While I realize that there are no magic bullets, I don’t think anyone will dispute that diet plays a huge role in the aging process. That’s why I’m a big advocate of a whole food, plant-based diet at least 80% of the time.
Eating minimally processed, plant-based foods is especially important for those of us over 40, especially.
A primarily plant-based whole foods diet provides many long-term health benefits that fad diets cannot. It’s important to limit foods high in sugar, white flour, white rice, alcoholic beverages, fried foods, meat from animals that have been raised with hormones or antibiotics, highly-processed foods, and foods with a lot of additives.
If you’re not into “fancy” skincare, or you don’t (YET) have a regular skincare routine, no worries! Today I’m going to give you a few ways to nourish your skin, from the inside out.
3 Practical Ways to Smarten Up Your Diet to Get (and keep!) the Healthy Glow!
#1 Reduce REFINED sugar in your diet. This includes foods like cakes, cookies, crackers, instant oats, white bread, rice cakes. When you eat food, the body breaks down carbohydrates into sugars like glucose and fructose. It then uses these sugars to fuel everything you do.
Sometimes, however—particularly as we age, and when we consume too many sugary or high-glycemic foods—these sugars react with proteins and fats in an abnormal way, producing harmful molecules called “advanced glycation endproducts (conveniently acronymned: AGEs).” This process is called “glycation.” AGEs particularly (negatively) affect things like collagen (which gives skin its firmness) and elastin (which helps skin bounce back after being stretched).
#2 Make sure you’re eating enough PROTEIN & VITAMIN C. Both protein and vitamin C are building blocks for collagen. Most people, whether you’re a meat eater or a vegetarian or vegan, do get adequate amounts of protein in their diet, unless you’re eating a highly-processed, refined sugar diet at most meals.
Healthy sources of animal proteins are fish, grass-fed beef, and lean poultry. Plant-based proteins include beans, peas, lentils, nuts & seeds, tofu, tempeh, edamame, nutritional yeast and quinoa. Uncommon foods that are high in vitamin C include rose hips, chili peppers, sweet yellow peppers, guava fruit, kale, broccoli and kiwi.
#3 Increase OMEGA 3’s. In those who are deficient, omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce acne and inflammation. Two components of omega 3’s are important to the skin.
DHA is a structural component of the skin. It’s responsible for the health of cell membranes, which make up a large part of skin. And a healthy cell membrane results in soft, moist, supple and wrinkle-free skin. EPA also benefits the skin in several ways, including, managing oil production in skin, managing hydration of the skin, preventing premature aging of the skin.
The main key here is to eat more plant-based foods, avoid the sugary / refined starches, and take a fish oil for omega 3’s (the plant-based omegas aren’t absorbed as well).
So add these tips to your skincare routine.
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