Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday's Beauty Inside and Out Tip of the Week

True beauty comes from within, so the key to a healthy glow may not come from your cosmetics. Your skin is the largest organ of your body. If you nourish your body from the inside out, you will make a difference in the way your skin looks - and ages.

5 Diet Secrets to Healthy-Looking Skin

• Swap Your Carb
Replace refined carbohydrate foods like white bread, cookies, and pasta with their whole-grain cousins. Not only do whole grains provide a lot more anti-aging antioxidants, they also provide the key element of a healthy skin diet - fiber.

"A high-fiber diet with lots of whole grains can help eliminate toxins and act as a detoxifying agent for your body," says nutritionist Tanya Zuckerbrot, who is currently working on her second book F-Factor Beauty Diet. She recommends eating 35 grams of fiber every day.

• Trade In Your Fat
Toss out the bad fats in your diet - saturated and trans fat - and replace them with good fats. Omega 3 fatty acids from fish sources can reduce skin cancer risk, according to nutritionist Elizabeth Somer, author of Age-Proof Your Body. She suggested eating 200 mg of DHA a day - that's equivalent to two servings of salmon a week. While most of us get plenty of omega 6 fatty acids from our diet, Somer stressed the importance of another good fat - linoleic acid - in preventing dry, flaky skin. Linoleic acid can be found in vegetable oils like safflower oil, sunflower oil and olive oil.

• Citri-cize Your Diet
Citrus fruits play an important role in keeping your skin looking young. That's because the antioxidant Vitamin C found in citrus "is involved in the formation of collagen - a protein that binds cells and tissues together", according to nutritionist and Food Network Chef Robin Miller. In other words, collagen helps keep your skin firm and hence reduces wrinkling. Therefore, include more Vitamin C-rich foods such as oranges, grapefruit, kiwis, strawberries, red bell peppers, and broccoli in your diet.

• Keep the Strings and Peels
There are more health reasons to add fruits and vegetables to your diet. Silica found in plant-based foods can help maintain the elasticity of your skin and improve your complexion, suggested Chef Miller. What you probably don't know is that silica is often found in parts that are often discarded - strings and peels. So if possible, enjoy the whole fruit and vegetable, like cucumber skin and the strings of celery and asparagus.

• Stay hydrated
Fluids keep your skin hydrated and help flush toxins. Drink at least 6-8 cups of water every day.

Tiffany Harger

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love all of the tips, Tiff! Thanks and keep them coming!