Q & A with Amanda Allen, MS, RDN, LD

Q: Is there a link between acne and nutrition?

A: There are many causes of acne such as stress, sleep, genetics, and even where you live. Overall, healthy skin starts with proper nutrition. Whole and minimally processed foods like fruits and vegetables, as well as healthy fats omega-3 fats from avocados, fish, and nuts, contain anti-inflammatory compounds to help decrease inflammation within the body, especially since acne is an inflammatory process within the skin. 

Q: What can I eat to prevent my skin from aging?

A: When the skin is exposed to UV light, it can produce free radicals which are harmful to our cells. Vitamin A, C, and E are antioxidants that help to eliminate these free radicals. Vitamin C specifically is needed in the body to naturally promote collagen synthesis. Collagen provides strength and structure to cells. Sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, strawberries, and even broccoli. 

Q: What does drinking water do for my skin?

A: Not only is drinking water good for our overall health, but it can also be especially good for the appearance of our skin. Water is the main component of our cells, so how much we drink in a day can impact the appearance of the way it looks. Aim for drinking half your body weight in ounces of water daily for natural healthy-looking skin. 

Q: Can your diet prevent skin cancer?

A: The substances that give fruits and vegetables their color are called phytonutrients. Studies have supported that many phytonutrients pick up free radicals. This means that these compounds can protect cells from DNA damage which can lead to cancer in the body. Aim for eating half of your plate fruits and vegetables at every meal. 

Q: How can eating more protein protect my skin?

A:  Meats such as chicken breasts, fish, and ground turkey, along with beans, chickpeas, eggs, greek yogurt, legumes, nuts, and whole grains are a good source of protein. Collagen is a type of protein and helps fend off fine lines and wrinkles. Eating more protein-rich foods may encourage collagen production which improves the skin’s overall appearance.

Q: Does eating dairy cause acne?

A: In the United States, researchers have found a weak association between dairy consumption and acne. This means there is not enough research to clearly state that dairy can cause acne in most people. Researchers hypothesize the hormones and steroid treatment given to the cows are a cause, or potentially the carbohydrate content of the dairy and its effects on insulin in the body might trigger acne for some, but not all, people. 

Amanda’s nutrition philosophy is to promote optimal health and nourishment through a whole food nutrition plan and a positive relationship with food. She is excited to help guide you in finding your path toward being healthy based on your individual needs. Click here to learn more.

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