Everyone gets old and, unfortunately, that means that we’re all going to get wrinkles! However, as technology in the health industry continues to evolve, we are continually coming up with ways to – not stop ageing – but rather to slow it down.
Botox, dermal fillers and chemical peels are just some of the more natural, non-surgical ways to get rid, or at least soften, unwanted wrinkles, and then there’s always cosmetic surgery if you have the need or want to go under the knife.
However, there is also another perfectly good way to lessen the effects that come when old age is creeping in, and that’s prevention. Having healthy, glowing skin, shiny hair and strong nails is a sure way to look, and feel, younger and healthier.
When it comes to your skin’s health it’s imperative that you have a proper daily skin care routine that keeps those pores in tip-top shape. It’s equally important, however, to treat your insides properly in order to project that youthful glow on the outside.
Eating a large number of vegetables, fruits, fibre and drinking water is sure to help you out, but it’s not all that you need to be getting into your system!
These are some of the essential nutrients that you should be taking more of to stay looking and feeling healthy;
You have undoubtedly heard of collagen – the powerful nutrient that is responsible for keeping our skin tight and wrinkle-free. Unfortunately, after the age of 25, our production of type 2 collagen slows right down, hence why we are more like to notice signs of ageing as we start to hit our late 20s.
Many of the most expensive facial anti-ageing creams have collagen as an ingredient, however, this isn’t the best way to get it into your skin. Collagen, when ingested, is far more likely to help your skin, and the amino acids found in it are also great for hair, nail and teeth health. One of the best ways to get collagen is to make a bone broth or soup.
Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids
When it comes to the health of your skin, hair, and nails – omega 3 essential fatty acids are basically superheroes. They are also an incredibly good source of anti-inflammatories, which help to bring down redness and itchiness associated with skin conditions such as eczema. Your body doesn’t produce these nutrients, so it is very important to get your daily dose from foods such as wild fish, chia seeds and fish oil.
Keeping your digestive tract healthy is one of the best ways to keep your skin looking great, and fibre acts like a broom in your tract, sweeping out toxins and other unwanted things in your body. It also contains prebiotics, which is a huge help in keeping skin healthy. Luckily for us, fibre is found in pretty much 100% of raw vegetables, nuts, fruit, and seeds.
There is a high correlation between conditions like skin rashes, skin depigmentations, lip sores, dull, lifeless hair and a lack of B vitamins. Most plant-based food will have at least one kind of B vitamin, so you can happily get it from the foods mentioned above, but B12 is mainly in animal products so vegans and vegetarians may have to take a supplement.
All of the above nutrients are essential when it comes to maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails so you have to ask yourself if you’re giving your body all of the goodness it needs and deserves. If yes, great! And, if not, it’s time to up your intake of foods that are rich in all the above.