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Feed Your Skin For NATURAL BEAUTY
It’s true – you are what you eat. The foods you eat are the only resource your skin has to help it fight signs of disease and aging. The entire body needs nutrients in order to work properly and your skin is no exception. Stress, eating processed foods and sunlight cause your skin to age faster, and increase the risk of developing skin conditions, such as, acne and psoriasis. Fight back against those undesirable lines and bags around your eyes by eating right. Arm your skin with all the nutrients it needs to fight and enjoy beautiful, glowing skin.
Feed Your Skin
Eating the right foods can help your skin have a youthful, plump, radiant, glowing appearance. Researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to discover whether what you eat affects the way your skin looks. Those who ate higher amounts of bad fat and processed carbohydrates (like white bread and candy) had more pronounced wrinkles. Those who ate a diet rich in vitamin C had fewer wrinkles later in life; proof that food has a lot to do with the beauty of your skin.
Taking a Beating
Being the barrier between the body and the environment the skin is subjected to a lot of abuse. Ultraviolet rays from the sun and tanning beds, cosmetics and cleaning products interact with the skin, drying it out, causing injury, making it red, inflamed and unattractive. Eating foods that are high in antioxidants can help protect your skin from these damaging daily elements. Antioxidants are found in high amounts in bright coloured fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts.
Redness and blotches are another common skin complexion problem. These areas of redness are caused by inflammation. Your skin has become irritated or damaged. Fight back against inflammation with foods like fish, yogurt and berries. These foods are all helpful in the battle against inflammation and can help you ditch your concealer for good.
A Little Dull
Is your complexion looking a little dull? It could be because you have too many dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin. The epidermis (outermost layer of your skin) is made up of dead cells. They slough off over time. Eating certain foods can help encourage your skin to slough off dead cells faster and grow new, more beautiful cells too. Psyllium is a great food to include in your diet as it naturally encourages the skin to exfoliate. Vitamin A, found in red/orange fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, is one of the nutrients that support the growth of beautiful new skin cells. Folate and vitamin B12 are also needed for cell division and they can be found in Brewer’s yeast, mushrooms and wheat germ. Ditch your need for makeup with a diet rich in nutrients that can turn your complexion from dull to radiant.
Bite Back Against Acne
Acne is thought to be caused by a poor diet. In 2006, the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology compared the differences between young students who had acne to those who did not. They found that those with acne were more likely to consume soft drinks and chocolates. Ditch the bad diet and fight back against acne.
Acne is a skin condition that involves inflammation. If inflammation can be controlled and prevented than acne can be treated. Foods like fish can help reduce inflammation. Fruits and vegetables such as lemons, grapefruit, raspberries and eggplants are rich sources of antioxidants which stop free radicals from causing damage in your skin that triggers inflammation.
What About Chocolate?
The Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported in 2005 that chocolate has a blood-sugar regulating effect. Chocolate may help control blood sugar levels which affect sebum production (a cause of acne). However, research supporting the use of chocolate to help fight acne did not use conventional chocolate bars. Chocolate bars are high in refined sugar and saturated and trans fats. Rich, dark chocolate is the best chocolate to help in the battle against acne.
Starve Your Wrinkles
Lines and sags are common place on our face. Win the battle against wrinkles by first identifying the enemy: ultraviolet radiation, free radicals and hormones. Go farther than protecting your skin with a broad-brimmed hat and start fighting back from the inside out.
Can food really make a difference? In one of the most amazing studies to date, researchers investigated people over the age of 70 to see if their diets had influenced the youthfulness of their skin.
The subjects were from all over the world: Australia, China, Greece, Japan and Sweden. Scientists examined the diets of 2000 people through a questionnaire.
The researchers reported that the elderly Swedish subjects had the least skin wrinkling and the Australian’s the worst. Eating vegetables, legumes, fish and olive oil were associated with younger-looking skin. These foods include good fats that help maintain your skin’s moisture barrier and reduce inflammation.
These foods also contain antioxidants which protect your skin from the damage that causes redness, sagging and imperfections in your skin. Vitamin C is an ultimate anti-wrinkle antioxidant. The strength and rigidity of your skin is thanks to collagen and elastin which are made using vitamin C.
Changing your diet to include foods that support healthy skin is easier than you think. Discover how the skin is built, how it works, what causes skin problems and ultimately what nutrients help your skin look beautiful.3
Allison Tannis MS RHN is a nutritional scientist, lover of food and, author of many books including “Probiotic Rescue” (Wiley, 2008) and “Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles” (Fairwinds, 2009). Allison is a Nutritional Consultant with a practice in southern Ontario. Visit allisontannis.com for more information.