Food for our Skin

28 Apr

Once we pass our teens and 20s, our skin starts losing collagen (which keeps skin firm) and elastic tissue (which keeps it supple).  The result: thinner skin, frown lines, and wrinkles.  To fight these effects, you’ve got to feed your skin what it needs to build healthy collagen and elastic tissue.

What to do? Just follow these steps:

EAT PLENTY OF PROTEIN. Collagen is a protein, so all proteins, like chicken, lean meats, and soy, will help keep your skin strong and flexible.

DON’T YO-YO DIET. When you starve yourself, you deprive your body of the building blocks of collagen and your skin ages faster.

CUT BACK ON SUGAR. Sugar breaks down healthy tissue and interferes with your body’s ability to make new collagen, leaving your skin thinner and weaker.  If you have a sweet tooth, try having just a spoonful of dessert, not the whole thing, and avoid high fructose corn syrup (found in soda, salad dressings and many sweet cereals).

LOAD UP ON VEGETABLES. Studies show that those who eat lots of colored vegetables have fewer wrinkles, especially crows feet around the eyes.  So instead of rice, potatoes or pasta, have spinach, squash or green beans next to your chicken, fish, tofu or steak.

For a delicious way to get your protein and veggies via smoothies, drink up with these two shakes!

10 oz coconut water (skin cell hydration)
1/2 cup blueberries (anti-oxidants to keep skin clear + protected)
2 teaspoons raw cacao powder (anti-oxidant)
1.5 scoops hemp protein (collagen building)
Serve it over ice

1/2 cucumber
1 pear
1 apple
1 bunch of parsley
1 lemon (be sure to peel it and remove any seeds)
2 cups of water
Serve it over ice

2 Responses to “Food for our Skin”

  1. stilishbabe April 28, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    yummy recipes!

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