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How to Have Beautiful, Younger Looking Skin

What you eat will make your skin look older or younger. Healthy skin is created from the inside, and so it is critical for you to think about your skin when making your food choices.

First, let’s talk about the foods that ruin your skin. Sugar equals wrinkles because glycation binds to the collagen in your skin making it sag.  What else damages your skin?  High carb foods, dairy, processed and chemical laden foods, alcohol, trans fats, too much salt, drugs and alcohol.

Instead, go for the foods that create healthy skin and prevent premature aging and cell damage:

  • Citrus Foods – these aid in your body’s production of collagen, and this forms the structure of your skin. Kiwi, strawberries, red bell peppers, broccoli and brussel sprouts are just a few of these foods.
  • Red and green vegetables – orange-red vegetables are full of beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A. This prevents cell damage. Carrots, sweet potatoes, and leafy greens also provide lots of beta carotene and vitamin A.
  • Nuts – raw almonds, brazil nuts, pecans, and many others contribute to healthy skin.
  • Healthy fats – olive oil, olives, avocado’s, and coconut oil are very good for your skin. Omega 3 fats are also excellent, which are found in wild caught salmon and sardines. Most of our Omega 3’s, however, are taken in supplement form because we should take them daily.
  • Green tea gives your skin a healthy boost as it is a good source of antioxidants and alkaloids, and also a host of vitamins and minerals. Make sure you drink an organic tea to get the best results. Good, filtered water is also very good for your overall health, as it flushes out toxins leaving you with clearer skin.
  • Dark chocolate – this is also another source of flavanols and antioxidants. The darker the better!

And we couldn’t talk about healthy skin without mentioning your gut! Healthy gut bacteria contribute not only to your overall health and sickness prevention but is responsible for clearer skin. Fermented foods promote the growth of friendly intestinal bacterial and aid healthy digestion. You can take probiotics, drink kefir, kombucha, and eat probiotic rich foods.

Exercise is another crucial factor for beautiful skin, and also good night’s sleep. Both are necessary to have healthy skin (and a healthy body too)!

And last, what you put on your skin matters too! Use good products that do not contain a slew of dangerous chemicals. Good skin products and a hydrating facial, combined with healthy eating habits, and you will have beautiful, glowing skin.

In good health,

Jondra Bjorkman, Certified Nutritional Counselor 





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