Studies have confirmed that we can improve not only the quality and length of our lives through the foods we consume, but we can also improve our appearance. While we have an arsenal of treatments to help turn back the clock including topical creams and treatments, injectables such as Botox and fillers, lasers and surgery, it is imperative that we address what goes into our bodies as well. A well-balanced nutritious diet is instrumental in optimizing skin health and slowing down the ageing process.
So what can we do? We need to implement a sustainable diet with fruits, vegetables, water, protein and antioxidants.
• Remember that we need a minimum of 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. The ANDI (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index) rates food on the basis of nutrient content and can be used as a good reference point. Fruits and vegetables supply vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes that are essential for skin health.
• Keep your body well hydrated with water. This helps maintain optimal moisture and volume, thereby keeping your skin supple
• Protein rich foods are essential in collagen synthesis. A good source includes organic meat, fish, nuts, seeds, beans, and eggs.
• Omega 3’s are essential to help keep skin supple.
• Antioxidants help fight free radicals that reduce collagen and elasin production and help facilitate their break down. Antioxidants have an alkalizing effect and help prevent inflammation while also helping to reduce premature skin ageing. Chlorella, spirulina, alfalfa and barley are potent antioxidants.
Some of my favourite superfoods:
• Blueberries: Antioxidant
• Walnuts: omega 3’s, vitamin E, Zinc
• Smoked Salmon: omega 3 (anti inflammatory)
• Avocado: Vitamin E