Ok, that might not be entirely true. While there is no actual “Fountain of Youth” (I wish there was…), the foods we eat and the way we treat ourselves can prevent (or even reverse) aging. Your body needs the right nutrients to fight off damage, and your skin is no different. Nutrients help the cells replicate and have more energy. Processed foods, sugar, stress, and toxins will all accelerate aging. Want to slow it down? Here are 12 rules to follow that will give you a healthy glow and make you look and feel younger! Who needs the fountain after all?
- Drink lots of water.
We have heard this over and over, but even a small amount of dehydration can take a toll on your skin, leaving it dull, saggy and loose. Add lemon slices, cucumber, or mint for added beauty (and taste!) bonus.
2. Eat foods with antioxidants.
Antioxidants are the best recourses your body has to fight disease and aging by reducing damage and inflammation. Inflammation is a leading cause of wrinkle formation. The good news is these foods are delicious! Eat more…
- berries (including blueberries, acai, goji, raspberries )
- nuts and seeds
- purple grapes
- dark chocolate (70% or higher cocoa content)
- organic green tea (adding lemon gives you more green tea benefits!)
I have been making these delicious beauty bars (gluten-free and sweetened with maple syrup) that are full of antioxidants because of all the nuts and seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, flax, hemp, walnuts). They are so good, I
almost ate the entire pan in one day. Even my husband would not stop eating them (I had to hide them).
3. Have a rainbow-colored plate of food.
The different nutrient-rich foods we eat will neutralize the free radicals (bad guys) that cause major damage to our cell structure. Eat the widest variety of antioxidants you can in order to fight off all the different kinds of free radicals. An easy way to do this is to have a smoothie for breakfast or roasted veggie bowls with quinoa for dinner and add a variety of your favorite (or in season) veggies and nuts or seeds, and maybe add avocado or beans? Your choice! The possibilities are endless… and tasty.
4. Limit your sun exposure.
While small amounts of the lovely, warm sun can be good for you (natural vitamin D), too much can damage your skin. Wear sunscreen every day and make sure it’s a zinc or titanium dioxide sunscreen.
5. Use natural skin care products.
Many skincare products contain harsh chemicals, as they are not regulated. Read the ingredient list, and purchase “clean” beauty products. Check out my previous blog for more info on this.
6. Own a plant.
Indoor pollution levels can be higher than outdoor levels! Plants in your home will act as natural air filters (and they look so cool!).
7. Get enough vitamin C.
A diet rich in vitamin c leads to fewer wrinkles. Researchers found that skin exposed to vitamin c for long periods of time can produce up to eight times more collagen, so use your topical vitamin c serums as well! Win, Win!
8. Avoid sugar.
It leads to damaged collagen and elastin, which causes wrinkles.
9. Eat healthy fats.
Eating foods like avocados, olive oil, flax seeds, nuts, and fish are crucial to healthy skin, as the fatty acids make your skin look young and vibrant! They are also great for fighting inflammation and losing weight as well.
10. Stress less!
High levels of stress will show up on your skin quickly. Consider yoga or meditation. Have a girls night!
Excercise is the key to delaying the effects of aging and increasing our beauty span. Without excercise, skin can become “disconnected” from our muscles and also production of collagen decreases because of poor circulation. Excercise increases circulation of oxygen and nutrients and releases toxins (and stress!). Results? Clearer, firmer skin.
Last but not least! Your skin rejuvenates and repairs itself mostly while you are asleep. Make sure you are getting eight hours of quality sleep.
Here’s to turning back the clock on aging. It will happen no matter what… but I plan on putting up a fight.