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Anti-ageing is not just about the skincare products you lather on your face and body, there are many foods that can slow the ageing process too. 

According to Australian dietitian Melanie McGrice, your skin, hair and nails are largely affected by what you eat.

"Our diet significantly impacts our skin and how rapidly we age, both inside and out," explains Ms McGrice. 

"Research suggests that a high GI diet increases our likelihood of breakouts, so I recommend avoiding foods high in added sugar such as biscuits and cake." 

In addition, Ms McGrice suggests limiting our alcohol intake to keep our skin looking fresh and supple.

"Alcohol is a strong diuretic which dehydrates our skin. The less alcohol we drink, the better our skin will look, but if you choose to drink try to limit to a glass and ensure that you compensate with plenty of water," she says. 


Ms McGrice, who has created an anti-ageing meal plan, says a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is the key to looking and feeling great.

'Fruit and vegetables are great for collagen production, however apples have been found to be one of the best foods for collagen production,' she says.

'I always pop an apple in my handbag when I'm heading out the door. Apples are low GI, great for collagen production and having a healthy snack on hand helps me to avoid being tempted by sugary treats,' she adds. 

Ms McGrice says oily fish such as salmon is also a staple in her diet because of its omega 3 properties.

"I like to pick up some fresh salmon from the market every Sunday, and I always eat the skin as well as that's the richest source of omega 3. In addition to being great for our heart and mental health, omega 3 has also been found to be beneficial for glowing skin and glossy hair." 

FOODS THAT FIGHT AGEING:

Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes are low GI and a great source of vitamin A. A lack of vitamin A causes our skin to become rough and dry.

Garlic:Garlic is great for anti ageing as increases blood flow which helps our skin to glow, similarly to the glow we get after playing sport. It also contains an antioxidant called allicin which helps to fight free radicals [pollution, smoke, sun] which can damage our skin.

Spinach: Spinach is another rich source of vitamins A and C.

Oily fish: Oily fish, such as salmon is one the richest sources of omega 3 available. This will help keep your skin looking fresh and your hair glossy

Kale: Kale is rich in carotenoids which are believed to prevent age-related collagen degradation 

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