Eating Chips can Help your Skin
Foods to Make you Glow
Many of my patients ask me for natural remedies to help improve their skin quality. Aside from the all-natural Skin Brightening and Glow IV™, I often reply, “Mother Nature is the best medicine cabinet out there…specifically any foods that grow from the ground”.
Here are two staples of my diet that help keep my skin soft and glowing:
Sweet potatoes contain vitamin A, which is an anti-inflammatory and helps fight off acne-causing bacteria. Vitamin A and another one of sweet potatoes’ abundant nutrients, vitamin C, work hard both to prevent acne and to heal it should it strike. But sweet potatoes fight acne on another level, too. In addition to their vitamins and antioxidants, they have a relatively low glycemic index, which helps maintain a steady insulin level and avoid the pimply dangers associated with hormonal imbalance.
Parsnips are also a good source of vitamin C as well as vitamin K, folate, potassium and manganese. These nutrients are great for keeping your skin hydrated as well as building the necessary building block of the epidermis. One of the compounds in parsnips (as well as in figs celery and citrus fruits) is psoralen. Like many other phytochemicals psoralen and the polyacetylenes in parsnips can be considered “natural pesticides” which are toxic to fungi and bacteria and when eaten as part of a whole foods diet are considered safe and beneficial.
Snacking for your Health
Instead of snacking on a bag of potato chips, consider making your own. Not only will you save money, but your body will certainly be healthier.
Sweet Potato and Parsnip Chips
Recipe: Peel your sweet potato and parsnips, then slice them thinly. Coat with a very good quality olive oil and salt to taste. Set slices in a single layer on a dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 125° for 12-20 hours or until crisp, then enjoy!