Get better skin by changing your diet - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/19/09

Get better skin by changing your diet

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Each year, millions of dollars are spent on beauty products to make us glow, but did you know the produce department at the grocery store could be a gold mine for your skin?

Going to the grocery store isn't just about getting food to eat - a former make-up artist is shopping for skin foods. "You know you really can't compensate with face creams if you have a bad diet," says healthy shopper Cheri Short.

Nutritionist Patti Milligan says Cheri has the right idea. The quickest way to better skin is to change your diet. "When you're really eating foods, you are eating for your skin. Because you turn your skin over every two weeks," says Milligan.

Those skin cells need nutrients, so Milligan suggests foods that contain omega 3's, like nuts, avocado and fish. "Most studies show that if you have a good one to two servings of good, healthy oils every day that you'll have good skin," says Milligan.

Another good choice is sweet potatoes. "When you look at the skin cell it's very rich in beta carotene and vitamin a. So by eating foods that contain those you are guaranteed that you're going to produce a very good, healthy skin cell," says Milligan.

Got dark circles? Dull skin? Milligan says they can be signs of poor digestion. "One of the easiest things to do is incorporate yogurt, which has friendly bacteria," she adds.

Also in Milligan's grocery cart are mushrooms, which contain collagen-building zinc; tomatoes to protect your skin from the sun; green leafy vegetables that sweep out toxins; and then there's dark chocolate. "It's high in some of those particular minerals like magnesium that just allow good blood flow to the skin," she says.

Aside from food, Milligan says water is good for the skin - another good reason to drink water with a meal instead of sodas.

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