8 Summer foods: How to eat young now

The right diet can turn on our biological clock. It smooths wrinkles, tightens the body and takes care of our cells. We show you 8 examples of must-eat summer foods.

Red radical scavengers: anthocyanins

Vegetables and fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, black and red currants, blackberries, blood oranges, beet and eggplants shimmer so beautifully red, purple or blue-black due to anthocyanins, water-soluble plant pigments. In plants, they protect them from strong UV light and at the same time bind free radicals. This is exactly what they do in the body. According to the latest studies, their antioxidant effect is said to exceed that of known cell protectors such as vitamin E and C many times over. Therefore: eat preferably!

Wrinkle smoother from pineapple & Co: enzymes

Enzymes are the motors in our body. They regulate virtually all processes in the organism, from metabolism to immune defense to fat breakdown. Thanks to their protein-splitting action, they are able to smooth out lines and wrinkles from the inside. They crack the cellular waste of old proteins and cholesterol in the connective tissue, which leads to elongated encrustations and thus to wrinkles. Enzymes are abundant in pineapple, papayas but also in lettuce, carrots, fennel, leeks, celery, onions and herbs.

Summer food and organic UV protection: lycopene

Lycopene gives tomatoes and rose hips their red color. It is an excellent free radical scavenger, reduces the risk of cancer and is even said to help with rheumatism. Lycopene also acts as a natural UV filter, counteracting premature skin aging. Ripe tomatoes contain particularly high levels of lycopene. Canned tomatoes and tomato paste are even more effective. In addition, the lycopene from processed and heated tomato products (pulp, juice) is said to be easier for the body to utilize than from raw tomatoes, according to the latest studies. And: a dash of oil or a blob of butter improves absorption into the body.

Skin ally: Vitamin E

Vitamin E is one of the most effective antioxidants of all. This means: it protects the skin from the attack of free radicals, very reactive oxygen molecules. Vitamin E does this very cleverly: it simply takes an electron away from the free radicals, making them extremely inert and thus harmless to the cells. In addition, vitamin E acts as an ally to the skin barrier. It stabilizes the lipid layers in the skin, thus strengthening the skin’s own protective layer. Vitamin E is contained in cold-pressed vegetable oils from wheat germ, sunflower seeds, olives, hazelnuts and walnuts. The cell protection vitamin is also found in nuts, seeds, salsify, fennel, peppers and soybeans.

Burns the fat: iodine

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Iodine is one of the trace elements that the body urgently needs in tiny amounts. We are poorly supplied with iodine, because Germany is one of the deficient areas because the soil contains hardly any of the valuable substance. An iodine deficiency upsets the hormonal processes in the body, leads to a growth of the thyroid gland, to goiter and eventually to hypothyroidism. This manifests itself with fatigue, weight gain, depression and dry skin. And: iodine helps the body to burn fat. Only when sufficient thyroid hormones are produced can the body’s own fat-burning ovens run at full speed. Sea fish, mussels, shrimp and algae are good sources of iodine. In addition to iodized salt, buy iodized foods such as bread, cheese or sausages.

Against cellulite dimples: Potassium

Potassium regulates water balance, ensures that excess fluid is flushed out. In addition, potassium activates enzymes responsible for fat breakdown and thus helps against cellulite dimples. All vegetables and fruits contain plenty of potassium. In addition, the bio-substance is found in nuts, mushrooms and whole grain products. Caffeine, but also certain drugs such as cortisone, theophylline (asthma medication) and laxatives act as potassium killers.

Skin tightener from nature: Vitamin C

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Vitamin C acts as a protective shield for skin cells. It intercepts free radicals that attack the cell nuclei. It also helps the skin to form new collagen and thus keeps the connective tissue firm. Since vitamin C cannot be produced by the body itself, we have to take it in with our food. Vitamin C bombs are all citrus fruits, currants, sea buckthorn, peppers, cabbage as well as potatoes. By the way: stress and smoking are true vitamin C robbers.

Detoxifies the body: selenium

The trace element selenium protects the body from free radicals, those aggressive oxygen molecules that attack cells and destroy them. The consequences: premature aging, rheumatism, arteriosclerosis and possibly cancer. Selenium also has a detoxifying effect, helping the body to cope better with environmental stress. A lot of selenium is found in sea fish, oysters, shrimps and algae. Rice, pasta and bread made from whole grains also contain selenium, as do meat and eggs from animals fed selenium.. Important: Selenium and vitamin E complement each other in their antioxidant effects, whereas vitamin C hinders the absorption of selenium in the body.

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