Some foods slow down cellular aging. What should we put on our plates to ensure our skin reflects health and well-being?
Whether approaching or well into your forties, wrinkles and fine lines may start to appear around the eyes, at the corners of the lips, or on other areas of your face. Before rushing to grab the first enticing anti-aging cream that catches your eye in advertisements, let's take a look at our summer shopping cart. You'll likely find some tips to help restore a youthful glow to your skin.
According to recent scientific studies and the observations of most doctors, recommendations for our health primarily revolve around the contents of our plates. Today, it's possible to eat both deliciously and healthily with some targeted advice. The Mediterranean diet, for example, is in the spotlight among eating habits typical of certain mentalities and geographical regions. Rich in fish, varied fruits, and vegetables, it is beneficial for the body and also a beauty ally.
Age makes the skin more susceptible to oxidation. Additionally, free radicals generated by various everyday situations like stress, pollution, smoking, sun exposure, inflammation, respiration, infections, or a diet that's too rich impact our health and contribute to cellular aging. By favoring antioxidant-rich foods, we can slow down this process, counter the harmful effects of free radicals, and achieve more elastic and youthful-looking skin. Among the key recommendations for slowing down skin aging and ensuring the health of our bodies, fruits and vegetables should be present in all our meals, consumed at least two or three times a day.
Foods that serve this protective function primarily contain vitamins C, D, E, and B9, also known as folic acid, as well as beta-carotene and vitamin A, copper, zinc, iron, selenium, and manganese. The more varied our diet, the greater our chances of consuming these fundamental vitamins and minerals in a balanced manner. Before the start of fall and winter, it's also an opportunity to stock up on vitamin C by favoring citrus fruits: oranges, lemons, kiwis, and grapefruits. If you're looking for an easy and quick recipe that provides a burst of energy for the whole family, opt for a mixed fruit salad that packs a maximum of vitamins and might even win over skeptical children. By adding some small red fruits like currants, blueberries, or blackcurrants, you provide your body with flavonoids that enhance the function of small blood vessels and brighten the complexion by promoting good blood circulation. Artichoke, especially its heart, should be incorporated into our menus without moderation due to its strong antioxidant action.
Vitamin A, on the other hand, is synthesized in the body from certain foods rich in carotene, the famous "healthy glow" pigment. These mainly include carrots, broccoli, spinach, and bell peppers.
Omega-3 fatty acids, found primarily in fish and certain oils like canola or olive oil, play a role in cell and tissue renewal. By making olive oil a regular part of our daily cooking routine, we protect our body and our skin.
Apart from the numerous foods to incorporate into our menus, some spices well-known in Asian cuisines, such as turmeric, or herbs that impart their unique flavors to Mediterranean dishes, such as thyme, parsley, or basil, should be added to our dishes to help us maintain a fresh complexion through their anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects.
While it may not be a magic remedy, a balanced diet, and good eating habits can significantly impact our daily beauty and our healthy glow. Modern women often juggle numerous family and professional activities, and it can sometimes be challenging to find time to prepare elaborate meals. Simple gestures, "smart" shopping, and small changes in our habits can already make a considerable difference. Sporting a peachy complexion in winter is possible, even when summer tans are already among our fondest memories.
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