Did you know that what we eat can rob us of our youth? Our skin tells many stories about our good and bad habits as good health and beautiful skin go hand in hand.
After a chaotic year, we are all ready to indulge in delicious decadent treats. Unfortunately, these are often carbohydrates that are converted into sugar which in turn causes an inflammatory process. When inflammation is present, free radicals are triggered and this eventually leads to cellular damage with various side effects, one being an accelerated aging process.
The “wrong” foods, such as sugar, are responsible for rapid, premature aging; a tired, drawn and dull complexion; poor muscle tone; a wrinkled and leather appearance; fatigue and poor brain power. Simple sugars (such as sugar, honey, molasses and maple syrup) have no nutritional value and create an immediate inflammatory cascade in your cells. If you wish to retain your youthful appearance and keep your muscles and joints functioning at optimum levels, it is best to avoid these foods completely.
Protein is responsible for cellular repair by providing essential amino acids needed for life. A lack of protein in our diet, is firstly visible in our faces, as our features become soft and doughy and contoured cheekbones and well-defined jawlines become blurry. A diet rich in high-quality animal protein (especially in fish like salmon) will help firm your skin, visibly lifting and improving skin tone and texture. Fish is an excellent protein source thanks to its fat and fatty acid content, both of which have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and antioxidant protection.
NEVER TOO LATE TO HYDRATE
Water is another essential element in life. Most of us are in a constant state of dehydration, only drinking water when we experience thirst, which is too little too late. Being even mildly dehydrated, can drop your metabolism by 3% and overtime will increase weight gain.
RETHINK YOUR CUPPA
Reduce your coffee intake as it raises levels of cortisol and insulin, hormones that accelerate aging and store body fat. Substitute green tea instead which contains antioxidants that boost metabolism and slow down aging. Green tea also blocks the absorption of bad fats by 30%, while amino acids promote calm and uplifts our mood.
Genetics do play a role in the aging process. However, nutrition is a vital key in hormonal and chemical responses in your brain and body. It is our single most powerful anti-aging tool. By using the correct antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, you will glow from within.
Dr Nicholas Perricone developed a Three-Day Nutritional Face Lift that focuses on foods which fight against wrinkles, sagging and loss of skin tone as well as inflammation that causes premature aging.
Wake Up: Spring water
Omelette made of 3 egg whites and I yolk
½ cup cooked oats
A slice of melon/ cantaloupe and ¼ cup of fresh berries (preferably blue berries)
Grilled salmon or a tin of tuna in brine or sardine packed in olive oil
2 cups romaine lettuce with 1 tbsp of olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice
A slice of melon/ cantaloupe and ¼ cup of fresh berries
Sliced Chicken breast
4 raw, unsalted hazelnuts
½ green apple
2 cups romaine lettuce with 1tbsp olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup steamed asparagus, broccoli or spinach dressed with a little olive oil
A slice of melon/ cantaloupe and ¼ cup of berries
Before bedtime snack:
Turkey or chicken breast
½ pear or green apple
3 or 4 almonds or olives
Drink additional water between meals and snacks.
According to Nicholas Perricone, after completing this eating plan, you will be able to control inflammation and fluid retention, and as a result your skin will glow, and your energy will soar! Worth a try when you are not able to come to the clinic for your professional treatments ????
Remember – Never be afraid to sparkle just a little bit more!
PS: always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your usual diet.