Home Remedies for Anti-Aging
Swap From Tea to Hot Chocolate
Good news for chocolate lovers: Hot chocolate is better for you than tea. Well, it has four to five times as many antioxidants, new U.S. studies say. Antioxidants reduce the aging effect of free radicals, but the 100 extra calories in cocoa mean you probably shouldn't overdo it. But a little of what you fancy does you good.
Swap From Bread to Bread Rolls
Our grannies tell us eating our crusts will make our hair go curly. But crusts also help us stay looking young. Bread rolls are better as they've got more crust -- the part of the bread with the greatest exposure to the heat of the oven -- and heat wakes up antioxidants in the dough (great for skin).
Swap From Bananas to Raisins
Bananas and raisins are both a great energy boost before exercise, but raisins have more of those friendly antioxidants. And since exercise will produce aging-free radicals as you work up a healthy glow, you need all the help you can get.
Swap From Crisps to Nuts
Nuts beat crisps hands-down. They help lower harmful cholesterol, leaving your arteries feeling younger, and their high-magnesium content helps keep the stress hormone cortisol under control. Too much cortisol can speed up signs of aging like bone-thinning, middle-age spread and poor memory -- so get out those nutcrackers.
Swap From Cola to Fizzy Water
Super-sweet cola doesn't just damage your teeth -- a U.S. study has found it might make your bones thinner. Women who drank a can a day had bones 2 to 5 percent thinner than those who only drank cola once a week. Scientists think the cola flavoring phosphoric acid might be to blame -- by sticking to calcium and making it more difficult for the body to absorb.