Antioxidants for A Glowing Complexion
The benefits on general health obtained from antioxidant-rich foods are well known. But did you know that antioxidants also help maintain healthy looking skin? Although there is no conclusive proof that antioxidants keep skin from aging, experts do agree they can ‘capture’ free radicals that help protect us from certain diseases while also giving us a healthy, glowing complexion.
Your First Line of Defense: Fruits and Veggies
Nutritionists suggest following the Food Guide Pyramid and eating three to five servings of vegetables and two to four servings of fruit each day. Citrus fruits and juices and tomatoes are good sources of vitamin C.
Choose at least one citrus fruit, such as an orange, a tangerine, or a grapefruit.
To increase beta-carotene intake, eat at least two orange-yellow vegetables such as:
- yellow beets
and leafy green vegetables like:
- collard greens
These are all excellent sources. Drinking a cup of orange juice and eating one raw carrot provides twice the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin C and beta-carotene. For added fiber, you may prefer to eat the whole fruit.
Make sure to avoid heat-pasteurized juice as heat destroys some of the needed vitamins.
Vitamin E and Omega 3s: Two More Beauty Secrets
The RDA for vitamin E and omega-3 essential fatty acids are harder to meet, especially for those on a low-fat diet. Good sources of vitamin E and omega-3 include:
- wheat germ
- fatty fish such as salmon
A quality fish oil supplement is recommended for individuals that are pregnant or are nursing their young ones. If you fall in this category, remember to ensure your fish oil is IFOS™ tested and certified for quality and purity. The International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS™) Program is the only 3rd party testing and certification program for fish oils. IFOS™ sets international standards for fish oil quality, and they test products for; freshness, purity, quality, potency, and even radiation. Products that are IFOS™ tested and certified can be consumed with absolute confidence. Read here for more information on IFOS™.
The Latest Trend Among Beauty Insiders: Probiotics
Wonder why Gwyneth Paltrow’s skin always looks so fresh? Her holistic doctor, Dr. Frank Lipman, says that probiotics benefit your skin by hosting good bacteria. This moves bad bacteria, yeast and disease through your system, boosting your levels of good bacteria, helping your immunity, and protecting you from viruses, intolerances and infections. Read more about the benefits of probiotics.
Experts recommend reducing the amount of sugar, wheat and dairy you consume, and combining probiotics and fish oil to reduce overall inflammation in your body. Try it for two weeks and see if your complexion starts to clear up.
Although it is a good idea to pay close attention to vitamin rich food sources, if you feel you are unable to meet your daily recommended allowances, a quality supplement can help you look and feel your best.
Remember, many over-the-counter cosmetics containing antioxidants don’t contain enough to be effective by themselves. It is best to ‘feed’ them to your skin in combination with a healthy, antioxidant-, and omega-rich diet for that healthy-looking glow.