Beauty Foods - How Diet Can Improve Appearance
adage, "you are what you eat," is getting a 21st century
recently, most dietary advice has focused on weight
management and disease prevention. That focus is now
expanding to specifically look at how what people eat can
affect how they look.
research is examining the role of key nutrients in
preserving a youthful appearance.
A, C and E, for example, are essential to healthy skin.
Vitamin A, also known as beta-carotene, helps block UV
radiation. Carrots, spinach, butternut squash and cantaloupe
are all great sources of this complexion-protecting
Vitamin C and
vitamin E are antioxidants that help encourage skin cell
turnover and collagen formation. Broccoli, citrus fruits,
red peppers and strawberries are all rich in vitamin C,
while vitamin E is found in almonds, avocados and dark,
always best to choose food sources of such nutrients over
supplements, which may not deliver the same benefits and can
even increase disease risk, according to some studies.
alimentary advice to consider for people who want to put
their best face forward:
Eat good fats like those found in seafood and
walnuts to reduce the inflammation that may lead to
Avoid refined carbohydrates, which can cause insulin
spikes and breakouts.
Drink plenty of water and keep alcohol to a minimum
to make sure skin stays hydrated.
Strengthen nails by including
biotin-rich foods in your diet (such as cooked
eggs, soybeans and rice bran).
great also means keeping body weight under control. Natural,
whole foods like fruits and vegetables provide the
foundation of a well-balanced diet. People will get more
than just age-defying antioxidants. The high fibre and water
content of such bulky, low-cal fare will keep hunger at bay.
Jennifer Grossman is director of the Dole Nutrition