Ever noticed that healthy people seem to have gong “glow” about them? Well good nutrition goes a long way in making us not only feel better, but look better too! The quality of your skin is a direct indicator of your internal state of health. Skin experts will agree that when it comes to improving the quality of your skin, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are a vital part of the treatment process. Take good care of the inside, and the outside will follow suit. Adopt good eating habits to ensure graceful ageing.
There is sadly no “magic bullet” when it comes to anti-ageing. There are however some important nutrients to include in your diet that will definitely improve the quality of your years of life, and potentially the quantity.
Why Do We Age?
Without getting overly complicated, we have within each and every cell a specific portion of DNA at the end of every chromosome called a Telomere. These Telomeres are the keys to ageing! Each time a cell divides and makes a copy of itself the Telomere sequence gets a little shorter.
Telomere shortening is like our “biological clock “ if you will. It will keep on ticking until the DNA sequence runs out, triggering disease and eventual cell death. Although this does sound a little morbid – the discovery of telomere shortening has provided us with an opportunity for intervention! We can target our nutrition to improve both the length and quality of our telomeres and fight the ageing process!
Foods to Avoid
The key approach to anti-ageing? Eat good quality REAL food.
Poor quality foods such as trans fats can cause inflammation, while excess sugar and refined carbohydrates can lead to damage of your skins collagen – the protein that keeps your skin supple and wrinkle-resistant. What’s more, these foods are tied to serious conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Remember that these conditions develop over time, so what you do now will affect the quality of your life in years to come.
Foods to Include
Nutrition in the prevention of ageing is all about improving Telomere length and quality, and fighting inflammation.
For optimising Telomere length and quality, include:
Having previously written an article on Inflammation (see here), I will keep this brief. We want antioxidants, coconut oil, omega 3 and vitamin D to stop the inflammatory response from getting out of hand, and to prevent a host of conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer.
Focus on including:
Did You Know? Studies have now shown in 2,100 female twins, ages 19-79, that the highest levels of vitamin D were associated with the longest telomeres, and the lowest vitamin D levels were associated with the shortest telomeres, a difference equating to five years of lifespan potential
Other antioxidants still under study are resveratrol (in red wine), and rapamycin (produced by a bacteria). Both of these have shown promise in the fields of anti-ageing so watch this space!
We all fear the day our skin starts to sag a little more and shine a little less. But if we can focus on building healthy habits TODAY, we can look forward to graceful ageing with youthful skin in the future!