Is a low calorie diet the real non-surgical approach to delaying the ageing process?

Posted on the 20 January 2012 at 11:54

In an attempt to keep our skin looking youthful, we often focus on enhancing our complexion using a host of topical creams, serums, lotions and potions. More and more people are looking to injectable treatments such as Botox and fillers to 'turn back the clock'.

However, in order to achieve a truly youthful complexion, it is vital that we consider what goes on inside our bodies too. A nutritious diet is fundamental in optimizing skin health and preventing ageing. 

Hundreds of studies have confirmed that we can improve both the length and quality of our lives and our appearance through the food we eat.

Fresh fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, fiber, enzymes and antioxidants, all of which are essential for skin health. Antioxidants counteract the effects of free radicals, molecules linked to cell damage which can cause disease and premature ageing. The Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) rates foods on a basis of nutrient content and so is a good reference in helping you to choose the most nutritious foods.  And remember - five a day is a minimum recommendation!

Pure water. Consuming a minimum of 2l per day (more if you are exercising) keeps your body adequately hydrated. Water ensures the skin retains optimal moisture and volume, helping to keep it supple and preventing premature wrinkling.

Protein rich foods. Collagen fibres and all of the skin's cells are composed of structural proteins created within your own body. Regular intake of dietary protein is essential for skin health. In addition to quality organic meat, eggs and fish, vegetable protein sources are also important. Consume beans, pulses, unroasted nuts and seeds regularly.

Healthy, essential fats are needed for keeping skin supple and moisturized from the inside. Omega 3s are often lacking in our diets and deficiency can contribute to problems such as dry skin and eczema. Include oily fish, sea foods and unroasted nuts/seeds (especially linseed/flaxseed) in your diet.

Green superfoods. Alfalfa, chlorella, spirulina, barley and wheat grass are potent antioxidants and have an alkalising effect, helping maintain a healthy pH balance and preventing inflammation. These are widely available and can be juiced or taken in supplement form.

Include these foods in your diet regularly and you can be sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your appearance youthful, from the inside out.

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