Having a good-looking appearance is something people prioritise, our Natural Health Expert Liz shares her top tips for supporting the skin from the inside-out.
Eating a diet high rich in fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, green tea, and many other whole foods is essential to help combat the signs of aging. Antioxidants help support the inflammatory processes that can be affecting the body because of food intolerances, stress, smoking, pollution – all of which can contribute to a faster aging process of the skin.
Reduce AGE rich foods
Advanced Glycation End-products or AGE form in the body if we eat too much of foods that have been cooked at high temperatures. These foods tend to be brown, biscuits, baked goods, bars, BBQ. When these accumulate in the body from high consumption, it can affect the normal function of the cells, making them more susceptible to damage and aging.
Drinking a minimum of 30 ml of water per kilogram (e.g. 30ml x 70kg = 2100ml or 2.1 litres) per day is a great way to give your skin internal hydration, and help the normal detoxification processes happen in the liver, kidneys, and bowel. If you are bored of plain water, try adding things like watermelon, mint, lemon, or other favourite fruit choices to enhance the flavour. You can include soups and herbal teas in your total water amount, but not coffee, tea, and alcohol, as these dehydrate the body.
Address digestive issues
Having irregular bowel motions, inflammation in the digestive tract, or imbalance of friendly bacteria can all contribute to less than lovely skin. When the digestive tract isn’t in optimal health, the skin may receive more metabolic waste, because the skin is considered an elimination channel.
Eat abundant nutrition
Make sure your diet is rich in protein for collagen production, Vitamins A, C, E, zinc, manganese, selenium, and Omega-3 as our skin is made of or uses these nutrients. If you are going through a period of not eating well, look at supplementing in the short term.