What does your skin say about your health and age? – Caruso's Natural Health Blog

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What does your skin say about your health and age?

Mapula S.
Naturopath
Adv. Diploma Naturopathy

Having healthy skin starts from within. You nourish and rejuvenate your skin from the inside. Causes of ageing are a complex interaction of environmental, dietary and internal changes. Many people think that the answer to fighting ageing is to spend thousands of dollars on expensive anti-ageing creams, injections and or going under the knife. This may seem to be the best ’fix’ – well actually it is not.

A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best

You can stop and prevent your body from ageing by making changes in your diet – a healthy diet can help you look and feel your best inside and out. Suddenly you will have lots of energy, you become more alert, your mood will improve, you will start to sleep better and the sex drive returns.

You really don’t need expensive, fancy creams or plastic surgery to maintain your youthfulness. Make the changes today that will have a long effect on how you look and feel tomorrow. You may not have control over your environment, but you do have control over your diet which in turn fights things that accelerate ageing and ill health.

Rejuvenate by sleeping: You need a good sleep for your whole body not just for your skin. Did you know while you’re asleep your skin and your whole body goes into repair mode; new skin cells grow and replace older cells, whilst chronic sleeplessness is linked to health problems. Deep sleep may be indeed a beauty sleep!

Stress: Stress is part of life. When you get overwhelmed, your skin is one of the organs which might suffer. When you’re under stress, your cortisol levels, which is your body’s stress hormone, will increase. Your skin will sag, and wrinkles will appear, which will make you look older.

Eating clean: Have you ever noticed how much some people don’t look anywhere close to their actual age, while others look much older than they are? Well you know what? It is not just genetics – so much of ageing is in your diet and depends on what you eat on a daily basis. The food you eat can be either destructive or constructive.

Avoid sugar completely. Sweets can ruin
your skin health by increasing inflammation. Sugar molecules attach themselves to collagen and proteins which maintain elasticity and so your skin loses firmness. This speeds up ageing. That means more wrinkles for you.

I know what you’re thinking!!!

The answer to all your questions is yes! It is never too late to turn the clock back. Ageing gracefully and remaining healthy is about eating the right foods. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables such as mushrooms, leafy greens, onions, berries, cherries or any richly coloured fruit or vegetable. These foods are rich in antioxidants which slow down the ageing process.

Important Vitamins and Minerals: 

Vitamin C: the main function is to produce collagen the structural protein that holds our bodies together and hastens the healing of wounds.

Vitamin E: is a most important lipid antioxidant. It binds oxygen and protects the fats in our bodies from the damaging effects of uncontrolled oxidation free radicles.

Selenium: an antioxidant which may assist with your immunit