Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Foods That Can Help Keep Your Skin Healthy

Foods That Can Help Keep Your Skin Healthy
By Nathan James

Your skin is a reflection of everything that you put into your body in the way of food. A poor diet will often lead to skin problems. At the same time, eating properly will help keep your skin healthy and attractive. And as you get older, your skin becomes more and more sensitive to these things.

The following foods have been shown to have positive effects on a person's skin:

Green Tea

Green tea is loaded with many health benefits, not the least of which is great skin. It helps reduce inflammation and fights the free radicals that can cause skin damage.


As you've probably heard before, we need at least 8 glasses of water a day (just water - not water mixed with other things). It will help to flush out toxins and purify your body.

Fatty Acids

These acids are found in oils such as flaxseed and walnut oil. Certain fish, such as tuna, mackeral and salmon are also rich in these essential acids.


Low fat dairy products have high amounts of vitamin A, which can help to improve your skin.


Selenium is found in foods such as tuna, turkey and whole grain breads. It has a number of benefits and one of these foods should be included in your diet daily.

Fruits and Vegetables

There are many fruits and vegetables that help with the health of your skin, but some are particularly helpful. Certain berries, such as blueberries, blackberries and strawberries are high in powerful antioxidents which contribute to the health of your skin.

Brightly colored vegetables, such as yellow or red peppers and sweet potatoes are also good for the health of your skin.

On the flip side of the coin, there are certain types of foods that are not good and should be avoided as much as possible.

White Flour

Foods that contain white flour, such as white bread, rice, and pasta are not as good for you as their whole grain equivalents and should be cut down as much as possible.


Alcohol can lead to dehydration of the skin and contributes to aging if not taken in moderation.

Processed Foods

Most processed foods are loaded with sugar and other additives that can wreak havoc with the health of your skin.

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