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5 Anti-Aging Foods You Can Find In Your Local Market!

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I was watching the Dr. Oz show earlier this month.  His guest was Dr. Audrey Kunin, a board certified dermatologist in Kansas City, Missouri.  Here are her 5 favorite foods to help slow down the aging process:

1.  Guava – guava is a fruit you can find at your local supermarket.  This fruit is loaded with vitamin C, which helps to stimulate and build collagen.  You only need 2 cups per week.

2.  Wheat Germ – wheat germ is a concentrated source of several essential nutrients including vitamin E, folate, phosphorus, thiamin, magnesum and ZINC. Wheat germ is rich in zinc which helps to heal wounds and it is also an anti-inflammatory.  All you need is 1/2 cup per day.

3.  Romaine Lettuce – romaine lettuce is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, manganese, and chromium.  Vitamin A  helps with cellular turnover.  Six leaves a day is all you need!

4.  Brazil Nuts – brazil nuts contain selenium which is very beneficial in enhancing the elasticity of the skin and can help diminish fine lines and wrinkles.  Selenium also protects your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays.  You should not discontinue using your daily sunscreen for maximum sun care protection.  All you need is 2 nuts a day!

5.  Tomatoes tomatoes contain lycopene which is a great anti-oxidant.  You should cook your tomatoes for maximum benefit or use low fat, low salt tomato sauce.  All you need is ten tablespoons per week!

These foods are just a few suggestions for healthier looking skin!  Check in next month for Dr. Kunin’s favorite picks for skin care products found at your local dollar store!

Food For Your Skin!

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Bothered by eczema, psoriasis or other red hot rashes?   Here’s  a  few ‘ skin so smooth’ nutrition strategies to consider:

  1. Try a 2-3 week sabbatical from potentially problematic foods that may be offensive to your skin cells.  These can include common food allergens such as dairy, wheat, eggs and shellfish.  Gluten found in wheat, rye, and barley may also be aggravating your immune system which then cross talks to your skin cells, sending an alarm message.
  2. Another food specific guideline:   if you suspect a food or food ingredient is causing your skin to flare,  try the food on 3 separate occasions at least 3 days apart and if your skin symptoms worsen with each introduction, then you have good evidence that at least for now, that food is not for you.
  3. Cool down skin inflammation by including friendly fats such as omega 3 fatty acids found in fatty fish such as wild salmon, sardines, sablefish, herring and plant fats such as hemp, flax, chia seeds, purslane (a tasty edible green) and walnuts.  You might also want to get your omega 3 fatty acid level checked though a simple bloodspot test available at www.omegaquant.com.
  4. Boost your vitamin and mineral intake by consuming naturally nutrient rich vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices that deliver a portfolio of soothing skin ingredients.
  5. Consider taking a multi species probiotic supplement to help inoculate your digestive tract with good bacteria to fight against bad bugs that may be antagonizing your skin cells.
  6. Article Written By:  Kathie Madonna Swift MS RD LDN