Dr. Pena’s Top Dietary Recommendations (Part 1)

Dr. Pena’s Top Dietary Recommendations (Part 1)

We’ve talked about eating mindfully in our last two blogs, and now it’s time to dive into the nitty gritty bits of nutrition! As a Nashville dermatologist, I am constantly being asked about whether diet affects your skin. Despite the fact that there is still a major gap when it comes to studies about how it affects skin conditions, there are many about the relation between glycemic indexes and acne, which we have covered before. Today, however, I’m sharing two key tips (and more to come in our next posts!) that will positively impact your overall nutrition. With all the conflicting information out there about food, let’s dig into the basics that we know work!

1. Strive to have a colorful plate.

By choosing foods with a wide variety of colors and textures in their most natural forms, your meals will automatically be richer in nutritional value and help you feel more satisfied. In the long-term, opting for unprocessed foods in Nashville that are free of artificial colors and textures will benefit your health immensely.

Statistics you should know:

  • Nearly one half of all cardiometabolic deaths (death from diabetes, heart disease or stroke) in the United States are associated with suboptimal intakes of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds, as well as omega-3 fatty acids.

Be inspired by: this collection of colorful salads from Martha Stewart.

2. Say no to processed foods.

Why? They’re usually made up of two ingredients that should not be consumed in excess: sugar and salt. If you can’t avoid processed foods altogether in Nashville, try your best to minimize your intake of items like packaged snacks, smoked meats, white flour and sugar-sweetened foods and beverages.

Statistics you should know:

  • 7.4% of cardiometabolic deaths (death from diabetes, heart disease or stroke)  were linked to sugar-sweetened drinks and 8.2% were linked to processed meats.

Try: Skipping the canned soup and making your own meals in Nashville. When planning your next one, avoid having anything that comes entirely in a package. You can also expect the FDA to soon be rolling out new dietary guidelines that will give you a better idea of what exactly you are eating.

Stay tuned for four more great tips to help you develop healthier habits and automatically boost the nutritional value of your food in the next couple of blogs to come! In the meantime - if you’re worried about whether your diet is affecting your skin, visit us at Skin Solutions Dermatology in Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, Smyrna, Hendersonville or Pulaski to chat with our amazing team of dermatology specialists! Take advantage of our online booking system and book an appointment today.

Source: Medscape

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD