How to Save Your Skin, Part III

Posted on February 9, 2011 
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Popular dermatologist and High School Reunion Diet author Dr. David Colbert advises patients that simple foods replenish skin in a way that no cosmetic dermatology procedure quite can. And certain skin “issues” (wrinkles, spots, aging) respond brilliantly to special, target nutrients.  All you have to do is learn their sources, and make a point of eating them in whole foods.

Paperback Due March 2011 In How to Save Your Skin Parts I and II, you learned to Eat ACE, Don’t Eat White, and several other HSRD Skin Rules! (If you forgot, better go back and do your homework—these lessons are as good for your health as for your beauty.)  Here are two more daily Rules for maintaining youthful, strong and luminous skin:

Rule 7.  Eat Silica.

Say what?  What’s silica?  Good thing you asked, because both your sunny complexion and your shiny hair rely on the answer—and on your getting enough of this essential trace mineral.  For one, it will help your skin and hair retain moisture, and this means an end to split ends as well as to dull, dehydrated skin. Silica also strengthens connective tissue—including muscles, ligaments, bone, nails, cartilage—and a deficiency might show up as lack of elasticity in the skin and compromised wound healing capabilities.  Good sources of silica include whole oats and brown rice, asparagus, green beans, lettuce, celery, cucumbers, potatoes, onions, leeks, strawberries, rhubarb, mango and sunflower seeds.

Rule 8.  Eat Zinc

Zinc is good for your skin not just because it helps control the production of oil (and thus helps you stay clear of acne), but also because, as a mineral that we need in order to synthesize collagen, it is key to proper wound healing, the skin’s precious self-repair mechanism.  Zinc helps Vitamin A (another Skin Rule!) travel more efficiently from the liver to the skin.  And studies are being conducted on the effectiveness of zinc treatment on a range of skin conditions from contact dermatitis to sunburn.  Besides being key to skin health, zinc helps us maintain healthy eyesight and normal sense of smell, and assists mightily in proper immune system function.  It’s even said to shorten the duration of the common cold.   Among its many benefits, it is linked to prostate health in men.  Great sources of zinc include fresh oysters, red meat and poultry, eggs, liver, whole grains, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and watermelon seeds, pecans, cashews, and peanuts.

Watch here for more of Dr. Colbert’s Skin Rules!

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