Marvelous Tips on How Food Affects Your Skin
Dr. Farid Mostamand
Author of Ageless Skin Obsession
Soft, smooth, creamy skin is what we all crave, but very often—particularly as we age— our skin loses its youthful bloom. Our skin needs nourishment and care just as our bodies do, and if we mistreat our skin it very often ages prematurely and becomes dull and dry. So what can be done?
Start with the foods that you eat every day. They can have a huge impact on how your skin looks and feels. That doesn‘t mean you have to eat exotic foods, spend a fortune on treatments, or slave over a stove all day—quite the opposite. Eating right is actually quite simple and will go a long way toward your skin and restoring its natural beauty.
Food for Skin Health
Water – It is amazing how much water can do for your skin. It‘s a well-known fact that you are supposed to drink eight glasses of water every day, but how many of us actually do that? People that get plenty of water enjoy skin that is more hydrated and nourished. Water is a natural cleanser for the body; it flushes out toxins and makes an observable difference in the complexion.
Avocado –Contains niacin, an anti-inflammatory that keeps the skin soothed and calm. This fruit nourishes the skin with essential oils and B-complex vitamins. It can be used as a mask to replenish dry skin.
Cottage Cheese – This dairy product has calcium, in itself good for you, and selenium, an essential mineral that combats free radicals. It will also protect the skin against cancer.
Mushrooms – People with rosacea or sensitive skin prone to blemishes can benefit from mushrooms. Loaded with riboflavin, mushrooms are reparative, and an excellent menu addition for people who have had surgery or suffered a wound. Mushrooms promote balance in the skin.
Baked Potato (with the skin left on to take advantage of full benefits) – Enriched with copper, potatoes help the skin heal. They also work with other essential minerals to restore the skin‘s elasticity and support structure.
Berries and Cherries – Many berries (e.g., blueberries, blackberries, black grapes, black currants, acai berries, and cherries) are rich in antioxidants that protect the skin against free radical damage.
Orange Fruits and Vegetables – Foods like mangoes and carrots are rich in Vitamin A which repairs the skin and fights free radical damage. They are low in calories, making them ideal for dieters.
Almonds and Nuts – These contain huge amounts of vitamin E. Almonds are rich in essential oils that nourish the skin and keep it moisturized, and they contain antioxidants to fight free radicals. Walnuts and other nuts provide protein—essential to collagen production which translates to better elasticity.
These are just some of the foods that can enhance your skin‘s appearance, keep it in better repair and constantly replenish it. Ingesting large quantities of antioxidants (found in berries and foods like pomegranate, ginger, and sunflower seeds) protect the skin and fight free radical damage so the skin is better conditioned and more radiant.
Proteins found in meats, nuts, beans, and other foods are important to the skin. They keep the skin‘s collagen production active and enhance elasticity. The Omega-3 fatty acids found in flaxseed oil and walnuts are important to keep skin cells strong. They allow the skin to retain water, making it smooth and soft.
Dr. Mostamand Favorite prodocts for Healthy Skin