Want to look younger? Research says to start with your diet

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While behavioral factors such as avoiding sun exposure, getting adequate sleep and not smoking are crucial to your skin’s health, there is a a tremendous opportunity to improve your skin’s appearance and quality with a healthy diet, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).  The AAD says that diets high in fiber, lean proteins and fresh fruits and vegetables can lead to healthier skin.

“Research suggests that eating more carotenoid-rich produce is associated with improved skin color and a more healthy and attractive appearance,” according to [Elisa] Zied, registered dietitian and author of the book Younger Next Week.  Carotenoid-rich produce includes foods such as peas, carrots, squash, spinach, red peppers and romaine lettuce.

Foods that boost your body’s antioxidant content can do wonders to help the skin maintain a youthful appearance:  in particular, egg yolks, corn, orange peppers, orange juice and red grapes contain healthy amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids which boosts your skin’s antioxidant capacity.

Tea can also serve to boost your body’s antioxidants and ability to heal itself:

“Drinking tea also has its perks when it comes to looking and feeling younger… Many of the benefits of tea are linked with its high content of polyphenols (specifically flavonoids), powerful plant chemicals that act as antioxidants that also can protect against UV skin damage,” according to Zied.

Lastly, foods high in Vitamins E (what germ, sunflower seeds, almonds, corn), Vitamin C (citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis, peppers, broccoli) and Vitamin A (spinach, kale, carrots, sweet potatoes) also help improve your skin’s health.

Have you had any success with any of the skin-healthy items mentioned above?  Please comment below!

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Read More:  http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/blog/nutrition/2014/01/eat_right_to_look_younger.html

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