Unlocking the Secrets to Radiant Skin: The Essential Skincare Routine

Welcome to the second part of our guest posts on nutrition and the effect on the skin from Sophie Wedlock Smith owner of SWnutrition. Here we are discussing how nutrition can help with keeping a youthful appearance and live longer!

This is a practical guide to help you look, feel and live younger. The quickest and most effective way to take years off your looks is simply by changing what you eat and drink. This may sound unbelievable but it is true.

Living an anti-ageing lifestyle involves consistency and a rainbow variety of fruit and vegetables.

Focusing on a large variety of plant foods and feeding your gut with pre-biotic foods and probiotics foods is essential in strengthening your digestive track and speeding up your metabolism. It all starts in the gut and this is the foundation and the building block for your health.

Prebiotic foods include:

These support the feeding of the good bacteria and include the following: Leeks, onions, garlic, asparagus, bananas, barley, oats, apples, cocoa, flaxseeds, wheat bran, seaweed, artichoke, dandelion greens, chicory root.

Probiotic foods include:

These foods contain live bacteria and will naturally boost your good gut bacteria levels. These foods are Saukeraut, kefir, yoghurt, tempeh, kimchi, miso, kombucha, pickles, traditional buttermilk, natto.

There are many healthy probiotic foods you can eat that will help heal your gut and increase your metabolism while making you feel fuller for longer, keep cravings at bay, improve concentration and increase energy levels.

Eating a diet that is predominantly made up of nutrient-dense plant-based protein has been shown to increase life expectancy while lowering the incidence of many of today’s common disease states such as cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and obesity-related illnesses.

Good Anti-ageing tips:

Including at least 30 grams of fibre in the diet daily from plant sources will help alkalize and detox your body. If your body is not eliminating correctly, the resulting toxic build-up can speed up the ageing process and hamper any weight management. Eating 30 different fruit and vegetables weekly.

Anti-Ageing – SW Nutrition

Foods that help skin elasticity and youthfulness are:

  • Oily fish such as salmon, sardines and herring.
  • Drinking filtered water daily.
  • Plant foods in different colours as they contain protective antioxidants.

Foods that reduce skin elasticity and contribute towards ageing are:

  • Caffeine – coffee, tea, cola and Alcohol.
  • Red meat.
  • Sugary processed foods.