Healthy Skin Aging with an Anti-Inflammatory Diet.
Several studies have documented the link between diet and skin aging. So what foods are considered anti-aging foods and why? Skin aging results from oxidation, chronic inflammation, glycation (A.G.E.’s), impaired skin barrier, loss of biome diversity and impaired gut barrier function, and decreased Nrf2 (the master switch in your body for cell health). For those wishing to promote healthy skin aging, dietary measures to address these are all contained in a high-fibre, plant-centred Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet is superior for reducing systemic inflammation.
How to combat A.G.E.’s with anti-aging foods?
Food to eliminate.
- Eliminate foods with preformed A.G.E.’s – Bacon, bbq meat, grilled meat, broiled meat, and deep-fried foods.
- Minimise sugar spikes: Minimise glycaemic load – eat fibre, legumes, veggies, some fruits and some whole grains.
- Avoid sugar (check labels), processed carbohydrates, high G.I. foods (avoid white food)
- Anti-glycation foods – a range of polyphenols
Food to consume.
- Consume foods that promote D.N.A. repair – broccoli, broccoli sprouts & mustard seeds, sulforaphane supplement
- Consume foods that protect against free radical damage & oxidative stress – GliSODin, polyphenols
Foods that restore gut health and decrease inflammation.
- Eat fibre, legumes, omega 3, whole grains—prebiotics to feed gut bacteria polyphenols, fibre, and resistant starch.
- Avoid sugar, high glycaemic load, processed foods and trans fats.
- Avoid excess meat, saturated fats and animal products (apart from fermented)
Foods that lower collagenase or elastase.
Collagenase and elastase are enzymes that break down the collagen and elastin in your skin. This leads to accelerated aging. As well as avoiding U.V. exposure by wearing sunscreen daily, supplements and anti-aging foods have been shown to reduce these harmful aging enzymes.
- Lactobacillus Plantarum, omega 3, polyphenols
Please book an appointment with our Naturopath Courtney White.
Call us on 3350 5447 to book a complimentary anti-aging assessment with our therapists. This will include a complimentary skin analysis and a gut-skin questionnaire.
- We also can test omega three and gut microbiome, which is an additional charge.
- We recommend appointments with our clinical nutritionists and naturopaths for nutrition advice and planning.
As well as anti-aging and weight management nutrition advice, our naturopath Courtney, specialises in treating inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema. We take a natural approach to treat inflammatory conditions, as diet and gut health underlie healthy skin.