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9 Tips for Healthier Skin from Erika Angyal

March 21, 2011

I just saw Erika Angyal speak at the Juice Plus+ National Conference in Long Beach, CA on skin health. Here are her top 9 tips for healthier, more beautiful skin.

1. Eat more fruits and veggies

Fruits and vegetables reduce oxidative stress, the process by which the collagen in your skin is damaged and creates wrinkles and lines. Furthermore, fruits and vegetables help nourish healthy cells, making your skin glow more, be more well hydrated, and look healthier.

Also, fruits and vegetables are full of carotenoids which are powerful antioxidants and help skin look healthier and younger. Studies have found that those with the highest level of carotenoids in their skin look healthier, younger, and more attractive to the opposite sex. Juice Plus+, a fruit and vegetable juice powder concentrate, has been found in several peer-reviewed, published studies to increase carotenoids in the human blood stream and may be a great way for people to get healthier, more attractive looking skin due to the impact on carotenoid levels.

2. Increase your intake of Omega 3 fats and limit intake of Omega 6 fats

Omega-3 fats are anti-inflammatory and great for skin and cell health. Americans eat far too many Omega 6 fats and not enough Omega-3 fats. You can get more Omega-3’s by eating deep-sea fish like salmon, nuts like walnuts and pecans, hemp seeds, flax seeds, olive oil, and avocadoes.

3. Reduce your sugar intake

Sugar increases oxidative stress in the body and damages healthy skin. Sugar contributes heavily to acne and other skin conditions. Simply reducing your sugar intake can do wonders for your skin health.

4. Reduce processed food intake

Processed foods break down into acidic and toxic byproducts in the body. A lot of these byproducts have to be eliminated through the skin, causing damage to skin cells and increasing wrinkles and acne. Pass on the processed foods and eat more whole foods, fruits, vegetables, berries, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.

5. Eliminate trans fats from your diet

Trans fats are very harmful to human health. Your body builds every cell with a cell wall made out of fat. When trans fats are built into the cell wall, it disrupts the normal functioning of the cell. This causes your skin cells to be more stiff and rigid, causing wrinkles and aged-looking skin.

6. Hydrate well – drink more water

Hydration is a key to good skin health. The body will drain water from the skin in order to nourish other organs like the heart, liver and lungs which are necessary for survival. Many Americans are chronically dehydrated and this damages the health of their skin. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water of day.

7. Get Sweaty! Exercise

Exercise is excellent for overall health, reduction of risk of chronic diseases, and skin health! Your body needs to sweat in order to cleanse itself and this helps improve skin health and get rid of excess toxins through the skin. If you’re a couch potato, get off your butt and watch your skin start to glow!

8. Relax

Stress reduction and relaxation help improve skin health and reduce wrinkles and fine lines. The more relaxed you are, the better you will look. We all know what someone looks like who is always stressed out – they look older! Just take a look at the before and after pictures of any of the U.S. Presidents and you’ll see the impact stress can make on your skin health.

9. Get your Beauty Sleep

You really do need sleep to be beautiful! The majority of repair in your skin is done while you’re asleep. So if you’re not getting enough sleep, you are missing out on that vital repair time! Have you ever seen someone who hasn’t slept in a long time and they get dark circles under their eyes and baggy lines on their face? It’s because they need to sleep to repair and replenish their skin!

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