1. What foods help keep my skin looking young?
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 4000 women examined women’s skin and their diets. The researchers found that vitamin C and a type of fat called linoleic acid protected the skin from aging. Other fats and carbohydrates appeared to age the skin.
Here are the details. Women who consumed more vitamin C were 11 percent less likely to have a wrinkled appearance and 7 percent less likely to have dry skin. Vitamin C is high in fruits and vegetables.
Women who ate more linoleic acid which is found in oils and nuts were about 25 percent less likely to have poor skin tone and dryness. Processed carbohydrates, trans fat found in processed food and saturated fat from fatty meats and fatty milk foods aged the skin.
This is just one study, but making the switch to more plant foods and less fatty animal foods and processed foods is good sound advice for other part of your body as well as the skin.
Sugar is definitely a “wrinkle food”. The chemicals in the human body that make us age increase 140% when we eat sugar.
2. Can my vitamin D go too high if I am in the sun often this summer?
Lynn, South Hadley
The sun does make vitamin D when the rays hit our skin. But more time in the sun will NOT make too much vitamin D.
The body is smart and breaks down the vitamin D if you are in the sun often. However, you can get too much vitamin D from supplements. Too much vitamin D can lead to inflammation in the body, and too much calcium in the blood with symptoms including constipation, confusion, weakness, loss of appetite and even painful calcium deposits.
So, have your doctor check the level of vitamin D in your blood, to be sure you are getting enough vitamin D, but not too much.