Friday, September 17, 2010

Nutrients for Healthy Skin

A well-balanced diet that nourishes the skin should include:
  • Monounsaturatted fats- found in avocados, canola and olive oils, and nuts
  • Polyunsaturatted fats- Specifically omega 3's, known best for being found in salmon. There are some in flax seeds but not as much. 
    • Healthy fats promote skin cell regeneration.
  • Eating around the color wheel- A term that is coined by us nutrition folk to encourage people to eat a variety of foods, especially fruits and vegetables.
    • Fruits and veggies are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients.
    • These compounds are thought to help skin color and tone.
  • B vitamins: Found in whole-grains and are also rich in magnesium
    • Also help with skin cell regeneration.
  • Water- At least 8 8ounce glasses or 64 ounces per day
    • Help keep skin hydrated.
Anti- healthy skin foods include:
  • Alcohol and caffeine- found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and certain sodas.
    • These foods act as a diuretic, or stimulate the excretion of water, which decreased the amount of water available to the skin.

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