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THE BEST FOODS FOR HEALTHY SKIN

Is essential a beauty cream applied daily to keep a face young and bright?  Have you ever considered the idea of curing your nutrition to help your skin? Improving the face skin without tormenting it with unorthodox do-it-yourself remedies is possible, you need to include in your diet foods that help fight skin aging. Some foods are real elixirs of beauty, try to believe!

What to eat to have a young skin? The most suitable diet to improve the skin of the face and fight skin aging excludes refined industrial foods, meat and dairy products, known to promote hormonal changes and the appearance of acne, but also the increase of insulin in the blood resulting in irritation to the skin.

The diet for a bright and compact skin is vegetarian: vegetables, fruits, legumes, cereals, dried fruits, oilseeds and occasionally blue fish, are foods that are good for the skin thanks to the nutrients they contain, which discourage cellular aging and therefore delay the appearance of the infamous wrinkles. To find out what these substances are, you just have to continue reading!

Which food is good for healthy skin

The perfect foods for your skin that need to be included in your diet are carrots, spinach, apricots, generally yellow, orange, red or dark green fruits and vegetables. They contain beta-carotene, which is metabolized by the body for the production of retinol. Retinol stimulates tissue renewal and consequently helps the skin to regenerate faster, which is essential if you want a smooth and bright face.

Omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids are other key allies for improving the skin of the face: they are the main responsible for a hydrated, nourished and compact skin and can be found in nuts, flaxseed and blue fish.

Antioxidants are essential for a beautiful skin, as they fight free radicals and combat cellular aging. Green tea is rich in it, as well as fruits and vegetables, cereals, legumes and dried fruits. The tomato is rich in antioxidants and lycopene, a component that keeps the skin young and helps to protect it from ultraviolet rays.

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How to get healthy skin by food

Selenium helps fight free radicals and protects against skin cancer. It is contained in mushrooms, brazil nuts, whole grains and fish. Whole grains, mushrooms and fish are also foods rich in B vitamins, essential for the nervous system and antioxidant effect.

Dried fruit contains selenium in quantity, but also copper, vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids. Walnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts and almonds are ideal for the daily skin care, since they promote the production of collagen and keep the skin young by counteracting the appearance of wrinkles.

Berries are also essential allies for a healthy skin, as they have an emollient and protective action of the capillaries, ideal for sensitive skin.

Beans, soybeans and olives contain powerful antioxidants, such as vitamin E, and bioflavonoids to keep your skin healthy and counteract cellular degeneration.

Why to use ProLon®

ProLon® is a mostly plant-based program and contains many of the above-mentioned foods: cereals, legumes, vegetables such as tomato, mushrooms, dried fruits. In this way, together with getting all the benefits of the Fasting Mimicking Diet program, you could also improve your skin health! What are you waiting for? Buy your ProLon® kit now!

CHILI PEPPER USE, PROPERTIES AND NUTRITIONAL VALUES.

You know all about this red plant? Don’t worry! Through this article we will discover its origin and distinguishing characteristics, how to use chili pepper, its properties and benefits, but also its contraindications. Following we will focus on one of its most famous characteristics, the spicy taste, and to finish a few fun facts!

Historical origin.

Chili pepper, in Latin Capsicum annuum, is an annual plant belonging to the family of Solanaceae, the same of potatoes, eggplants, tomatoes and tobacco. Native to the American continent, it was brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus, back from his second trip in the New World.

Characteristics of chili pepper.

The chilli has an erect stem, white flowers and elongated fruits that during the growth phase pass from green to yellow to bright red. The peculiarity of the fruit is the spiciness on the palate, characteristic given by the capsaicin, an alkaloid present inside it in varying concentrations depending on the species considered.

In addition to the spicy taste, capsaicin is a rubefacient substance, that is able to stimulate and increase blood flow. The typical spicy flavour makes chili an ideal spice in the kitchen to season and flavor our recipes. But being very rich in active ingredients, chili pepper use is also famous in topical preparations to counter arthritis and muscle pain.

Its fruit contains vitamins (C, E, K, B, A), mineral salts including calcium, copper and potassium, carotenoids, bioflavonoids and lecithin. In particular, chili is rich in vitamin C: 100 grams of this spicy fruit contain 229 milligrams against 50 of orange!

Beneficial properties.

Chili pepper use is helpful as natural remedy that stimulates blood circulation, counteracts the onset of bacteria, lowers cholesterol and activates metabolism.

The main benefits of chili are:

-improving blood circulation;

-promoting intestinal motility;

-reducing blood cholesterol;

-being antioxidant, antibacterial and antihistamine;

-preventing infections;

-being expectorant;

-stimulating the vitality of the tissues;

-activating the metabolism.

The chili pepper use is also advantageous because capsaicin stimulates some receptors, including those of the tongue, which make us feel the typical spicy flavour, as we will see, but also acts on those located at the level of brown adipose tissue, the so-called Bat. This tissue has the function of releasing fat in the form of heat. The intake of chili, in fact, makes us feel a sensation of heat, which does not correspond to a real rise in body temperature.

By activating the Bat receptors, capsaicin is able to release fat cells in the form of energy and temperature, instead of storing them as stocks…and not only. Capsaicin, in fact, is able to decrease the secretion of Grelin, a pancreatic hormone responsible for the hunger sensation. In this way, the appetite signal is weakened, and we are led to ingest less food.

Contraindications of chili pepper use.

Due to the numerous health properties, the consumption and in any case the excessive chili pepper use can be irritating for the gastric mucosa. Therefore, it is not recommended to use it in case of ulcer, gastroenteritis, cystitis, hepatitis, haemorrhoids. Moreover, children under 12 and pregnant women should limit their consumption.

The famous spicy taste.

As we have seen, the spicy taste is conferred to the chili from the capsaicin, substance that is found in all parts of the fruit. Contrary to what is commonly believed, capsaicin is not concentrated only in the seeds, but is mainly found in the so-called placenta, the white inner membrane to which the seeds are attached. It is also contained in discrete quantities in filaments and seeds. The placenta, as well as the seeds and their filaments, is located around the head of the fruit. For this reason, the tip of the chili is less spicy than the top.

There are more than 3 thousand varieties of chili, each with a different degree of spiciness. To measure its specific level, an empirical scale of value is used, the so-called Scoville scale, from the name of the chemist who invented it.

This scale goes from 0 to 10 degrees. The Scoville (SU) units measure the amount of capsaicin present inside the fruit and it is calculated on a scale ranging from 0, the value of the sweet pepper, up to 16 million of pure capsaicin!

Dampen the burning of chili pepper.

The spicy taste of chili pepper is given by the action of capsaicin on the receptors of the tongue, causing a burning sensation similar to what you get when you ingest a very hot food. It’s just that the chili sensation lasts longer.

To dampen the burning of chili pepper, it is useless to swallow a lot of water. Capsaicin is soluble in alcohol or fat, in particular casein. So, it can be useful to sip a glass of wine, eat cheese, a yogurt sauce or sip a little milk. That’s why in Mexican cuisine, that is very spicy, it is used to accompany meals with sour cream, as well as in Indian cuisine where dishes are accompanied by lassi, drink made from yogurt.

In any case, even a simple slice of bread is a very effective remedy against burning, as chewing the crumb removes capsaicin molecules from the tongue receptors.

Curiosities and fun facts.

Capsaicin represented the stratagem devised by Mother Nature to ensure survival and reproduction to the plant of chili. The typical spicy taste kept away the mammals, who would eat the seeds, destroying them entirely through digestion.

On the contrary, birds are immune to capsaicin because they do not feel its taste because they lack the receptors on which this substance acts. It is thanks to them that the pepper plant has managed to survive and reproduce. The seeds ingested by the birds, in fact, are dispersed during the meal or through the faeces.

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Caloric Restriction: The 5 Days of Lucia

When it comes to deal with something new, doubts and questions that arise are numerous and often come with a kind of scepticism. In order to remove these doubts, at least in part, telling you my personal experience could be useful. Lucia, is a 36-year-old homemaker and full-time mother, she is sharing with us her own experience of the 5 days caloric restriction provided by ProLon’s Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD)!

Lucia, how did you know Pr. Longo?

“I was at home zapping on TV when an interview running on a channel on the show” le Iene“caught my attention.
They were talking about a certain 5-day diet designed by a scientist. Before that time, I had never heard of Professor Longo. So, intrigued by the subject treated in this famous interview, I did some research. After getting more information and understanding that it was not about a common slimming diet, I decided to contact you.’’

Is this the first time you have been on a calorie restriction?

“In the past, I followed diets aiming at losing weight. One of the reasons I decided to follow this type of dietary approach is precisely because it has a very different purpose. I have been suffering bowel issues for a year and a half. Food intolerance has led me to exclude certain types of food, and I must admit that it has been tough to me because I am a “hearty eater”. I did not imagine that it could be a food protocol enabling the body reset, so I thought, “why not try it”.

Did you have any particular difficulty following the diet with the kit?

“No, I must say it is easy to use. It was exactly what I was looking for: something schematic that dictated what to do and how. Of course, the mind-set is important, but having something structured day after day is a fundamental help!”

Please, describe us the 5 days

“The first day, I did not feel anything particular, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th I had a strange headache, but nothing unbearable, I do not know, I would define it more like a “feeling of tiredness”. In addition, the first nights, I was a little tired. The last day, I had some issues to eat the preparations, but only for a matter of taste!”

Have you been very hungry during the 5 days?

“Honestly, not during the day. Only in the evening I was a bit hungry, especially when I had to cook for my family, it is very hard to resist the temptations, but luckily, the desire to follow scrupulously this program was stronger and I did not give up.”

Considering that it is very subjective, which are the preparations that you have most appreciated among all the preparations?

“The bars and the olives were very tasty, but what I liked the most was the minestrone, a good flavor, I would say!”

 What did you dislike?

“The tomato soup, on the fifth day I could not appreciate the taste. I did not like the kale cracker either.”

Let’s talk about the results:

“The first obvious factor is the decrease of the abdominal circumference. I have lost more or less 2 kg. Besides, you feel more energetic and your ability to focus seems to have improved a lot. I also had a positive return in my daily life. Let me explain, before I used to dislike vegetables and I did not drink liquids during the day, now I have integrated vegetables and I drink at least 1.5 litter of water during the day”.

What is about the problems you mentioned at the beginning of the interview?

“It was the most surprising result. Since I started this diet, I do not have intestinal problems anymore, I can finally eat dairy products, I do not know what kind of correlation is there, but I am very enthusiastic. In January, after Christmas holidays, I absolutely want to do it again! ”

Three adjectives to describe the fasting mimicking diet

  • Surprising
  • Useful
  • Well studied


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