Keeping skin healthy and youthful looking is the desire that’s launched thousands of skin and so-called beauty products. But if you really want skin to glow this summer and beyond, skip the chemical-laden, endocrine-disrupting lotions and potions and instead focus on putting nature’s bounty to work for you.
Eating fresh, wholesome foods will not only help you get the radiant skin you’re after this summer, but also provide many other health benefits—you’d be crazy not to indulge! All those nutrient-rich foods will help enhance your skin’s appearance, boost its wrinkle-fighting ability, and protect against skin cancer. Summer is coming—here’s how to get your skin ready for it now:
My patients are a fascinating lot, I am continually learning from them.They never fail to surprise me not only with their questions and insights, but also the creativity they bring to trying to turn a lifetime of hard living into a healthful one. Recently, I was talking with a patient about adding powdered greens to supplement his diet. He was eating a fair amount of greens, but still falling short. He needed to fill the gap to get his digestion function back on an even keel and help tamp down the inflammation that was eroding his health. Initially he’d been resistant to the idea – he didn’t like the taste, didn’t have the time, didn’t see the need, traveled a lot, had a hang nail, and so on. Eventually, he saw the (green) light and decided to give powdered green drinks a shot. Fast forward a few weeks and he’d become a green-powder fanatic, calling it his “Popeye Powder.”
I am not one for deprivation… I’m done with calorie counting and dieting! I like to eat and enjoy delicious food, so for me the concept of “crowding out” less healthy foods with good-for me stuff is great! Think about it - my belly can only fit so much food at once, so if I fill it up with good stuff, I’ll be less likely to crave the bad.
Here are the secrets to crowding out the unhealthy foods:
Tang, instant mashed potatoes, TV dinners – chances are, if you were born in the 60’s or early 70’s, “Space Age” freeze- dried foods were the order of the day – futuristic, convenient and super cool – so much more exciting than old-fashioned, fresh, real food. Fortunately, over the last decade or so, attitudes towards food have changed, and by now most Americans understand that eating fresh, unprocessed, local and organic foods are far kinder to the earth and body than the faux foods created in the culinary labs of yesteryear. However, for those who grew up on the typical processed diet of the era, loading up on broccoli, spinach and my favorite superfood kale, can seem daunting – but actually, it’s one of the most important things one can do to support health and empower the body to fight off disease.