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5 Foods that make your Skin Glow

There is a saying that you should invest in your skin; it’s going to represent you for a very long time.

Some quick facts about skin.

  • Skin naturally sheds dead skin every 30 to 40 days so be patient when eating foods that will make your skin healthier and more radiant.

  • If you want to boost the turnover of dead skin cells an exfoliating scrub a couple times or more per week can assist.

  • The older we get the greater the turnover time.

  • It is also important to stay hydrated daily while eating foods that boost skin health.

  • Using sunscreen is also very important and avoid the sun for prolonged periods when necessary.

All skin-healthy foods can be bought from the market or ordered locally online such as cocoa from local estates.

The following foods can help your skin become healthier and glow:

1) AVOCADO: rich is healthy fats, vitamin C and vitamin E.

Healthy fats make the skin more hydrated while Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production.

Vitamin E prevents sun damage and wrinkles. Collagen is a structural protein that keeps the skin strong.

2) CARROTS: rich in vitamin C and beta carotene. Both are necessary for protecting skin from the sun’s rays.

3) BROCCOLI: rich in sulforaphane, zinc, lutein and vitamins A and C.

In recent studies, sulforaphane has been shown to help support collagen and prevent skin damage.

Lutein is part of the carotenoid family that has antioxidant effects in the skin and body.

Zinc is well known to assist in making new skin cells.

4) FISH: packed with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc and vitamin E.

Omega-3 fatty acids keeps the skin hydrated and is a potent antioxidant against skin damage.

Protein from the fish helps provide amino acids necessary to make collagen and other structural proteins. Any of the SMASH (Salmon, Mackerel, Anchovies, Sardines and Herring) seafoods are rich in omega-3's.

5) COCOA: loaded with antioxidants like theobromine, magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper and selenium.

Cocoa increases elasticity and reduces fine lines, wrinkles and scars. It is important to use 70% or greater if eating dark chocolate. Keep added sugar as low as possible.

Worthy mentions: Green tea, berries and red grapes, sweet potatoes and green leafy vegetables like kale and cabbage.

Try these foods for at least 40 to 60 days and watch and feel the difference. Happy glowing!

Dr. Sitara Sookdeo, MD, is a practicing medical doctor at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, Trinidad. She is also an on-call physician on Virtual Wellness.


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Health Disclaimer:

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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