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Reclaim Your Youthful Glow and Rev Up Your Immune System at the Same Time!

Certain foods seem to be associated with both skin damage and poor immunity. Reducing or eliminating the following refined or highly processed foods helps to promote overall good health:
  • Corn Syrup
  • White Flour
  • White Rice
  • Soda
  • Candy
  • Cookies
These are examples of simple sugars coming from refined foods which are readily absorbed into the bloodstream. This not only causes sugar spikes, but the sugar in the bloodstream attaches to proteins that form harmful new molecules called Advanced Glycation (AGEs). What does that mean? The more sugar you eat the more AGEs accumulates, which in turn damages the collagen and elastin that keep the skin firm and elastic.<1> Over time, the skin can become dry and brittle and lead to wrinkles and sagging skin. In my opinion, it’s never too late to turn back the clock so focus on eating foods that are rich in the color spectrum! Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and include nuts, seeds, and beans that are rich in nutrients such as the B-complex, minerals, and antioxidants. Antioxidants such A, C, E and Selenium are known as free radical fighters that help give our skin a healthy glow and revs up our immune system at the same time. Lastly, our skin and our immune system love good fats such as walnuts, fish, flaxseeds, avocados, and olive oil. These valuable good fats also known as Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are great for those suffering from dry, itchy skin. Once again they are essential for supporting the immune system. So eat right for your immune system and keep your skin looking its youngest, too!

<1> The influence of age and sex on skin thickness, skin collagen and density. British Journal of Dermatology. Volume 93, Issue 6, pages 639–643, December 1975.

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