What Goes Inside Shows on the Outside – How Nutrition affects Skin Health

Skin is actually your body’s largest organ by size, and it is the organ that comes into contact with the rest of the world. Your skin holds body fluids in, preventing dehydration, and keeps harmful microbes out. Your skin is full of nerve endings that help you feel things like heat, cold, and pain. Since your skin plays such an important role in protecting your body, you should keep it as healthy as you can. Healthy skin can help you keep from getting sick or having damage to your bones, muscles, and internal organs.

Your diet can play a big role in the health of your skin. A person who has a healthy, well-balanced diet is more likely to have healthier skin than a person with a poor diet. In order to stay healthy, the skin needs water, vitamins, and minerals. Research on the best foods for healthy skin is limited; however, antioxidant-rich foods seem to have a protective effect for the skin.

Consider these skin-friendly foods:

  • Carrots, apricots, and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables
  • Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Beans, peas and lentils
  • Salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish

On the flip side, some foods seem to be associated with skin damage. For example, some research suggests that a diet high in processed or refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats promotes skin aging and acne.

Remember, many of the best foods for healthy skin also promote good health overall. Rather than focusing on specific foods for healthy skin, concentrate on a healthy diet in general.

If you are considering bariatric surgery in the Las Vegas area, schedule an appointment with Dr. Heidi Ryan. She can help you get on the right track to a healthier, thinner you.

Read more on how to keep your skin healthy at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/skin-care/art-20048237?pg=1

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