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How to really know if what you eat and drink affects your risk of cancer and other big health diseases

How to really know if what you eat and drink affects your risk of cancer and other big health diseases

Is eating some of the healthiest foods or taking expensive supplements enough to keep you healthy?

You’ve seen articles touting one magic food or supplement as being the answer. It usually comes with a ‘buy now’ or ‘subscribe’ button nearby. Or it is on a page of paid advertisements. I’m a skeptic, attempts to make one food or supplement the solution raises my suspicions.

The other info you’ve seen is the mainstream programs like My Plate from the USDA and other pretty old fashioned guidelines that tow a party line – they emphasize foods we all know are not nutrition dense, or very health promoting.

Well, interestingly, the National Cancer Institute’s newsletter came into my email box recently and surprised me. Yep, they are taking a more holistic approach noting:

Foods and beverages, as well as the nutrients and dietary constituents they contain, are consumed together, never in isolation of one another……..In other words, we’re interested in assessing what eating broccoli or a cheeseburger means for your health—but in the context of a larger dietary pattern and overall diet quality.

To help lower your risk of disease, look at your entire diet as a whole. How are you doing?

Instead of making isolated recommendations about, say, eating broccoli, or taking alpha-tocopherol and beta-carotene to prevent cancer, they are now looking at a bigger picture of dietary health. NIH is doing it too. Finally! They admit,

There are also likely interactive or synergistic effects among foods and nutrients, such that the totality of diet may have cumulative effects.

I encourage you to do the same. You are reading this because of your interest in skin health. As a dermatologist health writer, I encourage you to look at the health and appearance of your complexion in the context of your entire diet.

Your diet can help you have healthy and attractive skin, or it can lead to skin problems.

Scientific studies are starting to support this. The link between acne and psoriasis severity relative to diet are the starting points. Expect to see other skin conditions come around.

Expect to learn that your complexion tone and appearance will follow the quality of your diet too. We already know that eating a diet high in beta carotene foods (carrots, winter squash, kale and other greens, to name a few of the beta carotene super stars), will give you a warm golden skin tone. That skin tone is proven in scientific literature to be more attractive than a sun tan.

You are what you eat! Make it good and look your best. You’ll be fending off the big health issues and locking and loading vitality into your everyday life. Trust me, I’m a doctor!

Dermatologist’s holistic recommendations for a diet that supports healthy skin.

To read what I think about diet, download my free Nutrition Ebook. Yep, MD nutrition geek me wrote it all down for you. Click here, it’s free – no ads, no supplement sales, just my 45 years of following the science, plus watching my patients and what people are buying in the grocery store checkout line since I was a little girl, and putting the pieces together. I’ve got recipes too to make it easy.

Let’s reinvigorate our commitment to eat well.

To read the NIH National Cancer Institute Newsletter on diet, including info on their Healthy Eating Index and most recent Dietary Guidelines click here

For Dr. Bailey's free eBook on healthy eating, click here!