Monday, August 23, 2010

body beautiful: 5 Foods to Eat for Healthy, Glowing Skin

while many a skincare products really do provide fabulous benefits, as well as visible results, relying on them solely won't always give you the skin you want. in fact, the best looking skin comes from maintaining a healthy diet.

you know this, and even i need to be reminded sometimes, but what you eat has a lot to do with how your skin looks!

i received some fun info from Dr. David Bank, president of the New York State Society for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, regarding this topic so you, my fabulous readers, could give your skin (and bodies) the nurturing it deserves!

not only are these foods good for you, they are delish, too-- take a look at how you can incorporate them into your beauty routine with these recipes...

baked potatoes: trade those greasy french fries for a fabulous baked potato (with skin) to provides 75% of the body's daily copper need. copper, vitamin c, and zinc produce elastin fibers that support skin structure. copper deficiency in your diet can reduce skin's ability to heal and cause it to become rigid and lifeless.

cantaloupe: super healthy for skin because of its antioxidant properties. these are beneficial for fighting off skin-aging free radicals. recipe: blend diced cantaloupe, low-fat yogurt, and other berries with a cup of almond milk for a delicious afternoon pick-me-up or breakfast on-th-go.

wheat germ: uber nutritious, wheat germ is the embryo within a grain of wheat. it's a good source of biotin, a vitamin C that's important to skin (and hair!) health. even a mild biotin deficiency can cause dermatitis, a condition characterized by itchy, scaly skin. recipe: sprinkle wheat germ on yogurt for a tasty way to get more biotin.

almonds & walnuts: almonds contain 150% of daily vitamin E needs and is rich in oils that moisturize your skin, while its antioxidants protect against skin damage and premature aging. in addition, walnuts contain the essential fatty acids that help improve skin. recipe: reach for a handful of almonds or walnuts instead of a bag of chips as your next snack.

cottage cheese: when selenium in cottage cheese meets vitamin E, the result is a powerful free radical-fighting antioxidant team! surprisingly, it also protects against skin cancer and dandruff. recipe: mix cottage cheese with fresh fruit (and almonds!) for a great morning breakfast.

tell me: do you already (or will you be eating any) of these foods soon?


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