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Beauty and Wellness Corner with Kelly: How Diet Affects Your Skin Part Two

Kelly Monroe

Welcome back for part two of a three-week series discussing how diet affects your skin. This week we are focusing on premature aging.

Three things in your diet that may contribute to premature aging:

  • Alcohol – According to Dr. David Colbert, founder of New York Dermatology Group, alcohol damages the liver and is basically a toxin to the cells that detoxify the body. Overuse of alcohol makes the skin sallow, dehydrated, and makes your pores larger.
  • Sugar – Dr. Frank Lipman, author of “The New Health Rules” has lead several studies with evidence showing that the consumption of too much sugar can make you more prone to wrinkles and other aging markers.
  • Over processed foods – Over processed foods include foods like processed meat, and pasteurized dairy. A lot of processed foods have a good bit of their nutritional value stripped during the process of preparing them for long storage life. Processed foods generally have added artificial ingredients which leads to inflammation in the skin and body, and inflammation is directly linked to all sorts of health problems, including premature aging of the skin.

Three things to add to your diet that may help prevent or diminish premature aging:

  • Leafy greens – Dark leafy greens are full of antioxidants and vitamins that help support and maintain the skin structure.
  • High quality protein Protein is an important nutrient that is key to every cell in your body. Healthy skin relies on protein and since our bodies can’t store it, we must get high quality protein from our food.
  • Healthy fats – Healthy fats help hydrate the skin cells from the inside out, which translates to plump, dewy looking skin.

Check out next week’s article for information on how your diet can affect sensitive skin!

Do you have a beauty and/or wellness question, trend, or topic you would like to see discussed? Email Kelly at mnrockingham@gmail.com.


Disclaimer: The views, opinions, and information in this article are solely those of the writer based on personal research and experience and are not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The writer is not responsible for your use of the information contained or linked from this article.

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