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3 Ways to Help Keep Your Skin Healthy Looking

By Stephen R. Farris

Getting much needed Vitamin D from the sunlight can be beneficial for skin health. Exposure to too much sun can damage the skin. If you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors this summer, you'll want to do everything possible to prevent damaging it such as using sunscreen, wearing appropriate clothing that will cover exposed skin, and headwear that shades the neck and face.

You can also help prevent skin damage by making a few changes in your diet. 

Add More Fatty Acids

Adding more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet can help keep your skin healthy. Omega-3 fatty acids -- found in salmon, mackerel, sardines, and herring -- help keep your skin thick, supple, and moisturized. Omega-3 fatty acids can help keep acne in check. The fatty acids found in fish are a great source of Vitamin E and zinc. Vitamin E protects skin from inflammation and free radicals, while zinc aids in the reduction of inflammation, overall skin health, and producing new skin cells. 

Avocados

Who knew that avocados are a great healthy fat source for your skin? A study involving over 700 women who included avocados in their regular diet, had more supple skin with a little more spring. According to research, the compounds found in avocados can actually help protect your skin from harmful UV rays from the sun.

Walnuts

Walnuts contain both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. However, studies show that too much omega-6 fatty acids can actually cause an increase in inflammation. The good news about walnuts is that they balance both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and it's another food source that is great for your skin health. Plus, walnuts contain not only essential fatty acids, zinc, Vitamin E, selenium, and even protein are present in them. All of which are good for overall health, as well as your skin health.

You may also want to add a few additional food sources to your daily diet to help protect your skin, such as sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, red and/or yellow bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, soy, dark chocolate, green tea, and red grapes.

In summary, your skin is one huge organ that you should always consider protecting at the top of your health list. The last thing you should want is to leave your skin unprotected to the point you look more aged and wrinkled way before you should. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Hayward, Calif.

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