Eating for Healthy Skin

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Did you know that what you eat may affect your skin? If you Google it, you’ll see tons of searches for the top ten foods to eat. Which foods are the best to reduce inflammation, what foods are the healthiest and how does food help skin problems? There are multiple answers to those questions. It depends on who you ask or what your issues may be.

Research gives us ideas on what foods are best for us. The bottom line is that you need to eat for overall health. Finding the best diet for you requires a little trial and error. Start with a food and reaction diary. Record what you eat each day and any issues that you may have with your skin.

Numerous studies show that Omega-3 fatty acids, fruits and vegetables aid overall well-being. Oily, cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines contain high levels of Omega-3. If that turns your taste buds in the wrong direction, walnuts, soybeans and certain salad greens contain a form of these acids. Keep in mind that all fatty acids are not created equally. Fortified food may not be your best answer. There are three types of Omega-3 and we’re not going to get technical here. Before you try any diet, do some research and check with your doctor first.

Here is a quick meal to whip up in minutes.

1. Chop your favorite veggies such as broccoli, carrots and snow peas. Cut raw salmon into one-inch squares. Mince garlic and shred ginger root.
2. On medium heat, sauté vegetables in extra-virgin olive oil for 4 minutes. Add salmon squares and toss for 3 more minutes moving ingredients often. Add minced garlic and shredded ginger. Turn off heat and toss for two more minutes.
3. Place on dark green lettuce bed while ingredients are still warm. If you want more texture and flavor, top with dried cranberries and chopped walnuts!

For more healthy recipes ideas, check out our Pinterest Board. We’d love to hear about your favorite concoctions so follow us and share comments on Facebook and keep in touch!

For general healthy eating tips, ChooseMyPlate.gov and Eat Right have some super resources. Once again, there are many different reasons that you may be having skin issues. You should always check with your dermatologist.

Resources: WebMD and the Mayo Clinic

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