A Guide to the Relationship Between Food and Skin

A Guide to the Relationship Between Food and Skin

What is the Relationship Between Food and Skin?

Diet is an important factor in skin health. The skin's outer layer, the epidermis, contains many cell types that synthesize lipid-based substances which contribute to its ability to regenerate.

Since diet affects the amount of certain lipids present in the epidermis, it is logical to conclude that diet also affects skin health.

Providing enough nutrients can help keep your skin healthy and improve its appearance.

The relationship between food and skin is not fully understood because there are different factors that can affect it. There are even studies that show no correlation between what you eat and how it affects your skin condition, which I disagree with after looking at the data collected. But there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from people who show improvement by changing their diets, so there must be some link somewhere, right?

What are the Best Foods for Healthy Skin?

In order to have a healthy skin, it's important to eat the right food. Eating nutritious foods can provide your skin with antioxidants and other nutrients that are necessary to keep it healthy. Some of the best foods for healthy skin are:

-Berries: They contain antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C which help your skin stay young.

-Avocado: Avocados contain many vitamins and minerals which help to keep your skin hydrated while also being rich in Vitamin E which can reduce wrinkles.

-Nuts: Nuts contain omega 3 fatty acids that work to reduce inflammation on the face while also helping you maintain a beautiful glow from within.

-Bananas: Bananas contain potassium that helps with water retention in the body, keeping your complexion fresh and less wrinkly.

-Fatty Fish: Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and herring, are excellent foods for healthy skin. They’re rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which help keep skin thick, supple, and moisturized.

-Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes contain high amounts of beta carotene, which is a nutrient found in plants. Carrots, dark leafy greens, butternut squash, cantaloupe, are other fruits and vegetables that contain beta carotene. It functions as provitamin A, which means it can be converted into vitamin A in your body. It can also add a warm, orange color to your skin, contributing to an overall healthy appearance. Just don't overdo it like I did years ago when I was juicing carrots. I was a bit too orange. Steve still teases me about that!

-Bone Broth: Our collagen is naturally breaking down by the time we hit our 20’s, and that can be sped up by factors such as smoking, having a poor diet & spending too much time in high UV environments. Consuming broth with collagen & gelatin can give your body the support it needs to maintain healthy collagen levels, which supports the health of your skin.

-Broccoli: Broccoli is a healthy produce item that can help your skin in many ways. It contains zinc & vitamin A to produce glowing skin and has lutein, which protects skin from damage and from becoming dry and wrinkled.

Now You Know.

Now you know some foods to eat for healthy skin! It is said that everyone has a different skin type. However, there are some traditional foods that can maintain health for all types of skin. Try incorporating some of these foods into your daily habits, decrease your intake of processed foods and sugar, increase your healthy beverage intake, get plenty of quality sleep and watch your skin begin to change.

Dr. Nicole


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