Forgot your sunscreen today? That’s ok because Salmon has your back (quite literally). Studies show sun protection can be increased with something as simple as a daily fish oil supplement.
Mind Your Omegas: Meet Omega-3 and Omega-6.
Think of Omega-3 as the introvert at the party that has trouble speaking up, but when he does, he lights up the whole room.
Now picture Omega-6 as your extrovert friend who has no trouble socializing when she enters the door. Just a bit of her extreme personality goes a long way—maybe too far with some other party guests.
This is how these essential fatty acids are introduced into your system, and most of the time, we get way too much Omega-6 but not enough Omega-3. Ideally, we want an omega-3:omega-6 ratio of 1:4 – that is if you want to keep all the organs in your party.. err, body, happy. This golden ratio protects is your largest one —your skin!
This can be achieved via supplementation, simple dietary inclusions, and simple dietary avoidances.
Foods and supplements to Incorporate:
- Oils (Cod Liver, Coconut. Krill, Green-lipped Mussel)
- Fish (Salmon, Herring, Oysters, Sardines, Anchovies, Caviar, Snow Crab, Atlantic Cod, Tuna, Mussels)
- Green Veggies (Broccoli Raab, Kidney Beans, Spinach)
- Sweet Potato
- Grass-fed Meat and Wild Game
- Seeds (Hemp, Chia, Flax, Grape Seeds)
- Grape Seed Extract or Pycnogenol (Shown to protect the skin against UV induced damage)
- Vitamin D
- ALA (alpha-linolenic acid)
Foods to Avoid (or consume in moderation):
- Oils (Processed, Soybean, Canola, Shortening, Hydrogenated, Corn, Margarine, Sunflower, Safflower, Peanut, Cottonseed)
- Grain-fed Meats