When it comes to skin health and aging, what you put in your body is more critical than what you put on your face. Food and the health of your gut have a profound effect on inflammation, the way we assimilate nutrients and our ability nuetralize free radicals (cell damaging molecules). Want ageless skin? Feed it well. These powerfoods are a great start:
Wild salmon is an excelent source of omega 3 fatty acids which not only benefit heart health, prevent depression, squash inflammation but they aid in your cells ability to hold in moisture and stay plump. These fatty acids are responsible for the health of the cell membrane, which acts as the barrier to things that are harmful, allowing for nutrients to cross in a and for waste products out of the cell, says Ann Yelmokas McDermott, PhD, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston.
Blueberries contain more antioxidants and phytochemicals than almost any other food! High levels of antioxidants neutralize free radicals which may otherwise contribute to skin damage and aging. High levels of vitamin C and vitamin A enhance cell turn over and capillary health, preventing bruising and encouraging blood flow.
This large amazonian nut has a higher concentration of Selnium than any other food. Why do I care about Selenium? 2 major clinical trials published in the British Journal of Dermatology suggest that Selenium plays a protective role in skin health. Patients exposed to sun and oxidative stress came away with less cellular damage when Selenium levels were higher. Less oxidatve damage=less aging. Oysters, tuna and cashews are also high in Selenium.
Pay attention to your GUT
Gut health and skin health are deeply connected. If your gut flora aren’t happy, your skin probably won’t be happy either. So weather your suffering from acne or just lack-luster skin, the first stop should be healing your gut. Pay attention to your digestion, bowel movements, frequent gas, bloating, indigestion and loose stool; all signs you may have some issues. Try an elimination diet or a consultation with a medical professional to talk about issues like food allergies, SIBO or FODMAPs intolerance.
Current research indicates that EGCG extract, applied topically and consumed orally, can prevent collagen breakdown and reduce UV damage to the skin. A great reason to reach for that green tea! Green tea also acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory. Why does that matter? Well, inflammation is essentally the root of most disease and an accelorator of the aging process.
Eating sufficient levels of protein with each meal in combination with cutting out sugar and simple carbohydrates can play a profoud role in hormone and adrenal health! Protein limits fluctuations in blood sugar and reduces spikes in cortisol (your stress hormone). Cortisol triggers inflammation, which breaks down collagen—the protein that keeps skin firm, plump, and smooth.