Everyone wants to preserve or bring back their youthful looks. And many of us can’t afford or brave surgery, or don’t want it on a matter of principle. So what options are there for those of us who will not be getting a facelift? An essential component of any anti-ageing routine is diet. And sometimes, the most surprising diets can provide the strongest benefits. Case in point: is the ketogenic diet good to protect against the signs of ageing? You might be in for a surprise!
Reducing carbohydrates reduces stress
When we eat too many carbs and send our insulin and blood sugar levels into a cycle of highs and lows, we promote the production of hunger and stress hormones. Our bodies think we are desperate for food because our glucose keeps getting moved to our fat. This is why we get angry when we are hungry and want carbs. But take away the carbs and after a short period, your carb cravings should go away. The mood swings go away with them, and so do the stress hormones. And no more stress hormone spikes means less ageing related to being stressed.
Keeping your fat levels optimal promotes youthfulness
Ever noticed how the people who look older or younger than their years are almost always a bit too fat or too thin? This is because the wrong amount of body fat leaves the skin stressed and enhances the appearance of wrinkles and expression marks. When you eat a typical high carbohydrate diet you will find it hard to stay in that mid-range where you look your very best. This is because of the delicate balance of exercise and dieting it takes to stay there. On the other hand, when in ketosis many people find they stay at an attractive body fat level naturally.
Omega oils are the best anti-ageing antioxidants
The very best anti-ageing products you could wish for are antioxidants. Because all the cells in our bodies use oxygen as part of their running process, they all get oxidized. Oxidization is what we call the damage done by oxygen, for example rusty metals. Our bodies oxidize too, which results in slightly poorly formed cells, and then in saggy skin, wrinkles, and dark marks. Carbs and salts all enhance oxidation. But fats and fat-soluble vitamins slow down or reverse oxidation. When we eat fewer carbs and focus on antioxidant fats such as omegas 3, 6, and 9, we can make sure we reverse the damage our bodies suffer every day.
Fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K are essential to youthful skin, hair, eyes, and nails.
Vitamins A, D, E and K are all fat soluble, which means our bodies can’t absorb them, or carry them where they are needed, without using fats. This is important because these vitamins create a youthful appearance. Vitamin A provides a healthy glow to our skin, and brightness to our eyes. Vitamin D acts alongside our hormones to improve our immune systems and control cell growth, preventing the development of skin tags and moles, and protecting us against the effects of UV rays. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that fights cancer and thinning hair. Vitamin K produces the proteins we need for our blood, ensuring that our cells are well fed, which makes us look younger.
Fighting liver damage by reducing fructose and alcohol intake
One of the strongest drivers of the ageing process is liver damage. Our livers clear out the toxins in our bodies and help us run better. This leaves us looking fresh and youthful. But two calorie sources in particular can overwork the liver. Fructose is a sugar found in fruit and many processed syrups. It cannot be digested by the body efficiently and therefore must be processed by the liver. Likewise, alcohol must be processed to make its calories useable. All this tires out our livers and makes them less efficient. This can lead to a buildup of other toxic byproducts, which stresses our bodies and ages us.
When it comes to the effects of ageing, there is nothing we can do to avoid them entirely. But there is no reason we shouldn’t age slowly and beautifully. Eating a ketogenic diet is a great way to guard against ageing from the inside out.