Put Good In, Get Good Out: Benefits of a Healthy Diet

Eating healthy foods can work wonders for your body. Photo Courtesy / Nilankeeta Roy Chowdhury
Eating healthy foods can work wonders for your body. Photo Courtesy / Nilankeeta Roy Chowdhury
Eating healthy foods can work wonders for your body. Photo Courtesy / Nilankeeta Roy Chowdhury

Eating healthy foods can work wonders for your body.
Photo Courtesy / Nilankeeta Roy Chowdhury

By Angela Pender
Staff Writer

Did you know that eating can actually increase your chances of having flawless skin? Yes!

Everyone’s favorite thing to do can really help you in your mission to achieve clearer skin.

Eating properly will not only help your skin but help you in achieving an overall healthier lifestyle.

At the start off your day, eating a yogurt will put you on the right path. Yogurt is a natural pro biotic, which means that it helps recharge the “good” bacteria in your body and keeps bad bacteria away.

According to Dr. Jessica Wu, M.D. assistant clinical professor of dermatology at USC Medical School and a dermatologist in Los Angeles, “yogurt is an excellent ‘Feed Your Face’ food for dealing with acne breakouts, eczema, and even dandruff.

Just be sure to choose a low-fat and low-sugar yogurt, since sugar can aggravate acne and cause breakouts.

If you’re worried about redness, swelling, blotchiness, acne breakouts, or wrinkles, walnuts may be your new best friend.

Dr. Wu says, “Plant-based omega-3s, such as the ones found in walnuts, are naturally anti-inflammatory.

Nuts are a natural source that can help seal moisture into your skin and protect it from chemicals and other toxins.

Green Tea is another magic food that will help not only your skin but your whole body.

According to everydayhealth.com, “studies have shown that green tea can be used both orally and topically to help protect the skin from sunburns and UV-associated skin cancers”.

Even your favorite guilty pleasures can be good for your skin. Cocoa has been shown to have numerous health benefits. Cocoa hydrates your skin, making it firmer and even looking.

According to Dr. David Bank, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York, “dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant,”.

A couple of squares a day should be enough to improve brightness. “When applied topically, the caffeine in chocolate may temporarily reduce skin puffiness,” says Dr. Wu, MD.

Also, tomatoes are definitely one of your skin’s best defenses. They contain a powerful antioxidant called lycopene. Dr. Wu says, “Lycopene is best absorbed by the body when it has been cooked or processed, so eating tomato sauce, tomato paste, and ketchup is likely to be more effective than just eating raw tomatoes when trying to safeguard your skin against harmful UV rays”.

Who knew that eating everyday foods could make a significant difference in skin care!

Next time you go grocery shopping, make a list of foods you like that can also help you reach your body and skin goals. Make eating all the time work to your advantage.

Email Angela at:
apender1@live.esu.edu

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