So you’ve got your bottle of NeriumAD and you’ve been using it for a few days (you did get your NeriumAD, didn’t you?), and now you want to know how your diet can affect your skin’s health and appearance.
I’m about to show the secret to having healthy, younger looking skin, that also happens to be amazing for your heart, brain and memory, as well as other inflammation related discomforts!
Another benefit, these foods good for skin are easy to combine in to delicious recipes, and they can be found right at your local grocery store!
Foods Good for Skin
#1 – Water
Easily the most overlooked ingredient for excellent skin health is water. At the most basic level, your skin is an organ made up of cells. Dehydrated cells malfunction in numerous ways. In skin, this manifests itself as tight, dry, flaky skin. Dry skin is thinner, cuts easier, and is more prone to wrinkles. That said, skin is the last organ to hydrate. It is highly unlikely that you can hyper-hydrate skin by drinking water, but you most certainly can prevent dehydration
Water is also an excellent detoxifier. It helps to shuttle waste from the body. Metabolic wastes in the blood can lead to all kinds of skin malities and rashes, primarily acne.
#2 – Salmon
In fact, salmon is one of the best natural sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, and access to wild caught salmon is available at just about every decent grocery store. Omega-3 fatty acids are powerful anti-inflammatory, which will help you with inflammatory related discomforts such as knee, elbow, and other tendinitis related pains.
In terms of skin, omega-3′s will reduce redness, unclog pores, and help help avert developing lines and wrinkles!1
EPA, a component of omega-3′s is known to have protective effects against the sun. It also has been show to help inhibit the production of androgen hormones which result in oily skin!
#3 – Avocado
Avocados are have the highest natural vitamin E content of any fruit. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that counteracts free radicals. This anti-oxidant effects is helpful in decelerating the signs and symptoms of aging. 2
Avocado oil is a fantastic skin barrier, and natural emollient. This means it helps your skin to retain water for more soft, supple tissue. You can use Avocado oil in the morning as a fantastic natural moisturizer.
Want to supplement your NeriumAD during the day? Avocado’s are high in a substance called sterolins – Sterolins help the body produce more skin collogen, and helps reduce age spots!
#4 – Whey Protein
Sorry vegetarians, but only whey protein has Lactoferrin, a potent Acne fighter. In one study, participants who consumed a quality whey protein isolate (not hydrolysate) for 12 weeks showed an average 20% improvement in acne vulgaris.
Whey protein is also alkaline. Why is this important? Science has proven that cancer can’t live in an alkaline environment. Humans with cancer always have acidic blood (lower than 7 ph) . Ideally, you should aim to have a ph that is slightly alkaline (7.4). Eating foods that are alkaline in PH have been shown to increase brain function, increase the amount of energy taken from food. In terms of skin health, acidic blood has been shown to cause significant cellular degeneration which accelerates the process of aging!
#5 – Kiwi
Kiwi is the unsung hero amongst fruits which are good for your skin. That is because pound for pound, kiwi has the highest Vitamin C content of just about any fruit. Vitamin C is a potent collagen stimulus in the skin, keeping the skin firm and supple.
Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant, which has the capability to neutralize free radicals and reverse DNA damage.
Vitamin C has also been shown to reduce UV-B induced sunburns.
Other foods high in vitamin c are strawberries, cherries, citrus fruits, bell peppers, brussel sprouts, kale, and broccoli.
#6 – Carrots
Carrots, and other brightly colored vegetables are packed with an antioxidant called beta carotene. Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A inside the body. When combined with the phytonutrients in carrots, Vitamin A helps repair skin tissue.
Vitamin A is has also been shown to protect the skin against UV-A rays, another component of the Sun that burns. 3
Vitamin A deficiency has been shown to cause premature wrinkling, acne, and dry skin, particularly on the extremities.
A Complete Recipe for Good Skin Health
Let’s recap the 6 foods above, and why they represent a holistic approach to skin health:
First, we addressed hydration and fluid intake. While drinking water may not directly improve your skins health and appearance, there is no question dehydration will have profoundly negative impacts on your overall health and appearance.
Second, we talked about reducing inflammation by balancing your fatty acid profile by adding excellent sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. By ingesting plenty of healthy fats, your skins tone and elasticity are improved
Third, we showed the importance of getting your body out of acidosis and into an alkaline PH. Acidosis causes more rapid celluar break down, and leaves you prone to allergens.
Fourth, we talked about the power of antioxidants to help reduce the negative effects of ultra violet radiation (sun exposure to the skin), and to increase the production of collagen in the skin.
- Boelsma E, Hendriks HF. Roza L. Nutritional skin care: health effects of micronutrients and fatty acids. Am J Clin Nutr. 2001;73(5):853-864. – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11333837 ↩
- Erratum to: Polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols derived from avocado suppress inflammatory response and provide non-sunscreen protection against UV-induced damage in skin cells - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20978772 ↩
- Bayerl Ch. Beta-carotene in dermatology: Does it help?Acta Dermatovenerol Alp Panonica Adriat. 2008;17(4):160-2. - http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/beta-carotene-000286.htm#ixzz1yVHyDUnL ↩