Eat for Wellness: Better Skin Diet

Healthy Dos and Don'ts

Do:
Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day -- add a slice of fresh lemon or lime for extra flavor and zest

• Eat seafood at least three times each week for the oils found in fish that help nourish your skin
• Eat at least eight servings of fruits and vegetables every day (choose a variety of different colors -- red tomatoes, green peppers, orange squash -- for the greatest amount of healthy antioxidants)
• Make sure your diet includes 20 to 30 percent of calories from healthier fats such as avocado, olive oil, canola oil and the oils in wheat germ and flaxseeds to prevent dry skin
• Use sunscreen every day, no matter where you live and what the weather conditions are like
• Wear a hat to shade your face when you're outside

Don't:
• Drink alcohol
• Eat snack foods that are high in fat such as chips, fried foods and chocolate. These snacks often replace healthier foods that promote healthy skin, and the additional amount of unhealthy fat provides extra calories
• Smoke, and avoid second-hand smoke whenever possible

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