Monday, May 18, 2009
Medical Reports: Food Fix: Glowing Skin
Lotions, potions and creams. We'll try almost anything to stay looking young, but the key to good skin is not so much about what we put on it as what we put in our mouths. So today, Seven's Lynn Martinez has the Food Fix for glowing skin.
WSVN -- From facials to beauty masks to skin creams, women spend a fortune for glowing, younger-looking skin.
Janean Winitz: "The aging factor, the environmental factor, the sun, after the years it's more important than ever to try to stay on top of it daily."
Janean Winitz believes what you eat is more important than what you put on your skin.
Janean Winitz: "I've really seen a big difference in my skin. There's more of a sheen and a health."
She learned the must-have foods from celebrity nutritionist Dr. Oz Garcia.
Dr. Oz: "Among the most important things that you want to do for your skin is control inflammation."
First, jump on the pomegranate bandwagon.
Janean Winitz: "I actually have pomegranate juice in my refrigerator all the time."
Dr. Oz: "It's rich in an acid, ellagic acid, which your body can convert and make into healthy collagen."
Next, instead of rubbing on an expensive lotion, try eating extra virgin olive oil.
Dr. Oz: "It's very good overall to hold moisture in your skin."
You should also keep nuts around to snack on, especially Brazil nuts.
Dr. Oz: "Brazil nuts are rich in zinc and selenium. Selenium is really good to keep your skin pliable."
Selenium also prevents dryness and even breakouts. For extra clear skin, try probiotic yogurt.
Janean Winitz: "I usually have yogurt in the morning with some grains or nuts."
The good probiotic bacteria in the yogurt helps nourish your skin from within.
Dr. Oz: "Someone like Hilary Swank, I mean her skin glows, and she follows these guidelines, and it's very obvious."
Lynn Martinez: "Boiled, scrambled or sunny side up, no matter which way you cook them, eggs are packed with beauty perks."
Dr. Oz: "They have all the essential amino acids, which are protein precursors that your body uses to build healthy collagen, skin, different minerals also that are really good for you."
And don't forget about foods with good fats.
Dr. Oz: "Omega-3 fatty acids control inflammation and also slow down the wear and tear in your skin, especially from sun damage."
Pick foods like salmon, tuna and sardines, but it's not just about what you eat, it's also about what you avoid: sugar, white flour and processed foods are big no-nos.
Dr. Oz: "Those are foods that speed up the aging of your skin."
Janean says she'll keep following her beauty diet after seeing the results.
Janean Winitz: "I really believe that what you take into your body shows externally."
Lynn Martinez: "Some other foods you can pile on for firm skin are berries, citrus and dark leafy greens and make sure to always drink plenty of water."
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Dr. Oz Garcia