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Kale – A Winner Against Dietary Skin Smackdown

 

Kale – the newest front runner in healthy eating – is gaining quite a reputation for its nutritional value. What’s this got to do with your skin?

From the website of Dr. Andrew Weil: “Kale is among the most nutrient-dense of all vegetables. One cup provides 1,327 percent of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin K, 192 percent of the DV for vitamin A and 88 percent for vitamin C.” 

Kale for Skin 

  • Vitamin C – a top antioxidant for skin
  • Vitamin K – strengthens capillaries and helpful to those who bruise easily (boost for those who have dark under eye circles?)
  • Vitamin A – another top antioxidant
  • Lutein – antioxidant with UV protection
  • Calcium for cell renewal and lipid barrier regulation
  • Acne help (high chlorophyll – see article here

The Livestrong blog has a nice article on Kale here.

Guilty of dietary smackdown for your skin?

Most of us are aware that dietary choices make a big difference in skin health and appearance. With the typical American diet incorporating massive amounts of caffeine, sugar (another wrinkle making machine all on it’s own!) and deep fried fast food, it’s no wonder skin is more susceptible to aging and discoloration.

Our body has to spend a lot of its energy just getting rid of toxins. And guess what? A large percentage of those toxins are eliminated through our skin. (Could that double cheeseburger with fries be the culprit in last week’s acne breakout?)

A few clean up and fix up options

If diet’s already done it’s dirty work on your skin, there are some “clean up and fix up” options. Obviously good eating habits are a major component. Good ol’ H2O is first on the list; more fish and less fried fast foods; vitamin supplements; FRESH fruits and veggies.  Enjoy juicing? See Health Ambition’s article Top 10 Health Benefits of Juicing Kale.

Fast food addiction

If you’re a fast food addict, start slowly and skip one fast food meal a week, then two, then three… We know that the science behind taste combinations in fast food is on purpose. It’s up to you to take back control of your eating if you’ve abdicated that responsibility.

 

By |2017-10-07T03:58:23-08:00March 8th, 2012|Skin Tips|Comments Off on Kale – A Winner Against Dietary Skin Smackdown

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