This blog post is part of my series of weekly tips on healthy aging (as opposed to anti-aging). Let’s face it, we are all aging, but the key is to age healthily and this begins with a sound nutrition and supplementation plan.
Healthy aging is an inside and outside job. What you put on your face and what you put in your body matters and contributes to healthy skin and body.
As you’ve likely noticed, there are a lot of creams and serums out on the market now for anti-aging. What if you were to take a more natural, internal approach to brightening your skin and keeping wrinkles away, though?
Ensuring you are getting your micronutrients should work hand-in-hand with your skin-care routine because they’re easily accessible, and can help your skin look healthy longer. Here’s why you should consider micronutrients for healthy aging before looking anywhere else.
Which Ones You Need
While you should be getting a full compliment (i.e. a broad spectrum) of vitamins and minerals daily, the following can be particularly helpful and compliment your skin-care routine. Your local grocery store is a terrific place to start. While you’re out shopping, you should be on the lookout for specific food and drinks that contain calcium, the B-vitamin complex, vitamin C, zinc, and potassium. Each of these micronutrients has the exceptional ability to fight off skin problems that are associated with aging.
What Calcium Can Do for You
Always having a sufficient supply of calcium is necessary. Without it, your body will go out of its way to take away the calcium that is already present in your bones. Consequently, your bones experience a major loss, causing them to become increasingly weak over time. The good news is you can prevent this from happening by paying closer attention to your daily food and drink intake. If you know where to look for it, you can increase your intake of calcium. Milk, kale, and cheese are all great natural sources of calcium. If your eating plan is dairy free (and it is for many), you can use a good quality supplement to ensure you get your required daily intake of calcium, in addition to eating salmon, greens (but not spinach), broccoli, cabbage and okra.
The Benefits of B-complex Vitamins
Additionally, the B-complex of vitamins are known for effective anti-aging properties that can successfully fight off several cardiovascular diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease, both of which are typically associated with the elderly. For this reason, they may be understood as the more severe signs of aging. As a group they are named the B-complex vitamins because they are commonly found together in foods and have similar functions, often needing each other to perform best (Haas, Elson M.. Staying Healthy with Nutrition, rev (p. 110). Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale. Kindle Edition).
The B-complex of vitamins can be obtained through various foods, such as whole grains, meat, legumes, seeds and nuts, dark, leafy vegetables and fruits.
How Vitamin C Can Help
When it comes to caring for the skin, vitamin C has a lot to offer. Not only will it brighten your skin tone, it also stimulates collagen. Because it can be found in broccoli, oranges, and bananas, it proves to be a very simple solution. If you want to age healthfully, you should start incorporating a good dose of vitamin C into your daily diet. In addition, vitamin C helps your immune system.
Why Zinc Is Necessary
Zinc also plays an important role in staving off the signs of aging. This is largely due to the fact that it makes the immune system significantly stronger. A strong immune system is key to aging healthfully! Furthermore, zinc is responsible for the successful production of protein. Beef and cashews are excellent sources of this mineral.
Why Potassium is Important
Potassium is a significant mineral which is important to cellular and electrical (think heart beat) functions. It also regulates water balance, muscle contraction and blood pressure. Having adequate levels of potassium is extremely important for heart health and the maintenance of strong muscles, which in turn contribute to healthy aging.
Micronutrients are as close as it gets to naturally fighting off the various signs of aging. Incorporating more of these into your diet can make a noticeable difference in the way you look and feel. So, it’s time to get started!
Yours in health and wellness,
Francine Alleyne (RHNP™)
and Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner™
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