Top Two Recommended Food Groups
for Skin Repair
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and it is remarkable. It converts sunlight into usable Vitamin D, gives you a sense of touch by mediating between your brain and surroundings, alerts your immune system to viruses and infection, and presents your beauty to the world. Like anything special, it deserves to be cared for and an essential step in that is your diet. Dr. George also says “the numerous nutrients the skin requires decline with age, so they need to be replenished,” meaning nutrition matters a little more each day when it comes to your skin health.
And speaking of immune system… Everyone wants to improve their body’s ability to fight disease and many products profess medical miracles overnight. However, the immune system is just that, a system. It is not a single entity, so no single solution can improve it. According to Dan Peterson of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine “a huge proportion of your immune system is actually in your GI tract.” So, when it comes to boosting immunity your first line of defense is a healthy and balanced diet.
With that in mind, let’s look at two food groups and consider how they benefit your skin and immune system.
Beta-Carotene for Skin Repair
“UV exposure can cause oxidative stress, inflammation, redness, and a breakdown of collagen and elastin” says Dr. George. Beta-carotene, a pigment in many vibrant fruits and vegetables, can help.
Your body converts beta-carotene into Vitamin A, which is a natural UV protectant for your skin. It also plays a big role in neutralizing free radicals (molecules that damage cells, proteins, and DNA) that come from sun exposure. This helps prevent and improve skin aging in terms of elasticity, hydration, texture, wrinkles, and age spots. Reduced inflammation also means less prolonged strain on your immune system.
Foods high in beta-carotene:
- Sweet potatoes
- Dark greens (spinach, kale, romaine, etc.)
- Red and yellow peppers
Interestingly, foods rich in beta-carotene should be eaten with healthy fats or your GI tract can’t properly absorb them. Essential fatty acids like Omega-3s are also the literal building blocks of cell membranes. If these fats are unbalanced, your cells are more likely to experience long term inflammation and stress.
For example, the standard American diet (SAD) is oversaturated with Omega-6s and lacks health promoting Omega-3s. Studies show this can lead to a variety of chronic health problems. Even further, fats are responsible for the natural oil barrier on your skin that keeps it hydrated and youthful. Without them, you may experience visible dryness, irritation, and susceptibility to blackheads.
Foods high in healthy fats (including Omega-3s):
- Flax seeds
- Chia seeds
- Pastured or fortified eggs
- Extra virgin olive oil
Repair and Rejuvenate Your Skin
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