As you all know by now #Ihateoldage I am sure most of us are trying to hold back the ravages of the ageing process and sadly it is happening all the time to all of us! As I approach another birthday I am doing all I can to look and feel good. To this end I exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet and maintain my ideal weight.
The skin quickly shows the signs of ageing as collagen and elastin, the protein structure that gives the skin elasticity and bounce reduce in their efficiency to regenerate. The good news is that there are certain foods that do protect, regenerate and rehydrate the skin.
Whatever time of year, it is very important to protect the skin from ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and pollution in the atmosphere, which we are exposed to daily. Recent research indicates that the antioxidant supernutrients found in the following foods can help to protect the skin from this sort of damage.
Whole-grain foods, such as wholemeal pasta, contain the tough outer bran husk of the grain. This is rich in ferulic acid, which protects the plants against UV rays and has the same effect on our skin. Corn on the cob, strawberries, raspberries, grapefruit, blueberries, apples, avocados, plums and blackberries are all high in ferulic acid.
Wholegrain cereals found in rye and pumpernickel bread, sunflower seeds, peanuts, crab and oysters, contain copper a trace mineral needed by the body to make melanin, the skin pigment that also protects us from the ageing UV rays.
If you are not vegetarian or vegan I also recommend eating plenty of oily fish. I love salmon and include it in my diet at least twice a week. I get lot of compliments about my complexion so think its working but oh to be 30 again! I also drink lots of water which I feel helps plump up the skin.
The most powerful antioxidants for the skin are Vitamins C and E found in sweet potatoes, blackberries and dark-green leaf vegetables. Vitamin C is the most important because it neutralises the damaging free radicals that destroy elastin and collagen. Vitamin E helps the body to regenerate vitamin C, so they are a crucial anti-ageing double act. Eat plenty of berries, citrus fruits, red and yellow peppers for Vitamin C and include nuts and seeds in your diet which are rich in vitamin E. I personally take high doses of Vitamin C in a time release formula that I feel helps me a lot.