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6 Foods That are Great for Your Skin

May 28, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Portland 0 Comments

6 Foods That are Great for Your Skin

There are many reasons for eating a particular diet.  Some diets are good for preventing heart attacks and others are good for people with diabetes.  There are diets for improving bone health and diets for losing weight.  But as far as can be seen, there are no diets specifically directed at improving skin.  None-the-less, if you are concerned about the health of your skin, there ARE certain foods that can be eaten that will not only improve the overall appearance of your skin but also help if you have acne or other such problems.  If you are interested in learning more about these or maybe even making a career out of this type of thing, culinary arts schools can open many doors. Chances are that in your area the Oregon cooking schools may have some classes that appeal to you.

The following list is not exhaustive by any means, for there are many foods that are rich in anti-oxidants, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C:  The three things that have been found to be excellent at improving overall skin health and complexion.

Remember as you read this list that in addition to these foods being great for your skin, do not go overboard by consuming too much of any one food, for excess of anything can turn good to bad.  Balance is needed to enhance your skin while maintaining good health overall.

  1. Low-fat yogurt (rich in Vit A) – Not only is low-fat yogurt good for your skin, it is good for your health, especially if you are a woman.  It is well-known that yogurt can help prevent yeast infections and other maladies that commonly aflict women, but the Vitamin A in yogurt (and there is plenty of it) is great for improving your overall skin appearance.
  1. Berries or Cantaloupe (anti-oxidents) – Cantaloupe is one of those melons that everyone just seems to love.  Now there is a better reason to love it—the anti-oxidents help clear pores and improve overall skin health.  Berries are equally as good, both in taste and health.
  1. Green Tea (anti-oxidents) – Green tea has been found to contain so many health benefits in recent years that it comes as no shock to find that it is good for skin as well.  Full of the anti-oxidents needed throughout your body, but especially useful to your skin, you cannot go wrong enjoying green tea, especially if you want beautiful skin.
  1. Broccoli or Carrots (Vit. A) – Once again, Vitamin A is what you will find in broccoli and carrots.  Indeed, carrots are good for the eyes, but now it seems it is even good for those lines around your eyes.  You want to look good as well as see if someone else looks good?  Eat carrots.  You get both benefits.  But a word of caution:  Some people have found that consuming too many carrots can lead to the skin appearing as an orange-ish hue.  This will take you down the wrong road.  Be balanced with the carrots and pay attention to skin tone.
  1. Oranges or Grapefruit (Vit. C) – Something that is also needed by your skin to maintain that healthy glow is Vitamin C.  These fruits (or really, ANY citrus fruits) are loaded in the Vitamin C your body and skin needs.  Again, however, take care to be balanced as too much citric acid can cause bowel problems.  Need more be said?
  1. Water (flushes impurities) – Finally, and this should not even need to be said, water.  Of course, most may not call water a “food” in the strictest sense, but when looking at stuff you can consume that will improve the overall health of your skin and give you that young, healthy glow you seek, you can do no better than water.  Water flushes any impurities from your system and allows the vitamins and minerals that are needed in the skin to absorb these better.  This, in turn, results in clearer skin.

So regardless of your reasons for wanting improved skin health, if you add these items to your diet it will not be long before you begin enjoying the benefits of these 6 skin-healthy foods. Remember if you enjoy learning the properties of different foods, you may enjoy enrolling in culinary arts schools and you have a great variety to choose from with all the Oregon cooking schools available!

This article is presented by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland. Le Cordon Bleu College of
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