The majority of us are born with healthy supple skin. However, as we age our skin becomes less resilient to everyday wear and tear. The great news is that it’s not all related to our genes. Believe it or not approximately 80-90% of how your skin ages over time is in your hands.
If you feel like you have lost your “youthful glow” or simply wish to maintain your dewy complexion for as long as possible, then read on for some secret nutrition and lifestyle tips to help you glow from the inside out.
1. Eating Protein
Every cell in our body relies on protein to maintain life. Protein repairs our tissues, muscles and helps our body create new tissue and cells.
All our muscles, organs, hair, nails, eyes and skin are made from protein. Protein is constantly active in our body helping support our major organs and muscles with the necessary hormones they need to help us function properly.
2. Healthy Fats
Healthy fats, especially omega 3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fat have powerful anti-inflammatory effects improving skin’s moistness, texture, suppleness and smoothness. We need good fats, such as those found in salmon, sardines and other cold water fish, extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, nuts, seeds, avocado and acai (a Brazilian berry whose fatty acid ratio resembles that of olive oil).
These “good” fats will help us absorb nutrients from our vegetables and fruits, keep our cells supple, our skin glowing and wrinkle-free, our brains sharp and our mood upbeat. Dietary fat is extremely important to help us burn fat and needs to be included in our daily diet.
3. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
Our skin is the largest organ in the body, and it’s important to take necessary steps to ensure its health and appearance. Eating fresh organic fruits and vegetables is one important way to protect the health of your skin. Additionally, fresh organic fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants.
Antioxidants help to counteract free radicals by binding and making them harmless. Too many free radicals can cause damage to our bodies. Over time the damage they cause can result in premature ageing of the skin and possibly skin cancer. Make it a healthy habit to add a variety of fresh organic produce to your daily diet and start reaping the benefits that fruits and vegetables have to offer.
Most of us know we need to nourish our skin on a daily basis to keep it healthy and youthful but some of use still believe that food, water and topical lotions and potions are adequate maintaining healthy skin. According to,” Jeannette Graf, M.D., a leading skin science expert and advisor to the “Life…supplemented” campaign: “Lotions and creams are important, but it is even more important to take care of your skin from the inside out. If you’re healthy, your skin will show it – and the best way to stay healthy is to engage in smart lifestyle choices. Start with a healthy diet and supplement that include vitamins and regular exercise.”
It is vital for healthy skin, to drink plenty of fluids, aim for ½ your body weight in ounces of clear fresh water. When the body is hydrated the skin gets the necessary moisture it needs and helps us create the youthful dewy look we desire. Don’t forget water helps to clear away the toxins in our body.
Too much alcohol can cause dehydration which over time will affects skin’s appearance, causing wrinkles as well as underlying damage to the liver, heart and your blood pressure. Most experts recommend 1-2 drinks a day if you are a woman and 2-3 drinks a day if you are a man, aiming to enjoy at least a few days without alcohol.
Check back on Saturday for Part 3 on 5 Ways to Nourish your Skin from the Outside.