Look younger

HEALTH:

Ever wondered what the trick is to looking younger than your age?

Forget the expensive lotions and potions: one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to turn back to clock is to focus on your diet and exercise routine.

EXERCISE:

Physical activity produces a flood of feel-good hormones called endorphins. These suppress the effects of inflammatory hormones, helping your skin to look younger and smoother.

o-maticDopamine levels can also be increased through exercise, helping to increase blood flow and make your complexion look more luminous.

NUTRITION:

Fruits and vegetables – especially those that are dark in colour – are loaded with antioxidants that may help protect your cells from premature ageing.

Blueberries have more antioxidants than any other food; three times more than red wine and green tea. Other potent antioxidant-rich foods include blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, kale, broccoli and spinach.

 

© Sarah West Nutrition

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Healthy skin

HEALTH:

As one of the largest organs in the body, our skin benefits from fitness and good nutrition as much as our heart and other major organs.

You can use as many expensive creams and lotions as you like, but it is what you put in to your body that will have the most profound effect.

EXERCISE:

Adding an exercise routine to your beauty regime can firstly calm and rejuvenate the skin by reducing your stress levels. This tends to quieten the adrenal glands, which mediates testosterone- related hormone release and helps control skin flare ups.

Physical activity also increases circulation and blood flow to the skin, giving your skin a plumped healthy glow and influencing the natural production of collagen, a connective tissue that creates the support fibres that help keep wrinkles and lines at bay.

NUTRITION:

Vitamin A is essential for healthy skin – it helps new tissues to grow and repairs existing tissues. If you are deficient in vitamin A then your skin can take on a rough texture and keratin deposits can form around hair follicles on the tops of arms and thighs.

Try to eat more oily fish, orange or yellow vegetables and low fat dairy products if you suspect you are deficient.

© Sarah West Nutrition