There are millions of people in this world who are on a constant hunt for a solution to the cosmetic issues tied to aging. A great deal of money is spent to correct, hide, or do away with wrinkles, lines, discolorations, or sagging of the skin. However, many believe that people won’t need as frequent trips to the laser facial spa, if they learn to control their diet. This philosophy is based on three basic principles.
Waging War on Free Radicals The body is constantly exposed to free radicals in this day and age. In order to understand what radicals are, one must have a basic understanding of cells and molecules. The body is made of cells, which are made of molecules, fashioned of one or more atoms. An atom with a full outer shell, there are two ‘shells’ of every molecule. The innermost shell is full when it contains two electrons. Any addition electrons begin to fill the outer shell. The number of electrons here will dictate whether or not the molecule will willingly enter in chemical reactions. All atoms desire to have a well balanced outer shell and will, therefore, bond with other atoms in an effort to gain or lose electrons to maintain equilibrium. When weak bonds are broken, a molecule can be left with an odd number of electrons, which leaves it very unstable and eager to form new bonds right away to correct the issue. Free radicals are the unstable molecules, which will seek to steal the electrons of the nearest stable molecule. This beings a chain reaction that can destroy a living cell. When the impacted cells are skin cells, changes in appearance can result – early signs of aging can set in.
Free radicals occur in the body as the result of pollutants, radiation, and exposure to cigarette smoke. They have also been tied to herbicides used in the growing of many commercially sold foods. There are certain antioxidants, such as vitamin E and vitamin C that willingly lend an electron to stop the path of destruction.
Antioxidants are found in many common and tasty foods, which makes the war against free radicals a rather enjoyable one. You can fight them with antioxidant-heavy foods, such as plums, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, pomegranates, artichokes, and nuts. The great news is that these are the same foods that are highly recommended for people who are trying to watch their weight and those who have started the HcG diet in Austin. Antioxidants can help prevent the breakdown of collagen, which means a reduction in the signs of aging.
Encourage Healthy Skin Cells Strong skin is less likely to sag and wrinkle, which is a good thing. The great news is that you can improve the health of your skin with simple changes to your diet. Strong skin comes from regular consumption of the essential fatty acids. These are not naturally produced by the body and therefore a person should aim to consume healthy levels of them each and every day. Omega-3 and Omega-6 both play important roles in the body. The latter has earned a bad reputation recently, which is simply due to the fact that Americans have become prone to overdoing it with the fatty acid found in vegetable oils. Omega-3, on the other hand, is consumed far less frequently by the average American. Found in oily fish, avocados, walnuts, and other such foods, it plays an equally important role that has long been overlooked.
Hydrating Skin The essential fatty acids do help the skin retain its moisture, but it has to exist within the cells already if it is to be retained. In order to ensure that the skin remains properly hydrated a person must ensure that he or she meets the recommended water intake guidelines every day. Properly hydrated skin is far less likely to sag, sink, and fold in undesirable ways.
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