Feb 23rd, 2011

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Foods for the Skin!

One of the secrets to beautiful skin is proper nutrition.  It is no secret that junk foods like soda and fries can contribute to aging. The foods you eat can and will eventually show in your skin. Why is this? Your internal organs such as your liver, kidneys, adrenals, thyroid, and intestines are the ones responsible in breaking down the food and drinks you take in and if your diet is less than ideal, you are putting pressure on these organs. And guess what?  Your SKIN is the largest organ of the body.  An unhealthy diet and poor quality products can lead to breakouts, dry skin, or accelerated aging.  Below are some foods that can help you achieve more beautiful skin.

1.      Nuts and Salmon- These foods are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and zinc. You may have heard how the Mediterranean diet works wonders on the skin?  Salmon is considered one of the best sources of Omega fatty acids.  Almonds, Walnuts and sunflower seeds are  also great alternatives.   Omega-3 fatty acids help the skin by fighting skin problems like dryness and inflammation. It also helps in promoting healthy heart arteries which contributes to improved circulation. Zinc helps metabolize testosterone, a component that is responsible for producing sebum which is a primary cause of acne.

2.      Citrus fruits- Vitamin C is one of the healthiest things you can do for your skin. This vitamin helps in the production of collagen. Reduced collagen content in your skin can lead to sagging. It also helps fight free radical as because of its antioxidant properties. Fruits like blueberries, pomegranate, strawberries and oranges are rich in vitamin C as are many vegetables.  In general, the brighter or richer the color, the higher the antioxidant content.

3.      Red and green vegetables- Your skin needs the extra vitamin A and beta-carotene. Orange-red vegetables are rich in beta-carotene which our bodies convert to vitamin A. Vitamin A has antioxidant properties that helps with the prevention of premature aging. This vitamin is also used in acne medications. You can also get your vitamin A from green leafy vegetables.
Kale is one of our favorites for high vitamin and mineral content.  Broccoli, spinach and avocado are also great foods for the skin.

Make sure to also eliminate hydrogenated fats, refined sugars and flour and processed foods.  These highly processed foods can elevate blood sugar leading to skin inflammation which accelerate aging.  In addition, try to add in some moderate exercise such as yoga or walking, improving circulation also improves the skin.

Start the fight against accelerated skin aging by making a choice to eat the right kinds of foods. Remember that when you are healthy on the inside, it shows on the outside.

Aside from eating skin-friendly foods, you should also adapt an all-natural skin care regimen which you can learn more about here. Sevani products are “food for the skin”.

A professional skin consultation is available by emailing info@theskinspecialist.com can also help you put together the right skin care regimen for you.

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