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Brad Pitt has received a lot of press recently for something that has nothing to do with his acting career. A recent appearance at the Golden Globes had everyone wondering how the 52 year old actor suddenly looked so much younger. Pitt seems to have found the fountain of youth and is turning back the clock on aging. What is his secret?

According to the tabloids, Pitt’s rejuvenated look has been at least partly attributed to a new “Anti-Aging Diet” rich in salmon, walnuts, chia seeds, lean meat, eggs, brown rice and beets. Chances are that the Hollywood star probably had some help achieving this younger look from non-surgical anti-aging procedures such as Botox, Dermal Filler, Peels and Lasers, but according to the January 2016 issue of Life and Style Magazine, his new anti-aging diet and vitamin intake were the main cited reasons for his transformation. This brings an interesting question to the table: Is it possible for any diet to make a significant difference on one’s skin? The answer is yes. What you eat matters and making the right food choices will have both a positive impact on your overall health and will contribute to revitalizing your skin.

Here are food group choices that will nourish your skin and help you maintain a youthful glow:

  • Foods Rich in Vitamin C: Powerful anti-oxidants, Vitamin C rich foods have been shown to reduce wrinkles by preventing damage to our skin’s cells and cell DNA that is responsible for collagen production. Since collagen is basically the support structure for our skin, keeping it strong is vital to younger looking and feeling skin. Vitamin C rich foods include citrus fruits, red, orange and yellow bell peppers, tomatoes, kale, and raspberries to name just a few.
  • Lean Protein & Fatty Fish & Nuts: Protein is the building block for collagen. So, eating enough protein is really important especially as we age. Lean pork, beef, chicken and turkey are good sources of lean meat protein. Fatty fishes such as salmon, tuna, lake trout, mackerel, sardines as well as fortified eggs are both rich in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have the added benefit of keeping the outer layer of the skin strong and intact, protecting it against inflammation, external pollutants and sun damage. Nuts, such as walnuts, flax-seeds, pumpkin seeks and canola oil, are other excellent sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Whole Grains: Brown rice, barley, oatmeal and whole wheat are all rich in selenium, a mineral that helps protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays, thus lowering the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancers. Always a good thing.
  • Brightly Colored Fruits & Vegetables: Red, orange and yellow hued produce are high in carotenoids and, in the case of tomatoes, lycopene. These help the skin fight off free radicals, increase collagen production and enable the skin to hold onto water, hence moisturizing the skin from the inside out. To maintain a diet rich in beta carotene and lycopene, go for as much variety and color in your diet as possible. A few powerhouses in the produce aisles are tomatoes, beets, carrots, spinach, kale, yams and winter squash as well as all the berries.

Making smart food choices is vital to your overall health and it will make a positive impact on your skin’s appearance, but integrating anti-aging nutrients in your diet can only go so far. As is often the case, one has to combine several measures to obtain the best results. In the case of your skin, consider the following lifestyle choices:

  • – avoidance of smoking,
  • – drinking alcohol in moderation,
  • – getting enough sleep,
  • – exercising regularly,
  • – keeping well hydrated,
  • – investing in medical grade anti-aging skin care,
  • – integrating a topical anti-oxidant vitamin C to your daily skin care regime, and
  • – application of a daily broad-spectrum sunscreen.

All of these activities will all go a long way in helping you fight the effects of time and environmental elements on your skin.

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