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For Better – “Beauty is Only Skin Deep”

Again, I am pleased to present to you the column “For Better”, which is written by Tonya Price, a Registered Dietician. We all want to learn how to be healthy, and the goal of being at your best on your wedding day is a great way to jumpstart an overall healthy lifestyle.

Beauty is Only Skin Deep

Beauty is only skin deep, but every bride wants that radiant glow on her special day.  Our skin is a “fingerprint” of our nutritional health, and many nutritional deficiencies have their symptoms written on our faces.  A healthy diet nourishes the body but also rejuvenates the skin!  We know from all the topical creams loaded with antioxidants that vitamins play an important role in skin health.  However, research also extols the benefits of a diet loaded with whole foods and limited processed items to obtain a naturally beautiful complexion that really IS skin deep.

Keep these nutrition tips in mind to have a gleaming countenance even in the midst of all the stressful wedding planning:

1. Consuming foods high in Vitamins C and E can reverse signs of wrinkles and sun-damage and replenish vitamins lost through the skin.  These include foods like citrus fruits, avocados, olive oil, berries, broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, spinach, asparagus, and red, green, yellow, and orange peppers.

2. A lack of Vitamin A in your diet can be noted in the presence of dry skin. Research has shown a link between a lack of beta-carotene (a form of Vitamin A) and psoriasis. Foods rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene include turkey, pork, fish, apricots, peaches, carrots, cantaloupe, apples, spinach, and broccoli.

3. Adequate mineral intake, such as selenium, zinc, and biotin, are important to control oil production and heal blemishes.  Stress can exacerbate both oil production and blemishes.  Suggested foods include whole-grain cereals, eggs, lean meats and poultry.

4. Drinking AT LEAST 80 ounces of water daily keeps skin well hydrated and “rosy”.  Caffeinated beverages, although tempting when you are up late finishing those last thank you notes from your bridal showers, are a bad idea for a clear complexion.

5. While it can be tempting to skip on eating healthy foods and just pop vitamin and mineral supplements, the fact remains that fiber, phyto-chemicals, and other nutrients in our food cannot be adequately replicated in a lab.  Real food is the best source of the vitamins and minerals you need.  If you absolutely cannot give up the idea of taking a nutrition supplement, a basic multivitamin with minerals is your best bet.  Single dose vitamins and minerals must be very carefully considered with the advice of your physician or Registered Dietitian to avoid potential over-consumption of these supplements.

Thank you again, Tonya, for your sage advice. Being healthy is important, and we owe it not only to ourselves but also to our loved ones to take care of our bodies … inside and out!  Also, special thanks goes to Tonya for her fruit and veggie photos, which she captured herself at the Lynchburg Community Market.

  • Jessie-Lee • The Hyphen Tantrum - Very sound advice. Thanks! Oh, and I love the colors in this post. All those fruits and veggies, they are so saturated, vibrant and just completely lovely.

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