The French paradox
Did you ever hear about the French paradox? In 1987, Ducimetiere and his team coined the term “the French Paradox” to refer to the fact that the French have among the lowest rates of cardiovascular disease in the world despite having among the highest intakes of saturated fat. Many authors have proposed various hypotheses to explain the French paradox. The main assumptions that have been explored relate to the lifestyle of the French, in particular, their drinking and dietary habits.
Since the consumption of alcohol, in particular wine, is high in France compared with most Western countries, it has been proposed that their drinking habits may protect the French against cardiovascular diseases (thanks to resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant which is found most abundantly in grapes and, therefore, red wine). However, other dietary aspects are probably important in the French paradox. A recent assumption was that the French may be protected simply by their dietary habits, in the same way as the other South European populations. The answers may lie in the overall quality of the diet rather than in a single food or beverage. Continue reading “How French women stay slim without trying”
Beauty comes from the inside
The effect of nutrition on skin aging has been an interesting research field for scientists from ancient times to nowadays. Our skin is subject to both intrinsic aging and extrinsic aging. Intrinsic aging or chronological aging is the unavoidable natural process of skin aging controlled by genetics. Starting in your mid-twenties dermal collagen production decreases as well as melanin production, cellular turnover slows, and your skin begins to show the first signs of aging. On the other hand, extrinsic aging is the result of external factors and environmental influence, mainly sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) irradiation but also smoking, pollution, sleep deprivation and poor nutrition.
Prevention is the best and most effective way to work against extrinsic skin aging effects. The best prevention strategy against skin aging would be a well-regulated lifestyle, with low-stress conditions and a balanced nutritional diet, including anti-oxidative rich food. If it’s difficult to reduce our stress level or to control the environment in which we live (pollution), there is certainly one thing that we can influence: what we eat every day. So today I’m going to give you some diet tips to slow down skin aging process and best foods that are preferred to prevent and reduce wrinkles. Continue reading “What to eat for an anti-aging diet”
Other than having a vague concept that junk foods may cause breakouts, do you even stop to think about how your diet could affect your skin? Some studies show that our “Western diet” characterized by high amounts of sugary desserts, refined grains, high protein, high-fat dairy products, and high-sugar drinks is linked to the rising rates of obesity, insulin resistance, and acne among the younger populations.
How your diet affects your skin
Health and weight management aren’t just about exercise (30%); it’s about food (70%). The same goes for a good, healthy and clear skin. As I mentioned it briefly in a previous post [see French makeup routine], food plays a very important role in beauty and is a huge contributor to the overall health of your skin. Skin is a mirror to your state of health and if your skin is breaking out, looks dull or dry, look at your diet first, then adapt your skincare routine. Continue reading “What foods to eat for clear skin”