“Oh la la! But why am I so yellow this morning? But also: so wrinkled, so swollen… so old, in short?”. Anyone who has never stared in dismay at the mirror early in the morning, getting up and running their hands full of water over their face, can stop reading. Unless she looks unenthusiastically at her thighs lying on the sand this summer, exhausted by the useless war against cellulite waged during the winter with massages, creams, expensive electrical devilry. Or did not touch the skin of the arms and abdomen in search of lost tone who knows how many years; explored signs of acne, rosacea, dark spots not knowing what to do. Or, even, combed what remains of a hair not badly reduced to a saucer of angel spaghetti.
If none of these little daily anxieties have ever touched you, and you are sure that they will never touch you, well yes: our proposal this month is not for you. You can calmly laugh and have the illusion that your skin will never let you down. Perhaps snort before the new roadmap of well-being according to science: this “Beauty Food. Recipes for eternal youth”, a pleasant title for a very serious book written by the nutritionist and hydrologist Nicholas Sorrentino and the dermatologist Pucci Romanowhich you can find on newsstands with Salute.
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If, on the contrary, you want to follow the rhythm of your skin, your hair, your nails, whatever the DNA that gave them shape and will determine their course, start reading, go to the market to buy new foods and prepare them with many recipes that form the second part of the book.
How to stay young at the table
So? How to stay young at the table? At first glance, it looks like the same old story: lots of water, vegetables, fruit, fish, little meat, little sugar, no industrial foods, little alcohol… The Mediterranean diet , the modern elixir of life. The wise and winning choice to live a long, healthy and even beautiful life. A little exaggerated? Well, we’ve said it and we’ll say it again: how quickly our skin ages is written in the DNA. What was your mother’s complexion? Your father’s fabrics? Seen those, seen it all. But at Salute, we don’t like this kind of fatality that pushes us towards the sofa and the spritz fatally inspired by our genetic destiny. We are convinced that there is a precise individual responsibility to which to attribute a large part of our destiny, even in front of the mirror. This is a belief “according to science”, and Sorrentino and Romano, studies in progress, show how the interplay of vitamins, mineral salts, fatty acids, but also sugars, proteins and fibers is the true arbiter of our appearance. Explain how each of the nutrients we ingest with our diet plays a role in aging and skin blemishes.
“Beauty Food” first details how our skin is made and why it ages, it fills with sebum and capillaries, accumulates imperfections due to its pathologies (from cellulite to acne) to explain why polyphenols fight wrinkles, selenium it keeps us a bit of the color of the thirty years, carotenoids allow us to stay in the sun without too much damage.
Do we mean that they preserve us? Let’s not exaggerate: wrinkles happen sooner or later. But if you want it to be “then”, then you can equip yourself with a nice basket of vegetables and a nice bottle of water.
After explaining the cellular and metabolic dynamics that make us age and make us sick, Sorrentino and Romano offer us many ad hoc recipes for each of the conditions we want to prevent or alleviate. Who would have thought that against capillary fragility you could try a cold cod salad (which is also good)? Or that – surprise – to overcome cellulite, spaghetti alla pescatora helps us (made as the book suggests, of course).
The authors warn against toxic lifestyles, physical inactivity and smoking. And they invite us to observe our skin carefully because it can give us valuable clues about our state of health: it’s not just wrinkles, there are more serious things that our skin alerts us to. A chapter explains it well, and tells us what to pay attention to.
But without forgetting a good news: chocolate does not cause pimples! Hooray.