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Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 10

Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 10

Day 10 – Antioxidants prevent skin damage Antioxidants are substances that prevent oxidation, also referred to as oxidative stress. They are nature’s way of protecting your cells from damage.   In this process of oxidation, free radicals breakdown skin tissue, speeding up the aging process.  Antioxidant-rich foods are plant-based and their protective compounds are referred to as phytochemicals, meaning derived from plants.  The best way to ensure that one is getting adequate antioxidants is to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day –remember challenge day 1? All fruits and vegetables are good for us; however, certain plant foods pack...

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Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 9

Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 9

Day 9 – Nourishing the flora that lives on your skin. Many people don’t realize that our skin is alive with beneficial bacteria, similar to what is found in our gut (aka digestive system from start to finish).  These skin microbiota serve a vitally important role and act in an anti-biotic manner where they prevent the adherence of harmful bacteria to the skin, while enhancing immune function.  Just as the use of pharmaceutical antibiotics can cause GI issues when we take them to treat infections, the same applies to the skin.  When we strip away our healthy skin bacteria we...

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Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 8

Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 8

Day 8 – Feeding Your Probiotics with Prebiotic foods   The term probiotic means “for life”.  Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can be found in various foods and supplements. When you eat probiotics, you add these healthy bacteria to your intestinal tract.  Probiotic bacteria like lactobacilli are naturally found in fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha tea  and yogurt. Some functional foods will have added probiotics to enhance the nutritional value of the food. Prebiotics are non-digestible foods that make their way through our digestive system and help good bacteria grow and flourish. Unlike probiotics they are not living microorganisms.  Prebiotics are...

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Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 7

Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 7

Day 7 – How our gut and skin are connected The skin supports a delicate ecosystem of microorganisms, including yeast and bacteria.  One square inch of skin holds up to 500 million microorganisms!  (Equal to about the size of a pea)  When most of us think of microorganisms we think of bad things, but some, called probiotics help keep the bad microbes in check and maintain healthy skin.  Your gut is also lined with bacteria – both good and bad.  Many nutritionists believe that your gut health is reflected in your skin.  When gut flora are out of balance people...

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Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 6

Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 6

Day 6 – Choosing the right oils As we discussed a few days ago, our body needs certain essential fatty acids to be taken in via diet.  The issue is that in general Americans are getting too much of the Omega 6 kind and not enough Omega 3.  That said, we need some Omega 6 and oil is a staple for many in food preparation and dressing.   Today we will talk about how to choose a high quality, healthy oil and which ones are best in specific applications. The method by which the oil is extracted from its plant source...

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