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Your Instagram feed is bursting with sun bathers, pool parties, and warm hiking trails. Snapping plenty of summertime selfies is great until you’re too self-conscious to post anything because your skin looks like a juicy tomato instead of a radiant glow.
Radiant and Protected Is the Ultimate Skin Goal
As you enjoy summer days, your skin can suffer from too much sun exposure. Skin damage appears as discoloration, a change in texture, and even blisters or dark blemishes. Our skin protects us, but it’s a fragile barrier we need to nourish.
Although a sun-kissed glow makes skipping makeup a breeze, it doesn’t mean you should get lax with your skincare routine. Soak in these four summer skincare tips to keep you glowing and help you maintain your beautiful selfie skin.
The Good, The Bad, and The Sunshine Vitamin
Sunshine can feel invigorating and brighten your mood thanks to the powerful vitamins in its rays. Vitamin D enriches our bodies with so much goodness there’s a reason it’s called the sunshine vitamin.
That being said, your skin can easily get burned, flushed, and irritated from the dangerous side effects of the sun. Going on a date, or giving a presentation at work, with your face peeling or flaking is sure to make anyone self-conscious. There’s even an increased risk of skin problems, and possibly skin diseases, if your skin is exposed to too much sun over the years.
Make sure you’re using a moisturizer in your summer skincare regimen with at least a 15 SPF to keep your skin moisturized and protected each day. The skin on your lips is ultra-sensitive to the sunshine, so pick up a chap stick or lip balm made with UV protection to keep them kissable. If you use a product with a higher SPF, you won’t need to reapply it as often.
Get Shady to Save Your Skin
I have very fair skin that freckles rather than tans. Just 15 minutes outside with my skin unprotected, and I get sunburned. If you forgot to apply sunscreen before heading out the door, there are several hideouts for your skin if you’re caught outside without UV protection.
Keep your skin glowing while still enjoying the fresh air.
Keep a wide brim hat or baseball cap in your trunk
Your skin can keep its summer glow if you’re careful about how long it’s in the sunshine.
Hello Hydration, Goodbye Lackluster Skin
No one wants to look like a dry piece of coral at the beach. While you’re out enjoying the long summer days, remember to keep hydrated . Your skin loses moisture more quickly when there’s a heat wave. If your skin loses moisture, it’s bound to look older and lackluster.
It can become so dried out and flaky you may want to hide behind oversized sunglasses and a scarf all day.
Drinking plenty of water is easier than you think. Pack plenty of H2O to take to with you on summer activities. Throw a few water bottles in your beach bag or pack a small cooler the next time you spend the afternoon soaking in sun rays. By staying hydrated, you’ll have more energy to enjoy the day—and look good doing it.
Get Summer Strong
Summer is the perfect time to change your daily workout scenery. Go for a jog around the neighborhood, bike to the park, or hit up your local tennis or basketball court. I love going to my local water aerobics class to exercise outside. Your skin will probably sweat a little more in the higher temperatures. I always joke with my friends that I “sparkle” May through July. But if you’re drinking extra water as a part of your new, outside summer skincare routine, you’ll likely keep your supple summer glow.
Rub in your SPF, drop some lemon in your water bottle, grab your tennis racket, and take on this summer with simple skincare tips to keep you glowing. By taking care of your skin, your body will shine with vitamin D and you’ll rock this summer with stellar confidence.
A powerful combination of comprehensive nutrition—plus advanced formulas for healthy aging—will help you live well, every day.
It’s easy to get the micronutrients you need morning and night with USANA HealthPak. The 28-day supply of core supplements in convenient daily packets delivers advanced nutrition when and where you want it.*
This expertly formulated combination provides a comprehensive nutritional foundation for your cells. Plus, the innovative formulas made with USANA InCelligence Technology® give you powerful support for looking and feeling good today and aging healthfully in the future.*
Each packet contains the following:
Two Vita-Antioxidant tablets
Two Core Minerals tablets
One MagneCal D tablet
One CellSentials Booster
Made with the highest quality, bioavailable nutrients, HealthPak delivers the total health support your body needs to help you keep up with your busy lifestyle.*
One of the most important aspects of achieving vibrant health is maintaining consistent, optimal levels of nutrients in your body. But when you’re on the go, a balanced diet and good lifestyle habits are often the first thing to suffer.*
In a world of fast food and pre-packaged meals, an advanced nutritional supplement can help fill the gaps. And by taking those supplements twice a day, you can help ensure your cells are nourished all day, every day. With convenient AM and PM packets of supplements, HealthPak makes it easy for you to get the right nutrition your cells need to thrive.*
Great overall health starts from a foundation of great nutrition. The CellSentials have you covered with a broad range of vitamins and minerals, from A-to-Z. And the added phytonutrients, InCelligence Complex, and other vital nutrients make Vita-Antioxidant and Core Minerals the cornerstone of any daily supplement routine.*
Magnesium, calcium, and vitamin D are three nutrients you may not get enough of. If you limit your dairy intake or don’t eat many leafy greens, it is likely you can benefit from a supplement that delivers more. HealthPak includes one tablet of MagneCal D in each packet to deliver added support for your cellular health, strong bones, muscle function, and energy metabolism.*
With HealthPak, you get even more.
The CellSentials and MagneCal D provide you with the basic nutrition you need if you lead a generally healthy lifestyle. But the effects of stress and poor diet—plus growing levels of pollution, chemicals, and toxins in the modern world—may increase your body’s demands for active cellular defense. That’s because all of those things cause oxidative challenges that can increasingly overwhelm your body’s natural defenses.*
The result? You may start feeling older than your years, as your cells and DNA suffer increasing damage from free radicals.*
Your cells and DNA can use a boost of targeted nutrients to help keep them healthy and restore normal, youthful function. The InCelligence Complex in Vita-Antioxidant contains some of these aging fighters at levels you would get in a generally healthy diet. But the CellSentials Booster, available only in the HealthPak, delivers a concentrated dose of powerful cell-defending ingredients.*
YOUR CELLULAR SUPER PROTECTOR–THE CELLSENTIALS BOOSTER
The CellSentials Booster is a unique supplement formulated entirely with USANA InCelligence Technology. This means all of the ingredients were carefully selected because they can influence distinct cell signalingpathways that help fight the cellular aging effects of the modern world.*
It includes four cell activating ingredients:
Olivol® Olive-Fruit Extract
Get the benefits of the Mediterranean diet with USANA’s patented Olivol. The extract contains phenolic compounds (a type of antioxidants) from olive fruit and by-products of olive-oil production that aren’t found anywhere else in nature. The CellSentials Booster combined with the InCelligence Complex delivers a total of 50 mg of Olivol’s powerful cellular protection per day.*
Pterostilbene is a premium ingredient that is chemically similar to resveratrol but with significantly higher activity in the body. Each CellSentials Booster tablet contains 50 mg of pterostilbene from the heartwood and bark of Indian Kino, a large tree that commonly grows in India and Sri Lanka.*
Pterostilbene belongs to a group of phytonutrients known as stilbenoids. Plants make stilbenoids in response to stresses to protect themselves. The natural extract contains several polyphenolic compounds (a type of antioxidants). And, because of its concentrated activity, pterostilbene is a superior modulator of the cell signaling pathways targeted by the CellSentials Booster.*
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha lipoic acid is a medium-chain fatty acid naturally made in the body by breaking down linoleic acid. It‘s considered one of the most effective antioxidants. Not only is it a precursor to glutathione, it also helps regenerate other antioxidants. Plus, it’s water- and fat-soluble, which means it works in all cells and tissues throughout the body.*
Most foods are very low in alpha lipoic acid, so supplementing is the best way to increase levels in the body. The CellSentials Booster contains more than twice the amount of alpha lipoic acid as the InCelligence Complex to give you a total of 250 mg per day.
There is nearly twice as much quercetin in the CellSentials Booster as is found in the InCelligence Complex. That’s because it’s a highly effective signaling compound. This plant flavonoid is found in many fruits and vegetables, including onions, grapes, and apples.*
Quercetin has been linked to many health benefits. It also interacts with other nutrients to maximize activity. The CellSentials Booster and the InCelligence Complex are both made with quercetin dihydrate, which has the best bioavailability. When taken together, you get a total of 180 mg of quercetin per day.*
FEEL HEALTHIER, LONGER WITH ADVANCED CELLULAR PROTECTION
You can actively help reset your cells to their normal, youthful state and protect against premature aging with the exclusive CellSentials Booster. It does this by targeting a broad network of cell-signaling pathways.*
Its four powerful nutrients build on the protection and renewal activity targeted by the InCelligence Complex in the CellSentials:*
Sparking mitochondrial renewal. It targets the cell-signaling pathway that initiates mitophagy, which breaks down and removes damaged mitochondria (the part of your cell that produces energy) left behind after the production of cellular energy. This helps preserve cellular efficiency for optimum cellular-energy production.*
Stimulating cells’ production of their own antioxidants, such as glutathione and superoxide dismutase. Endogenous antioxidants (those made in your body) are a powerful defense mechanism against oxidative damage, which can protect the health and longevity of cellular function.*
The ingredients in the CellSentials Booster have demonstrated effects on additional signaling pathways. And with the advanced levels of active ingredients, in addition to those in the InCelligence Complex, you could experience significantly greater benefit.*
The CellSentials Booster targets a cell signaling pathway that supports a normal, healthy response to stress. It also helps keep some cell signaling pathways clear. This is important so that molecular messages are sent and received to maintain healthy, normal cellular function.*
Perhaps the most important pathway influenced by the CellSentials Booster is one associated with regulating the cell’s lifecycle.*
In very simple terms, cells maintain something called homeostasis, which basically means they maintain a balanced, steady state. They are constantly monitoring the environment and responding or reacting to maintain that balance. As proteins are made, other proteins are degraded. When one cell dies, another cell is made. It’s a very complex process that is tightly regulated by the body.*
The goal is to maintain this normal, steady balance. When you’re young and healthy, it’s normal for your cells to maintain this balance. As you age, preserving this function is vital, so when healthy cells divide into new cells, those new cells are healthy.*
There is a transcription factor (a protein that binds to DNA to start or stop a cellular function) that acts like a cellular monitor. It oversees the cell lifecycle. Its job is regulating the normal expression of genes and other messenger molecules that affect many important healthy cellular processes. However, with age this transcription factor can lose its ability to function optimally.*
The CellSentials Booster targets the pathway for this cell-monitoring function to help ensure it stays healthy. So your cells, genes, and DNA will keep acting youthful and remain normal.*
Using InCelligence Technology to affect the signaling pathways mentioned above (and likely many others still to be revealed) can help redefine some of the declines normally associated with aging. The CellSentials Booster helps your body adapt to stress and protect long-term healthy cellular function. That’s how it offers benefits to many aspects of your health, including the following*:
Brain and Nerve Health
There’s no need to think twice about the importance of protecting your brain health! Protecting your brain cells, especially as you age, is important for memory, behavior, mood, and mental sharpness. The ingredients in the CellSentials Booster have been shown to protect normal brain and nerve function. *
Supporting healthy blood flow and mitochondrial health with the CellSentials Booster is also important for delivering blood, nutrients, and cellular energy to your brain to help power cognitive function. Maintaining healthy nerves is essential for sending and receiving messages from the brain throughout the body.*
Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health
Give your heart the love it deserves. The CellSentials Booster is full of ingredients that have repeatedly been shown to support healthy, normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels—as long as they’re already in the healthy range.*
Healthy circulation, or blood flow, is also an important aspect of cardiovascular health. Oxidative stress can decrease the bioavailability of nitric oxide in vessels. Nitric oxide is produced by the endothelium—cells that line your blood vessels. When it is released, nitric oxide tells the blood vessels to relax, so that blood can flow through easily. The ingredients in the CellSentials Booster help protect endothelial cells from oxidative damage.*
Maintaining healthy blood glucose is also important for protecting the long-term health of your nerves and blood vessels. And you can help keep it level with the CellSentials Booster. A number of the ingredients in this powerful supplement have been shown to help maintain healthy blood glucose levels, already in the normal range.*
Be beautiful inside and out. Your outer appearance is influenced by your environment, the products you use on your skin, and the nutrition you put in your body. The CellSentials in HealthPak provide the essential nutrients you need to support the health of your skin cells. And the cellular antioxidants produced within your body can also help defend your skin cells from the damaging effects of the sun from within.*
My family has a variety of interests, so finding the perfect gift for everyone can be difficult. Especially because I try and look for gifts that are simple and meaningful. So I thought, what’s more meaningful than the gift of health? This year I’ve decided to supplement everyone’s holiday with just that—supplements.
Supplements Ideas for the Whole Family
The expectant mother; aka, my wife
This year is especially exciting for the two of us because my wife is currently expecting our first baby. While a lot of what is on her gift list revolves around that, I added a couple things to my USANA shopping cart after her last checkup.
Her doctor told us he recommends women supplement their Prenatal Supplements with vitamin D—especially those pregnant through the winter months—and calcium.
Our bodies rely on vitamin D for normal bone mineralization and growth, and it also helps us maintain muscle strength and coordination, cardiovascular health, and even helps immune support. And when consumed by the mother, those benefits are passed along to the developing baby. The thing is, we don’t naturally produce vitamin D, and most people don’t get enough through food and sun exposure alone.*
Calcium is another nutrient babies need plenty of to help them develop. Like Vitamin D, our bodies don’t naturally produce it, and if the mother isn’t getting enough for both herself and the baby in her diet, the baby will leach it from her. This can lead to potential calcium deficiency. That’s where a calcium supplement comes in.*
Our holidays involve a lot of family time, and that means tons of activities. I’m not going to tell you how old my mom is—mostly because that would not bode well for me—but I will tell you she has said, “at my age it’s important to stay active” more than once. Her favorite activity is most definitely playing with her grandkids. So I’m going to help her out and gift wrap a case of Rev3 for the extra energy she’ll need.
Another thing that marks our holiday festivities is a lot of food. My mom is one of those people who spends so much time cooking and making sure everyone else is taken care of that she forgets to take care of herself. And, ironically, that means missing meals.
Does this sound familiar?
This is why I’m going to include a bag of Nutrimeal™ meal-replacement shake in her stocking—for the times she says she’s too busy to eat.
Again, like my mom, my dad is still pretty active. But through natural aging, he doesn’t move or see as well as he used to. So this year I’m helping give his joints and eyes all the support they can get.
For his joints, he’s getting a bottle of Procosa®. The InCelligence Joint-Support Complex in Procosa was created using a unique combination of Meriva bioavailable curcumin with high-quality glucosamine hydrochloride, so it is great for supporting and maintaining healthy joint function.* This will help his joints function so he can try to keep up with my mom.
The holidays wouldn’t be the same for my dad if he couldn’t enjoy the lights. In fact, one of our longest lasting traditions is visiting our local Christmas village. This is why he’s also getting Visionex®, to help protect his eyes by providing nutrients essential for eye health and antioxidants that help fight off damaging free radicals.*
Both my brother and sister have 17-year-old daughters and 15-year-old sons. I don’t know a more active group of teenagers. All four of their lives revolve around classes, school clubs, and extracurricular activities that will look good on college applications. Between them, they tick off nearly every sport and club you can think of.
Because it takes a lot to stay as active as they are, I think the best gift I can give them is BodyRox™—to make sure they get all the nutrients they need to stay at their physical and mental best.*
And, speaking of mental best, the older two are also getting Ginkgo-PS™. As they finish up their time in high school and transition into college, getting the right kind of acute memory function and cognition support is going to be extremely important.*
With the help of these supplements, I think my gifts are going to be everyone’s favorites. But these are just my USANA supplement gift ideas. Which USANA supplements are you most looking forward to giving and/or receiving for the holidays this year?
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Vitamin D is a micronutrient that our bodies depend on for a variety of functions. Besides being important to keeping bones strong and healthy, vitamin D supports your healthy muscles, heart, lungs, and brain function. Oh, and it helps your immune system, too. Pretty cool, right?*
The problem with this stuff is that we don’t produce it naturally. Yep, it’s kind of a bummer, I know. But vitamin D comes from only three sources: through exposure to the sun, certain foods, and supplements.
What’s the Best Way to Get it?
Turns out, relying solely on your diet is not a good idea when it comes to maintaining proper vitamin D levels. There just aren’t enough foods with high enough levels to get what your body needs. And that leaves us with the sun and supplementation as our go-to resources for avoiding vitamin D deficiency.
Now before you go off to bask in the beautiful sunshine, let’s talk about how it can impact your health.
Every time we expose our bare skin to direct sunlight, we use ultraviolet B (UVB) rays to produce vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Sunlight can be a tricky thing, though, because too much can be a bad thing. You need to monitor how much sun exposure is needed for healthy vitamin D levels. Otherwise, you might face some scary skin issues later in life.
Oh, and the amount of vitamin D you actually absorb from sunlight differs depending on the time of day and year, where you live, and the color of your skin. So those winter rays don’t necessarily produce the same amount of vitamin D that summer rays do.
See what I mean about tricky?
How Do you Know You’re Running Low? (signs of vitamin D deficiency)
Okay, the truth is that the only surefire way to know if you’re dealing with vitamin D deficiency is to have your blood tested by a physician. But that doesn’t mean you can’t keep an eye out for symptoms associated with vitamin D deficiency. Below are the symptoms and signs I was able to dig up (you’re lucky to read it here, but since USANA is a trusted partner and sponsor of The Dr. Oz Show, our own Brian Dixon, Ph.D., explained a lot of this on television as well).
Feeling Down and Out
Turns out, when you run low on vitamin D, it takes a pretty serious toll on your mood. This is because our brains produce serotonin—a hormone that affects our moods—at a higher rate when we’re exposed to sunshine or bright light. And as I mentioned, more exposure to sunlight means more vitamin D.
Those with darker skin are at a higher risk for vitamin D deficiency, because skin pigment has a direct correlation with how much vitamin D is absorbed. Some research suggests that those with darker skin may need up to 10 times more sun exposure than those with lighter skin to produce a comparable amount of vitamin D.
Besides the fact that older people usually spend more time indoors (okay, maybe that’s just my grandparents?), aging correlates to vitamin D deficiency in a couple of ways. First, the skin loses its ability to absorb as much vitamin D as we get older. And second, our kidneys slowly become less effective at converting vitamin D into the form used by our bodies.
Excessive sweating (specifically, on your forehead) is a very common symptom of those facing vitamin D deficiency. So if you’re constantly wiping the sweat off your brow (outside of the gym), you might want to look into that blood test I mentioned earlier.
Many people who are unknowingly deficient in vitamin D will complain of bones and joints that are achy or painful. This is because vitamin D is very important for maintaining strong bones.
Calcium and phosphorus are essential for developing a healthy structure and strength of your bones, and you need vitamin D to absorb these minerals. There’s no “bones” about it. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist a bad pun.)* For more on that, take a look at this handy bone health infographic.
The thing about vitamin D is that it’s fat-soluble—meaning that the fat in our bodies is how we collect and store it. So if you’re overweight, the excessive amount of fat in your body needs a comparable amount of vitamin D to absorb. So you’ll need a lot more vitamin D than someone with a low percentage of body fat.
Like I just mentioned, vitamin D is fat-soluble vitamin. So certain gut conditions that cause a lower absorption of fat can also lower your absorption of vitamin D. Sorry, I need to get my mind out of the “gutter.” (You can’t stop me.)
What Happens When You Don’t Get Enough?
Okay, so now you know all about vitamin D and why it’s important. But do you know what it means if you happen to be someone struggling with vitamin D deficiency? It’s not good, people.
As doctors continue to discover the benefits of healthy vitamin D levels, more and more research indicates that a lack of vitamin D may lead to other health issues other than the ones I mention above. Some people even believe that because vitamin D deficiency often goes undiagnosed, doctors attribute a person’s vitamin D deficiency symptoms to other health conditions that they don’t actually have.
So, if you’re not picking up what I’m putting down, vitamin D deficiency is not something you want to deal with…like ever. Visit the vitamin D council’s website to see what their research has uncovered. I used a good chunk of their research to write this post.
So How Much Do You Need?
Okay, are you ready for me to stop talking at you and tell you just how much vitamin D you need? Well, let me explain…
As far as how much you need, that depends on who you’re asking. Every person has different needs, but many researchers believe that further research will eventually prove that the U.S. government recommendations aren’t high enough. Your safest bet is to talk to your doctor and have your vitamin D levels tested every three months.
Check out the fancy chart I snagged from the Vitamin D Council below to see the different vitamin D recommendations, and be sure to share this important information with your friends and family.
Oh, and don’t forget that supplementation is a super reliable way to get your vitamin D. Just one of USANA’s Vitamin D tablets provides 2,000 IU of vitamin D3, which is the same type of vitamin D your body produces when exposed to sunlight. And guess what else? For most people, vitamin D is easily absorbable and always important to maintain. So you could probably reap some of the benefits of taking a vitamin D supplement on a daily basis.
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For as long as most of us can remember, we’ve been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It helps get your metabolism going, is linked to improved concentration and gives you that extra burst of energy you need to get your day going.
Whether you’re a cook-at-home or grab-on-the-go type of breakfast person, it’s easy to get stuck eating the same thing every day. If you’re looking for some new ideas, check out how these 13 professional athletes choose to start their days.
Professional Hockey player, Canada
Favorite USANA Product: USANA® Probiotic
Chocolate Protein Pancakes
1/2 cup milk
1 scoop Dutch Chocolate Nutrimeal™
2 egg whites
1/2 a mashed banana
Dash of cinnamon (optional)
Top strawberries and yogurt, or almond butter and maple syrup
8 oz. glass of water with stick of USANA® Probiotic
Steel cut oats with sliced banana, raisins and honey
2 slices of whole grain toast
2 scoops Dutch Chocolate Nutrimeal™ with 12 oz. of water
USANA AM SportsPak
Member of US Ski & Snowboard, Freeskier
Favorite USANA Product: USANA SportsPak
2 scoops French Vanilla Nutrimeal™
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 TBSP of peanut butter
1 cup of spinach
½ of an avocado
Add ice and blend
USANA AM SportsPak
Professional Tennis player, Canada
Favorite USANA Product: USANA CellSentials™
Eggs, Turkey Bacon and Oats
3 eggs, scrambled
1 TBSP olive oil
A dash of salt & pepper
2 pieces of turkey bacon
2 cups of steel cut oats
Handful of raspberries
1 ½ cups non-fat milk
USANA AM SportsPak
INSTRUCTIONS: Heat frying pan until it is warm; add olive oil; heat until olive oil is hot then add eggs. Scramble eggs and add a dash of salt and pepper to taste. Microwave the bacon as instructed on the packaging. For the oatmeal, I bring the non-fat milk to a boil and add the oatmeal, stirring as necessary. Top off the oatmeal with fresh fruit of your choice!
Member of US Ski & Snowboard, Snowboardcross
Favorite USANA Product: Booster C600™
French Vanilla Oats with Berries
1/2 cup (per serving) steel cut oats
1 scoop French Vanilla Nutrimeal™ added to oats before cooking (adds protein and thickens it just the right amount)
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup strawberries, quartered
1 TBSP chia seeds
1 TBSP real maple syrup
USANA AM SportsPak
INSTRUCTIONS: Bring water to a boil and add mixture of oats and Nutrimeal™ – this adds protein and thickens the oatmeal. Top with toppings of choice.
Almond Butter Toast (snack)
1 slice multigrain bread, lightly toasted
2 TBSP almond butter
1 half banana, sliced
1/2 TBSP raw honey
Professional Hockey player, Canada
Favorite USANA Product: Prenatal CellSentials™
Lentil Porridge with Banana
1/2 cup red lentils
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup soy milk
1/2 banana sliced on top
2 TBSP sliced almonds
Spinach and Banana Smoothie (snack)
2 scoops French Vanilla Nutrimeal™
1 cup spinach
Add ice and water and blend
Professional Tennis player, China
Favorite USANA Product: French Vanilla Nutrimeal™
Ham and Cheese Scramble
1/2 red or green pepper, diced
3/4 cup of ham, diced
Handful of cheese
2 pieces wheat bread
INSTRUCTIONS: Mix together eggs, diced peppers, ham, and cheese and add to pan. After the bottom side gets a little bit brown, flip. After browning the other side, spread some sauce you like. Pepper, salt, salsa, whatever. Fold it and place on top of one piece of bread, and add the other piece of bread.
3 TBSP oatmeal
1 TBSP raisins
Handful of raspberries
Add in a Nutrimeal™ shake with milk and USANA AM SportsPak.
Member of USA Luge, Doubles
Favorite USANA Product: Rev3 Energy™
Smoked Salmon, Eggs and Fruit
3 eggs, over medium
2 pieces of toast with almond butter or a slice of avocado
Bowl of fruit
USANA AM SportsPak, BiOmega™, Gingko-PS™ and Vitamin D
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Our skin is our first line of defense against the harshness of the world.
Our skin protects us from viruses and bacteria. It keeps us warm when temperatures plummet, and cools us off when the air boils over. It shields our organs, nerves, and blood vessels and can even transform simple sunlight into that all important vitamin D.
Keeping your skin healthy is vital to your overall health.
For me, good skin health has always been a little harder to come by. I battled acne as a teenager, I have a fair complexion that burns at the mere mention of the sun, and I live in Utah—home to some of the driest air on the planet.
Now that I’ve hit the middle of my life (*crosses fingers*), I’ve become more mindful of the time I spend in the sun, moisturizer is my new best friend, and I deal with the occasional pimple with a good old-fashioned squeeze.
But I’ve also learned that good skin health works from the inside out, and there are plenty of foods you can eat to help keep your skin healthy and defend against exposure and age.
Coffee is a miraculous brew.
The drip-drip-drip of my old coffee machine and the waft of rich notes that follow has tugged me out of bed countless times (I love coffee; in fact, this post could easily derail into an ode to coffee). But it’s more than just go-juice; coffee has a heap of healthy perks and that includes benefits to your skin.
A steaming cup of joe contains small amounts of vitamins B2 and B5, as well as trace amounts of calcium and magnesium. But it overflows with antioxidants, and that’s where java can really save your skin.
Dark chocolate also has a less is more quality. Because it’s low in sugar, but sweet enough to satisfy sugar cravings, it can keep your hand out of the cookie jar, which is great because sugar is one of the worst foods for your skin.
Just make sure you stick with 70 percent cocoa or higher. The higher the purity, the more gains for your skin.
And beyond its ability to paint the produce town red, lycopene is a windfall for your skin. It promotes the production of collagen (the protein skin is made from) and encourages the growth of new skin cells.
Watermelon’s benefits don’t stop at this powerful antioxidant, either. This summer treat is also loaded down with vitamins C and A. Plus it’s low in calories and sugar.
Fall is at our doorstep, which means pumpkin everything is too. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin beer, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin. It’s a delicious addition to your morning latte and
it’s earned its place up and down the grocery aisles. But tread lightly—most pumpkin-flavored treats are packed with sugar.
Outside of its flavor-enhancing abilities, future jack o’lanterns are also quite healthy and one of the best foods for skin repair.
Pumpkin contains folate (necessary for skin-cell creation), beta-carotene (defends skin cells against oxidative damage), and copper (important for collagen production).
And pumpkin seeds are loaded with zinc, essential fatty acids, and magnesium. All of which can help combat wrinkles, and dry skin. Simply roast in the oven and salt to taste for a delicious snack.
The next time you hack and slash a pumpkin for a front porch decoration, be sure to save its innards to make a skin-healthy treat of your own.
When it comes to eating for a healthy complexion, olive oil is a must.
This magical elixir is chock full of antioxidants and vitamin E, both of which smash skin-damaging free radicals. But it’s olive oil’s anti-inflammatory properties that really make it an asset to your skin.
Olive oil contains the compound oleocanthal, which can help reduce inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea and acne.
And on top of all of its wholesome traits, olive oil is easy to incorporate into your diet. You can drizzle on salad, brush it on corn on the cobb, use it to stir-fry vegetables, or mix it with Italian seasonings and spices for a delicious bread dip.
Consuming this staple of the Mediterranean diet is one of the best things you can do for your outer layer.
The above mentioned foods are easy go-to’s for upping your skincare game, but they’re certainly not the only ones.
Dark leafy greens, hummus, avocado, and red wine are all loaded with nutrients and are some of the best foods you can eat for a healthy skin glow.
And speaking of collagen, vitamin C is perhaps the most crucial ingredient for making this protein building block. Luckily it can be found in healthy fare such as citrus fruits, broccoli, and strawberries.
There’s a buffet of skin-aiding foods out there. Just use your favorites to put together your own healthy skin diet plan. And the more of these foods you eat, the less room you’ll have for the refined sugar and processed foods that work against your skin.
Throw in a little exercise and quality beauty sleep and your outer armor will shine for a lifetime.