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    Adopting a Skin-Healthy Diet

    No matter how much you pamper your skin from the outside, a lovely complexion will remain elusive until you feed your appearance from within.

    How Your Diet Affects Your Skin

    "Your skin is a reflection of what's happening inside your body and your diet is an integral part of that," says integrative nutritionistMary Purdy, MS, RDN. "Changing your diet can have a huge impact on the appearance and health of your skin."

    A healthier diet also promotes healthier digestion, which in turn supports a clearer complexion.

    Makoto Trotter, ND, author ofThe Complete Acne Health & Diet Guide (Robert Rose), explains that "both the skin and the digestive tract are barriers between the body and the outside world" and adds, "Malfunctioning in the digestive tract can also commonly manifest on the skin."

    The first step in enhancing skin internally lies in eliminating sugar. Purdy says, "Sugar is the enemy of healthy skin. It increases blood glucose and insulin, and causes inflammation, which can cause duller skin, pallor, acne, blotches and rashes."

    Skin-Friendly Foods

    Trotter recommends basing your diet on low-starch vegetables, pulses (beans and peas), low-sugar fruits, nuts and seeds and protein from naturally raised meat, wild-caught fish and vegetarian sources.

    In addition, the following foods and beverages have a special affinity with glowing skin.


    Without adequate hydration, skin tends to become dry and flaky. This can lead to itchiness, which then can become a cycle of itch-scratch-irritation-more itching. That’s why you need to get your eight glasses of water each day.

    Olive Oil

    According to results published in the journalPLOS One, people whose diets had the highest amount of calories from monounsaturated fatty acids, especially olive oil, were the least likely to show signs of sun-related skin aging.

    Green Tea

    ABritish Journal of Nutrition study found that drinking two cups of green tea per day helped minimize the damage from sunburn; scientists say the brew's catechins appear to make skin more resistant to UV radiation. Trade your morning java for a mug of green tea and brew an extra cup later on.

    Red Peppers

    A red pepper contains 190 milligrams of vitamin C, almost three times more than an orange. Vitamin C is an important component ofcollagen, the skin's main structural protein*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.; aging, UV exposure and pollutants such as cigarette smoke and ozone can all deplete this crucial nutrient.

    Flax Seeds

    These small seeds are filled with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked with numerous health benefits, including support for skin health.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Sprinkle flax seeds in a smoothie or on cereal. If you’re not a flax fan, foods like salmon, almonds, grass-fed beef and dark leafy greens are also good sources.

    Dark Chocolate

    Flavonols are the substances that give dark chocolate its health-boosting reputation. A study published in theJournal of Nutrition found that consuming high-flavonol cocoa was linked to improvements in skin appearance among women with sun-aged skin. A small amount of dark chocolate might have a positive impact on your skin but be careful not to overdo it because of the sugar content (stick with darker, less sweet types).

    Fermented Foods

    Foods that have undergone fermentation—everything from plain old sauerkraut to trendy kombucha—containprobiotics, the beneficial bacteria that promote good gut health. "Your gut is the key to beautiful skin," says Purdy. "You need good gut flora to digest and absorb food." (Other fermented foods include kimchi, tempeh and yogurt.)


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