Skin aging happens in the two main layers of the skin, with thinning of the cells in the epidermis as well as the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the dermis, this overall process leads to sagging, wrinkling of skin and increase of pore size. The aging process can be attributed to the reduced functioning and loss of stem cells in our skin. They are the set of unique parental cells that maintain a balance in skin cells and continuously divide to replace dying or damaged cells. As the aging process begins, along with environmental stress leads to intrinsic cellular inflammation and loss of function of these epidermal stem cells, and this is one of the main reasons how our skin ages. Considering aging to be a cellular biochemical process, the intake of healthy antioxidant rich food will help heal the body from this continuous and slow process of tissue inflammation that leads to aging.
Plant antioxidants and plant derived phytohormones in our diet play a unique role in providing substantial and targeted improvements in our body and skin functions-specially diets rich in antioxidants, Vitamin E, beta-carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin A & sulfur-rich nutrients. Healthy detoxification in other body organs like the liver also helps to keep up the balance of healthy skin cells. Cruciferous vegetables are the ‘cabbage-family’ – vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, kale, red and green cabbage, Swiss chard, watercress and Brussels sprouts. They contain lots of Sulphur compounds, which can support detoxification in the liver a function important as healthy bowel for getting rid of toxins. The cruciferous group function as natural detox agents flushing toxins from our skin. Moreover, supporting our immune functions with strong natural anti-oxidants will help our stem cells perform their functions and can delay break down of tissue that leads to aging. Next time you hit the beauty counter to invest in an expensive skin care product or treatment, think beautiful skin starts with a clean plate!
A diet lacking essential nutrients can quickly lead to sallow or dry skin, blemishes or acne, a healthy plant based clean eating regime based on whole foods including a rainbow of vegetables and fruit, nuts and seeds, beans, and whole grains is an excellent basis for glowing skin!
Cheers to a clean plate!! #beskinfit