Our favorite thing to do to stay young: Eat
Exercise to stay fit and fab? Meh. Go under surgery to keep your face tight? Meh. Use expensive products to keep skin looking dewy? Sigh. Eat good Pinoy food to help in your battle against the ravages of time? Sign us up. While there’s no one food that can help you lose 20 years’ worth of skin damage, eating good food consistently helps your skin recover.
Here are five Pinoy favorites we love that help in our fight against skin aging.
Sinigang na salmon
Salmon is always a winner, and sinigang’s sour broth keeps the fires burning in the embers of your heart, especially in the rainy season like this one. Salmon is one of the best examples of fatty fish, the ultimate anti-aging food. Salmon’s omega-3 fats are some of nature’s best weapons against heart disease, inflammation, and ulcerative colitis. It protects against inflammation and damage that occurs during sun exposure. Salmon also contains an antioxidant called astaxanthin, where it derives its pink color from. Those who take astaxanthin have noted improvements in skin elasticity and hydration.
Champorado from dark tablea
Champorado may just be another breakfast staple—but do you know that the antioxidant properties of dark chocolate is waaaay powerful, even more impressive than acai berries, blueberries, and other berries? All chocolate has flavanols, which protect skin from sun damage, but the amount of flavanols is dependent on which kind of chocolate it is. The higher the cocoa, the higher the flavanol, so 70 percent dark chocolate is best.
Dark chocolate reduces blood pressure, increases insulin sensitivity, and improves elasticity.
We love local products and vouch for Alto Peak Dark Chocolate (from bean to bar, 70 percent) made in Ormoc City, Leyte. 0917 173 7758 to order.
Any dish that’s stewed in tomato is a sure anti-aging weapon because tomato’s high lycopene (a carotenoid) content helps your skin from the damaging rays of the sun (aside from cutting your risk of heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer). Studies have shown that those who have an intake of lycopene has a measurable decrease in wrinkle depth.
When cooked, collagen becomes gelatin, rich in glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline—and when your body absorbs these amino acids, it can form even more collagen for your skin.
Pork cubes simmered in coconut and chili peppers, veritably Bicol’s best dish to represent the region is a surefire way to keep things sizzling—not just on the taste buds. Chili pepper contains capsaicin, which reduces the changes in skin cells brought about by aging. Ginger, also found in Bicol Express, has gingerol, which possesses anti-inflammatory effects that help prevent age spots from sun exposure (one of the most telling things about aging). Spices boost the production of collagen and help prevent sun damage.
Bone broth, or soup made from cooking bones from meat or poultry, is a recent favorite among the seekers of eternal youth. Bone broth is said to release minerals into the soup, as well as collagen, the naturally occurring protein in our body that diminishes as we age. Collagen is a fibrous, supportive protein that helps skin cells adhere to one another, which is what makes our skin look bouncy and supple.
When cooked, collagen becomes gelatin, rich in glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline—and when your body absorbs these amino acids, it can form even more collagen for your skin. More collagen means better skin elasticity and more moisture and firmness, equals fewer wrinkles and less sagginess. So slurp, don’t sip, that hearty bowl of nilaga for better skin.