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Body Beautiful From the Inside-Out

Make a Healthy Diet Your Beauty Secret

-- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian
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Make a promise to your skin today to keep it nourished and rejuvenated from the inside out! Having healthy skin year-round begins with the foods you eat and drink. To get skin that you will be confident to show off every season of the year, devote some time each day to getting the necessary nutrients to stay hydrated and fight the signs of aging.
  • Drink plenty of water. While the exact amount you should drink each day varies, no one can dispute the role of good hydration in keeping your skin looking healthy, young, and radiant. Experts agree that when the hydration comes from pure, clean water—NOT soda and fruit drinks—the skin cells rejoice! Aim for six to eight glasses every day.
     
  • Limit alcohol.
     
  • Sip green tea daily. This beverage contains polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory properties that protect and benefit the skin’s overall health. Enjoy one or two cups per day.
     
  • Avoid simple carbohydrates.  Foods such as cookies, pies, cakes, candies, and pastries can increase acne breakouts due to insulin spikes.
     
  • Nourish your skin. Eating healthy foods can protect, repair, and slow the aging process. Check out the chart below for the top ten nutrients that provide beauty benefits.

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Becky Hand Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. A certified health coach through the Cooper Institute with a master's degree in health education, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy-to-apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.

Member Comments

  • This is great advice. There is something great about having young and radiant skin! - 1/22/2014 11:53:41 AM
  • Thanks for sharing. - 1/9/2014 6:45:42 AM
  • Great article. - 5/4/2013 10:12:42 AM
  • JGMARIE80
    Interesting article. How do I save this? - 4/14/2013 5:21:21 AM
  • It's interesting that this article says acne can be affected by insulin spikes, but that the SparkPeople health A-Z article on acne says "Acne is not related to diet or poor hygiene." Are there references for the statement in this article that it is affected by insulin spikes? - 1/4/2013 2:00:27 PM
  • I didn't type the last comment. We have a silly company friend over. I've learned a lesson on keeping Spark People up on my iPad.
    - 10/14/2012 8:53:47 PM
  • I feel sexy today - 10/14/2012 8:38:21 PM
  • Very worthwhile. - 7/22/2012 7:12:45 PM
  • I have to show this to my daughter, I never realized her diet would effect her acne so much! Glad to see I eat what I should too! Great article. - 4/29/2012 6:45:54 PM
  • Great Info!!... - 8/15/2011 6:13:36 PM
  • DJSTEPSR
    In the last 30 days my husband and I have paid more attention to drinking half our body weight in ounces of ionized alkaline water. We have progressed from 7.0 to 9.0. I have found that hydrating our bodies has kept us from snacking/grazing thru out the day. We are loosing weight slowly without any additional changes. Who imagened that such a simple change could make such a huge benefit? I have been complimented on how much more healthy I look. Simple steps are making great changes for us both. - 8/15/2011 11:59:52 AM
  • TEJAS1291
    As always,I came looking for info and found what I was looking for!! Great job SP!! Keep the healthy living articles coming!!! - 11/28/2010 3:48:32 PM
  • SILLYJILLY8
    If I experience leg cramps during exercise, is it true I'm not getting enough magnesium and/or potassium?? I take a good multivitamin and eat a healthy/nutritiou
    s diet. - 8/26/2010 6:17:20 AM
  • I find that eating a bit of avocado / guacamole every day or every other day literally makes a visible difference in a few days if not instantly. (Maybe not quite so much in the depths of winter when the skin probably has a bit too much to cope with.) I've heard good things about eating macadamia nuts too for dry skin, but I've never monitored it.

    (You'd think I'd have a permanent store of guacamole in my fridge, really. But no, I'm lazy.) - 7/20/2010 12:23:27 PM
  • Its amazing how much better I feel on the Spark food plan! - 7/20/2010 7:58:00 AM