Perricone Anti-Aging Diet
One of the key ways to keep skin young and healthy is to nourish it from the inside. A diet high in anti-oxidant rich foods, like the one devised by Dr. Nicholas Perricone, can help in giving the skin a youthful appearance.
Adequate protein is essential for cellular repair. Eating fish is one of the best ways to get protein because of its high Omega-3 fatty acid content. Yogurt is another good source, containing good bacteria that promotes healthy intestinal tract functioning.
Fruits and Vegetables
Look for the most colorful fruits and vegetables, because they’re loaded with skin-loving anti-oxidants. Cantaloupe is especially good for plumping up your skin; Dr. Perricone recommends adding extra cantaloupe to your diet a day or two before a special event.
Include carbohydrates in your meals, but make sure they’re from a good source. Limit pasta, bread, cereal, potatoes, rice and corn. Opt for non-starchy vegetables, and fruits with a lower sugar content.
Every meal should include a small amount of unsaturated fat; one teaspoon of olive or flax seed oil, two or three large olives or a few nuts will do the trick.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid sugar, red meat and hydrogenated oils and fats. Limit dairy to low or non-fat. Choose egg whites instead of whole eggs. Never fry food; steam, grill or saute instead.