Requested by Julia Abate

FOODS TO EAT FOR GOOD SKIN

Oooo this is one of my favorite topics because I treat skin like the organ in my body that it is and a lot of skin problems come from foods you eat (or don't!)
  1. All the Colors
    Different colors equal different vitamins and minerals - look for green but also yellow, orange, purple (beets are amazing for oxygenation and circulation which helps with detoxification of skin!) red and pink! I try to eat the rainbow and my skin says "thank you"
  2. Whole foods
    Yes you can take a supplement but nutrition is complicated - the way we metabolize foods is more complex than we totally understand so getting vitamins and minerals from whole foods Helps our body's ability to metabolize the nutrients and use them more effectively - for example one study found that basil and tomato results in more lycopene (the potent antioxidant) being absorbed and utilized than taking the equivalent dose in a pill
  3. Omegas found in fish oils and seeds
    This is what skin is made out of and ensuring we have enough makes for healthy, balanced cells that can effectively rebuild, shed waste and fight off infection. It also works as a blood thinner improving circulation (that's how it helps with heart disease!) which in turn promotes that blessed "detoxification" that prevents acne and wrinkles...
  4. Water-rich foods
    One of the things I learned from chemotherapy is that effective hydration involves not just drinking but also EATING enough liquid. Again it's about the complexity of our digestive system - water rich foods contain electrolytes and other things that aid our bodies ability to process and utilize the water we need to function effectively. This means juicy fruits, broth/soup, even meat (which contains water in the cells just like ours does!) and of course fresh, leafy greens.
  5. Ayurvedic/alkalinizing foods like lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, leafy greens, veg, fruits
    Alkalinizing foods are foods that lower the bodies PH. An acidic food (like lemon juice!) can trigger your body to respond by lowering that PH so it's not about the acid content but how that complex system responds to it - lots of skin issues including eczema, acne, psoriasis and rashes are inflammatory diseases. Since inflammation thrives in acidic environments, lowering your bodies PH can help treat and prevent these kinds of diseases and things like cancer, arthritis...
  6. And things to avoid:
    Dairy is the only thing scientifically linked to acne - which means removing it can clear it up. It happened to me, and I swear by it. I still eat cheese but I know when I do I'm gonna get a zit. Other things to avoid are inflammatory foods (see above) which include super fatty meats, processed food, gluten (in some people) and sugar. Lactose is also considered an inflammatory food but sheep/goat milk is lactose free and since we need calcium I try to get it from there.