Much as I would like to reply with a resounding “yes,” I can’t. There are way too many factors accounting for the way we age. Simply altering the way we eat can’t reverse the clock from ticking. In fact, according to an Atlanta-based dermatologist, Kenneth Ellner, from WebMD, “A healthy diet and lifestyle may improve your health and keep you feeling young but don’t expect wrinkles to disappear. The impact of diet on reversing signs of skin aging is overrated.”
Healthy Diet Slows Aging
But don’t be hopeless, for even though healthy diet can’t work miracle for us, they can slow the way we age and help us build a stronger defense. I, for one, strongly believe in this. In different times during past year, I have quit some unhealthy dietary habits and taken on some healthy ones. Have a look at them below.
- I wean cold drinks. My Chinese medicine practitioner told me time and again to stop drinking cold drinks, because they disrupted the way our blood flows. When we consume cold drinks, our body has to produce more heat to warm the cold liquid in our body. I do find out my cramp has been more bearable after I quit cold drinks.
- I drink jujube twice per month. This dried fruit is rich in minerals and vitamins. My once pale lips are now ruddier with the help of jujube.
- I wean milk products. I didn’t know why I had under-chin acne at times. But since I weaned milk products, I’ve never had those red spots under my chin. See? Our body speaks for itself more than anything else!
- I avoid deep-fried food the best way I can. As far as my knowledge goes, deep-frying destroys nutrients in food. Food cooked in this method is also high in calorie. And don’t forget, some restaurants would keep using the same pot of oil for different kinds of food for an extended period of time…
- I eat fruit after lunch and dinner. There are so many goodies in fruits. They are rich in fiber and antioxidants and also encourage bowel movement. I often find out that in days when I eat more fruits, my “business” is more smooth.
- I make it a point to drink more water.
- I consume a small spoon of manuka honey every night.
- I commit to a set lunch hour (from 1pm to 2pm) and cook my own meal. Having a stable meal time is as important as what food you put into your mouth. I don’t want to starve at one hour and feast the next.
My dietary change has helped me transform the way my skin looks. One thing that is most promising and encouraging is I find out my under eye area is firmer. Though the wrinkles still stick (and I guess they will remain so), the skin around them is less fragile. You just can’t imagine how exhilarated I am In anti-aging, a small step goes a long way
Did you change your dietary habit lately? Do you find it helpful for your skin?