As registered dietitians and personal trainers, we are intimately familiar with the health benefits that good nutrition provides for every part of the body. Interestingly, most people focus on nutrition and exercise for disease prevention or for weight loss, but they don’t typically think of the positive effects they have on skin, the body’s largest organ. If you need yet another reason to get motivated to step up your nutrition and fitness, add amazing, glowing, healthy skin to the list.
Exercise for Better Skin? You Bet!
Exercise gets the blood pumping, helping it to flow more efficiently throughout the body and deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin, nourishing its cells and keeping it vital. Increased blood flow means proficient flushing of wastes and toxins out of the skin, including damaging free radicals, which cause harm and make the skin look less than lustrous. If you’ve ever noticed that your skin looks clearer and more vibrant after working out, it’s largely due to the oxygen and nutrients and the wastes flushed via sweat. Plus, exercise increases endorphins, which decreases stress. When we’re less stressed, we have fewer acne breakouts and eczema flare-ups.
Take a Bite For Better Skin? You Bet!
It’s no secret that what you put inside your body is reflected on the outside by how you look and feel. When it comes to your skin, use this checklist as a guide to make sure you’re doing everything you can to get smooth, soft, supple and healthy skin that works to fight the damage that comes with the aging process.
Water, water, water. Without adequate water, your skin looks dry and weathered. Water plumps up the cells and fills the spaces under your skin, nourishing it and making it look fresh and youthful. Aim to drink roughly half your body weight in ounces every day.
Load up on fruits and veggies for vitamin C. Vitamin C helps with wound healing and is the most common antioxidant found in skin. It prevents free radicals from accelerating the aging process and from becoming cancerous. Vitamin C also plays a role in collagen formation and keeping the skin youthful and elastic.
Don’t forget Vitamin A. Your best choices for vitamin A are low-fat milk, egg yolks, fish oils, dark greens, and yellow and orange vegetables. Think spinach, sweet potatoes and carrots, which contain beta-carotene, a precursor for vitamin A. You need vitamin
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