Published on September 10th, 2015 | by Jehan Raffiuddin
Beauty Eats: Drink some amino…
All of us have heard of amino acids – but what do they have to do in beauty? Amino acids are the building blocks of our cells – beauty-wise, they supply nutrients to nourish the skin from within the body. This procedure strengthens connective tissue (collagen and elastin) to keep the skin smooth and elastic, the nails firm and the hair strong.
Amino acids arginine and carnitine form creatine which in turn supports skin functions and stimulates the cells to produce more collagen and elastin – thus giving you firmer skin, longer. Think of collagen forming a fibre net, protecting the connective tissue and responsible for firm skin and strong ligaments, tendons and cartilage. Above all, collagen increases the ability to store water in the skin thus keeping your skin hydrated and protected and have a smooth, fresh and wrinkle-free appearance.
A balanced diet is a pre-condition for healthy skin. Often our diets are unhealthy. This throws the acid-base off balance thereby destroying cells and tissues. Amino acids make for a balanced acid-base balance, by neutralising the acids. Glutamine supports the regulation of the acid-base balance. It is also important for firm skin as it slows the ageing process down, which it is referred to as the fountain of youth.
The amount of fat in our bodies increases as we age. It is therefore important to do be active to remain fit. Carnitine is often referred to as a fat-burner because when combined with movement, carnitine can contribute to an increased rate of fat burning.
Amino acids in your diet
Where there is protein, there is amino acids. You will find complete sources of protein in dairy products, meat, fish, poultry and soy and legumes (pulses). For vegetarians and vegans, include plenty of these foods in your diet: nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, Brazil nuts); seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame); beans (lima, chickpeas, pinto, navy); whole soy foods (tempeh, edamame); whole grains (barley, rye, wheat, rice) and vegetables (corn, potatoes, onions, mushrooms, broccoli).
FAB BAG PICKS
- The Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules Intensive Treatment has a patented CLX complex of ceramides and essential lipids that works to re-texturize the skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. CLICKto view product.
- The Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser is a foamy cream-mousse that removes makeup and products off your skin quickly, gently, efficiently. CLICK to view product.
- Lush’s “formed” Sugar Scrub stimulates activity and tackles cellulite with fennel and ginger, the lavender has a balancing effect. An effective scrub that smells even better.CLICK to view product.