Is it enough to eat some of the most healthy foods or take expensive supplements to keep you healthy?
You have seen articles promoting one magic food or supplement as an answer. It usually comes with a "buy now" or "subscribe" button nearby. Or it is on the page of paid advertising. I am a skeptic, trying to make one meal or add a solution makes me suspicious.
The other information you have seen are basic programs, such as the USDA's My Plate and other rather old-fashioned recommendations that tow the party line — they emphasize that products that we all know are not a dense diet or promote health.
Well, interestingly, the National Cancer Institute newsletter recently came to my email and surprised me. Yes, they take a more holistic approach, noting:
Food and beverages, as well as the nutrients and dietary components they contain, are consumed together, not isolated from each other … … In other words, we are interested in assessing what eating broccoli or cheeseburger means to your health … but in the context of a wider diet and overall nutritional quality.
To reduce the risk of disease, consider your entire diet as a whole. How are you?
Instead of giving individual recommendations, such as eating broccoli or taking alpha-tocopherol and beta-carotene to prevent cancer, they are now looking at a broader picture of healthy eating. NIH does that too. Finally! They recognize
There are also likely interactive or synergistic effects between food and nutrients, so that total nutrition can have cumulative effects.
I urge you to do the same. You are reading this because of your interest in skin health. As a dermatologist, I advise you to look at the health and appearance of your face in the context of your entire diet.
Your diet can help you have healthy and attractive skin, or it can lead to skin problems.
Scientific research is starting to support this. The link between acne and the severity of psoriasis in relation to diet is the starting point. Expect to see other skin conditions around.
Be sure to find out that your complexion and appearance will match the quality of your diet. We already know that eating foods high in beta-carotene (carrots, zucchini, cabbage, and other types of greens, if you name some of the super-stars of beta-carotene) will give you a warm golden skin tone. This skin tone is proven in scientific literature as more attractive than a sun tan.
You are what you eat! Do it well and look better. You will fight off serious health problems by locking and loading vital forces into your daily life. Trust me, I'm a doctor!
Holistic dermatologist recommendations for a diet that supports healthy skin.
To read what I think about dieting, download my free book on nutrition. Yes, the doctor of medicine is a geek I wrote it all down for you. Click here, it's free – no ads, no extra sales, only my 45 years of following science, plus watching my patients and people shopping at the grocery store cash register since I was a little girl, and picking up pieces. I also have recipes to make it easier.
Let's strengthen our desire to eat well.
To read the NIH National Cancer Institute's newsletter on diet, including information on their index of healthy nutrition and the latest nutritional guidelines, click here
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