A nutritious and well-balanced diet, combined with regular exercise and an active lifestyle, can help keep you looking young and feeling great – whether you’re just getting to know your first-born or are already bouncing a few grandchildren on your knees.
As Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday this year never has there been a greater inspiration for women of every age to stay fit and keep active in the community – not an easy feat considering how hard it is to look after kids (or grandkids) while maintaining a job and a busy household.
But while age hopefully brings the wisdom of experience, it also comes with some common aches, grey hairs and wrinkles. Since you are what you eat, why not tuck into nature’s bounty to look and feel younger? Here are some great tips for moms of any age.
Lines and wrinkles
One of the most prominent signs of age catching up with you is when laugh and frown lines (as well as little creases around the eyes and mouth) start to appear. This is a sign that your skin cells are no longer repairing themselves as quickly as before.
To enhance your skin’s natural regenerative capabilities, eat foods that are rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Fresh fruits and veggies, such as berries, avocados, carrots and dark leafy greens, have a high antioxidant content and are chock-full of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, and vitamin C which contributes towards collagen formation for the normal function of skin.
That muffin top or beer belly that seems to keep expanding with age is often due to a diet high in processed sugars and fat, as this is the area of your body that stores excess energy in the form of fatty tissue. Cut down on unhealthy snacks such as chocolate bars and biscuits and watch the number of beers you drink during happy hour to prevent your waistline from expanding further.
Hairston’s research also found that a diet that includes at least 10 grams of soluble fibre per day can help prevent a build-up of belly fat over time and give you a flatter midsection. Foods that contain high amounts of soluble fibre include oatmeal, lentils, nuts, apples, oranges, pears and beans.
As you age, you might notice your hair thinning out and your hairline receding – something very common after childbirth. While genetics is a key factor in determining hair loss, the hair follicles responsible for healthy hair growth can also weaken with time, causing your crowning glory to look less lustrous and luxuriant compared to your younger days.
To boost your hair follicles’ ability to continue producing thick, healthy hair strands, stick to a diet that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, iron and zinc. Proteins are the basic building blocks of hair strands, so eat plenty of salmon, tuna, nuts, eggs and tofu to get sufficient supplies of these key nutrients.
Finally, a small amount of zinc is known to support the maintenance of normal hair – so consider eating foods containing zinc, such as chickpeas and oysters.
Fatigue and weaker immune system
You may not be able to see this physically, but you can certainly feel it when you start getting tired and falling ill more frequently. Give your body sufficient energy to keep going with a diet that is rich in whole-grains and complex carbohydrates. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables for all the essential vitamins you need to keep your immune system in tip-top condition.
Supplement your diet with an appropriate product such as Swisse Immune + Elderberry, which is packed with vitamin C, zinc and copper to help support your immune system. And Swisse Women’s Ultivite Multivitamins include 7 B vitamins (including B1, B2,B3,B5 & B6), and vitamin C to assist with energy production, plus selenium and zinc to support your immune system.
One final tip? Find something that makes you happy, and do that as often as you can. (It’s okay to be selfish here; spending time with your kids is great, but you still need something that’s just for you.) Living a life full of fun, smiles and laughter is the surest recipe for lasting happiness!