Published: 11 June 2019
Top Anti Ageing Foods To Add To Your Diet!
Top Anti Ageing Foods to add to your Diet!
I know you’re asking ‘can you really slow down anti ageing naturally’ and the answer is… yes!
You will be pleased to learn that there really are some surprising and natural ways to prevent and reverse the signs of ageing...
Collagen and elastin are known as ‘youth proteins’ present in skin. Collagen (it’s name meaning ‘glue’) renders strength and firmness. Elastin imparts resilience, enabling your skin to resume its shape after stretching. Working as a team, our youth proteins keep skin supple and smooth.
Over time however, our bodies produce less of these two proteins, as young as 20 we start losing 1% of our collagen matrix each year. To repair structural damage, skin cells must constantly reproduce. After 30, the rate of replication automatically decreases, consequently skin becomes rigid.
This causes our weekend framework to bend and cave, forming those pesky lines, or wrinkles. Our underlying fat layer diminishes, skin becomes thinner and our friend elastin dwindles, causing sagging.
There are many ways we worsen the signs of ageing through treatment of our own skin such as UV damage from sun radiation, poor skin care such as harsh soaps or scrubbing, washing off those protective oils or even not thoroughly taking your make up off before bed. Others include smoking, alcohol and environmental insults such as the following free radicals – air pollution, medications, industrial chemicals, processed foods and stress.
But it’s not all doom and gloom! Nature provides us with antioxidants, the nutrients to fight free radicals, replace low supplies of collagen and elastin and destroy rogue molecules.
It is entirely possible to slow ageing naturally with dietary support by making smarter food choices.
What to Avoid:
What to Consume:
-Vitamin C – Skin requires this to form collagen and elastin. Rich sources include oranges, guava, watermelon, strawberries, broccoli, bell peppers.
-B Vitamins – These also contribute to collagen production. Bananas, beans, peas, broccoli and leafy greens.
-Vitamin E- This fat soluble antioxidant prevents UV damage. Wheat germ, nuts and seeds.
-Phytoestrogens- Plant based chemicals which inhibit the breakdown of collagen and elastin. Beans, bran, flaxseed and split peas.
It has been said although wrinkle creams can help improve the appearance of the skin, a healthy diet and lifestyle are more effective by rejuvenating the skin from within.
With love, Laura x
Laura Butler, Lifestyle Intervention Consultant, Health & Habit Change Coach to busy women. Founder of the welLBe Transformation Systems’ and my website www.laurabutlercoaching.co.uk
Published: 11 June 2019