Dr. Shayesteh: Eat your way to healthy skin

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — Many of us use toners, lotions and moisturizers to keep our skin healthy from the outside in, but Dr. Shayesteh said there is a way to keep skin healthy from the inside out.

He said human skin is the largest organ in the body and every 27 days, it regenerates itself. He said it has an “amazing” impact on our health.

Dr. Shayesteh said the two major fibers in our skin are collagen and elastin. The more of these nutrients we have, the softer our skin is.

As we age, we start losing these fibers, which causes wrinkles and sagging of the skin.

Nutrition plays a key role in our skin’s appearance. He said foods that cause skin damage are foods that are high in sugar, fried foods and soft drinks. He said eating too many starches also is harmful because that produces insulin, which is an inflammatory hormone.

Dr. Shayesteh said one of the biggest contributors to sagging skin is sugar. But stress also contributes.

He said nutrients that are needed for health skin include Vitamin E, magnesium, Vitamin A, omega fatty acids and beta carotene. Some foods that have these nutrients are nuts, fruits (especially berries), vegetables, red wine and water.

He said exercise also improves skin’s appearance in multiple ways.

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