Although we can’t stop the hands of time in regards to the aging process, research is showing that including specific nutrients from foods and supplements as part of a healthy diet can increase our chances of maintaining a healthy brain and body well into old age.
Look for foods that include the following ingredients, and feed your body from the inside out, with a diet that’s balanced for beauty.
Vitamin Ais necessary for the maintenance and repair of skin tissue. If your Vitamin A levels drop even a little below normal, you're likely to see some skin-related symptoms, including a dry, flaky complexion. To keep levels up to snuff, be sure to consume a wide variety of fruits and vegetables which are loaded with vitamin A. In addition to fresh fruit, new nimble Bar from Balance Bar also makes a great skin-boosting snack. It contains 25% of your daily value of Vitamin A, plus FloraGlo® Lutein, which has been shown to increase skin hydration up to 38% over time.
Vitamin C and E reduce damage caused by free radicals, a harmful byproduct of sunlight, smoke, and pollution. Free radicals gobble up collagen and elastin, the fibers that support skin structure, causing wrinkles and other signs of aging. To maintain adequate levels of Vitamins C and E start with foods first; add nuts and seeds to your diet as well as a good dose of citrus fruits like kiwi and oranges. Then boost your healthy glow by selecting a skin care product that containins these antioxidants. You could also get both in one dose, with the aforementioned nimble Bar. Since it includes a 50% of your recommended daily intake of both these vitamins, it not only acts as a healthy snack, but a valuable addition to your beauty regimen, too.
Essential Fatty Acids contain powerful anti-inflammatory agents, which have been shown to help prevent brain health deterioration. They also assist in helping your skin maintain a clear complexion.Without an adequate supply of EFAs, the skin produces a more irritating form of oil, which can cause breakouts. Get your supply of EFA’s by consuming fatty fish like sardines and herring or taking supplements such as fish oil capsules or evening primrose oil.
In addition to boosting your diet with these viatl nutrients, be sure to follow these tips on a regular basis to enhance the appearance of your skin – as well as control the aging process:
- Drink plenty of water
- Limit time in the sun
- Always wear a sunscreen
Amie Hoffman is a Registered Dietitian and President and Founder of Wellness Concepts
* Amie Hoffman is a compensated spokesperson for Balance Bar®.