You Are What You Eat.

You are what you eat. Meaning, “Everything you eat becomes a part of not only your inner being, but the outer fabric of your body as well. The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will look.” This is a common expression you hear that pertains to your food consumption, whether you underfed or overfed yourself.

This is the reality we are facing these days. Most people are consuming beyond the recommended caloric intake. As a result, the prevalence of overweight and obesity (with BMI greater than or equal to 25.0) is continuously increasing in the country.

What is the recommended thing to do then? Start making healthy choices!

You need to limit yourself with food that contains high calories, instead choose much healthier ones.

You must consume a balanced diet, that is, with the right amount of carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables and meat. Do not go with extra servings and upgraded sizes.

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Choose food with additional benefits like high in fiber, additional vitamins and minerals and substances that help control weight like L-carnitine. As these may be beneficial to our health, we should choose to eat more products with these nutrients.

What are the healthy foods?

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+Green Tea. This beverage deserves a category all its own in any article about foods for healthy skin. The skin-health properties in this beneficial drink just can’t be beat.

“It has anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s protective to the cell membrane. It may even help prevent or reduce the risk of skin cancer.”

+Water. While the exact amount you should drink each day varies, no one disputes the role good hydration plays in keeping skin looking healthy and even young. When that hydration comes from pure, clean water — not liquids such as soda or even soup — experts say skin cells rejoice.

“A water softener may help your plumbing, but it’s hard water that is better for your health.”

In addition to keeping cells hydrated, water helps cells move nutrients in and toxins out, which automatically leaves skin looking better.

Keep always properly hydrated, we also sweat more efficiently. Doing so helps keep skin clean and clear as well.

“It is my belief that our skin needs at least a half- gallon of good clean water — that’s about eight glasses or 2-3 liter — every day.”

+Salmon, Walnuts, Canola Oil, and Flax Seed. These seemingly unrelated foods all deliver essential fatty acids, and thus are key foods for healthy skin.

“Essential fatty acids are responsible for healthy cell membranes, which is not only what act as barriers to harmful things but also as the passageway for nutrients to cross in and out and for waste products to get in and out of the cell.”

Because it is the cell membrane that also holds water in, the stronger that barrier is the better your cells can hold moisture. And that means plumper, younger looking skin.

Also, the same inflammatory process that can harm our arteries and cause heart disease can harm skin cells. Essential fatty acids can offer protection to both.

The best-known essential fatty acids are omega 3 and omega 6, which must be in balance for good health (and good skin). Though we all seem to get enough omega 6, Heller says many people lack omega 3s. Fish, walnut, and flax seed oil are among the best sources.

+Whole-wheat bread, muffins, and cereals; turkey, tuna and brazil nuts. The mineral selenium connects all these foods for healthy skin. Experts say selenium plays a key role in the health of skin cells. Some studies show that even skin damaged by the sun may suffer fewer consequences if selenium levels are high.

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+Healthy Oils- These contain more than essential fatty acids. Eating good-quality oils helps keep skin lubricated and keeps it looking and feeling healthier overall.”

“When an oil is commercially processed, the first thing they do is add solvents and raise them to really high temperatures, then put it though five or six processes. Important nutrients are lost.”

By comparison, when oils are prepared by the cold-press or expeller process, or, in the case of olive oil, are extra virgin, preparation involves only pressing, heating, and bottling.

“You get all the nutrients that are not only good for your skin, but good for your body.”

Since any fat, even a healthy one, is high in calories, experts remind us that we don’t need more than about two tablespoons a day.

+Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums. The common link between these four foods is their high antioxidant content. These four fruits weighed in with the highest “total antioxidant capacity” of any food. The benefits of these foods for healthy skin are plentiful.

“Free radicals — like the kind formed from sun exposure — damage the membrane of skin cells, potentially allowing damage to the DNA of that cell.” The antioxidants and other phytochemicals in these fruits can protect the cell, she says, so there is less chance for damage.

“When you help protect the cells from damage and disintegration, you also guard against premature aging. In this respect, these fruits may very well help keep your skin younger looking longer.”

Other fruits and vegetables with a “high antioxidant capacity” include artichokes, beans (black, red, and pinto), prunes, and pecans.

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+Low-Fat Dairy Products. One the most important components of skin health is vitamin A. One of the best places to get it is low-fat dairy products. In fact, experts say that the health of our skin cells is dependent on dietary vitamin A.

Low-fat yogurt is not only high in vitamin A, but also acidophilus, the “live” bacteria that is good for intestinal health. Turns out, it may also have an impact on the skin.

“Anything that helps keep digestion normal, any live bacteria or enzymes, is also going to be reflected in healthy-looking skin.”

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+Detoxification is what your body does naturally to neutralize, transform or get rid of unwanted materials or toxins.

Unlike those no-eating cleanses that leave you hungry and headachey, ours does the trick without deprivation. The secret? Yummy foods that are loaded with Resistant Starch (RS), a metabolism-boosting carb that keeps you feeling full longer. This CarbLovers “cleanse” gives you about 1,230 calories a day, including a Fat-Flushing Cooler that may help you burn an extra 80 calories daily.

Eating healthy and living healthy consist of self-discipline and consistency. Easy tips on living longer and happier. 🙂

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