March is National Nutrition Month!

03.01.2012, 12:05 CST | Posted In: Prevention & Protection, Health & Beauty

March is National Nutrition Month!

If you’ve been following us on Facebook® and Twitter®, then you’ve probably been reading up on our healthy skin food updates. We know that eating right is not only good for your overall health, but it’s also good for your skin, and in honor of National Nutrition Month, we’re breaking down some important nutrition facts that can help you feel good—and look good. After all, you are what you eat!

  • Color your plate. A rainbow of foods creates a palette of nutrients that are good for your skin. Shop for primary colors of fruit and vegetables when putting together an antioxidant-rich diet. Green foods like spinach and broccoli are full of chlorophyll, which is a natural detoxing agent and can help restore your skin’s radiant glow. Orange and yellow foods such as carrots and yellow bell peppers are rich in carotenoids—powerful antioxidants that can help protect you from skin-damaging free radicals. Blueberries, blackberries, and red grapes are full of antioxidants, flavonoids and vitamin C. It has been reported that they can help form collagen and prevent premature aging. Remember, the more colorful and vibrant, the better!
  • “Essential” essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to play a crucial role in brain development and improving heart health, but they can also help nourish and improve your skin’s tone and texture. But because the body cannot produce them on its own, they must be obtained through diet. Salmon and other seafoods are rich in omega-3s, so slurp down some oysters for a pearly complexion!
  • Peel appeal. Chemical peels from your dermatologist can give you great results, but peeling into an orange can offer antioxidant benefits for your skin, too! Eating fruit high in vitamin C like oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, and cherries can help you achieve the appearance of tighter skin and help prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Milk does a body good. Cleopatra must’ve known the secret to beautiful skin when she bathed in fresh milk. Milk is rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins, such as lactic acid, that can help renew skin cells and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Eating and drinking a lot of dairy can help you achieve that creamy complexion you want.

The best part about eating healthy for your skin? It strengthens your heart and body, improves your immune system, increases your energy, and helps you live longer and better!

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