Copeman Corner – 5 Easy Nutrition Strategies For a Lifetime of Healthy Skin

1. FOCUS ON A PLANT-BASED DIET
Try to include vitamin A- and C-rich fruits and vegetables in your diet. Both are antioxidants and contain anti-inflammatory properties, which promote cell reproduction and combat cell damage. Vitamin C supports proper wound-healing (this includes those popped pimples!). It’s also vital for collagen production. Rich in both vitamins A and C, raw red bell peppers are skin superstars — they even contain more vitamin C than oranges! (Keep in mind that vitamin C is heatunstable, so vegetables must be uncooked to enjoy these benefits.)

2. CHOOSE HIGH-QUALITY, COMPLETE PROTEINS AT EACH MEAL
Complete proteins are rich in amino acids that produce collagen. Collagen, one of the most abundant proteins in the body, provides the skin with elasticity. Whole eggs, chicken, wild salmon and bone broth are excellent high-quality proteins and sources of collagen.

3. AVOID DEEP-FRIED FOODS
It’s a myth that greasy food causes oily skin. However, the consistent consumption of fried foods can damage cell structures and promote inflammation due to the oxidized fat they contain.

4. CUT DOWN ON SUGAR
Sugar has been linked to a process called glycation. Not only does glycation deteriorate your existing collagen and elastin stocks, but a diet high in sugar also prevents the body from making more, which results in wrinkles and loss of elasticity.

5. STAY HYDRATED
Proper hydration is very important to help maintain body temperature, digestion, absorption and transport of nutrients, as well as eliminate toxins and other waste from the body, but it is also essential to maintain skin tautness and clarity. It is recommended to aim for an average daily fluid intake of at least 3 L (12 cups) for healthy men and 2.2 L (9 cups) for healthy women. Also, limit alcohol as it dehydrates the skin.

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