Foods for Health

Food For Healthy Skin – We Are What We Eat

There have been some interesting clinical studies about food for healthy skin.  Some had to do with acne, but many of them had to do with delaying or reversing the signs of age.  Things change, but one thing remains the same, we are what we eat.

The healthfulness of our bodies, inside and out, is closely related to what we choose to put in our mouths every day.  It turns out that the foods for healthy skin are the ones that healthcare professionals, fitness experts and even body builders have been suggesting for years, because they are full of nutrients; protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  But, they are relatively low in calories and saturated fat.

Fish, particularly salmon, is rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which are polyunsaturated and good for the heart, the joints, the brain, the immune system and the skin.  Of course, you have to be careful about how often you eat some types of salmon, because of mercury and PCB contamination.  The best choice is Wild Alaskan Salmon.  The water is cleaner and there have been no incidences of mercury contamination.

Fruits and vegetables, green tea and dark chocolate, ginger and other spices contain lots of different antioxidants.  Studies have shown that antioxidants help to prevent something that the scientists call photo-aging.  It’s just a fancy way of saying damage done by the sun.

During exposure to sunlight, the level of free radicals within our skin’s layers rise, depleting our level of naturally occurring antioxidants.  In addition, older people have fewer naturally occurring antioxidants and larger amounts of free radicals.  So, your goal should be to increase your skin’s “antioxidant status”.  You can do that by eating antioxidant-rich food for healthy skin and by applying antioxidants directly.

Several studies have revealed that an antioxidant called coenzyme Q10 is particularly beneficial for repairing damage done by the sun.  In clinical trials, using real-life human volunteers, researchers measured a 29% decrease in lines and wrinkles, a 33% overall reduction of sun damage and a 37% increase in hydration.  The treated skin was less rough and those things were seen after only six weeks of topical application.  If you started eating the best foods for healthy skin, it could take quite a bit longer before you started to see a difference.

I say that because several studies have looked at the benefit of oral supplements, such as fish oil, soy protein and antioxidants.  The supplements were beneficial to the skin’s structure and firmness, at least by a small amount.  For example, volunteers that took a daily fish oil supplement saw a 10% improvement in their skin’s firmness.  But, that was after three months of supplementation.

There’s nothing wrong with being patient, but any natural health expert will tell you that you should treat skin problems from the inside out and form the outside in.  Eating food for healthy skin treats the problem from the inside out.  Nourishing moisturizers treat it from the outside in.  Why not do both?

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