A High Intensity Workout for Your Skin
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Just like your digestive metabolism, your skin’s metabolism can be kick-started at any age through simple habits and lifestyle choices. Fighting against free radicals and changing your diet are the two best ways to improve the health and fitness of your skin.
Fight Free Radicals
Likely you have heard the words “free radicals,” but I want to take a minute to give you a foundation of knowledge about them so that you can be better informed, because they affect every part of your body. Free radicals are highly reactive atoms or groups of atoms that interact with your cells. The sun and pollution are the top two ways that free radicals get into our bodies. When they do so, free radicals react with DNA cells, which begin to function poorly and can die completely. This is turn, affects cell function and speeds up the aging process. Antioxidants are the defense system to fight against free radicals and the damage they can cause.
Where can you get antioxidants? The principal antioxidants you want to look for are beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. The body does not manufacture these micronutrients so you must supplement them through your diet and/or through your skin.
Because many free radicals are due to the sun, it makes sense that the sun accounts for 90% of premature aging. Choose a sunscreen with SPF 30 and UVA absorbers (zinc oxide or avobenzone) to protect free radicals from getting to your skin.
A Diet for Your Skin
To increase your chances of adding antioxidants to your body fill your plate with fresh vegetables in a rainbow of colors. Vegetables high in beta-carotene, such as sweet potatoes and cooked carrots, promote cell turnover. Other vegetables high in beta-carotene aren’t orange… such as dark green leafy vegetables: cooked spinach and mustard greens, collard greens, and kale. If you love fruits more than vegetables, cantaloupe melon is your best choice!
Other foods rich in antioxidants vitamin C and vitamin E include cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, walnuts, pecans, and even artichokes!
Omega 3’s hydrate cells so they work more efficiently at cell turnover and help plump skin. Fatty fish such as salmon are known for containing Omega 3’s, but if you are looking for something a little easier to add into meals try edamame, walnuts, or flaxseed oil.
To keep the skin’s circulation strong, reach for whole-grain bread, enriched with B vitamins.