Foods for Healthy Skin
Here’s a big surprise (not): your diet influences the health of your skin.
Besides the natural aging process, other factors that affect our skin include sun exposure, alcohol consumption, stress, smoking, high intake of processed foods, dry weather, certain soaps.
Dairy products and whey protein have been linked to acne in some studies.
A diet high in refined sugars, carbohydrates and unhealthy fats contributes to inflammation in the body and may lead to breakouts and other skin conditions.
Remember: if you choose to eat foods that don’t serve your health, do so in moderation and only when they are AMAZING! (Mr. Non-Compliant has gotten very good at this rule. Applause.)
Foods that help nourish and support healthy skin:
- Omega-3 fatty acids found in wild-caught salmon (or canned sockeye or pink from Alaska), mackerel, herring, sardines, chia seeds, flaxseeds, walnuts, almonds
- Foods high in Vitamin C: citrus fruits, bell peppers (recall last week’s blog—red bell peppers have loads of Vitamin C), broccoli, strawberries, kiwi (did you know that the skin is edible and has lots of fiber and antioxidants?)
- Foods high in Vitamin E: almonds, sunflower seeds
- Tea (especially green) and coffee—be mindful of your caffeine intake, since not everyone can metabolize it easily. Decaf is an option.
- Dark chocolate containing at least 70% cocoa/cacao. About an ounce is plenty.
- Hydrate your skin by consuming plenty of water each day.
Be sure to see your dermatologist for annual cancer screenings, perhaps more often if you have a family history of skin cancer, experience increased sun exposure or notice any skin changes.
Oh by the way, if you’re looking for my recommendation on skin care products that also promote healthy, hydrated skin, shoot me an email. They don’t take the place of healthy eating and lifestyle habits; however, they help!
No Regrets Workbook
In February, I wrote about No Regrets: A Fable About Living Your 4th Quarter Intentionally by Allen Hunt and Matthew Kelly.
A number of you have told me how much that book has inspired you to practice a specific virtue in your fourth quarter. Or, second or third quarter, depending.
The accompanying The Fourth Quarter of Your Life Workbook is back in stock. You can order it for 33% off and get free shipping by clicking Check out the Workbook
May you live today, and every day, with intention.
Health Coach Carol
“It’s not just what substances you put on your skin. Inappropriate inflammation is rooted in diet, how you handle stress, how you rest and your exposure to environmental toxins.”—Andrew Weil
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