Category: Eating Habits

Foods for Healthy Skin: You Are What You Eat

Want truly fabulous skin — glowing, vibrant, and, yes, younger-looking skin? Make sure you’re putting foods for healthy skin on your plate.

“Everything you eat becomes a part of not only your inner being, but the outer fabric of your body as well. The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will look,” says Samantha Heller, MS, RD, a clinical nutritionist at NYU Medical Center in New York City.

              Healthy skin is reflection of overall wellness

“You could have sallow skin, dry skin, older-looking skin. It’s not going to happen overnight, but starve your skin long enough, and it’s going to show,” she says.

What’s more, some health experts believe that when your diet is missing certain foods for healthy skin, other, even more serious skin problems can result.

What Are Foods for Healthy Skin?

Most experts say eating a balanced diet is the best way to get your share of good food for healthy skin. Still, a number of specific skin treats are more likely than others to give a boost of glowing good health to your complexion

    • Low-Fat Dairy Products. One the most important components of skin health is vitamin A. One of the best places to get it is low-fat dairy products. In fact, experts say that the health of our skin cells is dependent on dietary vitamin A.
    • Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums. The common link between these four foods is their high antioxidant content. In a study recently published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, these four fruits weighed in with the highest “total antioxidant capacity” of any food. The benefits of these foods for healthy skin are plentiful.
    • Salmon, Walnuts, Canola Oil, and Flax Seed. These seemingly unrelated foods all deliver essential fatty acids, and thus are key foods for healthy skin.
    • Healthy Oils. These contain more than essential fatty acids. Eating good-quality oils helps keep skin lubricated and keeps it looking and feeling healthier overall, Lipski tells WebMD.Which oils are the right oils for healthy skin? Lipski says those labeled cold pressed, expeller processed, or extra virgin are the ones to look for.”When an oil is commercially processed, the first thing they do is add solvents and raise them to really high temperatures, then put it though five or six processes. Important nutrients are lost,” says Lipski.
    • Whole-wheat bread, muffins, and cereals; turkey, tuna and brazil nuts. The mineral selenium connects all these foods for healthy skin. Experts say selenium plays a key role in the health of skin cells. Some studies show that even skin damaged by the sun may suffer fewer consequences if selenium levels are high.
    • Green Tea. This beverage deserves a category all its own in any article about foods for healthy skin. The skin-health properties in this beneficial drink just can’t be beat. “It has anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s protective to the cell membrane. It may even help prevent or reduce the risk of skin cancer,” says Lipski.
    • Water. While the exact amount you should drink each day varies, no one disputes the role good hydration plays in keeping skin looking healthy and even young. When that hydration comes from pure, clean water — not liquids such as soda or even soup — experts say skin cells rejoice.”It is my belief that our skin needs at least a half gallon of good clean water — that’s about eight glasses — every day,” says Lipski.While any good, clean water will keep your body and your skin hydrated, Lipski says hard water, the kind high in minerals, is especially good. Using water softeners to de-mineralize drinking water may reduce some of the potentially helpful effects.”A water softener may help your plumbing, but it’s hard water that is better for your health,” she says.
Say YES to Superfoods! | My Super Easy Ways to be Supercharged

Say YES to Superfoods! | My Super Easy Ways to be Supercharged

You’ve probably heard one or two of them before.

Chia seeds, flaxseeds, Goji berries, cacao nibs, maca root, quinoa, and so on.

Maybe you’ve already asked yourself, “why do these people go loco over these superfoods?”

Then you’ll think, “well, I see ‘It Girls’ such as Anne Curtis and Solenn Heusaff have them on their IGs too! So, they should be very healthy!”

Your next question might be, “are they really worth all the hype?

Well, I have an answer to that – “YES! YES! and YES!”

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I started using some of them a couple of months ago and I can see some amazing impacts on my health already.

Wanna know more? No problem!

Let’s start off with the babies, ch-ch-ch- CHIA SEEDS.

The Amazing Chia Seeds

These tiny, oval seeds are known for being nutritious and versatile.

Just 2 tablespoons per day can provide you with essential vitamins and minerals such as Calcium, Protein, Phosphorus, Zinc, and fiber.

It’s loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants and good for your heart OMEGA 3 fatty acids.

You can easily add them to your favorite cereal, yogurt, salad, and smoothie.

Personally, I love adding them to almost anything that I eat, even to my rice meal!

Second to the list is the ‘feeling hot, hot, hot’ GOJI BERRIES!

The Tibetan Goji Berries

I simply describe them as red, chewy and sweet! These fine, lovely berries are rich in Vitamins C and A, Zinc, Iron, and fiber.

Also known as ‘wolfberries’, this fruit can aid in your weight loss, boost your immune system and is good for your eyes and skin health.

Studies show that it may help you get better sleep, combat your stress and fatigue. It helps lower your blood pressure and heart risks, too.

They taste excellent and look very attractive when added to my morning cereal. Yum!

The third one is my newest discovery, “The Super Dark”- CACAO. 

It’s C-A-C-A-O, not COCOA!

Did you know that this superhero is also a beast?

Why? Because..

One, it is high in Potassium (183mg per ounce) that is essential to the proper functioning of your heart, kidney and other organs.

Two, it is loaded with Magnesium (64mg per ounce) for your muscles and nerve function.

Three, it has a huge amount of Fiber (9g per ounce) to help maintain low blood cholesterol and stable blood glucose. Adios, Diabetes.

Last but not least are its antioxidants and flavonoids content for protection from and prevention of certain diseases.

It’s bitter yet crunchy and addictive. I can even eat one pack of them (or 100 grams) in one sitting!

Heck, YES!

Let’s wrap it up!

Now we know why more and more people are getting hooked to these ‘nutrilicious’ superfoods.

They are very healthy, simple, and awesome in so many ways.

So, are you ready to be ‘supercharged’ with these superfoods?

Hit the comment below to share your ‘super experience’ with us!


“You are what you eat.”


by Victor H. Lindlahr
American radio presenter and health food writer