Aging is an inevitable process that slowly breaks down the collagen and elastin fibers responsible for our bouncy young skin. It also deteriorates the muscles that provide structure to our face.
While it cannot be avoided, it can surely be delayed. Considerably. Early aging is completely avoidable and it might be very fair to say that we, as a collective, might be as much as 15 years older (physiologically) than we need to.
While there is no easy way to prove this statement, it can be easily understood to be a fair statement when people’s habits are studied and correlated with their apparent age.
People with very healthy physical and mental habits appear to be decades younger. I am sure this statement can be accepted to be largely true.
What we eat really reflects on our health as well as on our skin & hair. It is important to have some knowledge on how skin responds to the things we eat and how that defines the way we look.
Incorporating specific nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins in our diet ensure a natural and much healthier way to reduce and reverse those signs of aging and keep our skin firm and radiant.
This approach is wholesome, supportive of good health overall, and can outshine procedures like Botox treatments, which are like a superficial and temporary treatment to a deep-rooted issue.
While aging is not an issue, premature aging most definitely is.
The following is a list of 5 foods that can heal and nourish the body from within. These provide enough of the most essential elements to help our body build protein, repair damage and aid in the maintenance of healthy cells. This results in skin that is firm, nourished and not prone to early lines, wrinkles and dullness.
Due to the antioxidants in these, enough reversal of free radical damage can take place, so signs of aging on the skin can be diminished.
1. Sweet Potatoesproperties for our skin. In addition to the proteins, it contains a high concentration of Vitamin C and beta-carotene that helps keep the skin pH-balanced.
Sweet potatoes are also known to increase the production of hyaluronic acid that starts depleting in body with onset age.
Hyaluronic acid is important to aid in the skin’s retention of hydration. Therefore it makes the skin look dewy and plump.
It can significantly reduce the look of lines and wrinkles.
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2. Berriesphytochemicals called flavonoids that prevent oxidation and protect our skin from free radical damage.
Cranberries and Goji berries are especially rich in Vitamin C – used by the body to build collagen fibers.
Blueberries too are popular due to the huge range of antioxidants present in them that protect our skin from free radicals and reduce oxidative stress.
They also keep the skin hydrated and are known for their anti-inflammatory properties thus delaying the process of skin aging.
Usage Tip: In addition to eating them, you can mash some and smear all over your skin 1-2 times a week. Wash in 10 minutes and then apply your serum and lotion right after. A complete natural skin care routine is not optional. It does the job of keeping your skin healthy and youthful externally while eating the right sorts of foods does the job internally.
3. Avocadoesnourish the skin and also Omega 3 fatty acids that help moisturize the skin keeping it smooth and soft.
Avocados are generally avoided due to the misconception of being a fattening fruit.
On the contrary, they consist of good mono-saturated fats that might help reduce the level of cholesterol.
Want soft and supple skin? An avocado each day keeps wrinkles and sagging skin away.
Usage Tip: Want to use an avocado straight on the skin? Awesome idea I say. Mash it up and to a tablespoonful add about 10 drops of Vitamin E oil and massage this good stuff on your skin for 6-8 minutes with upward strokes. Leave on for 10 minutes, wash and follow with your serum and lotion.
"My skin [feels] radiant and healthy and really looks nice. I see a lot of changes since I started using it. I recommend it highly."
Famously known as Popeye’s strength booster, spinach is also known for its excellent health and anti-aging properties.
It comes loaded with vitamins E, C, and beta-carotene. Apart from these nutrients, it also contains high levels of glutathione, a strong antioxidant.
Green leafy vegetables are known to have lutein and zeaxanthin, plant compounds that prevent skin damage from UV rays and raise your skins’ defenses.
Usage Tip (as I have it): Steam some spinach, add a bit of rock / Himalayan salt and extra virgin olive oil and enjoy this delightful green. I have some steamed spinach, kale or dandelion with my lunch almost every day. My lunch feels incomplete without some steamed greens on the side.
It inhibits the enzymes that break down collagen fibers, thus keeping your skin firm and wrinkle-free.
It also works as a powerful antioxidant and protects our skin against damaging bacteria and harmful UV rays.
Usage Tip: Just like with berries, you can use tomatoes on your skin in addition to using them in your cooking. Get some mushed up fresh tomato pulp on your skin a couple of times a week. Wash in about 15 minutes and then follow with your serum and lotion right after.
Almond, the king of nuts is loaded with nutrients like iron, folic acid, zinc, oleic acid, and Vitamin E; all very beneficial for prevention of early fine lines and wrinkles, and in fading their appearance.
A handful of almonds per day could help your skin look younger and glowing (due to the beneficial fatty acids in them). Soaked almonds are tastier and perhaps the nutrition in them more available for absorption by the body.
This youth-promoting nut should be well incorporated into your daily diet for the best outcome. Caution: Do not consume almonds if you suffer from nut allergies.
Watermelon, the fruit of respite during sweaty summers, is also known for its anti-aging properties. Besides working as a great antioxidant and being packed with vitamins, it also contains an important anti-aging ingredient called citrulline.
It is anti-inflammatory in nature and mainly present in yellow watermelon. Watermelon also helps in detoxifying the body and balancing the body’s pH.
Red watermelons are a good source of lycopene, an important anti-aging agent.
Roasted watermelon seeds are known to be rich in proteins and unsaturated fats and are also considered to add iron, selenium, magnesium and Vitamin B to our diet. So want to have a watermelon? Go for it.
In addition to tasting yummy, it will raise your hydration levels, plump up your skin and keep it glowing and youthful.
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