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Feed Your Skin Starve Your Wrinkles

January 6, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 10 Comments

It is safe to say that most members of the Truth In Aging community spend time and money on good topical skincare. But, can I assume with equal confidence that you all extend your beauty regimens to what you eat? If you are not as thoughtful about what is in your fridge as your bathroom cabinet, then you should check out a book called Feed Your Skin Starve Your Wrinkles – Eat Your Way to Firmer More Beautiful Skin with 100 Best Anti-Aging Foods by Allison Tannis.

In 2007, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published research from the UK that folks with wrinkled skin tended to consume bad fats and processed carbohydrates such as white bread, while a diet rich in vitamin C was found to reduce wrinkles later in life.  This is because vitamin C is essential to the production of collagen. So if your jawline is headed south, start rethinking your diet.

Vitamin and mineral supplements don’t really cut it.  Anyhow, it isn’t that hard to get enough vitamins through foods. One orange will give you your daily vitamin C requirement, as will half a cup of broccoli (for more on vitamin C sources and how much is enough, go to Truth In Slimming).

Feed Your Skin Starve Your Wrinkles organizes 100 different anti-aging foods into sections. There are wrinkle fighting foods such as quercetin-rich apples or bell peppers with lutein that protects the skin from UVB rays.  Foods that promote tighter skin that won’t sag include rhubarb (a source of vitamin C and silica). Anti-inflammatories include cherries and honey.  Make peanuts part of your life as they have more antioxidants than carrots or strawberries.

The second half of the book is made up of 50 recipes with information not just on calories per serving, but the amount of vitamins. Most of the dishes are both easy and attractive. The only jarring note is struck by the amount of sugar in the desserts – especially as on page 39 of Feed Your Skin it says “sugar, just say no”.

If you need some inspiration to go on a better diet for the sake of your skin, then Feed Your Skin is worth checking out. It is beautifully illustrated and Allison Tannis, a nutrional scientist packs in plenty of information on how the skin functions and with nutritional profiles on 100 lovingly shot foods, even veggie phobes will find something that they can pledge to eat more of as one of your New Year Resolutions. Goji berry anyone?

WIN THIS BOOK: Is there a food you eat regularly strictly for its anti-aging properties? Tell us in the comment box below by January 10th for your chance to win!

  • January 10, 2011

    by Marta

    Chris - I think moringa is amazing and have written about it ( I've never thought about actually consuming it though. But it is an extraordinary antioxidant and so now you've inspired me to try. Thanks!

  • January 10, 2011

    by Elena

    Yes, broccoli, tomatoes, apples and brans are my everyday must-eats, as well as drinking dairy products like yoghurts...

  • January 9, 2011

    by chris

    Moringa. It's cheap and pretty much everywhere (from where I live). I consume lots of it whether it's dried, tea form, powdered or fresh. It's easy to incorporate the fresh leaves and pods in most dishes.

  • January 9, 2011

    by fastbluebunny

    Acai juice. I like the taste of acai juice (in fact, I love the stuff) but I really don't drink juice. So the only time I drink it is when I walk by it in the supermarket and think...I should get that for the anti-oxidant benefits.

    Otherwise, everything else I eat and drink have secondary benefits (taste, weight-control, etc.)

  • January 8, 2011

    by Jennifer Hogan

    I eat a green vegetable everyday, but mostly broccoli for the health benefits!

  • January 7, 2011

    by Sunday

    My favorite new find is UNFILTERED virgin olive oil, it has a deeper, richer flavor, and makes giving up butter worth it. Because isn't flavor what it is really all about? Also I cannot say enough about apples, all and any apple. We recently moved and our backyard has a Fuji apple tree in it and I swear I feel like I've hit the motherload! Also I love Oolong green tea with toasted brown rice added. Did you all know you can buy toasted brown rice for your teas, adds another dimension of flavor just like in the restaurants. Onions & garlic are really your best friend for digestion and quicker release of toxins ~ enough said ~ but I truly believe less toxins leads to better skin. Walnuts are my final go to fast grabber, perfect for everything, makes eating fudge good for you ;-)

  • January 7, 2011

    by marta

    This book doesn't mention <a href="" rel="nofollow">watercress</a>, but The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study that claims that eating one bowl of watercress a day increased the ability of blood cells to resist DNA damage caused by free radicals. Since I read that, I have been trying to add it to my diet.

  • January 7, 2011

    by Dennis

    My big thing is liquids! I start every day with a glass of water. Throughout the day I drink lemon water and I try to make my daily consumption at least 90-120 oz. I also drink green tea (fabulous anti-inflammatory) with pomegranate, flavored with organic raw honey and truvia! Delish!

    Foods I'm conscious about eating for the benefit of my skin are blueberries and walnuts. If I have them, I will grab a handful of blueberries and walnuts for breakfast. Or put them in a salad for lunch or supper. If not, an apple or orange will do in a pinch.

    I feel like I have my bases covered with the above.

  • January 6, 2011

    by VickyL

    Yes to berries. Also watermelon - I didn't know that it contains so many good things in addition to Vit C: anti oxidants, lycopene, beta carotene, potassium, and is very hydrating.

    Tuscan Kale (some call lacinato or dinosaur kale): In the brassica family of cancer preventors, it is system cleansing and detoxifying. It has dark green leaves that have powerful antioxidant properties, high in beta carotene, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. It's easier and quicker to cook than regular kale and so delicious on it's own or in sauce, soup, or any savory dish. Plus it's very easy to grow in the garden; you can harvest leaves and more will grow.
    Now add some delicious wild salmon, mushrooms and garlic, a wonderful glass of wine and I'm sure your complexion will glow.

  • January 6, 2011

    by Lori

    It's berries for me! Of course I love them so its not tough to do. The only painful part is the off- season prices I pay to support my "habit".

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