Eating your way to Healthy Skin & Hair
The industry is flooded with amazing technology and cosmetics that help us achieve great skin and help fight the aging process. But under all the great products we use, we all want healthy, glowing skin that is resilient to aging. As with most things with our bodies, it’s far more effective to work from the inside out. The cheapest and most meaningful way to healthier skin is by making healthy food and lifestyle choices. A diet focused on high-quality lean protein, fatty acid rich oils, fruits and vegetables and spices is best for supporting healthy skin.
The skin in the largest organ in the human body and is largely made up of two important proteins, collagen and elastin. These natural proteins protect the skin from sagging and wrinkles. As we age (from the mid-twenties onwards ) we experience a loss in collagen and elastin, I know, too soon, right? The good news is that there are ways we can protect what we have and even increase the amount by stimulating the skin and putting the right food into our bodies. Here are a few key elements I want to highlight as well as where to find them.
Certain vitamins have proven to be essential in the creation of collagen and elastin, vitamin C is one of those essentials. If you are hoping to create additional amounts of collagen and elastin you could eat more broccoli, bell peppers, strawberries and citus fruits. It’s also a great idea to supplement with a daily dose of up to 1000mgs of Vitamin C.
Another important ingredient in the creation of collagen and elastin is vitamin E. Did you know that Vitamin E is also a powerful antioxidant that may be effective in reducing UV damage to the skin? The easiest way for your body to absorb the vitamin is by eating nutrient dense foods such as almonds, peanuts and sunflower seeds. You can also find healthy dowse of vitamin E in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli.
Lysine and Proline
Lysine and Proline are amino acids that are both vital in the production of collagen. Many protein-rich foods that are easily available are rich in Lysine & proline.
A few example include, Nuts, red meat, sardines, lentils, cabbage and cottage cheese.
Keep in mind that a diet high in sugar can cause these amino acids to not being used in the way they are intended, so keep your sugar intake to a minimum.
Besides these magical food sources that will keep your skin protected and glowing from the inside out, there are also a few things to watch out for. Smoking cigarettes and drinking excessive amount of alcohol will rob your body of the nutrients that are essential for the production of collagen and elastin and will actively break down these wonderful proteins. You also want to avoid sugary foods and excessive salt and stress.
A healthy lifestyle will result in beautiful skin and you’ll thank yourself for the investment in you!