Are constant stress and comfort food getting at your immune system and slender body? You cannot even start to imagine the chaos they are already wreaking on your complexion. Fast food, lack of sleep, and insufficient physical exercise seem to be every lady’s reality nowadays, but the costs of such an ‘instant’ lifestyle go deeper than skin level. If you are not already in the anti-aging cosmetics queue, you will probably hop on it in a few years – that is, unless you start changing your habits for sustainable youthfulness soon.
Diet is just the first step on the quest to lasting radiance, but it certainly is the most important and impactful one. Set your complexion on the young-looking track by adding these ingredients to your diet (eat this, NOT this).
The Glory of Greens
Green fruit and vegetables are rich vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients necessary for normal physiological functioning, healthy bones, and heart health. But that is just the tip of the emerald iceberg: broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, spinach, and other leafy greens pack tons of antioxidants responsible for youthful skin look and epidermal health. They are also considered to be very beneficial osteoporosis foods since they are great sources of calcium. Many green staples also contain disease-preventing substances such as sulfur compounds and Vitamin K.
Red for Rosy Sheen
Red crops such as tomatoes, beets, berries, and red bell peppers are health powerhouses, and they are also important for rosy cheek sheen. The benefits of fresh produce are so convincing it is a small wonder vegetarians and vegans are still a minority population on the global scale.
Still, if you want to max out on skin radiance without compromising your long-term health, do not ditch dairy completely.
Tomatoes, for example, contain lycopene, an antioxidant which can turn the hands on the clock skin-wise and prevent some types of cancer. Berries, on the other hand, contain high levels of flavonoids which can delay skin aging and lower the risk of heart disease.
Luscious for Luster
Fresh produce with a high percentage of water such as watermelon, cucumbers, apples, and citrus fruit nourishes skin cells, and proper hydration can postpone onset of wrinkles. In addition to that, luscious fruit and vegetables also contribute to improved toxin elimination from the organism, which is vital for youthful skin and seamless health.
Go Against the Grain of Time
Grains, seeds, and legumes contain fiber, proteins, vitamins, and minerals, and they also pack essential amino acids necessary for optimal physiological function, stable energy levels, and cholesterol regulation. Beans, almonds, walnuts, and pecans are a chockfull of healthy fats and antioxidants, so eating them regularly will help minimize the unsightly side-effects of ageing such as wrinkles, stretch marks, and enlarged pores.
A Cupful of Yummy Delights
Red wine and green tea are known for their time-reversing effects on the skin, and they are also a byword for stable blood pressure, healthy heart, and enhanced blood flow. Green tea contains OPCs which fight free radicals and oxidants, so a cup of this herbal beverage a day will help keep lackluster, saggy skin out of your mirror.
Wine, too, has its perks: thanks to high resveratrol content, a glass of wine can fend off a host of diseases, accelerate blood flow, and boost heart function. Still, all alcoholic drinks should be consumed in moderation, and this is true of wine as well – a glass too much or too often can break, rather than make, youthful looks.
With organically grown fruits and veggies fighting in your dietary corner, radiant skin and peak energy will always be your natural asset. Eat your food rainbow – you can send us a Thank you note later.
Sophia Smith is Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about organic beauty products, yoga and healthy lifestyle. Sophia writes mostly in beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life and Ripped.