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Sagging. Wrinkles. Age spots. Dry and coarse skin. You’re not the only one who lives in fear of these tell-tale signs of aging! Is it possible that the answer to maintaining a beautiful, youthful, glowing complexion may be found in a plant-based diet?

(Yes! And I’ll tell you exactly how.)

We’ve heard it many times: our skin is the largest organ in our bodies.

Considering that, we don’t protect it very well…exposing our skin to sun (UV radiation), damaging air pollution and so much more every single day. Even oxidization from contact with the air is negatively affecting this precious organ.

Research has identified three major causes of skin aging:

1. Oxidative stress (from sun and oxygen exposure)

2. Inflammation

3. Inadequate blood flow (a.k.a. ischemia)

We can’t avoid environmental stressors completely, but we can slow down the aging process of our skin by changing how we eat. (Whew, what a relief!)

Here’s how:

1. Fight oxidative stress with antioxidants.

Oxidization depletes the antioxidants in our skin, so we need to continually replace them through our diet in order to offset the deterioration it would otherwise cause.

2. Reduce inflammation by reducing saturated fat.

Saturated fat is associated with increased inflammation in the body.

3. Improve blood flow by limiting cholesterol intake.

High cholesterol has been linked to ischemia (inadequate blood flow).

Studies have shown that a diet rich in fruits and veggies—especially legumes, prunes and apples!—seems to protect against skin aging. Conversely, consumption of meat, dairy and butter seems to have a negative effect on skin health, making it more susceptible to damage.

Hmmmm, are you seeing what I’m seeing?

To recap: Plant-based = younger, glowing skin. Meat and dairy = faster aging and more wrinkles.

Pretty simple, hey?

xx

Donna

Need help getting into the plant-based groove? Wild Nutrition: Your 30-Day Revolution to Plant-Based Vitalitygives you all the resources, all the recipes and all the support you need to discover your best health and sexiest body!

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Seddon JM, Egan KM, Zhang Y, Gelles EJ, Glynn RJ, Tucker CA, Gragoudas ES. Evaluation of skin microtopography as a measure of ultraviolet exposure. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1992 May;33(6):1903-8.
Heinrich U, Moore CE, De Spirt S, Tronnier H, Stahl W. Green tea polyphenols provide photoprotection, increase microcirculation, and modulate skin properties of women. J Nutr. 2011 Jun;141(6):1202-8.