Beautiful skin starts with great nutrition! Ask any expert and they will agree. So exactly what foods lead to great skin? Let’s start with the basics…
Getting your daily doses of Vitamin C will boost your natural collagen production. As you may know, collagen is the component of skin that keeps it looking supple, youthful, and flexible. As we age, our natural collagen production decreases, and this causes skin to sag and wrinkle. Vitamin C is a very important nutrient for collagen formation, and by increasing consumption of Vitamin C we stimulate creation of collagen! Make sure to eat foods rich in Vitamin C such as oranges, pineapples, mangos, and just about all other tropical fruits!
Antioxidants are also extremely important in protecting your skin from damage. Sun, pollution, alcohol, and stress are just some of the ways that skin can be easily damaged. This can be prevented by consuming foods that are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants stop damage in its tracks and prevents more wrinkles from forming. The top antioxidants for skin are Vitamin C, Vitamin E, zinc and beta-carotene, which can all be obtained from a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables as well as nuts, seeds, and especially avocado.
Now we know sun and smoking can damage skin, but did you know that sugar can be just as harmful? The reason lies in the process called “Glycation”. Extra sugar molecules attach themselves to protein molecules, which causes huge damage to the skin and reduces its elasticity. This inevitably leads to sagging skin and signs of aging. If you have ever barbecued food, the browning process you have witnessed is essentially the same process as glycation, which really puts things in perspective.
In all, watching your nutrition can be one of the strongest weapons you have against aging and skin damage. Maintaining a diet of tropical fruits, bright and colorful vegetables, and low sugar will leave your skin shining, flexible, and youthful. Also make sure to get enough protein, grains, and healthy fats, and you will be on your way to radiant skin.