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STAY TUNED BELOW FOR RECIPES THAT ARE SURE TO "WOW" ON VALENTINE'S DAY!
our society, a simple 3-letter word "fat" grew to become a notorious
villain. The fact is, however, that to live a healthy life and to show
off a beautiful complexion, we need to recognize the "good" from the
Eating right with acne prone skin means a diet with no fat, right? WRONG!
the RIGHT kinds of fat is essential for optimal health as well as good
skin. Most of our diet is full of too much saturated fat and not enough
of essential fatty acids (EFAs). The EFAs (oils) promote clear and
healthy skin and are also good for the heart.
The BEST Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs): Omega 6 and Omega 3
Saturated and mono-unsaturated fats are not necessary in your diet; the polyunsaturated fats or oils are essential for your health and to maintain youthful, radiant and healthy looking skin.
polyunsaturated oils provide two essential "good" fats: Omega 6
(linoleic acid) and Omega 3 (alpha-linoleic acid). You benefit most from
them when they are not processed at high temperatures (ex. fried or
cooked/baked for a long time), so they don't change to trans-fat and
liberate free radicals, which can damage skin and local tissues.
The Best Food Sources of EFAs
body cannot manufacture EFAs, so they must be supplied by the diet.
EFAs are necessary for the proper functioning of all tissues and for
tissue repair, especially the skin, since the EFAs hold skin cells
together in a watertight seal and retain moisture.
Here are some of the best sources of EFA:
3 is converted by the body into gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) and provides a
foundation for the synthesis of prostaglandins. These prostaglandins
lower blood pressure, aid water metabolism (hydrate the skin), decrease
inflammation (also in the skin), improve nerve and immune function and
help to balance blood sugar.
Evening primrose oil and borage oil are the best-known sources of GLA, and may be taken as supplements. Adequate EFAs also help to reduce the dehydrating effects of heat, wind and other environmental factors.
Delicious Recipes to Maximize Your EFA Intake
you have a deficiency of EFAs, the health of your skin deteriorates,
the skin becomes dehydrated, itchy, dry and inflamed and you will be
more prone to skin infections. EFAs help wounds to heal more quickly (ex. acne scars),
strengthen capillary walls and prevent enlargement of sebaceous glands
that in turn may become over active resulting in a higher chance for
acne. EFAs also help to balance hormones and increase blood flow to the
Here are some ways to indulge in an EFA Feast!
Prepare grill or turn on oven broiler. If using bamboo skewers, soak in warm water for 15 minutes.
salmon dry and cut into 8 cubes. Cut pepper into 3/4-inch-thick squares
(if using zucchini - they will become rounds of course). In a bowl,
stir together the wine, oil, dill and garlic. Add the salmon, pepper (or
zucchini), and tomatoes; make sure the marinade coats all the
ingredients. Leave to sit in room temperature for 15-20 minutes.
"String" the salmon, pepper and tomatoes onto the skewers. Sprinkle with
sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
kebabs on an oiled rack or broil under preheated broiler, turning
kebabs until salmon is just cooked through but NOT OVER COOKED, around 6
to 8 minutes.