Holding back the years

Healthy eating not only makes you feel better but certain foods can combat the signs of ageing.

A balanced diet is imperative for a long and healthy life and by simply adding a few choice items to your diet, you can turn back the years.

Watermelon – As well as containing a high water content, ripe, red watermelon is rich in lycopene which offers skin more protection against sunburn and beta-carotene which helps repair skin cells.

Probiotic yoghurt – Not only makes a great snack which aids your digestion but, nationalities which traditionally have a lot of yogurt in their diets also age well.

Fish – Omega 3 fatty acids (high in oily fish such as herring, salmon and fresh tuna) can not only alleviate age-related conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, but also helps maintain levels of healthy fat within the skin.

Avocado – Rich in Vitamin E, avocado is a delicious and nutritious way to maintain skin health.

Seeds – Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are another good source of Vitamin E, which helps to neutralise free radicals.

Acerola juice – Not only will this tart cordial help you sleep better but the red berry from Brazil is loaded with skin-boosting nutrients.