Your best skin comes down to a few things:
- Your digestive system
- Sun exposure
- Moderate exercise
- How do you react to stress?
Although generics can take you quite far, the way you eat – what you eat -, and how your digestive system is functioning ( are you absorbing your nutrients?) will be crucial reasons that may contribute to premature aging in the skin; you know what I am talking about – sagging skin, dull skin, wrinkly skin.
Here are a few places to start…
1. First thing first… eat an array of whole colorful fruits and vegetables, however, your digestive system needs to be functioning optimally to be able to absorb the nutrients.
2. Ways to increase your digestion:
- About 15 minutes before each meal, squeeze half a lemon or 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, into a glass of water. This will stimulate the digestive juices to get ready for incoming food.
- Chew your foods slowly. Chewing your foods thoroughly greatly enhances digestion by creating less work for the rest of the digestive system ( stomach) in breaking down the food into smaller particles ( your teeth are very good at this, so let them do their work!).
- Take your time while eating. Indulge and savior every bite, keep good company ( not the television), and be grateful for all the wonderful things this food will do in your body.
3. Sugar intake: This is a main culprit to many health problems including sagging skin. Sugar may age your skin through the process of glycation. This is an unfortunate natural process in the body that results in the bonding of a protein or lipid molecule with a sugar molecule. When there are excess sugar molecules floating around in the body, they will seek out a protein or lipid molecule and will attach itself. This creates a hazard as now the protein or lipid protein can not do the jobs they were intending to do – cell communication as one example. Many places int he body are affecting by glycation with one being the skin. This new sugar/protein/lipid complex will attach to collagen and cause a loss of elasticity in the skin.
what to do? There are supplements to help but the main key is to be much more of aware of your sugar intake, daily. Eating foods that are fiber and protein rich will definitely aid in keeping you satiated and help stabilize your blood sugar levels.
Let me know your struggles with sugar. I would love to help address some concerns and support you in making some simple everyday changes to lesson your sugar cravings and intake.
4.Use sunscreen… cruise over to my past posts to learn more about sunscreens.
5. Moderate exercise is the key…will tone the muscles to keep you skin firm. Pounding the pavement or exercising too hard and long can stress the body. Keep your exercise routine balanced with weights, cardio, stretching but do not over do it.
6. Stress. Find ways to handle your stress. I have written about stress in past posts but remembering to deep breathing, journal writing, laughing and exercising are important elements to keeping your stress levels in check.