Ever wondered how and why wrinkles appear on your face? Any facial expression causes movements in underlying facial muscles, which then forms a groove perpendicular to the movement. In the case of a smile, the two grooves, known as nasolabial folds, run from the sides of your nose to the corners of your mouth. When you’re young, the skin’s elasticity helps it bounce back as you stop smiling. This decreases over time as you age due to lower elasticity, muscle atrophy, and stress. That is how and why wrinkles form.
Eating healthy diets that rid your body of harmful toxins and supply it with key nutrients are the ultimate way to get healthy, glowing, and a wrinkle-free skin. Here are four diets you must follow.
1) Eat Vegetables & Fruits High In Carotenoids
Carotenoids are pigments responsible for rendering the red and yellow color to fruits and green to vegetables. It is the consumption of these carotenoids that leads to healthy, wrinkle-free skin. Eat fresh, organic and locally grown vegetables and fruits. Foods rich in carotenoids include carrots, plums, mangoes, kale and spinach.
2) Eat Foods Rich In Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats
Foods rich in omega-3 fats help normalize skin lipids and prevent dehydration in cells, keeping the skin cells strong and full of moisture. Its effects are especially helpful in decreasing the fine lines on your skin. In addition to this, fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties, which can calm irritated skin, resulting in a clean, smooth complexion. Deficiency of fatty acids, however, may lead to eczema, cracked heels and thick patches of skin.
3) Eat Fermented Foods
These include vegetables converted by bacteria into superfoods that promote the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria and aid in digestion. These gut microorganisms send signals throughout your body that also interact with the organisms in your skin. Researchers are now studying how these interactions can be translated to treat a variety of skin diseases, including dryness and poor collagen production.
4) Avoid Sugars, Fructose & Grains
Cut back on your sweets, because sugar induces the harmful glycation period where it attaches itself to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). As these AGEs accumulate, they damage adjacent proteins like collagen and elastin, the protein fibers that keep skin firm and elastic. Once damaged, collagen and elastin become dry and brittle, leading to wrinkles and sagging. Fructose is another harmful sweetener to avoid, which is often added to your soda, fruit-flavored drinks, breads, crackers and other snacks. It has been found that fructose produces more AGEs than other sweet products. Also don't overindulge in grains, as the harmful effects of lectins, gluten, and phytates may cause inflammation and a metabolic slowdown, which can have a harmful effect on your skin.
Lastly, remember that there is nothing inherently unhealthy about wrinkles. In fact, a saying goes that if you develop deep smile lines in old age, it's a visible sign that you've been blessed with a life full of smiles. So, keep your skin healthy and yourself smiling!
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