“Health is wealth”.
You have probably heard this phrase ad nauseam that it has been deeply embedded inside your brain. However, there is actually much truth to this maxim. Today at Top Anti Aging Diet, we will be diving deep into the knowledge bank on how to nurture our health and skin we so that we can age more gracefully and naturally.
Let’s dive in!
1. Limit your Sugar intake
I know… bummer right?
However, doesn’t this make sense? We put a variety of foods into our bodies each and every day without stopping to think what it does to our body. If we do not take care of our own bodies, why should it take care of us? Sugar, as addictive as it is, not only rots the teeth. It also decreases the amount collagen in our skin, causing it to sag and making it easier for wrinkles to form.
Start training your body to rely less on sweet stuff and replace them with healthier alternatives. An overall balanced diet is key.
2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
This one goes without saying. Since our bodies are made up of 70% water, we should pay more attention to our hydration. Water in our bodies not only help to digest the proteins and nutrients that we consume from our daily diets; it also plays an essential role in flushing our bodies of waste material and other harmful toxins. You wouldn’t want your body to stew in its waste, would you?
Aim for drinking 2 liters, or half a gallon of water per day to flush those toxins out regularly!
3. Moisturize frequently
Hydrate not just on the inside, but on the outside as well.
Remember that our skin is in direct contact with our environment each and every single day. It will no doubt be subjected to external influences. Take for example, the weather, humidity, dust particles, sweat etc. Our skins are at constant battle with the environment, even if we do not consciously recognize this. In fact, every night our skin sheds and it is estimated that an average human will shed up to 105 pounds of dead skin in his or her entire lifetime! That’s a whopping amount.
Nevertheless, we can take steps in making sure that our skin is well hydrated and protected.
Just as we regularly wash the skin on our faces and bodies (I’m hoping all of you do…), we should also hydrate them on a consistent basis. Simply warm up your hands to apply and moisturize your skin throughout the day or before bed for better absorption. I personally moisturize before bedtime as part of my bedtime routine. It helps to fall asleep more easily.
4. Do not make all-nighters a habit
They are a bad habit. Replace them with a healthier one of sleeping on time and aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep per night. If not, you’re missing out big time!
Our bodies are at the busiest time of regeneration and muscle repair when we are sound asleep. Cutting this time for rejuvenation short only does your body no good. Sleep deprivation is one of the biggest causes of puffy eyes and eye bags, which only makes you look dull and older.
Adequate sleep helps with the circulation of blood around our eyes and balances the optimal state of hormones throughout our body, ensuring that we wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
Sleep is truly important. Catch enough Z’s to truly allow your body adequate rest – our bodies are not machines.
5. Sleep straight on your back
Many times, our bodies unconsciously moves about when we are in deep sleep. This means our arms, legs and even face move about throughout the night. When we sleep on our sides, our face is usually in contact with the pillow or our arm. This means that germs and other unwanted oils can be transferred onto our face as we sleep! We want to avoid this.
On top of that, as we fidget and move around our positions through the night, our face and cheeks rub against our pillows and cause our faces to rest in uncomfortable positions. (Ever recall waking up resting on your cheek with saliva drooling? I know I have!) This produces unnecessary friction against out cheeks which breaks down the collagen in our skin and promotes the formation of wrinkles.
Try to sleep on your back. It may be uncomfortable at first, but you’ll get used to it. Your wrinkle-less face will thank you for it.
6. Apply UV protection
Many people do not realize how much damage the sun has done to their skin until it’s too late. Don’t be one of those people.
Whenever you step outdoors, be mentally aware of the Sun’s invisible UV rays that can cause skin cancer and prematurely age the skin. This includes the darkening of existing scars. A moderate amount of sunlight provides good amounts of Vitamin D which is good for the body but know that there’s a limit to too much sunlight. The average adult requires only 10-15 minutes of sunlight per day. Even then, err of the side of precaution and apply sunscreen liberally. Don’t be stingy! Sunlight and its damage against skin can take years to show; its effects can pile up and compound into long-term skin damage.
Better to be safe than sorry.
7. Omega 3 – Take them
Omega-3s can give a boost to your skin’s natural rate of shedding. This brings up to surface the newer, younger skin just laying underneath your older skin. Proudly show off your youthful skin and feel more confident throughout the day. Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in abundance in foods such as fatty fish, fish oil, flaxseed, chia seeds, salmon and walnuts. They are easy to mix into your diet and help to balance our body’s natural hormone levels.
Healthy fats definitely important and play a huge part in our diets. Don’t cut them out!
8. Antioxidants – Take them
Antioxidants makes your skin look younger and more resilient. Plus, they usually taste amazing. They provide hydration to the skin so that the skin is more elastic – bye-bye saggy skin!
Antioxidants works by neutralizing the free radicals going around the body, helping to stabilize the unstable molecules so they do not cause further harm. This slows down the rate our body naturally breaks down and can even slow down malignant cancer cells. Foods that are rich in them include blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and dark chocolate (yay!).
These are superfoods you do not want to miss out on. Start snacking of them instead to replace unhealthier foods. You will probably fall in love with how good these foods taste while fighting off free radicals.
9. Limit Alcohol Intake
Or even better, completely avoid it. Alcohol dries out your skin and your body, so think twice about that second bottle of vodka. Or beer. Or wine. Pick your skin-poison. Matter of fact is, alcohol does harm to your body and sometimes we don’t even notice it until it is too late.
Another thing about alcohol is that it can disrupt your sleep cycle, affecting the quality of sleep you get. As we have already mentioned earlier, sleep is one of the most crucial periods of time for our bodies to recuperate and rejuvenate itself. Disrupting this process not only means that you body doesn’t get the proper rest it needs, it also means that your body has to work even harder to remove the toxins out of the body.
Treat your body like your very best friend. You only have one.
10. Limit hot showers
Now who doesn’t love a hot shower? It feels good, has a calming effect, and make you feel warm and fuzzy. However, could it be doing more harm than good?
The fact is, hot showers dry up your skin by draining your skin’s natural moisture, making you look older in the process and more likely of developing wrinkles. Instead, try a room temperature or even a cold shower. Not only is it healthier and easier on the skin, you save electricity on water heating. Win-win!
It might take some time to adjust, but there is a cause and effect for everything. Taking care of your skin comes at a price.
What can we learn
Your skin is ultimately your best friend in life. If you take care of it, it will take care of you for years to come.
It might take some sacrifice on some part to develop these healthy habits, but they will be worth it.
Just be more aware of the stuff you put your body through on a consistent basis. Like a rock, your body can also break down bit by bit depending on the actions you take against it, even if you do not see the effects right away.
Starting today, ask yourself “Am I breaking down or building up my body by (insert action)?”
I hope you enjoyed these tips and now feel more confident and knowledgeable in caring for your skin and health. Should you know of any other tips or tricks that can aid our skin and bodies, do not hesitate to share them down below!
To your health and youthful skin,
Founder of Top Anti Aging Diet (TAAD)