I get a lot of questions from our Beauty Detox community along the lines of: “What can I take to prevent aging?” Though beauty products are important, your personal habits and vitamin intake can go a long way towards keeping you looking youthful and vibrant for years to come.
What Causes Aging?
In The Beauty Detox Solution, I go into great detail about built-up toxicity (sludge) that amasses in the body from eating improper foods and poor digestion. This sludge reduces space in the body as well as oxygen flow, and is a major cause of aging.
Also, many scientists have advanced the hypothesis that one of the primary causes of aging is oxidative stress. According to a journal article review printed in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, reactive oxygen species (ROS) that cause oxidative stress may damage DNA, fats, and proteins in the body, thus leading to aging.
So what are ROS? They are molecules that are a natural byproduct of metabolism and are extremely reactive in the body. In balance, your body is quickly able to repair any damage caused by ROS. When behavior or health conditions cause your system to get out of stasis, however, your body loses its ability to keep up with the necessary repairs and damage results. Many behaviors and health conditions may lead to these circumstances, including smoking; excess intake of chemicals, sugar, and alcohol; air pollution; broken metabolism; inflammation; chemicals in our food and water supply; excessive and prolonged exercise; intake of large amounts of processed foods; and many others.
Oxidative stress not only ages your skin and outsides, but can also cause aging on the insides, as well. In severe cases, unmanaged oxidative stress can even lead to disease such as atherosclerosis and cancer.
Vitamins to Prevent Aging
Many vitamins can help your body fight aging. Those containing antioxidants are particularly effective, because the antioxidants help your body manage ROS before damage occurs. The Beauty Detox System is a plan that is high in these antioxidant vitamins, which is one of the reasons it is so effective at fighting aging and promoting a vibrant and youthful appearance.
I am a strong believer in getting the essential vitamins your body needs from healthful foods rather than swallowing a pill. Our bodies are better equipped to process and utilize the natural vitamins found in food as opposed to synthetic vitamins that come in a bottle. One scientific review looked at more than 70 randomized studies on the effects of supplements and concluded there was no evidence to support vitamin supplements promoted longer life or better health. In fact, it showed taking some vitamins in supplement form may even shorten life. Therefore, I think it’s really important that you get the vitamins you need from food, where they are extremely bioavailable and your body can utilize them. However, that being said, taking a whole-food based multivitamin supplement can be good insurance. Choose one that contains D3 and the B complex family of vitamins, instead of taking a dozen different pills.
With that in mind, let’s look at some of the top anti-aging vitamins, as well as the foods you can eat to get them.
- Sweet potatoes
- Turnip greens
- Dharma’s Kale Salad
Beta carotene converts to retinol, which is an active form of vitamin A. It has immune-enhancing properties that can prevent damage from illness and inflammation and is high in antioxidant activity and anti-aging compounds, which prevent cell damage and promote health.
- Sweet potato
- Dark leafy greens
- Winter squash
- Glowing Green Smoothie
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin. It plays a role in maintaining healthy vision, strengthens your immune system, and help maintains cell growth and renewal. It is also an antioxidant that fights oxidative stress.
- Citrus fruits
- Bell peppers
Vitamin C is a great antioxidant, and can provide protection against free-radical damage. It can also help with iron absorption to maintain your blood, as well as assisting with vitamin E regeneration. Vitamin C is also protective against many health conditions, including certain cancers and cataracts.
- Sunflower seeds
Another fat-soluble vitamin, vitamin E is an antioxidant that can protect your skin from UV damage, fight free-radical damage both topically and internally, and protect you against disease.
- Dark leafy greens
- Romaine lettuce
Vitamin K helps blood clot, and can help prevent one of the visible signs of aging: dark circles under your eyes. These are often caused by leaky capillaries, so consuming vitamin K-rich foods is a great way to clot the blood before it creates puffy, dark circles. It can also help you maintain bone strength, which is important for osteoporosis prevention.
B complex vitamins
- Shiitake mushrooms
- Sunflower seeds
- Nutritional yeast
There are several B-complex vitamins, but those that can really help you with aging include niacin, which helps your skin retain moisture, and biotin, which helps keep your hair and nails healthy and strong.