Edible Beauty – The Science of Looking and Feeling Radiant from the Inside Out

What we eat not only impacts our inner organs, but it has an equal and dramatic impact on our mind, our mood and our skin. In fact, certain foods cause inflammation not only of your internal organs, but also of your skin which contributes to skin conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, and ACNE, to name a few. When you start making minor changes like cutting out skim milk, adding some omega-3 rich avocado to your morning omelet, taking a multivitamin with zinc, copper and selenium and perhaps even sipping on some probiotic-rich kombucha, you will start to see the skin glow in a way that no skin serum alone could achieve.

Incorporate these tips into your daily routine to help keep your skin healthy and radiant, from the inside out.

Incorporate Collagen Into Your Day - The easiest way to add Collagen into you day is add a scoop of collagen powder right in your coffee or morning smoothie. It’s that simple. Use almond milk in your coffee or smoothie, rather than skim milk because skim milk has been linked to acne.

Add Probitoics to Your Daily Routine - Probiotics serve as natural antibiotics, helping maintain your body’s healthy pH, and control inflammation. Taking good care of our gut bugs is the first step not only to overall health, but to keeping our skin healthy and glowing. To accomplish this, in addition to taking a probiotic supplement, incorporate probiotic rich foods into your diet including kombucha, kimchi, miso soup and sauerkraut.

Get rid of Emulsifiers - Emulsifiers are molecules that act as blending agents in food products that contain otherwise unmixable ingredients, such as oil and water. They also act as preservatives. When consumed, emulsifiers adversely change the composition of the gut’s microbiome, which in turn results in greater systemic inflammation, which contributes to skin disorders.

Ditch the Dairy - Research shows consuming milk and milk-based products (such as ice cream) can significantly ramp up one’s risk for acne—sometimes as much as fourfold! Although the exact reasons milk’s negative effect on skin health are not entirely known, but the two key ingredients are probably at play: the milk proteins whey and casein. Whey increases insulin levels, which can impede our ability to control blood sugar and simultaneously thwart our body from reducing inflammation, and casein promotes the release of IGF-1 (which is linked to accelerated aging, cancer, and premature death).