Nutrition is often overlooked as an effective method to combat the appearance of aging.
The link between nutrition and rapid aging
Nothing is more important for anti-aging than nourishing the 37 trillion cells in our bodies with nutrient-dense foods. Over a lifetime, our skin becomes damaged from injuries and excessive exposure to sunlight, which hastens the appearance of aging. The sun causes oxidative damage. Excessive sun exposure wrecks the outer layer of the skin, which leads to accelerated aging and increased risk of skin cancer. Skin cells do regenerate, but only with the right amount of nutrients.
Some essential nutrients actually help prevent and reverse oxidative damage, which hastens the appearance of aging:
Antioxidants from vitamins A, C, and E, and minerals such as zinc and selenium keep the skin hydrated, giving it a more youthful appearance. Antioxidants are particularly important for skin that has been exposed to years of sun damage.
Vitamin C, which is especially important for formation of collagen, a component of skin and bones.
Healthy fats such as omega-3s, omega-6s, and omega 9-s, which prevent dry skin and wrinkles. These oils get incorporated into the skin cell walls, making them plump and giving them a healthy appearance.
Protein, and especially the essential amino acids that make up protein, support the growth of new skin cells. The essential amino acids build and repair damaged and weakened collagen, so the skin continues to look youthful while aging.
Inflammatory foods such as excess sugar, and bad fats such as trans and saturated fats. These foods accelerate skin aging.
Salt. Limit salt intake — too much can cause water retention, which can manifest as puffiness under the eyes. To counterbalance whatever salt is ingested, include potassium-rich foods to negate the impact of sodium.