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So what is the magic potion to slow down aging and look younger? Sorry to disappoint you, but there is none. However, there are foods that play a role in aging that, when included in a healthy diet, can help minimize the rate. Below are five eating habits that can help slow aging. Read on, and for more on how to stay young, don’t miss 5 Best Juices to Slow Aging, Says Science.

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Your skin needs proper hydration to keep it looking and functioning healthy. So how much should you drink daily? According to Nutrition and Dietetics Academy, women need about 11.5 cups of water per day and men about 15.5 cups per day. These totals come from food and beverage consumption.

About 20% of the water you need comes from food, which means women should swallow about 9 cups of fluids per day and 12.5 cups of fluids for men. Opt for calorie-free drinks like water and seltzer when possible. Other options recommended by the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans include beverages that provide nutrients such as 100% fruit and vegetable juices and low-fat milk or soy milk.

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According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) only 1 in 10 adults consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Produce provides the antioxidant vitamins A and C. These antioxidants help protect cells against free radicals that can damage cells and potentially cause aging. Find easy ways to add fruits and vegetables to your meals and snacks.

To make your life easier, store easy-to-grasp fruits like bananas, apples, and pears in a bowl on the counter. Also remember that dried, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables all count!

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According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, older women who regularly drank tea had a lower risk of bone fractures and tended to have higher bone mineral density than those who did not drink tea. As you age, your bone mineral density tends to decrease, which can lead to fractures. The study researchers concluded that the flavonoids in tea may help minimize the risk of brittle bones or osteoporosis as you age.

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Nuts and seeds — and their nut and seed butter counterparts — provide good amounts of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes from free radical damage, especially from UV rays. Add nut butters to your morning bowl of oatmeal or smoothie, or sprinkle your salad with a tablespoon of sunflower or chia seeds. Along with their anti-aging benefits, nuts and seeds also help add crunch to yogurts and salads.

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Drinking alcohol in moderation has its health benefits, but drinking too much can actually speed up the aging process. According to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, if you choose to drink, women should have no more than two drinks per day and men should have no more than one drink per day. A drink is defined as 5 fluid ounces of wine, 12 fluid ounces of beer, and 1.5 fluid ounces of 80-degree alcohol such as rum or vodka.