5 Foods for Radiant Skin

5 Foods for Radiant Skin

By Joni Garcia MS, RD, Contributing Blogger

Feeling the warm sun on my skin is one of my favorite parts of summer.  I love a golden glow as much as anyone, but too much sunshine can be harmful.  Using sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is important, but what you eat can also help keep this vital organ looking and working its best.

Healthy Food = Healthy Skin
The skin is the largest organ in the body and, but like all organs, it needs proper nutrition in order to function right.  There are several different layers of the skin, each containing important nutrients.  Every nutrient found in your skin plays an important role in helping to protect the body from germs, bacteria and other damaging elements from the environment (like the sun’s UV rays).  These elements can harm the body and speed up the aging process (yikes!).  Your skin is a direct reflection of how you treat your body.  While you can’t change your age or genes, you can take care of your body and it will show!

5 Foods for Youthful Skin

#1: Strawberries
These ruby gems are chock full of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps to combat damage to the body caused by free radicals and UV light exposure.  Vitamin C also helps with wound healing and supports production of collagen in the skin, which keeps it nice and firm.

#2: Salmon
Rich in omega-3 fats, salmon helps protect the skin by reducing inflammation.   In fact, a recent study found that these healthy fats may even help to protect the body against skin cancer by increasing the body’s immune response to the sun’s rays.

#3: Cantaloupe
Cantaloupe and other yellow and orange fruits and veggies (like carrots and apricots) are excellent sources of vitamin A.  After some fancy reactions in the body, Vitamin A helps prevent the breakdown of collagen in the skin and helps evens your skin tone.

#4: Nuts
Nuts are an excellent source of vitamin E, which may help protect the skin by absorbing UVB rays. Vitamin E also helps reduce inflammation caused by exposure to the sun.

#5: Whole Grains
Whole grain breads, cereals, and pastas are rich sources of selenium, another antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from free radical damage.

Don’t Forget to Hydrate!
Staying hydrated is just as important for healthy skin as eating well.  Water helps keep your body’s cells full and skin plump, keeps our organs working in tip top shape, and helps to rid the body of toxins.  Choose low or no calorie beverages like water, seltzer, and unsweetened iced tea.

TELL ME:  How do you keep your skin looking its best?

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