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Healthy Foods for Radiant Skin

Skin care advice from the experts at UW Health Transformations Jeune Skin Care:

 

UW Health Transformations Jeune Skin Care Aestheticians Angie Byer, Lisa Klein and Danielle Kalscheur

There is a lot of buzz about eating healthier foods - from wheat and gluten free, loads of fruits and vegetables, nutritional green drinks, detoxifying smoothies, protein smoothies and the like.

 

Spinach to kale, brown rice to quinoa, kiwis to blueberries, chia seeds to flax seeds, tomatoes to sweet potatoes… where does one begin?

 

How much do I need to consume? Should I juice or consume it all - pulp, core and seeds? Can too much kale be toxic to my health as some reports have suggested? What about natural and organic versus regular store bought foods?

 

There is so much conflicting dietary advice with many experts saying what is supposed to be good for you, and others contradicting it. When you're hungry after a long day, the thought of a "healthy" salad or a liquid nutritional drink doesn't always sound appealing when you finally sit down and put your feet up. Maybe you throw your hands up in aggravation, already starving, and head for the nearest fast food place. There is always tomorrow.

 

Like exercise, healthy eating doesn't need to be an all or nothing approach. Yet, there are many foods that can be very beneficial to your skin:

 

Dark Berries

 

Loaded with skin-clearing antioxidants which protect your skin from premature aging. They are also full of fiber.

 

Broccoli

 

High in calcium and protein, this super antioxidant-rich vegetable helps repair damaged tissue and keeps the skin glowing.

 

Nuts and Seeds

 

Particularly almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts and pumpkin seeds are rich in vitamin E, calcium, potassium, selenium, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, omega-3 fatty acids and the like, which aid in skin health and function, thus helping to keep the skin clear.

 

Tomatoes

 

Contains the antioxidant lycopene, which stimulates skin circulation, and vitamin C aids in collagen production for skin rejuvenation.

 

Sweet Potatoes

 

Chock full of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which combats aging.

 

Watercress

 

This leafy green vegetable is jammed full of antioxidants and minerals, which help nourish the skin by flushing out toxins.

 

Amaranth, Millet and Quinoa

 

Inexpensive, gluten-free grains full of dietary fiber and which help curb hunger pangs. Swap these grains out for white carbohydrates or refined starches and sugars, as they help regulate your blood sugar levels. When digested, they leave a slight alkaline residue in the body.

 

Alkaline foods assist in detoxification. Other very alkaline foods are fresh ripe fruits, greens and sprouts. Excess acidity in our bodies can contribute to skin inflammation, acne, premature aging and under-eye circles. Alcohol, animal protein, caffeine, dairy products and processed foods are some examples of very acidic-forming foods. 

 

Bottom line… everything in moderation. 

 

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