Nutrition plays an important role in the maintenance of healthy skin. Macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) work together to maintain the barrier function of the skin. Micronutrients also play an important role in keeping our skin healthy by preventing oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
Two types of ageing
Skin ageing consists of two distinct processes; the first is intrinsic skin ageing – chronological (natural) ageing which affects skin in the same way that it affects all our internal organs.
The second is extrinsic skin ageing. This is the result of external and environmental factors such as sun and UV exposure, smoking, pollution, stress, sleep deprivation and poor nutrition. These harmful influences can lead to an excess of free radical production, oxidative stress, inflammation, and ultimately damage to our cells (and result in premature wrinkles, grey hair and even hair loss).
Anti-ageing with micronutrients
Prevention is the best and most effective way to work against extrinsic skin ageing effects. The best prevention strategy against the harmful effects of free radicals is a well-regulated lifestyle (e.g. physical exercise and sufficient sleep), low-stress conditions and a balanced nutritional diet, including antioxidant-rich food. Antioxidants, naturally occurring phytochemicals in foods such as fruits and vegetables, neutralise damaging free radicals and help prevent damage to cells.
Antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids and vitamins A, C and E, essential omega-3-fatty acids, some proteins and probiotics have all been shown to promote skin health and beauty (and of course - you’ll find all of these in Beauty Greens
In addition to the clinically proven beauty benefits offered by our protein-rich collagen peptides, Beauty Greens.
Is powered with a rainbow of nutrition! Loaded with 50 organic superfoods, each different coloured superfood carries its own set of unique health-promoting, disease-fighting phytochemicals.
50 organic superfoods, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants – these micronutrients are your best prevention strategy against the daily effects of living on your skin.
Studying successful ageing
A study published in The Journals of Gerontology found that out of all the factors they examined - which included a person’s total carbohydrate intake, total fibre intake, glycaemic index, glycaemic load, and sugar intake - it was the fibre that made the biggest difference to what the researchers termed “successful ageing.”
What does that mean? Well, in this instance, successful ageing was defined as including an absence of disability, depressive symptoms, cognitive impairment, respiratory symptoms, and chronic diseases including cancer, coronary artery disease, and stroke.
The researchers found that those who had the highest intake of fibre had an almost 80 percent greater likelihood of living a long and healthy life over a 10-year follow-up.
Slowing your ageing process
Boost your gut health and slow your ageing process with a high-fibre diet. This means eating plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, bran and oats.
- Soluble fibre increases the consistency of the contents of our gut and slows down our digestion rate. This helps to regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol.
- Insoluble fibre allows more water to bind to the stools, increases bulk and results in softer stools - useful for preventing constipation and for those who have irritable bowel syndrome or diverticular disease.
You’ll find both soluble and insoluble fibre in Beauty Greens products. This duo of fibres provides “food” for our gut bacteria - stimulating their growth, bulks up stools and results in more regular bowel movements, all of which help us to age successfully.
Some sources of our fibre:
Green Pea Fibre, Acacia Fibregum, Blue Agave Inulin, Jerusalem Artichoke Inulin, Apple Pectin, Oat Fibre, Flaxseed. (Flaxseed is also a powerful omega-3 fatty acid)
Written by: Well I Am