Eating for Healthy Skin

November 21, 2011 | posted by Justin Skeesuck

As we are moving into the holiday season, comfort and traditional food favorites abound! We all know in order to prevent unwanted weight gain during the holidays it is important to monitor how many calories we eat. Did you know that what you eat is reflected in your skin too? The best way to help keep your skin healthy during the holidays is to minimize how much sugar you eat.

Why Sugar?

Refined white sugar activates inflammation in the body. The inflammation activated by refined sugar increases insulin production, which leads to even more inflammation. Inflammation is actually a normal immune response by the body, but when there is too much inflammation it can become destructive. Scientists have seen the damage that inflammation causes in all organs of the body, including the skin.

What else can you do?

Choose foods that are high in anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. A variety of fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables used in traditional holiday foods contain these properties, such as sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cinnamon, rosemary, apple, onion and fennel.

Eating healthy during the holidays will help keep your skin beautiful too. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!