Want beautiful, healthy, glowing young skin? Then start shopping! Key nutrients in certain foods target specific skin properties like clarity, radiance and texture. Here are just three skin “issues”–and the small adjustments in daily diet that can do wonders to improve them.
So if want…
1. Elasticity and tone — Buy Wheat Germ and Brazil Nuts (It’s the selenium, stupid.)
2. Skin renewal — Buy sunflower seeds, asparagus and onions (the silica promotes wound healing and healthy connective tissue)
3. Radiance and glow — Buy whole grains and Brewer’s Yeast (the B Vitamins are your skin’s BFF’s)
Watch here for more items to add to your shopping list! And don’t forget to eat them daily!
If you’ve been keeping up with your studies here at highschoolreuniondiet.com, you’ve already learned why certain special nutrients have a beneficial influence on the skin, and which ones to make sure to make a habit of if you want your skin to stay healthy and appear young. So far we’ve studied 8 Skin Rules!, and encouraged you to be a diligent and disciplined student—because nothing will make your skin beautiful as fast as great food. Here are two more Rules, making it an even ten—which, face it, isn’t much to commit to memory in the service of your precious skin.
Rule 9. EAT B’s
There’s a bunch of the B’s, and each bestows a special beauty benefit on skin. There’s Vitamin B1, which aids circulation (which aids the glow and radiance); Vitamin B2, which helps with smooth color consistency, and will even reduce dyspigmentation; Vitamin B6, which can protect against eczema; and then the Niacin, biotin, pantothenic acid and para-aminobenzoic acid—all essential to the natural regeneration of skin. Each of the beauty-boosting B’s helps to maintain proper functioning of the glands that keep skin smooth and hydrated, and therefore a deficiency in any one can cause dryness or scaliness (and skin that appears older than it should!). The best B sources are red meat, fish and poultry, whole grains, Brewer’s Yeast, bananas, natural peanut butter and eggs. And just to insure you hit all the notes on a consistent basis, it won’t hurt to add a multivitamin to the mix, or take a daily B-Complex—as long as you know that you can’t fully rely on supplements for these vital nutrients, because pills can’t duplicate the super-efficient delivery system inherent in whole foods.
The Do’s and Don’ts of drinking are as important as the ones for eating, and there are plenty of liquids we should prodigiously avoid if we want great skin (soda, sugared “vitamin” drinks, fruit punches and beverages loaded with sugars and HFCS, to name a few of the usual suspects). These drinks are essentially processed foods, and to get a full read on how processed foods age the skin, consult The High School Reunion Diet’s detailed explanation of “The Sugar Addiction Cycle.” Or, just cut to the chase and replace the tired old sodas etc. with the best drink on earth: water. Despite claims that there’s no evidence that water helps the skin, it verifiably helps circulation—which improves the look of the skin. Water also flushes toxins and impurities from the system, which definitely helps the appearance—color, hydration and texture–of skin. So drink water, getting your feet wet with at least 6 glasses a day, starting in the next five minutes. And then, for extra credit, consider making a regular thing out of a cup of green tea. Surely you’ve heard by now of its motherlode of antioxidants; its showy wealth of vitamins C, D, and K; its rich riboflavin, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and iron. As a bonus, it sports anti-inflammatory substances known as catechins, and studies show this helps prevent basal and squamous cell skin cancers (for health), and aging (for beauty).