Eating tips to stay in shape and skin healthy
First impressions count, and much of that first impression is based on your skin (okay and how your dress). Your skin is the first thing people see when they meet you, and it is undoubtedly the mirror to your inner health.
Your skin reflects inner joy as is the case with many women during pregnancy, but it also reveals smoking habits, suntan fixation and poor eating regimes. The skin after all is our largest organ…
The joy in your skin is that a healthy lifestyle and diet will equally reflect on your visible age, plus you get the added benefit of inner health and a body that stays in shape.
Antioxidants – Prevention is better than cure
Many articles go on about antioxidants, and how important they are, but very rarely are they explained in a way that helps an everyday individual make better skin, health and Life choices.
When cells in your body oxidize, they age. Simple. This is true in all your organs, including the skin. Hence when skin cells oxidize you age. So the best way to prevent visible age is to slow needless oxidization. This can be done by eating foods rich in antioxidants and avoid habits that hasten the process like smoking and excessive drinking. Foods that contain high levels of antioxidants include:
- Vitamin A – carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, butternut, mangoes, spinach, tomatoes
- Vitamin C – orange juice, grapefruit juice, paw-paw, strawberries, kiwis, red and green peppers, broccoli, mangoes, grapefruit, & cauliflower.
- Vitamin E – Vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, olives, spinach, and asparagus
Get your fats
There is such a thing as a healthy fat, and especially so for your heart & bones. (but once again, these translate into healthy and younger skin) this is particularly true for Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Recent studies suggest that fish oils, rich in Omega 3, may help combat sun damage. For an increased intake of Omega 3’s try:
- Fish, flaxseed, walnuts, and also cooking oils like canola oil.
Monounsaturated fats are also now believed to help you skin maintain a perfect pH. This aids in the skin’s barrier function maintaining hydration and homeostasis.
For a healthy intake of monounsaturated fats make sure to eat:
- Olive oil, canola oil, almond oil, hazelnut oil, avocados, olives, almonds, & hazelnuts.
Get Physically Active
Remember, your skin is a reflection of your inner health and vice versa so naturally getting some exercise, ensuring you get enough sleep, drinking lots of water, following a strict homecare regime, reducing stress and minimizing skin dehydration will all be valuable additions to the above mentioned skin health tips. These are elements that are in your direct control and should be physical additions to your inner and outer visible well-being.
At my practice I promote healthy living, so for any advice on skin care please make an appointment. I will be able to offer my best advice and also treat any aesthetic concerns to have you looking youthful, fresh and natural.