BEAUTY FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Ageing occurs from the inside out, your skin is a reflection of what is going on internally. This is due to the skin being the largest organ on the body. Wrinkles, age spots and loss of elasticity and plumpness are caused by damage from free radicals. When it comes to ageing well, the food we eat as well as your lifestyle plays a vital role. To keep your skin glowing and your body healthy maintaining a wholesome diet and focusing on gut health is essential.
Some foods, such as refined carbohydrates, sugary foods and red meat, can cause inflammation in your body, so eliminating or reducing them in your diet can keep you healthier and reduce the signs of aging.
Include these foods which are full of collagen boosting protein, vitamin C, healthy fats and omega 3’s.
Often referred to as superfoods are packed full of antioxidants. The antioxidants can protect your skin from the free radicals that can harm your DNA and cause skin damage from the inside out.
This little balls of goodness will help plump up the skin, boost elasticity and protect the cells from damange!
The thin skin also makes it easy for these little babies to absorb chemicals and pesticides, so go for organic when possible. Pro tip: It’s usually cheaper to buy them frozen!
Eating nuts as part of a balanced diet can add years to your life by helping prevent chronic disease, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline. Nuts contain both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and both compounds have been associated with reduced heart disease and type 2 diabetes risk. Because all vascular factors have been related to cognition, nuts may have the potential to slow cognitive decline in older adults. (3)
s the most important and abundant protein in the body, keeping it healthy and young for a long time.
For instance, research from Beijing University’s Department of Food and Nutritional Hygiene at the School of Public Health in China investigated the protective effects of marine collagen peptides (MCPs) on the skin of aged mice. Researchers concluded: “The results showed that MCPs might play a protective role on skin aging by improving the activity of antioxidant.” (5)
Further research published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that “MCP supplementation could promote the development of long bones in growing male rats.” (6)
In addition, marine collagen, with its high antioxidant content, has been used in beauty products in order to repair or prevent damage caused by environmental factors or aging process. (7)
We love Collagen Beauty with Verisol from Nutra Organics, two scoops into any hot or cold drink, smoothies, you can cook with it and it has no taste!
Salmon has high amounts of astaxanthin, a super antioxidant and carotenoid known for its unique anti-aging benefits. Astaxanthin is produced by algae, bacteria and fungi, and it concentrates higher up the food chain as these primary producers are consumed for food.
In a study, this substance inhibited oxidative damage to DNA by reducing C-reactive protein and strengthening the immune system. Astaxanthin increased HDL cholesterol and decreased triglycerides by improving circulation of blood. Astaxanthin’s clinical success extends beyond protection against inflammation and oxidative stress, making it useful to prevent or slow the signs of aging. (10)
This creamy delish has been in the spotlight recently as a superfood, containing phytochemicals and important essential nutrients to prevent the negative effects of aging. Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants, which are key compounds into keeping your arteries healthy and young. (13)
Turmeric is one of the highest antioxidant-containing spices on the ORAC scale. ORAC, which stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, is a scale that measures the amount and activity of antioxidants in foods. Turmeric comes in at #6 in the list of herbs and spices with the highest antioxidants, just under cloves (the highest) and cinnamon.  Antioxidants are essential for protecting the integrity of the skin by preventing free radicals from destroying its texture and elasticity.
Antioxidants also protect the skin from ultraviolet light, one of the key contributors to the visible signs of aging.  But don’t think that turmeric’s anti-aging power is just about the antioxidants–far from it. Research shows that turmeric inhibits a key enzyme (elastase) that reduces the ability of elastin from forming.  Elastin, along with collagen, is a protein needed for making the skin smooth and pliable, and also helps it to retain its original position when pinched. In fact, turmeric, in vitro, may inhibit elastase by up to 65%.