Skin can stay healthy and youthful-looking while we age, but you must take care of it. Healthy eating and exercise are important for good skin as well as using superior skin care products.
Much has been made of the Mediterranean diet that puts the emphasis on fresh foods, especially fruits and vegetables. There are several tasty foods that will help to keep your skin and body healthy.
Recommended foods for healthy skin and body include:
- Citrus fruits, especially lemons, limes and oranges
- Olive oil, nut and avocado oils
Retinol, which is good for the skin, comes from plants with beta-carotene. This includes tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, kale, spinach, chili peppers, lettuce, dandelion greens and pokeberries.
The beta-carotene converts to Vitamin A in the body and it stimulates the development of collagen, the connective tissue that provides the skin with its elasticity. The vitamin also blocks harmful antioxidants and is important for healthy eyes.
Yes, we can swallow water soluble Vitamin A and beta-carotene capsules, but eating a salad tastes much better! Good foods, eaten in moderation, give the body the nutrients it needs. The popular Mediterranean diet is high in tomatoes and other vegetables that contain beta-carotene and other vitamins.
Citrus fruits, cabbage and strawberries are wonderful sources of Vitamin C. We need the ascorbic acid to keep our bodies naturally resistant to infections. The same vitamin that keeps our immune system functioning is also good for healthy skin.
Vitamin C is also important for cardiovascular health.
This wonderful food is in a class by itself. Avocados are found throughout the United States, Latin America and Mediterranean countries.
Avocados are high in 20 different vitamins and trace elements, including potassium. Avocado, nut and olive oils are good for cooking and helpful for healthy skin. Avocado can lower triglyceride and cholesterol and fresh avocado is great in salads or mixed into a guacamole spread.
Olives are another of nature’s perfect foods. There are many varieties of olives, a crop native to the Mediterranean. They are high in oleic acid and palmitoleic acid that help to lower LDL cholesterol levels while elevating the good HDL levels.
Brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, cashews, pistachios and other crunchy legumes are heart healthy and good for the complexion as well. They are most healthy when eaten raw or roasted with minimal salt and no sugar.
Nuts are packed with protein, fiber, Omega 3 fatty acids and healthy oils that benefit the heart and skin.
Water and exercise
Hydration is crucial for healthy skin. Water keeps skin looking good even in dry weather and nutritionists generally advise drinking six to nine cups of water per day.
Water is very important with exercise to replenish moisture lost through sweating. Exercise is important at any age for muscles, good circulation and healthy skin.
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