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8.11.08

Lifewatch: Beautiful skin

DETROIT --  If you want flawless skin, consider what you put in your body.

Many people spend hundreds of dollars a year on creams and lotions to beautify our outsides.  But, any nutritionist will tell you it's what you put on the inside of your body that counts when it comes to gorgeous skin.

The number one thing for beautiful skin is drinking eight, eight ounce glasses of water a day.  Fruit juices and decaffeinated beverages count.

According to Christine Eagle, the clinical nutrition manager at Beaumont Hospital said the next foods to look for are the foods rich in Vitamin C and A.

Basically, the same foods that help protect against diseases like cancer can help keep your skin healthy too.

The third food group you need to make sure you are getting enough of is healthy fats, specifically omega-three fatty acids. 

They help keep your skin soft.  You can find them in oily fish like salmon, foods like walnuts and flack seeds, and oils like canola and olive.

More  Tips fo Healthy Skin:

Folate rich foods:    Your nuts and your beans and your green leafy vegetables so you're trying to get a good variety, you're having a nice big healthy salad every day, with different types of lettuce, little bit of flax, some walnuts in there, beans or nuts is a great way to go.

Tea:    Can be helpful because again its full of phytonutrients and they're talking about white tea, because its one of the baby tea leaf that that's healthier than the green tea, but really any time of tea is going to be a good, its going to be a good way to get phytonutrients into your system.

Zinc: Zinc is found in other foods as well, so you can get zinc if you're eating more of a plant based diet, beef is healthy once or twice if you're getting 3-4 ounces, its okay to still eat beef, and its a very good source of iron as well, so if for any reason you're not getting enough iron diet, beef is a good way to supplement that.  You can get zinc from other foods, you're looking at your beans, your seeds, green leafy vegetables, those are going to have other sources of zinc.

Mushrooms: Mushrooms have a lot of phytonutrients in them, so eating a wide variety of mushrooms is a great way to get some phytonutrients in your diet, whether their button or portabella or shitake, those type of foods are a good healthy food to include.

 

Reported by Kristy Ondo

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