You are what you eat from your head to your feet – It’s the age old saying that even the most beauty obsessed don’t bother to follow most of the time. “Most people have it in their heads that following a skin diet is just too hard,” notes Dr. Ruthie Harper, a renowned Texas-based physician with extraordinary accomplishments in the areas of nutritional medicine, non-surgical aesthetic transformation, and genetically based healthcare. “But what they don’t realize is that most likely, all they have to do is adjust one simple thing to make a big difference.”
Flip through to find out tips for small changes that can make a big difference in your skin.
Love your fish?
Stick to Wild Salmon as it has a higher proportion of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which regulate the skin’s oil production to keeps skin hydrated and reduce the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer.
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Go with Dark Chocolate as it has a higher percentage of Cocoa, which in turn has more flavonoids, long known to lower blood pressure and is a natural antioxidant rich in phytonutrients that improves skin density and increases hydration to create smoother texture.
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When using oil…
Olive Oil has Linoleic acid, which keeps skin hydrated as it prevents water evaporation.
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Morning coffee get you going?
Green tea has caffeine as well as antioxidants that prevent the effects of free radicals, which cause damage to cells and tissues. Its antioxidant properties deactivate the free radicals before they can damage the skin.
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Fruit is always good!
Stick to Berries for the skin. In comparison to other fruits, berries have the highest antioxidant levels. Its high antioxidant content helps protect the skin from free radical damage from the sun, stress and pollution. Berries also contain phytochemicals that protect cell membranes from skin damage by lessening premature skin aging and appearance of fine lines. [pagebreak]
Beans, beans, good for the heart…
But also good for the skin so take a second offering of black, red and pinto beans, which are often-overlooked sources of antioxidants.
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