With Thanksgiving mere days away, everyone is getting ready stuff themselves full of all the holiday favorites. Even those adhering to a diet tend to cheat a little on the holidays and get back on the horse afterwards. Did you know that your diet is also a huge factor in your skin’s health? If you’re looking to crack down on your eating habits after a bit of holiday indulgence, consider incorporating foods into your diet that your skin will thank you for.
What types of foods promote healthy skin?
Low-fat Dairy Products
Vitamin A, one of the most important components of a healthy skin diet, is easily found in low-fat dairy products. Eating foods rich in vitamin A is also extremely beneficial to those with diabetes or a thyroid condition. Some people, such as those the conditions mentioned above, can’t convert beta-carotene to vitamin A, which is the form found in many foods we associate with vitamin A (such as carrots). The vitamin A in dairy products is a truer form of the vitamin and everyone’s skin can use it.
Foods High in Antioxidants
Free radicals, such as those formed from exposure to the sun, damage the membrane of skin cells. This allows damage to the DNA of that cell. Antioxidants (and other phytochemicals found in these fruits) can protect the cell, lowering the chance for damage. By protecting cells from damage, you also protect yourself against premature aging. To keep your skin looking young, try eating blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, plums, artichokes, beans (black, red, and pinto), prunes, and pecans.
Foods with Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids are responsible for healthy cell membranes. Among other things, cell membranes hold water in the cell. The stronger the barrier of the membrane, the better your cells hold moisture. This leads to skin that is plump and younger looking. To get your essential fatty acids, try salmon, walnuts, canola oil, and flaxseed.
The right oils will keep your skin lubricated, keeping it feeling and looking healthier. You’ll want oils labeled cold pressed, expeller processed, or extra virgin to help your skin.
Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties and is known to protect the cell membrane, so it has a number of benefits. Recent studies also show green tea when taking orally or applied to the skin can reduce the risk of damage from ultraviolet light, and thus reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Of course, no one can deny the role good hydration plays in a healthy diet – for your skin and the rest of your body.
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