The organism needs the right amount of foods with antioxidants to combat what is known as oxidative stress, which highly degrades the production of elastin and collagen in our body. Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation are one of the key impacts in the aging process, especially on skin. My first advice is to focus on a higher intake of green vegetables and fruits, which Improves skin coloration and reduces wrinkling in the crow’s feet area. By doing so, you avoid free radical production in your tissue that creates a telomere shortening in your body. So, by adopting a healthy lifestyle, not only will you look younger, but you can avoid chronic diseases such as cancer and increase your life span!
Another important aging factor is the process of glycation.
Glycation is where glucose and fructose attach themselves to molecules in our body. Glycation is found in sugary foods and directly harms the production and regeneration of collagen in your skin, making you look older. Glycation also increases oxidative stress and inflammation in our body, making us vulnerable to pro-ageing hormones. Needless to say that we should keep away from sugar-containing foods and cut down on foods that are broken down into sugar molecules in our body.
However, the reduction of sugar consumption is not the only thing you have to be aware of. Carbohydrates in starch which are mainly found in supermarket processed foods are as harmful.
Starch is also found in supposedly healthy foods too, such as baked potatoes and cornflakes for breakfast. So eventually, starchy carbohydrates can have a higher impact on our sugar levels as our body is slower to process it. On the long-term practice, maintaining a sugar storage is disadvantageous for the health of your skin and your longevity. It is best to avoid processed foods and opt for healthy and unprocessed foods! Start cooking again!
Carbohydrates are not to be confused with fat, however.
Our body needs healthy and stable levels of fat to maintain our cell structure and function. Fat makes our skin more elastic and less wrinkly as we age. Eating good fats such as olive oil and avocados, rather that refined carbohydrates that are found in processed foods is recommended.
And finally, this advice is for the brave! Intermittent fasting (IF) has become an increasingly popular way of losing weight in the U.K. It is proven that if you adopt IF for a couple of days in the week, it can be beneficial for your skin and is highly anti-ageing. It is an effective way of detoxing your body from damaged, dysfunctional and malformed cell components. Therefore, regenerating and cleansing our body and skin from the evil temptations of the week!
By improving the way you eat, you are able to reduce key detriments to your health such as oxidative stress, inflammation, and telomere shortening. So by improving your inner health, your skin will feel more radiant and young! Some say that a healthy body comes with a healthy mind. I say a healthy body is a healthy skin !