• by Corrie Shenigo
  • posted at 5:51 pm
  • May 2, 2011

It’s Monday… and with the mirror reminding me of the decadent sins of the past weekend (i.e. one too many glasses of Barolo and several servings of pasta and dessert), I always like to start out the week re-committing to a healthy diet and exercise.

So just how do celebs like Drew Barrymore and Olivia Wilde stay looking so darned fresh? Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, in her new book The Beauty Detox Solution touts a holistic approach that focuses not simply on skin care, but also on diet and wellness. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the foods she claims can simply wreck your skin, and which can help.

Foods such as dairy and cooked oils can be a detriment to good healthy skin. “Dairy is so difficult to digest,” Snyder explains, “and it creates a lot of toxicity in our bodies … if you really love cheese, goat’s milk cheese actually digests better in your body than cow’s milk cheese.” (But cheese is… well… it’s cheese! It’s delicious!) Cooked oils, according to Snyder, can be very difficult for the liver to metabolize, and since the liver is a fat-burning organ, you won’t be doing your skin any favors by ingesting a ton of it.

Gluten and soy, especially if you have sensitivities to them, can trigger a toxic reaction, which in turn can contribute to a breakout. And if you’re plagued with dark circles, like me, you might as well kiss that dessert and coffee goodbye. “If someone has dark undereye circles, it has to do with adrenal exhaustion,” Snyder contends. “They’re having too much sugar, too much caffeine, too much food that’s stressing their adrenal system; it’s just causing stagnation and you’ll see it start to deposit right in the thin skin underneath the eyes.” Icky.

But The Beauty Detox Solution isn’t all doom and gloom, and just think of how great you’ll look with additional injections of some of the foods on Snyder’s ‘Good’ list into your diet. An extra helping of wild greens can do wonders for your visage. They’re filled with chlorophyll and they bring more oxygen into your body. Snyder says this super food has, “All the vitamins and minerals you need [to keep your body in] a balanced state so your digestive tract can easily absorb them.” Equally as important, especially in regards to purifying the body is to make sure you’re ingesting enough fiber, which helps to eliminate unwanted toxins.

But all greens and fiber and no play makes for no fun at all, right? Not when you can get your sugar fix from ripe fruit, which is also on Snyder’s ‘Good’ list. “Think of ripe fruit as the cleansers that kick out toxicity in your system,” advises Snyder. Among those fruits are creamy, delicious avocados, which is a great way to get healthy fats in addition to raw nuts. “Raw nuts and avocadoes are really the best things to keep your skin hydrated.”

A little more ‘good’, a little less ‘bad’ and you’ll find your skin gets back to the glowy, summer goodness!

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