Saving Face With Superfoods

Believe it or not, Father Time is not our greatest enemy in the fight against pesky facial lines - the ones that seem to deepen every year.  Research proves that the true avengers invading our vibrancy are a diet devoid of ample anti-oxidants, the daily onslaught of environmental toxins, overexposure to sun, and the number one skin-sucker: STRESS.

I've already discussed the foundational role that the right fats play in increasing your muscle-to-body-fat ratio (while also contributing to a glowing complexion). Today, I will teach you how to search and destroy free-radicals with my arsenal of anti-oxidant rich foods!

Once exposed to environmental toxins like tobacco smoke, radiation from electronics, and the sun’s harmful rays, molecules steal energy from healthy neighboring cells for survival – leaving in their wake rogue, vulnerable molecules that inflict oxidative damage to the skin, organs and tissues in the body. These molecules are known as “free-radicals”.

A diet rich in the following antioxidants or "Superskinfoods," as I prefer to call them, may provide protection against the effects of damaging free-radicals on the cells in your body - including your skin.

 

Top 5 Skin Starter List: 

1. Vitamin C - Aside from citrus, regular consumption of kale, spinach, collards, and asparagus helps to strengthen the bodys ability to manufacture collagen and to utilize the protein effectively.

2. Vitamin E - Found in the skin and in various foods such as spinach, sunflower seeds, almonds, avocado and shellfish. It helps the skin look younger by boosting collagen production and in turn reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

3. Beta Carotene - A precursor to vitamin A (retinol) and is present in liver, egg yolk, milk, butter, spinach, carrots, squash, broccoli, yams, tomato, cantaloupe and peaches. Carotenoids found in pigment produce a natural glow to the skin and can increase the effectiveness of your sunscreens.

4. Vitamin B3- Studies show that cells which were exposed to vitamin B3 endured less oxidative damage. Good whole-food sources of niacin include meat, poultry, red fishes such as tuna and salmon, and seeds. Milk, green leafy vegetables, coffee and tea also provide some niacin to the diet.

5. Lycopene - Red fruits and vegetables also are excellent sources to up the collagen content of foods in the diet. Daily doses of red peppers, beets and fresh or stewed tomatoes to the diet are all shown to have anti-aging benefits.

For a more comprehensive list or to book a complementary 15 minute nutritional evaluation for Burn 60 Studios clients, email me, Lauren Rashap at Lauren@Laurenlivinghealthy.com or purchase an advanced copy of my book, Vibrant Skin At Any Age.