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May 15, 2013

Going Vegan And Other Ways To Rejuvenate Your Skin

 

Vegan diets have never been more popular. Evidence is mounting that a plant-based diet is demonstrably better for the earth and for you. In addition to the fact that going vegan reduces animal suffering, did you know that it may be the surest path to clear, glowing skin?


Why is a plant-based diet so good for your complexion? In a nutshell, a healthy vegan diet is high in vitamins and fiber, chock full of antioxidants, and totally devoid of harmful saturated fats. It’s an unbeatable combination.

It’s not just the result of getting rid of the bad things you’ll eliminate on a vegan diet; the good things you’ll begin to eat in more abundance provide innumerable benefits. A well-balanced plant-based diet can give you an almost magical radiance.

Meat, Dairy, and Eggs: Enemies of Healthy Skin

Dropping meat, dairy, and eggs from your diet eliminates artery-clogging saturated fat, which is found almost exclusively in animal products. In addition, remember that the meat and dairy industries have ramped up their use of growth hormones and antibiotics over the last decade. Current industrial farming practices augment poultry and livestock feed with hormones to encourage faster growth and heavier, meatier animals.

Antibiotics are also added to the mix to combat the filthy, unhygienic conditions in which these animals are often kept. Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration has reported that farm animals consume about 80 percent of the antibiotics used in the United States? Every time you eat an animal product that comes from industrialized factory farming, you are ingesting these hormones and antibiotics.

Some studies tie consumption of dairy products to acne. It is believed the lactose contained in milk causes insulin in the body to spike dramatically upward, similar to the effect a large intake of sugar would have. Pimples are the almost inevitable result.

For all of these reasons, if you want clear, healthy skin, consider transitioning to a plant-based diet.

The Bountiful Goodness of Fruits, Vegetables, and Legumes

A healthy vegan diet is packed with vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, seeds, and legumes. These dietary powerhouses provide all the essential vitamins, nutrients and protein you need for luminous skin and good health.

A balanced vegan diet will ensure you get plenty of foods with the necessary antioxidants and vitamins to promote a healthy glow. Antioxidants fight free radicals that damage and age the skin’s cells. Vitamins E, A, and C each contain beneficial antioxidant properties. You can get your Vitamin E by eating dark greens like spinach and Swiss chard, as well as blueberries, blackberries, almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds.

Vitamin C jump-starts your body’s collagen production, which is fundamental for a youthful appearance. Find Vitamin C in abundance in citrus fruits, broccoli, kale, strawberries, cantaloupe, and many other plant-based sources.

Vitamin A, critical for skin repair, is made by the body from the betacarotene in vegetables like carrots, spinach, turnip greens, and sweet potatoes, and from the lycopene in tomatoes.

High fiber foods like whole grains and legumes, which make up a significant percentage of the vegan diet, help keep the skin supple by holding water and eliminating toxins. Legumes like soy, beans, nuts, peas, and lentils offer more than enough healthy protein to replace animal sources. Vegans often eat more nuts and seeds than non-vegans. This is a boon to the skin, as the zinc found in certain seeds and nuts affects the skin’s oil production and can help put an end to embarrassing breakouts.

Vegans tend to consume a lot more soy than omnivores by regularly eating foods like tempeh, tofu, and miso. Increased soy consumption can benefit your skin because soy isoflavones prompt greater hyaluronan production by your body. The collagen and elastin fibers in your skin need hyaluronan to remain firm, clear, and wrinkle-free.

It’s little wonder so many people are turning to a plant-based diet. In addition to being eco-friendly and cruelty-free, the health benefits are undeniable. Consider going vegan—the animals will thank you and so will your skin!

Carla Garner is a skin-care blogger, currently based in Houston, Texas. Concerned about harmful UV rays and their affects on her skin, she recently consulted with Sun Tech Glass Tinting to find a great window film for her Houston home.

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