What facial features do people usually complain about most? Wrinkles right? We all start out cute and wrinkly but how we end up is our choice. Why spend a fortune on face creams when if we only ate better, we’d save a lot of money?!
Daily free radicals age us while wind and sunshine steal oxygen from the skin.
How does one fight the aging process when tough seasonal elements aren’t helping?!
Nutrition plays a huge role in creating a vibrant you. Choosing colorful, nutrient-dense foods containing anti-oxidants as much as possible will ward off that damage. Studies have shown that those who consume fibrous fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, omega-3’s and nuts naturally look younger.
Did you know that residents of certain countries have fewer wrinkles due to their diet? Scientists conducted a lengthy study of elderly people living in Greece, Australia and Sweden. They found those whose diets included high amounts of fruits, vegetables and legumes and less processed foods had fewer wrinkles. I’d urge adding salmon and other omega 3′s to that list like milled flaxseed.
In contrast, countries who sustained a diet high in meat, dairy, sugar and butter were linked to more wrinkled skin. That makes sense because the harder your body works to sustain its system through clogged pathways, the more worn out it becomes. Just visualize how your automobile would function if you never changed its oil.
As we age, a build-up of toxins affect our bodily systems. Our body loses some ability to absorb nutrients in the gastrointestinal tract. We tire easily, can’t think clearly, feel sluggish and our skin looks haggard. We need to flush out our system so we can absorb nutrients again.
Try consuming cleansing foods with a high water and nutrient content:
- Green leafy vegetables, kale, green teas, alfalfa, asparagus, colorful fruits . . . If you have a Juicer, try juicing for a few days. This detoxifies the liver, allowing it to metabolize fat easier.
- Vitamin C, zinc and copper foods restore elastin and build collagen in your skin. Good news, dark chocolate contains copper . . . and so does broccoli.
- Consume vitamin E and C foods together to repair sun damage.
- Alfalfa, brown rice, soybeans and green leafy vegetables contain silica which is beneficial for collagen formation as well.
- Eat lots of dark fruit such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. Packed with vitamin C, it builds and restores collagen found in the skin. Purchase frozen during the winter season.
- Caffeine is a natural diuretic and although fine in moderation, will deplete water from the skin. So simply cut down on the consumption of coffee and tea. Avoid sodas which contain abrasive chemicals.
- Sodium pulls water from the cells and makes us look older, more tired and places bags under our eyes. Hydrate with water!
Unfortunately our skin gets thinner as we age, making it difficult to retain moisture. Therefore, try to limit sugar-rich foods, because through the metabolic process of glycation, sugar attaches to molecules in our bloodstream, forming harmful new molecules and dehydrating skin. Ironically these are called: (AGEs) “advanced glycation end products.”
Our skin also loses valuable collagen and elastin which keeps our skin firm and elastic. The more processed sugar we eat, the faster we’ll age! Is that daily donut worth it?
Focus on a life that is vibrant and full of energy, honoring our Lord!
“Instead, it should be the inner disposition of the heart, consisting in the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which God values greatly.” 1 Peter 3:4 (ISV)