Vitamin A Can Keep You Looking Younger
When we were kids, we didn’t understand why it was so important to make sure that we got enough rest and exercise, and always ate a balanced diet just like mum kept saying we should.
As adults, by now we should well and truly understand the link between healthy eating to get the correct vitamin intake, and how doing so can affect our overall health and outward appearance.
But did you know that eating a healthy diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals can cause us to look younger than we actually are? Alternatively, if you don’t make the right choices your diet could be aging you.
Vitamins are broken down as either fat or water soluble elements. This just means it’s how they’re broken down in the body or how they dissolve. and one of the important vitamins for younger-looking skin is vitamin A. This vitamin is also known as retinol, and is fat soluble.
Usually the first sign of aging shows up on the outer layer of skin. You’ll notice that your skin doesn’t look as healthy as it used to, and has lost its youthful glow. It might start to look and feel drier and even begin to flake a little bit. If you’ve already noticed that starting to happen, it can be a warning sign that your body isn’t getting enough vitamin A.
One important role of this particular vitamin is to help the body rejuvenate by promoting the growth of new skin cells. Skin that seems weather-beaten, leathery and wrinkled may be simply missing the proper amount of this key vitamin. You may have noticed that some leading-brands of anti-aging skin creams contain added retinol, but unfortunately using these creams on the face can cause skin irritation for many people.
There are safer ways to get this vital nutrient for your precious skin. One of the best, natural ways to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin A into your body is to include foods in your diet that contain high amounts of it. Although not everybody likes the taste of liver, this particular meat delivers a healthy dose of vitamin A. By consuming only 3 ounces of liver every other week you’ll be receiving a healthy helping of this important nutrient. So if you do like liver, then this is one of the quickest and easiest ways to get this vitamin into your system.
Dairy products like ice cream, milk and yogurt are also good sources of vitamin A. Cheese is another dairy product that contains a useful amount of this important vitamin. Since egg yolks have plenty of vitamin A, you’ll want to make sure that you include eggs to your daily diet if you don’t already eat this versatile and nutritional food.
Vegetables that contain significant doses of vitamin A include sweet potatoes and greens like spinach or broccoli, and when choosing your greens, remember that the dark, leafy greens contain the highest levels of vitamin A. Fruits that can help increase your vitamin A intake are cantaloupe, mangos, apricots and peaches.
Making sure you get enough vitamin A in your diet will help to keep your skin healthy for the rest of your life. As an added bonus it will also help keep your gastrointestinal tract healthy too. People who practice a strict vegetarian lifestyle will be already getting plenty of vitamin A on a regular basis, so this is yet another benefit of making this lifestyle choice.
Copyright © Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd 2021. Written by Geoff Lyth