How Does Your Overall Diet Affect Your Skin?

What we eat everyday affects your skin in more ways than one!
Additionally, many people do not realize that your overall health and your skin are closely related. Eating bad foods such as items with too much sugar or even fast food can really wreak havoc on your skin. For example, sugar has been proven to cause inflammation. This in return produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles.

Check out these easy and delicious 3 ways to alter your diet to heal you achieve healthier skin:

Eat “Clean” with Fish, Fruit, and Veggies

Eating more fish, leafy greens, and fruit can play a major role in the health of yoru skin. People who eat diets like this have more omega-3 fatty acids from fish that keep skin cells strong an elastic.

Reduction of skin elasticity is a fact of aging for most people. Skin elasticity is the skin’s need to stretch and then go back to normal. Preserving the elasticity in your skin allows for it to look more youthful.

Cut Back on Bread and Pasta

Lowering the intake of carb-heavy foods actually lowers the stress hormone cortisol. Lowering your cortisol levels helps to minimize pesky breakouts.

Breakouts can eventually lead to long-term blemishes that can really ruin your overall completion and can may require extra work to try to clear up. Swap these foods for better choices such as zucchini pasta instead of traditional pasta to lower your carb intake.

 

Introduce Olive Oil into Your Diet

Not only is olive oil a good way to help you skin within your diet, but it also can be applied directly to skin to reap the benefits. Olive oil also contains monounsaturated fat, unsaturated fats that are known to increase your overall cardiovascular health.

Increasing your intake of these foods can help you to achieve and maintain healthier, more attractive looking skin. Your diet has the ability to directly affect your skin and making healthier food choices can help you to fight against elasticity loss and premature skin aging.

Choosing a beneficial multivitamin is a fantastic way of ensuring you’re getting the daily recommended amounts of all your essential vitamins and minerals. Our multivitamin was designed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner, who selected each ingredient according to what vitamins she recommends to her patients.

 

 

MCT Coconut Oil VS Olive Oil

Hi, Dr. Meredith Warner here –

 

I am a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who is passionate about helping you live well mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Recently, I have been using more MCT oil in the kitchen. I have been intrigued by the potential health benefits of the medium chain triglycerides. I have long loved olive oils and use them most of the time, but was curious to see how they compared to MCT coconut oil. 

Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) are medium length chains of fats. There also exist long chain fats and short chain fats. Long chain fats are saturated fats and remain solid at room temperature.   

50% of fat in coconut oil is medium chain. Usually, coconut oil remains solid at room temperature, so the other half of coconut oil is comprised of long-chain fats. MCT coconut oil is liquid at room temperature, and is separated from these long-chain fats for its beneficial uses.   

 

Health Benefits of MCT 

MCT is thought to increase the amounts of leptin and peptide YY. These proteins naturally promote a feeling of fullness and help you feel satiated – which means that you may consume less calories throughout your day. MCTs have also been found to have about 10% fewer calories than long chain fats.   

MCTs have many potential benefits for optimizing your daily health:  

MCTs can convert to ketones in the body. This makes them ideal for a ketogenic diet, since they help individuals maintain ketosis. Ketones can be used by the brain for energy and because of this, MCTs have been shown to help reduce symptoms for those with Alzheimer’s. One study also showed some benefit of MCTs for those with autism also on a gluten-free diet. In addition, MCTs support the correct gut biome; this too helps to maintain overall health and promote wellness. 

MCTs have been shown in studies to increase production of HDL (good) cholesterol and decrease production of LDL (bad) cholesterol. MCT was also able to reduce the amount of inflammatory proteins (CRP) in serum. The medium chains fats in MCTs bypass the bile duct system and are ideal for those with issues in the biliary system. However, over time too many MCTs will cause a fatty liver, as they are high in calories.  

 

How MCTs Compare To Olive Oil 

Olive oil is a natural substance extracted from olives. MCTs are natural in a way – they are partitioned from coconut oil using scientific techniques. 

The beauty of olive oil is that it is primarily a monounsaturated fat; it is oleic acid. This is just about ¾ of the total content of the oil. Oleic acid is naturally anti-inflammatory and has been found to alter epigenetics (or gene formations) associated with cancer – which means that oleic acid may prevent cancer. Olive oil is also an anti-oxidant and can scavenge free radicals.   

Olive oil is a great choice for those struggling with the symptoms of aging:

Olive oil prevents and treats constipation. This is one of the unspoken problems with aging. A teaspoon of olive oil a day has been shown to be an effective treatment for this issue.  

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids are to be the main source of fat in an anti-aging diet. Since olive oil contains monosaturated fats, it is a beneficial part of a healthy, anti-aging diet.  

 

Should You Choose Olive Oil or MCT Coconut Oil?

 
There is nothing inherently wrong with fat; and plant-based fats are found to be especially beneficial. Olive oil is more protective from heart disease than a low-fat diet. Healthy fats support nerves and the brain and are actually important and essential parts of a balanced diet. 
 
I would advise that, while they are not inherently dangerous, you avoid consuming many fats that stay solid at room temperature.  Imagine what that is doing in your smaller arteries.    

We incorporate MCT coconut oil into our pain-fighting Hemp oil tincture. It is easily digestible and can be taken easily with just a few drops under your tongue or in your morning coffee. Choose Well Theory for resources on full body betterment and products to bolster your wellness so that you can live to your fullest potential.