The Times on Saturday had an article about a US Dermatologist, Dr Nicholas Perricone, who interestingly was totally against Botox and fillers. Instead he advocated a healthy diet as the most important way to look youthful.
Salmon was his 'go to food' as it contains DMAE, a compound that gives tone to the skin. Whilst his advocacy of a three-day salmon diet with salmon eaten three times a day may not be so great if you can only get farmed rather than wild salmon, increasing your intake of oily fish may be advice worth taking. He claims the right foods turn off inflammation and turn on anti-inflammatory proteins.
Here is his three day diet with 4-6oz of grilled salmon at each meal.
Breakfast - salmon + porridge with melon or berries.
Lunch - salmon + salad or leafy greens with melon or kiwi fruit
Dinner - Salmon + steamed vegetables.
Snacks - apple, turkey breast, hazelenuts, walnuts or almonds.
Once the three day salmon fest is over then he advocates following a low GI diet - so low sugar and carbs.
He also sells very expensive skin creams. He does say that if we can't afford his creams there are many things we can do to look younger without spending anything.
- Reduce stress
- Reduce sun exposure
- Don't smoke
- Don't drink to excess
- Get enough sleep
- Mediate, do yoga or pray
- Exercise moderately - no more than 30 to 45 minutes.
So what do you think? His advice fits well with messages about healthy eating such as to eat more oily fish and reduce sugar and refined carbs. However there are concerns around eating high quantities of farmed salmon. See this article and scroll down to the end for a summary. Perhaps including a variety of other oily fish such as mackerel and herring would be a better idea.
His advice to exercise moderately is interesting as he claims that after 30 - 45 minutes of exercise we use up our antioxidants and become pro-inflammatory. Having just run my first half-marathon I may well take his advice to stick to shorter durations!
My take home message - we are what we eat!