Inside, Outside: Foods to Keep You Looking and Feeling Good

June 29, 2016

 

The skin is our body’s largest organ. Our bodies are bombarded by chemicals, sun, dirt, and bugs, yet our skin is resilient enough to protect us. The skin is in charge of many functions that help us every day. One obvious job is protection: the skin protects our insides from the outside world. Another function is regulating body temperature through the sweat glands: when we get too hot, we sweat through the sweat glands to help cool us off. The skin also works very closely with the nervous system: the sin contains many receptors that helps us sense pressure, temperature, and pain. Lastly, the skin produces vitamin D, which is important for bone health by helping the body absorb calcium, as well as helping your skin look beautiful. 

 

Many people today are concerned with keeping their skin looking and feeling healthy and often turn to surgical methods to maintain their skin. In 2015 alone, 15.9 million cosmetic procedures were performed, including 1.7 million procedures in cosmetic surgery and 14.2 million cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures. Nose reshaping and eyelid surgery are included in the top five cosmetic surgical procedures performed, while botox came in at the top of the list for cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures.  

 

To help your skin maintain its health, you can begin by eating the right foods. As with all aspects of a healthy life, eating well is the first step.  

 

Omega-3 fatty acids 

Eating fish like salmon and tuna contain omega-3 fatty acids which not only lowers your triglyceride levels and inflammation; they also keep your skin firm by preserving collagen. Don’t like fish? Try incorporating walnuts, spinach, and chia seeds instead! 

 

Lycopene 

Lycopene, which is found in tomatoes, contains antioxidants which help protect cells from damage, contains anti-cancer properties, provide and can keep your skin looking smoother and younger. Cooking tomatoes are even better because it increases the amount of lycopene available for your body to take in! 

 

Vitamins 

Eating a large variety of many fruits and vegetables helps to make sure you body is taking the necessary vitamins needed to maintain a healthy body. Fruits and vegetables like strawberries, citrus, carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and spinach all contain higher amounts of vitamins A, C, and E, which can minimize wrinkles and help the skin heal. Remember that vitamin D is produced by our skin using sunlight; vitamin D is an important vitamin to help our bodies absorb calcium. 

 

Flavonols 

Chocolate lovers rejoice! Flavonols are found in dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa content), which aids in keeping the skin smoother and protects the skin from sun damage.  

 

Water 

Keeping hydration is an important step not just for skin care, but for general health overall. Water helps your body and skin get rid of toxins. 

 

By making simple changes to your diet, you can improve not only how feel on the inside, but how you look on the outside!

 

 

References:  

http://www.americanskin.org/resource/ 

http://www.youbeauty.com/beauty/vitamin-d-and-skin/ 

http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Documents/news-resources/statistics/2015-statistics/plastic-surgery-statsitics-full-report.pdf 

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2015/12/23-foods-good-skin/ 

http://www.americanskin.org/resource/ 

http://www.youbeauty.com/nutrition/dark-chocolate-benefits/ 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/03/25/organic-tomatoes.aspx 

http://www.prevention.com/beauty/skin-care/foods-that-cause-wrinkles-pimples-and-speed-up-aging 

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