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  • Apr 24

    What is an antiaging skin diet? As I have become older, I have found it harder to control weight gain. Because of this, I began to research what causes this constant battle. Whereas in our teens and early 20’s we have a hunger for carbs however, as we age we do need to be more discerning about the types of carbs we eat. I love the smell of freshly baked bread but that is one of the things I have learned to reduce in my diet and to increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables. As you will read here, not only is a low glycemic diet helpful for weight management but it also keeps our skin healthier and less wrinkled too.

    The Great Skin Diet

    Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 11:33am

    AVOID HIGH GLYCEMIC FOODS ~ Carbs and sugars
    Carbs are found in foods like white bread, rice, pasta and potatoes. Not surprisingly, sweet treats, such as cookies, cake and candy, are full of sugar.

    HIGH GLYCEMIC FOODS: Our bodies convert carbs and sugar to blood glucose very quickly. The measure of how long this takes is called the glycemic index. Foods quickly converted to glucose are high-glycemic.

    o If we load up on carbs and sugars, our glucose levels go up. When the glucose level is too high, the body increases its production of insulin to get it back down.

    o So what happens to skin when our insulin levels are too high? Oil production rises and skin cells die quicker. Oil and dead skin cells block pores, which can lead to acne breakouts. Not surprisingly, studies show a correlation between a high-glycemic diet and acne.

    RISK OF WRINKLES: Sugar binds to skin protein, causing wrinkles, a binding process called glycation.

    o After these sugar/skin protein bonds are made, damaging structures called advanced glycation end products — or AGEs, for short — are formed. AGEs destroy collagen (which keeps skin firm), causing wrinkles. Then, free radicals are created, which damage skin cells.

    o Particularly in people over age 35, the effects of glycation become stronger. Diabetics are also highly affected by glycation: they “can have up to 50 times the number of AGEs in their skin as those who don’t have diabetes.

    o Cut down high glycemic foods if you’ve got: Oily skin, acne or wrinkles. Keep added sugar to no more than 10 percent of total calories you consume in a day. Also, limit other types of sugar, including like corn syrup and dextrose.

    o Enjoy clear, wrinkle-free skin by avoiding high glycemic foods ~ you’ll thank me later! 😀

    Marie Bertrand
    Microbiologist and Skin Scientist
    SkinScience Clinic | www.skinscience.md

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  • Apr 15

    We all know that how our hair looks can make or break how we feel about ourselves. But did you know that what we eat also affects the aging of our hair? How can we have younger looking hair?
    This article explains more.

    The Route to Younger-Looking Hair
    Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 7:21am

    Since we regulate our diet for glowing skin and a good figure, why not also nourish the hair through our diet, as well?

    One of the best ways to nourish and prevent the appearance of aging hair is a high-protein, low-fat and low-carbohydrate diet, rich in essential fatty acids, leafy, deep green vegetables and biotin, a B vitamin. Stock your kitchen with non-citrus fruits, fresh leafy vegetables, yogurt with live cultures, tofu, legumes, whole grains, and oily fish such as salmon, tuna, herring, and sardines. Drizzle cold pressed olive, sesame or flaxseed oil over salads; flaxseed oil in particular encourages the growth of healthy hair. Snack on sunflower or pumpkin seeds, almonds, figs, and soy products such as soy nuts or soy milk. Because iron deficiency is often responsible for hair loss in women, consult your physician to assess iron levels. If you’re not getting adequate iron in your nutrition, you may want to consider taking a supplement.

    A diet with nutritional deficiencies can cause sudden hair loss or thinning. Instead, strive to maintain a regular exercise routine and eat well-balanced meals to maintain a full, healthy, vibrant head of hair. If exercising outside, wear a leave-in conditioner to diminish breakage and a hat to shield hair from the sun. UV rays can also damage hair, destroying precious moisture and reducing shine.

    Although gray or damaged hair is often regarded as one of the most noticeable signs of aging, there are alternatives. Make a few simple skincare changes to your daily routine now, and strip the years away to achieve younger, healthier hair!

    Marie Bertrand
    Microbiologist and Skin Scientist
    SkinScience Clinic | www.skinscience.md

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