Eat yourself beautiful: Youth at every meal!

It’s no secret that eating good, nutritious foods has an anti-aging effect on the skin, but how?

We asked Prof. Dr. Med.  Bernd Kleine-Gunk, anti-aging expert and president of the internationally renowned German Society of Anti-Aging Medicine for his tips to reduce glycation, oxidation and decreasing cell activity thanks to nutrition.

The Maria Galland Paris AGE CONTROL-MG Nutrition advices:

It all comes down to balance. Eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep and reducing stress can help to fight all signs of aging in the whole body, skin included. “The skin is very special. It is not only our largest organ, but also the barrier between the inner body and the outer world,” says Prof.Dr.Med. Kleine-Gunk.  Skin aging can be treated with high quality cosmetics, but beauty starts from within so there are also things we can do every day to slow down the aging process naturally. 

Foods to say NON to:

The #1 is SUGAR! Glycation is one of the biggest anti-aging enemies and the biggest glycation culprit there is? SUGAR! Avoid or reduce sugar, as Dr. Kleine-Gunk calls “definitely a major contributor to skin aging,”. Swap sugary soft drinks and processed fruit juices for mineral water or tea without sugar. Or try “healthier” sugar replacements that also add nutrients such as coconut sugar, cacao (all within moderation, bien sûr!) but also matcha and even spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, curcuma…) which all give some taste to your main courses and desserts.

PROCESSED FOODS “The more processed our food is, the fewer phytonutrients and vitamins it contains. So stick to natural and preferably organic food,” says Prof. Dr. Med. Kleine-Gunk.

Foods to say OUI to:

FATS! Swap “bad” fats like in fried or processed foods with “good” fats like omega-3 fatty acids or monosaturated fats like in olive oil, avocados or fish.

VEGGIES! The vitamin and phytonutrient contents of vegetables are low on the glycemic index and are packed with vitamins and minerals that boost skin health. Stick to organic and unprocessed veggies when possible.

ANTIOXIDANT-RICH FOODS Antioxidant-rich foods like green tea, turmeric, walnuts, onions, garlic, carrots, tomatoes, apples, lemon, broccoli, peppers and black grapes help to reduce oxidative stress.

PLEASURE! Don’t forget to add a spoonful of pleasure to everything you eat and take time to enjoy your food to digest better and to avoid overeating. “If you eat enough healthy things, your body can cope very well with a little unhealthy food as long as you do not overdo it. Staying healthy and eating healthily should never mean losing your joie de vivre…” says Prof.Dr.Med. Kleine-Gunk.  

Staying healthy and eating healthily should never mean losing your joie de vivre…

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