The Plant Based Diet and Your Skin

I read that one of the benefits of a Whole Foods Plant Based (WFPB) diet is great skin due to the restriction of dairy coupled with the consumption of foods high in antioxidants. According to the Mayo Clinic antioxidants protect our cells from the effects of free radicals. Those are molecules produced when our bodies break down food or are exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. They likely play a role in heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.

What is the impact of dairy on the skin? An Insider article I read stated that cow’s milk has hormones that lead to inflammation and acne. The health conscious often drink skim milk and is actually one of the biggest culprits because it contains whey protein which can result in inflammation and lead to acne and rosacea. Another article in the Huffington Post stated the same about milk and explained that many of the cows on farms are pregnant, resulting in hormones like progesterone getting into the milk. As a result, when we consume it, we have an increased risk of skin disorders.

Let’s recap: dairy… bad; antioxidants…good. But which foods are good sources of those much needed antioxidants? The list includes, but is not limited to: grapes, blueberries, strawberries, nuts, dark green veggies, sweet potatoes, orange veggies, whole grains, prunes, and raisins. They are all direct sources. It is clear that a WFPB diet is healthier than one that involves meat and dairy. While it’s true that meat, dairy, and eggs have antioxidants, the animals from which those products derive get them from the plants they eat. Why would I want to eat animals to get the antioxidants they got from plants? This just doesn’t seem logical. Wouldn’t it be so much better to get the antioxidants directly from the source, the plants themselves?

Since eliminating dairy and going plant based, my skin is the smoothest and clearest it has ever been. Someone even mentioned that I have a glow! I’m not sure if I have every glowed!!!!! LOL!!!!

Having smooth, clear skin has made my foundation look so much better! In the pictures above, I’m wearing the new Avon Ink Lasting Cushion Foundation in Rich W50. I can’t believe it matches my skin perfectly! That is rare for a woman of color. It will not be for sale until October 30th (C-24) but you will be able to find it here at that time.

Continue live agelessly,

Raquel, http://www.youravon.com/raquelhorn