Okay, so I’ve been talking about this to anyone who will listen for the last month or so. The other day my good friend Alee-Sha and I got into a really interesting debate about physical aging. On the table were topics ranging from when to start using anti-aging products, what products work best,night creams, SPFs and nutrition. Obviously, I believe that its more effective to beautify from within than externally. Here’s why…
- All the creams and potions in the world will do nothing for you if you are only catering to your external self. You can work against aging both externally and internally for better results.
- Eating foods high in antioxidants will save not only your skin and beauty but it will fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Beautifying from within produces longer lasting results, as no beauty cream or lotion ever extended anyone’s life…ever.
- Results you may see from external factors dissipate once the cream, lotion or potion has worn off.
I’ve always loved fruits and vegetables but it wasn’t until I started noticing what they did for my skin and overall feeling of well-being that I began to draw the correlation between nutrition and beauty. Before I tell you guys what foods are working miracles on my 30 year old skin, let me begin with a mini science lesson.
There are these things called free radicals that cause us to age and wither up :-(. It’s a natural part of life. Here’s a quick explanation of how free radicals come about. Pay close attention because this is something you all should know!
Free radicals are molecules lacking an electron. They are a result of exposure to processed food, chemicals, environmental toxins, radiation, cigarette smoke, drugs/medicines and internal factors such as metabolism and exercise. When free radicals roam unchecked in our bodies, they go around stealing electrons from other molecules thus, creating more free radicals. The end result is a massive amount of free radicals wreaking havoc in our bodies! Ugh. They accelerate the aging process, cause wrinkles, tissue damage, cell mutation, immune system problems, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The good news is that we can fight free radicals with antioxidants. Yayyy! Antioxidants fight free radicals by giving away their electrons to stabilize the molecules. They’re all the rave and you can get them for a fraction of the cost of those high end beauty creams.
Fruits and vegetables are PACKED with antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamins A, C and E just to name a few. Here’s a breakdown of what foods provide these antioxidants:
Beta-carotene and other carotenoids: apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, green peppers, kale, mangoes, turnip and collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon
Vitamin C: berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, snow peas, sweet potato, strawberries, tomatoes, and red, green, or yellow peppers
Vitamin E: broccoli, carrots, chard, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach, and sunflower seeds
Oranges, peaches, spinach, carrots, mango and blueberry are my absolute favorites. They really enhance my complexion and give me super bright glow when I eat them consistently. I urge anyone with lackluster skin to give this a whirl. Work at least three full servings of fruits and vegetables into your diet and see if your skin doesn’t look rejuvenated in days!
For a simplified version of everything I just said, watch this quick video:
I hope you guys enjoyed this read!