SLOW DOWN THE HANDS OF TIME
Can you stop the clock with an anti-ageing diet? Yes, say experts. Here’s how
You are what you eat.
We’ve all heard this saying before, and as it turns out, it couldn’t be further from the truth. According to Dr Libby Weaver, author of Beauty From The Inside Out, beauty really is an inside job. “When it comes to physical health and beauty, the foundation stone lies in the way you nourish yourself through the food you choose,” she says.
We all enjoy a treat, but indulging in too many sugary, processed foods like biscuits and cakes, can cause inflammation and premature skin ageing.
WHAT TO EAT FOR YOUTHFUL-LOOKING SKIN
If you’re after radiant, spot-free skin, include oily fish like mackerel, salmon, or tuna into your diet a few times a week. These oily fish are packed with healthy Omega-3 fats (including EPA and DHA), which help combat skin inflammation associated with acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Consuming enough Omega-3 fatty acids can help to keep cells strong, healthy, and filled with essential nutrients.
And did you know that a lack of essential fatty acids can also accelerate premature wrinkling due to decreased collagen regeneration and elastin production? To prevent this, load up on Omega-3s (they provide connective tissues such as collagen, which help to strengthen skin integrity).
DARK GREEN LEAFY VEGGIES ARE A MUST
Green leafy vegetables such as kale, broccoli, spinach, and brussel sprouts contain antioxidants and dietary phytochemicals such as carotenoids, tocopherols (vitamin E), and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), which naturally protect our cells from free radical damage. Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (especially leafy green veggies), can fuel cellular repair, assisting in the prevention of cellular ageing and damage.
These are the 10 anti-ageing foods nutritionists recommend to help you retain a youthful glow:
- SPINACH contains folate, which positively affects cognitive function and mood, as well as antioxidant properties.
- WATERCRESS is packed with skin-nourishing antioxidants and minerals.
- LEGUMES AND BEANS help to maintain even blood sugar levels, which contribute to creating a clearer complexion. Low-GI carbohydrates (such as beans, legumes, and whole grains) release energy slowly throughout the day (which prevents blood sugar spikes).
- SWEET POTATOES not only provide a great source of slow-burning energy, they also have the ability to help smoothen the appearance of wrinkles. Sweet potatoes are naturally loaded with vitamin C, a nutrient that is essential to the production of collagen.
- DARK CHOCOLATE contains flavanols, which contributes to smoother, softer skin.
- GARLIC has the component allicin, which, when digested in your body. Reacts fast with free radicals.
- EGGS contain nine essential amino acids which supply nutrients that nourish our skin, hair, and nails.
- KALE provides a great source of vitamin ! and is a low-oxalate vegetable which doesn’t impact the absorption of iron and calcium.
- SALMON AND OILY FISH (such as mackerel)contain essential fats and powerful antioxidants that product anti-inflammatory benefits. They also provide protein for cellular repair.
- WALNUTS are packed with Omega-3s which assist with anti-inflammatory action. They also contain vitamin E, another powerful antioxidant compound.