In a previous alert, I gave you some top tips for a healthier, younger-looking skin. Apart from avoiding widely used harmful chemicals in toiletries, eating a healthy diet filled with superfoods that focus on whole, bio-available organic foods, is your number one strategy for helping your body to detox naturally. In turn, a healthy superfood diet will help to ensure that you have radiant healthy-looking skin.
Beauty comes from within
Scientific skin care, lotions and potions…they’re all great, but by eating “superfoods” for healthy skin you’ll not only look younger but you will feel better too.
Below I’ve listed eight secret superfoods that you can incorporate into your diet which will help erase lines, keep your complexion glowing and give you beautiful skin.
- Egg Whites for protein to produce collagen. Egg whites have long been known as an immunity booster. Recent studies show that egg whites are a great source of zinc. Zinc is an essential mineral that keeps the skin young, firm and vital. If you’re zinc deficient, all the skin care applications in the world won’t cover basic healthy, youthful skin.
- Pomegranate to soften your skin. A glass of natural, pure pomegranate juice is great, but try to have at least a cup of pomegranate seeds – not just the juice. This fruit is packed with Vitamin C. The juice in pomegranate seeds contains both ellagic acid and punic alagin. Ellagic acid is a compound that fights damage from free radicals. Punic alagin is a super nutrient that helps the body to preserve collagen. Collagen is the connective tissue that makes your skin look younger, smoother and soft.
- Olive Oil for a healthy glow. Have at least one tablespoon of olive oil a day. Olive Oil has “good fat” and also contains heart healthy omega-3s, which improve your circulation, leaving skin rosy and supple.
- Watermelon for a dewy complexion. Eat as much as you like of this healthy, sweet fruit. Watermelon is rich in Vitamin C, potassium and lycopene – ultimate antioxidants – which help to regulate the balance of water and nutrients in cells. Hydration is the secret to vibrant, healthy, youthful looking skin and this super food secret is the key to unlock your inner beauty.
- Blueberries to smooth fine lines. Blueberries are truly a super food. They contain more fibre and antioxidants than any other food. Eating at least half a cup daily to give your skin protection from skin damaging free radicals that come from over-exercising, emotional stress and too much sun exposure. Blueberries prevent cell-structure damage that can lead to fine lines, wrinkles and loss of skin firmness.
- Green Tea to diminish brown spots. Drink at least one to two cups per day. Not only is this healthy brew great for your diet and boosting your metabolism, it contains “catechins” – an effective compound for preventing premature ageing and damaging effects of sun damage. Green Tea is rich in antioxidants that fight off free radical damage and may reverse the effects of ageing.
- Cold-water fish to reduce redness. Eat six, 6oz. portions of salmon, sardines or mackerel per week. Cold-water fish naturally contain omega-3 fatty acids which strengthen skin-cell membranes, and in turn help to hydrate the skin. Adding supplements to your diet will also help with inflammation such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.
- Spinach & kale for skin firming. Eat your green veggies daily! These two superfoods contain vital phytonutrients also referred to as antioxidant compounds that help guard against damage from the sun. Try to have at least three cups per week of spinach or kale. These two leafy greens are loaded with beta- carotene and lutein. These two important nutrients have shown to improve skin elasticity and firmness.
Prematurely skin-ageing, stress and epi-genetics
In addition to eating a healthy diet, effectively addressing stress is another aspect of maintaining a healthy and youthful-looking face.
Previous research has found that your life experiences or perhaps more precisely, how you deal with them, have a greater impact on your looks as you age than your genetic makeup.
For example in previous studies, people who had been through the stress of a divorce looked nearly two years older than their married, single or even widowed twin. Those who used antidepressants also appeared significantly older. These findings lend further credibility to the emerging science of epi-genetics. Epi-genetics centres around the idea that environmental factors such as stress and your diet are directly responsible for the expression of your genes.
In the science of epi-genetics it is the expression of your genes – NOT the genes themselves – that dictates whether you will develop certain diseases, and how gracefully you may show your age.
So although you may have a genetic “predisposition” for facial wrinkles, for example, you are not necessarily doomed to develop a face full of wrinkles during middle-age.
According to groundbreaking research by Dr. Bruce Lipton, a forerunner in the field of epi-genetics and The New Biology, your genetic expression is ruled by your mind and your emotions. In other words, being able to maintain a more positive outlook can influence the expression of your genes, and thus directly impact how you age.
Previous research has also determined that stress lessens your skin’s ability to function properly, and that prolonged exposure to psychological stress can speed up the ageing process of your cells and cause them to die at a faster rate than normal.
In a nutshell, having a healthy, youthful appearance on the outside involves both a healthy diet that supports your internal cleansing mechanisms, and effectively addressing your stress levels.
And both of these factors can have a beneficial impact on the expression of your genes.
The sooner you start to make these positive changes – to your stress levels, mental outlook and your diet – the better. Whether you’re young or old, this healthy lifestyle can help maintain a beautiful complexion and keep the signs of ageing at bay, or at least slow them down considerably.
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Your Complexion Reveals How Good Your Diet and Health Is, by Dr. Mercola, published 01.12.09, drmercola.com
Your Life, Not Your Genes, is What Adds Years to Your Face, by Dr. Mercola, published 19.02.09, drmercola.com
Divorce, antidepressants, or weight gain/loss can add years to your face, published online by American Society of Plastic Surgeons, eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-02/asop- dao020309.php