Dr. Lori Shemek is back again to share 6 Tips for Healthy Skin. Dr. Lori is the best-selling author of books such as The Ketogenic Key, Fire Up Your Fat Burn and Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting. Dr. Lori is a certified nutritional consultant and weight loss expert who spreads awareness of the negative effects of inflammation.
Perhaps one of the most essential components of healthy skin is moisture – on the inside as well as the outside. When it comes to your skin, hydration is key. Water keeps your skin healthy and young by moving nutrients in and flushing toxins out. Focus on drinking the recommended half of your body weight in ounces a day (or more). For example, if you weigh 120 lbs. drink 60 ounces daily.
When you have adequate healthy water intake, you not only promote healthier, more beautiful skin, you also increase energy, promote fat loss, prevent headaches and constipation, joint health and much more.
Healthy Food Choices
Keeping inflammation low will help create healthy skin. Reducing the overall excess carb intake of refined and processed foods such as sugar, white flour, and other refined grains, oils such as canola, corn, soy, or vegetable all contribute to an inflammatory response in the body leading to poor skin health and health overall.
Choose seafood, nuts, seeds, flax, olive oil, all berries, all veggies, and green or black tea are all examples of anti-inflammatory foods.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. Unfortunately, our natural reserves of collagen deplete as we age. Hydrolyzed collagen peptides are absorbed by the body and can support the skin’s cellular renewal process, encouraging cell fibroblasts (what makes collagen and elastin in the body), producing a healthier, less wrinkled, and firmer skin.
You can add unflavored collagen powder to any food or beverage such as scrambled eggs, yogurts, soups, stews, coffee, tea, smoothies etc. Opt for flavors such as vanilla or chocolate as a change.
We used to think that our gut was a separate entity from every organ in the body including the largest organ – our skin – with an average surface area of more than 21 square feet and 6% to 10% of your body weight. We now know that the gut is connected to every organ such as the gut-brain axis, the gut-lung axis, or the gut-skin axis. The health of your microbiome will determine the health of your skin.
Avoid anything that will damage your gut such as sugar, processed, and other refined foods. Opt instead for cultured or fermented foods to add healthy bacteria to the gut such as kefir, kimchi, cottage cheese, pickles, olives or sauerkraut. Eating foods such as liver are rich in skin-healthy nutrients such as zinc and pantothenic acid or vitamin B5.
Healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocados, egg yolks for example all help promote skin cell health, which can promote and protect the vital cell membrane against environmental damage by restoring the skin barrier.
Not eating healthy fat can promote dry skin; more wrinkled skin and exacerbate skin conditions such as eczema.
Aside from removing dry and dead skin, exfoliation which is generally micro granules, liquid form, cleansers etc. will increase the skin’s radiance, clarity, and youthfulness. Exfoliation also helps to:
- Even skin tone and texture
- Prevents acne
- Unclogs pores
- Diminishes wrinkles
- Improves moisture absorption
- Prepares the skin to receive any topical skin products
Always remember that your skin health is an indicator of your overall health. Take care of the largest organ in your body.
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