Diet for Healthy Skin: Eating for Youthful Skin

Diet for Healthy Skin: Eating for Youthful Skin

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By Ginger Cochran, MS, RDN, CDCES

Maintaining healthy skin isn't just about using the right creams and serums. Your diet plays a significant role in your skin's health and appearance. The nutrients in your food can either nourish your skin or contribute to its aging and deterioration. 

 In this blog, we'll explore how to eat a diet for healthy skin, focusing on balanced blood sugar, lean proteins like Designer  Proteins, and anti-inflammatory foods.

Understanding the Skin

Your skin is a complex organ with multiple functions. It is a barrier against environmental agents, regulates body temperature, and provides sensory information. The skin has three layers: the epidermis (the outer layer), the dermis (the middle layer), and the hypodermis (the innermost layer). Each layer has distinct functions, and the right nutrition is essential for maintaining their health and vitality.

Diet's Impact on Skin Health

Nutrition can positively or negatively affect skin health, depending on the food's nutrient content. Different nutritional deficiencies can lead to various skin problems, such as dry, scaly, or irritated skin. For example, a lack of protein, zinc, and B vitamins can cause cheilitis, characterized by dry, cracked lips, while a deficiency in essential fatty acids can lead to xerosis or scaly skin.

Recent studies show that a diet high in refined sugars, dairy products, and high-glycemic foods can trigger or worsen acne. In contrast, foods with low glycemic loads (don’t spike blood sugar a lot) and those rich in anti-inflammatory properties can improve skin health.

Including lean protein at every meal, such as Designer Whey, Protein Smoothie, Designer Egg or any Designer Wellness protein plus, eggs, chicken, seafood, tofu, beans, legumes, cottage cheese, Skyr, and plain Greek yogurt, can help decrease the glycemic load of your meals and snacks, resulting in improved skin health.

Including anti-inflammatory foods like berries, turmeric, dark leafy greens, and foods high in carotenoids like mangos, peaches, and carrots at every meal can help reduce inflammation, promoting healthier skin. Designer Wellness Protein Smoothies offer all of these superfoods in flavors like Blueberry Vanilla, Raspberry Passion Fruit, Peach Mango, Mixed Berry, Tropical, and Strawberry Banana

Foods to Avoid for Clear Skin

Certain foods are known to contribute to skin problems like acne and accelerated aging. Here's what to watch out for:

Foods to Include for Healthy Skin

To keep your skin healthy and youthful, focus on incorporating foods that promote hydration, reduce inflammation, and support collagen production. Here are some foods to consider:

Managing Blood Sugar for Healthy Skin

Balanced blood sugar is crucial for maintaining healthy skin. High blood sugar levels can lead to glycation, where sugars attach to proteins like collagen, causing them to become stiff and less elastic. This can result in wrinkles and sagging skin.

To manage blood sugar:

The Role of Supplements

In addition to a balanced diet, some supplements can support skin health:

Final Thoughts

Your diet plays a crucial role in your skin's health and appearance. You can promote healthy, youthful-looking skin by focusing on low-glycemic foods, anti-inflammatory diets, and reducing sugar intake. Designer wellness products are created with balance and whole food in mind to help you achieve this goal further. Remember, consistency is key, so adopt these healthy eating habits for long-term skin health. Check out all our blogs and tips on living a better life. 

 

Sources:

CPE Monthly: Nutrition and Skin Health

Sonal Muzumdar, Katalin Ferenczi, Nutrition and youthful skin, Clinics in Dermatology,

Volume 39, Issue 5, 2021, Pages 796-808, ISSN 0738-081X,

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clindermatol.2021.05.007.

(https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0738081X21000717)

 

Sonal Muzumdar, Katalin Ferenczi, Nutrition and youthful skin, Clinics in Dermatology,

Volume 39, Issue 5, 2021, Pages 796-808, ISSN 0738-081X,

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clindermatol.2021.05.007

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