MSU Women’s Health
November 2013
Keep Your Skin Glowing and Healthy With Food
By Jessica Gerne

MSU Women’s Health Newsletter November 2013 (2)

With so many skin care products out on the market you would think big companies would have come up with a perfect solution to healthier skin. What most people don’t take into consideration is that it’s not about expensive creams and masks, it’s about lifestyle!

Making a few small adjustments to your diet can create a huge difference in your complexion! Taking care of your skin is just like taking care of your mind, body, and health. In honor of November being skin awareness month we came up with a list of best foods for your skin.

Fish: Incorporating fish into your diet at least 2-3 times a week can help your complexion while also improving your health. Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids as well as zinc. These nutrients reduce inflammation and acne. They also aid in new cell production.

Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, bell peppers, and tomatoes contain significant amounts of Vitamin C. This micro-nutrient is an antioxidant that not only plays huge role in our immune system but also helps to produce collagen a connective tissue of the skin. Cut up some strawberries, mango, and kiwi for an afternoon snack to keep your skin smooth and wrinkle free!

“Eat you greens!” You’ve probably heard this time after time but it’s true! Eating leafy greens help brighten up
your skin while improving its elasticity. Kale, collard greens, and spinach are all excellent sources of Vitamin A. If you’re not a fan of eating greens, throw them in a smoothie or juice them! It’s a good alternative way to get in your greens.

Nuts & Seeds: Nuts and seeds contain Vitamin E. This micro-nutrient allows your skin to hold in moisture producing a fresh, younger look. Almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds all contain vitamin E. Create a trail mix with your favorite multi-grain cereal along with these nuts and seeds for a beautifying complexion snack that is good on the go.