant, healthy shine and helps keep skin soft.

10. Wild salmon with avocado and mango dressing
Salmon and avocado // © Jackson Vereen/FoodPix/Jupiterimages

This is more than a delicious meal—it's an anti-aging feast! Add avocado for its antioxidant properties and mango (for vitamin E and anti-inflammatory carotenoids) and you'll be sitting pretty after dinner!

This is more than a delicious meal.

This is more than a delicious meal-it’s an anti-aging feast! Stephen Sinatra, M.D., of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine says, “Wild Alaskan salmon has precious omega-3 essential fatty acids, which enhance blood flow. The pink/orange color of wild salmon is an anti-aging carotenoid called astaxanthin that protects cell membranes.” Salmon also contains dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), which improves facial muscle tone and reduces wrinkles. Add avocado for its antioxidant properties and mango (for vitamin E and anti-inflammatory carotenoids) and you’ll be sitting pretty after dinner!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Huda permalink
    August 27, 2008 11:49 am

    this is really nice

    by the way .. very nice blog

    i like it 🙂

  2. August 27, 2008 3:36 pm

    I’ve just bumped into your blog and beginning to enjoy reading it. You have interesting perspectives that I do share. I have linked and will definitely come and visit your blog. Thank you for your support on my Blog Against Hate Campaign that I read at AnakBrunei’s blog. We all here to help and educate one another.

    This post is excellent as it reminds us on the need to eat healthy in order to look healthy. Thumbs up!

    Hmmm. Where does Nasi Katok come in the Rank? I wonder??

    Oh BTW, Forever Young is one of my fave Retro Tunes..hehehe

  3. sandy man permalink
    August 28, 2008 10:39 am

    Nasi Katok? Not only it’s getting a bit expensive now (some selling at $1.50), its getting less nutritious with only plain rice and a small piece of fried chicken.

  4. Nasi katok permalink
    August 28, 2008 10:45 am

    Nasi Katok masuk rank? kalau kana jual banyak ka sambal nda besayur apa, nda masuk rank tu.

  5. Ramble On permalink
    August 28, 2008 2:35 pm

    Hello Huda… gracias.

  6. Ramble On permalink
    August 28, 2008 2:43 pm

    Salam SP. Muchas gracias. What an honour to have you here and link me in yours. I read your blog too and if its not too late to congratulate you on your recent graduation? Congratulations! I try to update my blog, daily if possible.

    On the Blog Against Hate Campaign, maybe we should ask Simpur to, well, not intervene, lead the role; with us bloggers, backing up the campaign.

    Look like you have generated interest on Nasi Katok. I think Nasi Katok can make it to the rank if it has all the required nutritions as stated by both sandy man and Nasi katok. (Sorry sandy man, you remind me of Sandy Man of the OC series).

    Forever Young is retro? Geeze, I feel really old. I thought they are like, the New Age from the New Wave. Btw, I have a scratched CD of Alphaville in my car, which I still listens to.

  7. August 28, 2008 9:59 pm

    Gr8 article!

    for whatever it is worth, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables and parsley are not only very good for your skin, but have profound properties that boost your immune system. Green tea is another great addition to our diets, but can be used in cosmetics as well!

  8. September 1, 2008 5:55 am

    I’m surprised more people don’t realize that there are MANY natural ways to get yourself healthier. I see the norms like Avocado and Cucumber made your list, and am not surprised the seeds & salmon are on there too…anything high in Omega-3 Fatty Acid, and Antioxidants help rejuvenate the cells as they reproduce (I’m sure many have read and saw countless reports and documentaries on this already). It shouldn’t be a surprise that the foods high into “elements” would also be good for you.

    I’ve just finished writing about some more tasty bites, most are quick-n-easy and can be done in 15 minutes. The Salad and Seafood sections should appease to the health conscious among you, and the “Green” section should appease to those looking for healthy while saving the Environment. Please check it out, and comment on what you think. Thanks, I appreciate it.

  9. sania permalink
    September 2, 2008 12:39 pm

    I love that song!! found myself singing it while reading it. I agree, dont think i really want to live forever either. i just want to learn my life lessons and then move on!! I have taken it a step further with the astaxanthin in salmon and actually take a few capsules per day. did you know you would have to consume 1 1/2 lbs of salmon to get the same amount in one pill?? its great stuff. I buy it from bioastinman or ebay. hmmmmmmmmmmm gonna have to try that mango and avocado dressing, sounds yummy!! I like your blog and will definitly come back.

  10. Ramble On permalink
    September 3, 2008 11:42 am

    Thanks Chaim. I swear (good one) that green tea is the best cure for stubborn acne.

  11. Ramble On permalink
    September 3, 2008 11:44 am

    Tq dr corner. I agree that there are many natural ways to be healthy. A good start will be our diet. Btw, I have put a comment in your blog, great blog you have there and I have linked it here under ‘Usefull links to ponder’. Cheers

  12. Ramble On permalink
    September 3, 2008 11:46 am

    Hehe sania. Thanks for your useful info. Capsules? Great thinking there. All the best with your future and very near future endeavour.

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