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Eat Well

Despite the fact that there is no conclusive evidence that antioxidants keep skin from maturing, experts do agree they have the capacity to "capture" free radicals and may protect us from certain diseases. Antioxidant-rich sustenances can likewise give us a healthier, glowing complexion.

According to Susan M. Kleiner, R.D., Ph.D, a Seattle-based nutritionist, eating sustenances rich in antioxidants is best. "There's no substitute for getting nutrients through sustenance. The body ingests and assimilates them obviously better than in supplement form."

Kleiner suggests following the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Guide Pyramid, and eating three to five servings of vegetables and two to four servings of organic product each day. Choose no less than one citrus organic product, such as an orange, a tangerine, or a grapefruit, for vitamin C. To increase beta-carotene intake, eat no less than two orange-yellow or leafy green vegetables each day.



<b>Eat Right for Younger Looking Skin</b>

Eating healthy equals younger looking skin. Drinking a cup of orange juice and eating one crude carrot provides twice the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin C and beta-carotene. The RDA for vitamin E is harder to meet, especially for those on a low-fat diet.

"Try not to be hesitant to include a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to your diet, or to eat some nuts or seeds," advises Dr. Kleiner.

The accompanying guideline can be used for RDAs for three of the most common antioxidant nutrients, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene; great sources and how best to maximize benefits of each are included.

Vitamin C: RDA no less than 60 mg. (1/2 cup orange juice = 70 mg.) Citrus products of the soil and tomatoes are great sources of vitamin C. Eat whole natural product for extra fiber. Maintain a strategic distance from juice in glass containers, and heat-pasteurized juice. Light and heat destroy some of the vitamin C.

Vitamin E: RDA 8 mg for women/10 mg. for men (1 tablespoon of canola oil = 9 mg.) Good sources include nuts, seeds and their oils, greasy fish such as salmon, mackerel, halibut, and trout, and wheat germ. Use canola, olive, or another vegetable oil in place of butter or margarine when cooking.

Beta-carotene: no established RDA. Expert Dr. Kleiner, however, recommends 5-6 mg. ( One carrot = 12 mg.) Orange and yellow vegetables, and leafy green vegetables, including broccoli, are all great sources. Instead of potato chips or popcorn for an evening snack while watching television, settle on prepackaged, washed and peeled infant carrots.

On the off chance that you feel you are unable to meet the RDAs through diet alone, by all means take an across the board antioxidant vitamin supplement a day, however continue to focus on rich sustenance sources.

<b>Summary</b>

Because many over-the-counter cosmetics containing antioxidants don't have enough to be absolutely affective without anyone else's input, it is best to "feed" them to your skin in combination with a healthy, antioxidant rich diet for younger looking skin.

We at Savvy Spa Luxuries care about you and you're wellbeing. With proper skin care, a healthy diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and ample amounts of water, you can enjoy a more fit body, improved personal satisfaction, increased stamina, and a glowing complexion!

©2006 Lori S. Anton

Smart Spa Luxuries Editor

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