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Plant based diet


If you want healthy skin you must start from the inside out.  To achieve the that glow that you are looking for it is essential that your diet is rich in vitamins an d minerals and phytochemicals.  The best way to make sure you get these nutrients daily is to eat meals containing  lot of fruits and veggies, legumes, nuts and seeds, basically what's called a plant based diet. This type of diet will promote healthy skin, hair, and nails.  I don't know about you but I want glowing skin, long healthy hair and strong nails.

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This type of diet consist entirely of foods derived from plants.  This diet will exclude, processed foods, oils, and animal products.  It is referred to as a vegan diet. You must careful the are many vegan labeled foods that are processed, refined, and offer little nutritional value.  These man made vegan products are not necessarily plant based and in turn they will not offer the same skin health benefits.  Vegan and plant based are not always interchangeable.

Table 1 – Examples of Nutrient-Dense, Plant-Based Foods

Plant Types
Serving Size
Black beans, chickpeas, edamame, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans, split peas
½ cup
Blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, goji berries, mulberries, strawberries, apples, avocados, dates, grapefruit, plums, watermelon
½ cup fresh berries, 1 medium fruit, or ¼ cup dried fruit
Cruciferous Vegetables
Arugula, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale
½ cup chopped
Other Vegetables
Asparagus, bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, onions, squash, spinach, sweet potatoes, zucchini
1 cup leafy, ½ cup nonleafy
Chia seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseeds
1-2 tablespoons
Almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts
¼ cup nuts or 2 tablespoons nut butter
Whole Grains
Barley, buckwheat, oats, quinoa, rice (brown or wild)
½ cup cooked

There Benefits when you Avoid Animal Products In Your Diet

Eating a plant based diet requires that you do not consume any animal products of any kind.  This includes dairy, meat, poultry, and fish.  Scientists have shown that avoiding dairy can prevent and improve acne.   Another study has shown that when people with psoriasis avoided meat and adopted a plant based diet their symptoms improved.  

Table 2 – Foods to Eliminate on a Plant-Based Diet and Healthy Alternatives
Plant-Based Alternative
Dairy Milk
Almond, soy, coconut, hemp, and rice beverages
Ice Cream
Coconut, soy, almond-based ice cream
Coconut or soy creamer
Nutritional yeast and cashews can be used to create vegan study fou cheese
Tofu, tempeh, jackfruit, portabello mushrooms, eggplant
Eggs in Baking
1 egg = 1 Tbsp ground flax + 3 Tbsp water, 1 egg = ½ mashed banana
Applesauce, vegetable broth

Plant-Based Diets Provide the Vitamins and Minerals that are need for Glowing Skin

Fruits and veggies are more dense with vitamins and minerals than animal products. Plant based foods should be eaten in abundance for beautiful skin.  Another scientific found that people who consumed food rich in caroteniods, a vitamin derivative everyday for six weeks developed what's called a food tan , that healthy glow. These vitamins and minerals work with enzymes and antioxidants in the battle against free radical damage to your skin.  They also boost the immune system.  Always remember to consult with your doctor before you start this or any other diet.

Table 3 – Plant Sources of Vitamins
Plant-Based Sources[5]
Vitamin A
Cantaloupe, broccoli, spinach, carrots, yams
Vitamin C
Fruits: oranges, strawberries, kiwi
Vegetables: red and yellow bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, dark leafy vegetables
Vitamin E
Whole grain wheat, avocados, nuts
B Vitamins
B1 – whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds
B2 – enriched whole grains
Niacin – mushrooms, whole grains
Biotin – yams, almonds, soy
B6 – potatoes, bananas, legumes, nuts
B12 – fortified beverages, cereals, and some brands of fortified tofu, may still need to supplement
Vitamin K
Broccoli, kale, spinach, soybeans
Table 4 – Plant Sources of Minerals
Plant-Based Sources[6]
Whole grains, nuts, seeds
Fortified cereals, white beans, lentils, spinach
Whole grains, wheat germ, brazil nuts
Whole grains, fruits, vegetables
Fortified cereals

Plant-Based Diets May Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage and Skin Cancer.

Remember everyone should wear sunscreen and protective clothing if you are going to be outside for any length of time.  A plant base diet offers additional sun protection, because of the compounds that occur naturally.  Fruits and veggies have many phytochemicals and antioxidants  that lessen skin damage and reduce the risk for cancer. 

  • Grapes and berries contain a compound called resveratrol, which is a natural phytochemical that acts as an antioxidant and may decrease the risk of skin cancer.[7]
  • Tomatoes are rich in an antioxidant called lycopene, which was shown by a research article in the British Journal of Dermatology to reduce the risk of sunburns when eaten daily for 3 months.[8]Watermelons are another fantastic and delicious source of lycopene!
  • Beta-carotene appeared to improve signs of photoaging (e.g. wrinkles and sun spots) when consumed daily (beta-carotene equivalent of 6 carrots daily or 1 sweet potato) for 3 months![9]
  • Eating a red delicious apple per day may keep the skin cancer away! Researchers at Cornell University showed that compounds in red apple peels called triterpenoids can kill cancer cells.[10] Another skin glowing antioxidant in red apples, called anthocyanin, also possesses cancer-fighting power.[11]
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  • References

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    2. Brown AC, Hairfield M, Richards DG, et al. Medical nutrition therapy as a potential complementary treatment for psoriasis--five case reports. Altern Med Rev.2004;9(3):297-307; PMID: 15387720 Link to Research.
    3. Tan KW, Graf BA, Mitra SR, et al. Daily Consumption of a Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie Alters Facial Skin Color. PLoS One.2015;10(7):e0133445; PMID: 26186449 Link to Research.
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    5. Functions and Food Sources of Some Common VitaminsDietitians of Canada 2013;. Accessed October 8, 2016.
    6. Basavaraj KH, Seemanthini C, Rashmi R. Diet in dermatology: present perspectives. Indian J Dermatol.2010;55(3):205-210; PMID: 21063507 Link to Research.
    7. Wu Y, Jia LL, Zheng YN, et al. Resveratrate protects human skin from damage due to repetitive ultraviolet irradiation. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol.2013;27(3):345-350; PMID: 22221158 Link to Research.
    8. Rizwan M, Rodriguez-Blanco I, Harbottle A, et al. Tomato paste rich in lycopene protects against cutaneous photodamage in humans in vivo: a randomized controlled trial. Br J Dermatol.2011;164(1):154-162; PMID: 20854436 Link to Research.
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