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feeding your skin
24 Oct 2016

Feeding Your Skin

Hello friends! For this week’s blog, I decided to take a suggestion from one of our staff. I love welcoming the ideas of others, as I think it’s important to be writing about subjects people want to hear about. Since I have mainly been focusing on medically minded foods and diet over the last month or so, I decided that writing about foods which are beneficial for your skin and beauty would be a perfect transition.

When many of us are choosing our diet and the foods we eat, we often tend to focus on what will affect our physical appearance regarding weight and shape. I would be willing to bet that most of us don’t think about how what we eat can affect the health of our skin. There are so many elements, including our jobs, personal lives and the environment, that can negatively effect our skin. Making sure to eat healthy is a fantastic way to help combat some of these factors that we have no control over. In turn, these healthy foods can also help reduce stress, and give you more energy!

You would also probably be surprised to know that a lot of the foods you are already eating are healthy skin boosters! Many of these same foods have also been known to help increase your body’s ability to fight off infections, and help your body guard and preserve itself from skin cancer, which has been proven to be the most common cancer. Let’s explore a few of my favorites…

Not only are these popular fruits high in Vitamin C, Niacin and Phosphorus, tomatoes also produce an antioxidant called lycopene that can help diminish wrinkles and boost the natural SPF in your skin. Lycopene does this by warding off harmful free radicals that age your skin. In addition, you can also expect to get a good dose of Biotin, which is known to be very helpful in boosting the growth and health of your nails and hair!

Just a small serving of this famously tinned and tiny fish provides an abundance of protein, iron, B12, and Vitamins A, D, E & K! The added amounts of iron to your diet can help deter hair loss, and the B12 can help with dermatological issues such as eczema. Sardines also include high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and have been known to boost your complexion by giving you a refreshing glow! A particular type of omega-3’s called DHA, are also known to be an anti-inflammatory, which can be helpful to those with acne problems, as inflammation is now known as the leading cause of this skin issue.

Aside from being low in calories and high in fiber, Kale also contains primary sources of nutrients called lutein and zeaxanthin, and has lots of wonderful omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids! Lutein and zeaxanthin are nutrients that absorb and undo the free radicals that are caused by UV rays. The omegas have been proven to help strengthen your hair, help maintain the elasticity and enhance blood circulation in your scalp. Kale also includes almost 1.5x the daily requirements of Vitamins A & C, known for firming your skin and preventing premature aging!

This intensely flavorful and fragrant herb is not only good for your skin, but it is known to help aide in memory rejuvenation, stress, pain relief and much more. You can retain these benefits by ingesting or inhaling this herb, as well as applying it topically. Using the concentrated essential oil made from this plant offers strong anti-aging properties and can help heal acne, improve the shine and general hydration of your skin, and give you a more youthful appearance.

This time of year is perfect for getting a fresh and unprocessed supply of this superfood that is high in fiber, low in calories and offers a good dose of beta-carotene, or Vitamin A. Beta-carotene is the pigment you see in many fruits and veggies such as carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach and apricots. This carotenoid has been known to help improve your overall eyesight, help with depression, fight heart burn and much more. Another notable benefit of this bright and colorful squash is it’s skin softening and wrinkle fighting properties. The high doses of Vitamin A also help aide in the growth of skin cells.

Thank you for joining me this week! I hope you all are enjoying the visible changing of our seasons, and the lovely fall weather! If anyone of you would like me to write about a certain subject, please don’t hesitate to send me your suggestions to – [email protected]

Don’t forget to stay positive and LOVE YOUR LIFE!!

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Written By: Heather