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Five Foods to Make Your Skin Glow

Posted by: Dr. Tina Morse PsyD, MFT

Topic: Body, Healthy Living, Natural Gourmet & Nutrition

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Whole, healthy, natural food is your best medicine!  This is a guest post by Valerie Shiraz Leyva and her own personal experience of how she changed her diet and used probiotics to cure her challenging skin condition.

Here’s to great skin!

Tina Morse

Eat Yourself Gorgeous:  Five Foods to Make Your Skin Glow

Soon after moving from the U.S. to Germany, I experienced an onslaught of health problems including dry, itchy skin around my eyes and mouth.  After performing a series of tests, my doctor determined I had an insufficient level of bacterial flora in my digestive tract, most likely affected by the indulgent diet of cake that I had maintained while working in a pastry shop for a month before my move.  She prescribed an organic whole food diet and a therapy of intensive probiotics, oral and subcutaneous.  My skin condition cleared up in under a week. I have never underestimated the relationship between diet and skin health since.  I recently spoke to Danielle Shea Arce, MS, RD, and we came up with five easy ways to love your skin through diet:

  1. Grill fresh sardines – Such an under appreciated fish in the U.S Sardines are rich in Omega 3’s, which keep the skin moisturized and act as an anti-inflammatory.  They are also inexpensive, abundant, low on the food chain (which means they have low quantities of harmful heavy metals) and delicious.  Salt, cook for two minutes on each side, and sprinkle with lemon juice.
  2. Garnish with parsley – I always keep fresh parsley on hand for salads, soups, meat dishes and pasta sauces. It contains more vitamin C than any other vegetable and two times as much iron as spinach.  Vitamin C not only protects and builds collagen which gives skin its structure, but also aids in the body’s absorption of iron.
  3. Season with paprika  – Great on fish, lamb, eggs and in homemade salad dressing. A tablespoon contains about 74% RDA of vitamin A, which helps to normalize the production of oil glands, while its antioxidant properties neutralize harmful free radicals that cause tissue and cellular damage.  Try the Spanish Pimentón variety for extra flavor.
  4. Bake squash – So simple to prepare: just cut it in half, add a bit of oil and seasoning (get creative) and bake.  Rich in carotenoids that will give your skin a nice glow.
  5. Play with Capers – 1 tablespoon contains 187 mg of quercetin, a flavonoid that is anti-inflammatory and reduces redness.  Just two tablespoons per week will do the trick. Enjoy them in salads, on fish, or make a fresh pesto sauce that includes lots of garlic and parsley for a heap of nutritional goodness.

    Valerie Shiraz Leyva at nutritiongirl@sbcglobal.net

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