Ady was a busy woman only in her early 40s.
For the last six months she was following
a reducing diet very low in protein, because she
wanted to lose the weight she had accumulated
during the last year.
” This diet is killing me; my skin has changed
awfully – it’s sagging and deeply wrinkled “,
she said one day breathing out heavily.
Every morning she looked herself in the mirror,
remembering those old days when her face skin
was soft and resilient, luminous and bright.
She felt very agitated and depressed.
” I want to be slim, but what a price to pay for
reaching this goal! I now look fifteen years older
than my actual age “, she thought;
and immediately felt she was ready and decided to
forget all about her strict diet and losing any more
weight, and start eating properly again.
Tiger By The Tail
Your skin is attacked and irritated every day
by stress, the environment and your hormones.
Also the two main factors that influence the
quality of your skin are your general lifestyle
and your genetic inheritance.
Your old cells age and are constantly replaced
with young ones, which need a steady supply of
nutrients to support their growth.
Beautiful and glowing skin has become an
obsession for most people these days;
do consider though, that the foundation of your
beauty is not expensive creams and cosmetic
surgeries — but your daily diet.
A wholesome, healthful and nutritious diet to
provide all the necessary vitamins, minerals and
chemicals will help maintain, repair and enhance
your skin’s overall health.
It will also help minimize all skin conditions,
wrinkles and the total ageing appearance.
Ensure that you eat the following foods to keep
your skin smooth and elastic as well as glowing,
and able to fight age related damage:
a) Water and herbal teas to cleanse, hydrate
and purify the whole body.
b) Protein in its complete form, as in meats, fish,
and eggs so that your body can repair itself and
keep the skin firm.
c) Silica foods, like whole grains, cucumber and
asparagus to maintain the health of all connective
tissues in the body.
d) Isoflavones in soya foods to fight wrinkles
and general ageing.
e) Lutein foods, like courgettes, broccoli and
spinach to protect the skin from the sun’s
f) Carotenoids in foods like sweet potatoes
and carrots for their antioxidant content to give
a healthy glow.
g) Lycopene foods, like tomatoes and watermelon
to prevent age spots.
h) Sulfur foods, like onions, garlic and eggs to
help the body with its detoxification process.
i) Selenium foods, like brazil nuts, seeds and
whole wheat bread to promote tissue elasticity
j) Zinc foods, like beef, lamb and spinach to
boost collagen production and protect the skin
from the harmful sun’s UV rays.
k) Vitamin E foods, like vegetable oils and
nuts to fight free radicals and prevent the skin’s
l) Omega 3 oil rich foods, like all fatty fish
to repair the skin and keep it moisturised and
flexible for longer.
m) Vitamin A foods, like liver, butter and eggs
for skin repair and general maintenance.
n) Astaxanthin foods, like wild salmon and
shellfish to maintain and enhance the skin’s
o) Potassium foods, like beans, potatoes and
bananas to keep the skin hydrated.
p) Vitamin C foods, like peppers, kiwi and
broccoli to fight free radicals, synthesize collagen
and to keep the skin soft.
q) Flavonols in dark chocolate (cocoa) to
maintain supple skin.
So forget expensive cosmetics in the hope that
you will look fresh and young forever, and combine
most of the above mentioned nutrients in your
daily diet to start seeing the benefits.
By changing your diet your skin will look so healthy
that you will erase many years from your face.