“Skin aging” that which we call is not the result of the passage of time. It is a consequence of inflammation. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce their impact. In reality, the aging is inflammation. No, obviously that can be produced by the sun, but something more insidious and slow that occurs at the cellular level. It all starts with the oxidation caused by free radicals. The UV the sun creates free radicals in the skin, which damage cell membranes. As these membranes are oxidized, are generated inflammatory compounds and the cell can not absorb the nutrients and expel wastes.
So to stop or reverse the process of aging it is necessary to reduce oxidation and inflammation. So these inflammatory diets help to get rid of skin problem:
- Reduce sweets and white flour to a minimum. The sugar molecules react with collagen that keeps skin firm-and it loses tone and smoothness. You should avoid bread, pasta and white rice (take them in full), pastries and cakes, sugary drinks … Instead, you should increase consumption of fruits and vegetables rich colors, rich in antioxidants.
- Takes protein lean. The skin needs amino acids to repair cell damage. Best proteins for the skin are oily fish (with Omega-3 fatty acids which keeps the skin toned) and also in dairy products, eggs, vegetables, lean meats…
- Take supplements. The Vitamins C and E, selenium and other antioxidants inhibit the activity of free radicals. As it is difficult to get enough protection only through food, see a doctor if you should take the following:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Coenzyme Q10
- AMD: 50 mg to 100 mg.
- Lipoic acid
Water, vital in summer -Dry, dull skin, dull eyes … are dehydration symptoms common in summer; when high temperatures, sunbathing, sports, outdoor water needs increase.
Want to know if you drink enough? Look at the color of your urine (may be clear or dark caramel). The darker, more dehydrated are. Not a trivial problem. Water is necessary for the functioning of all organs. Hence, also of mild symptoms, the dehydration can cause syncope, arrhythmias, failure and even death.
The important thing is to know that you have to drink before you are thirsty and a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily. For good hydration:
- Start the day with a glass of water.
- Drink water between meals (the “allergic” to water the better tolerated with a squeeze of lemon).
- Mix juices with water at 50% (half the calories).
- Start each meal with a gazpacho cold soup, salad…
- Take water-rich fruits like watermelon and cantaloupe.
- As a snack, take shredded vegetables: carrots, celery, red peppers, cucumber…