Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Having a skin care system to get glowing skin is always a great idea! Eating properly AND using a great skin care system is a fantastic idea. It's time to go beyond the surface and take a look at not only what's in your beauty drawer but also what's in your food pantry and refrigerator.

The truth of the matter is, if you have a horrible diet, then your skin is definitely not as radiant as it could be. The healthier you eat the better your skin will be. The trick is to incorporate these foods into your diet and work towards a more balanced diet. I am by no means saying turn into a health freak...everyone loves a good piece of chocolate!

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Low Fat Dairy...
A key player in your skins health is vitamin A. The best source is low fat dairy products. In fact, the vitality of our skin cells are dependent on it. This is doubly important for people with diabetes or a thyroid condition. Generally people with those medical conditions cannot transform beta carotene, which is the form of vitamin A found in many foods we naturally associate like carrots, into vitamin A. The A found in dairy products is absolute A so it is absorbed by everyone. Yogurt is not only rich in vitamin A, but it also includes "live" bacteria that is great for your intestinal health, which will show itself in the condition of your skin.

The Darker the Berry... 
Fruits like blueberries, plums, blackberries, and strawberries have the highest antioxidant content of any food. This is super important because the help fight against free radicals. Free radicals damage the outer layer of the skin and ultimately the make up or DNA of skin cells. They are formed by sun exposure. The awesome thing about the dark fruits is their antioxidants help shield the cell, resulting in less damage. Ultimately you are guarding against premature aging.
Also try: artichokes; black, pinto and red beans; prunes; pecans

Fatty Acids...
"Essential fatty acids are responsible for healthy cell membranes, which is not only what act as barriers to harmful things but also as the passageway for nutrients to cross in and out and for waste products to get in and out of the cell," says Ann Yelmokas McDermott, PhD, a nutritionist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston (WebMD website). The cell membrane also retains water, so the better the barrier the better your cells can hold in moisture. And that means plumper, younger looking skin.
Foods like walnuts, salmon, canola oil, and flax seed are all great sources of fatty acids

Some of these foods are already in your diet so you're already providing a great service to your skin. For anyone who does have a less than stellar diet, try introducing new foods that will benefit your skin and help it glow!
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  1. Hello! I'm a grad student who's also finshing up coursework to be a registered dietitian. Great post, the dark berries and fatty acids are absolutely essential. Great post!


  2. Hi,This is great advice!