Healthier Skin Through Diet and Exercise

There has been controversy as to how much does diet and exercise really affect your skin, hair and nails. It is true, when you eat right, the chances of having better-looking, clearer skin, healthier hair and nails is greater. Improving your diet just by adding a few items can make all the difference in your skin’s quality.

Having a certain amount of healthy fats in your diet can lead to glowing skin however it is important to understand the difference between good fats and bad fats. Fats have a bad stigma; many people correlate them with weight gain and health problems. There are fats you should avoid including daily servings of in your diet such as saturated fats and trans fats that can be found in processed foods, cakes, cheeses, and any fried or greasy foods. Not only are these fats difficult to digest, but they also raise blood cholesterol concentrations which contributes to clogged arteries that block the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart and brain. But good fats, polyunsaturated fats are vessels for vitamins A, D, E, and K- also known as fat-soluble vitamins- making it easier for them to travel around the body. You can find these fats in salmon, trout, avocados, nuts, olive oil and other omega-3 fatty acids.

Certain vitamins, minerals and proteins are also significantly important supplements to the health and quality of your skin. Vitamins C and E for example, have anti-aging properties and can reduce skin cell damage, while the lack of vitamins B and A, your skin will look noticeably unhealthy. The combination of good fats to help transport the necessary vitamins, and making sure those necessary vitamins are made available for your body to improve health, will make a positive impact on the quality of your skin, hair and nails.

Poor nutrition, for example, can lead to hair loss and weak, brittle nails. Including protein from eggs, beans, seafood, nuts and leans cuts of meat and poultry can help improve hair and nails, while iron from red meat, leafy greens, artichokes and lentils has been known to help stave off hair loss.

It should be noted that diet alone cannot always cure skin conditions, and if a skin condition presents itself, you should seek Dr. Rokhsar’s care and advice. If you do have eczema, a chronic skin condition characterized by itchy, dry, red skin, consuming eggs, milk, soy, peanuts, fish and wheat has be known to worsen the skin. Although specific foods do not cause acne, there are foods that will cause acne flare-ups such as chocolate, greasy foods, sodas and shellfish.

Exercise is a very important factor in not only the health of your skin, but for many other major organs in your body. Exercise improves circulation throughout the body while expelling toxins out of the body through sweating, which also cleans the skin’s pores. Of course showering immediately after exercise is important so the body cleans itself of any sweat left behind, and scrubbing the face followed by moisturizer can help the skin improve healing from acne. Exercising for 30 minutes, four times a week will regulate over-active hormones that may cause acne and aerobic exercise has been known to calm down excess hormone production, such as that seen in acne flare-ups.

New York Dermatologist, Dr. Cameron Rokhsar is a fellowship-trained doctor with extensive experience in skin health. He can effectively advice patients on their medical and cosmetic concerns. As an acne scar treating expect, Dr. Rokhsar has a significant amount of laser experience to treat facial scars gently, while improving the skin’s healing process.

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