Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on in your bodyProper nutrition is vital for the maintenance of youthful, smooth, healthy skin. Skin care products such as lotions, creams and cleansers can help treat certain skin ailments, but many skin problems are related to diet and nutrition.

Wrinkles, dry or oily skin, acne and inflammation can all be signs of poor internal health, often brought on by consuming unhealthful foods and avoiding skin-healthy nutrients.

“Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs,” said Dr. Georgiana Donadio, founder of the National Institute of Whole Health.

Certain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants nourish the skin, helping it remain youthful and healthy. “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,” said Samantha Heller, MS, RD, a clinical nutritionist at NYU Medical Center in New York City.

To nourish your skin, here are five of the best things you can eat:

Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body…
Vitamin A: Foods high in Vitamin A include liver, chili peppers, carrots, apricots, collard greens, kale, sweet potatoes, spinach and cantaloupe. Vitamin A promotes proper repair and maintenance of your skin at the cellular level.

Antioxidants: Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and plums contain the highest total antioxidant content of any food. Damage to the skin from the sun and environmental toxins creates free radicals, which can damage the DNA of your cells. The antioxidants in these fruits can protect the cell so there is less chance for damage. Protecting your cells from damage also guards against the signs of premature aging.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs): Salmon, walnuts, canola oil, and flax seed all deliver essential fatty The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will lookacids, and thus are important foods for healthy skin. Dry or inflamed skin and skin prone to breakouts can benefit greatly from EFAs, which are responsible for skin repair, moisture content and overall flexibility.

Selenium: Whole-wheat bread, muffins and cereals along with eggs, brown rice, turkey, tuna and brazil nuts all contain this antioxidant mineral responsible for tissue elasticity. It may play an important role in preventing skin cancer, as it can protect the skin from damage from excessive ultraviolet light.

Green Tea: Green Tea deserves its own post it has so many beneficial properties. Suffice it to say the anti-inflammatory and skin protecting properties in green tea just can’t be beat.

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