Food is our Medicine



I believe this state­ment. You can achieve over­all health­i­er skin by clean­ing up your diet and adding more foods with essen­tial fat­ty acids (EFAs) and antiox­i­dants.

It is so easy to get dis­tract­ed by our busy lives and just end up eat­ing the food in front of us. Next thing we know, the “every now and then” trip to the dri­ve-thru for that quick meal becomes a near-dai­ly rou­tine.  This arti­cle from The Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­neso­ta, explains it very well:

As a nation, we are increas­ing­ly eat­ing more processed foods. Our super­mar­kets are full of con­ve­nient pack­aged foods that appeal to our taste buds, but com­pro­mise our nutri­tion. Because most of these foods’ nat­ur­al nutri­ents are removed in the refin­ing process, we need to get them else­where.

In addi­tion, we are eat­ing less vari­ety of foods. Iron­i­cal­ly, while 17,000 new prod­ucts are intro­duced each year, two-thirds of our calo­ries come from just four foods: corn, soy, wheat, and rice.

Nor is our food the same as it was 20 years ago. Nutri­ents in the soil have been deplet­ed, so food grown in that soil has few­er nutri­ents. Chem­i­cals are increas­ing­ly used in rais­ing both plants and ani­mals, par­tic­u­lar­ly on huge indus­tri­al farms that spe­cial­ize in a few prod­ucts.

It is much too easy to fall into the pat­tern of eat­ing all that fast, con­ve­nient, pre­pared food.. But we are not nur­tur­ing our­selves by doing so. Our Stan­dard Amer­i­can Diet lacks nutri­ents and relies heav­i­ly on processed foods that include arti­fi­cial col­or, addi­tives, fla­vor­ings, and chem­i­cal­ly-altered fats and sweet­en­ers.

Fast foods also remove us from the plea­sures of cre­at­ing and savor­ing a won­der­ful meal, and our rushed pace often pre­vents us from con­nect­ing over a tasty, slow-paced meal. We tend to eat for con­ve­nience and speed, not health and plea­sure, yet being mind­ful mat­ters.

We need to pay atten­tion when we are sick so we can help our bod­ies get the nutri­ents we need to heal. There are many health ben­e­fits if we look at food as our “med­i­cine.”

I bet you did not even real­ize some of your favorite foods are rich in EFAs; think salmon, shrimp & edamame!  You can see the full list here:

Many shy away from too many EFA rich foods as they see the word: “fat­ty” and think it is bad. This post from Down to Earth has some great resources, too.

As far as antiox­i­dants,  some great foods that fall under that cat­e­go­ry: Cit­rus fruits, oat­meal, berries and almonds. Get a list here:

Antiox­i­dants are an espe­cial­ly fun group of foods to get cre­ative with. Think oat­meal with berries, a greek yogurt with almonds, chia seeds or add in some orange or tan­ger­ine slices in a sum­mer sal­ad!

Start right away to improve your over­all healthy and get glow­ing skin by eat­ing more of these foods list­ed above and in the links!

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