Dr. Pena’s Top Recommendations (Part 3)

Dr. Pena’s Top Recommendations (Part 3)

This month, we’ve covered it all: eating mindfully and two blogs in this series about more general nutrition tips I think everyone could benefit from. Last time, we chatted about how being more realistic with your diet expectations in Nashville and consuming healthy fats like fish, avocado and olive oils can help pave the way to a healthy heart. In this final piece in our nutrition series, I share the last two pieces of advice that will help you lock in some solid guidelines to follow.

5. Avoiding red meat will lead to a longer life.

We tend to think as red meat as a main food source of protein, but as it turns out, it can do more harm to your body than good. Over time, research has shown that consuming red meat is linked to increased risks for cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease - all of which could shorten the length of your life. If red meat is a regular part of your diet in Nashville, you may want to consider changing your food routine.


Substituting one serving of red meat per day with a serving of fish, poultry, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and low-fat dairy. According to a study carried out in 2012, doing so could lead to a 7% - 19% reduction in your risk for death. 

6. Eating fermented foods, probiotics and fiber will boost your gut and overall health.

Probiotics are filled with amazing microorganisms that help maintain a healthy gut and add nutritional balance to your diet. Some of the great benefits these foods bring to your body include lowering the pH in your intestine, reducing the risk of invasion from pathogens in the gut and improving your immunity. Try swapping your daily coffee for a kombucha in Nashville!

Statistics you should know:

Research has shown that probiotic foods are effective in treating acute diarrhea, protect against colon cancer and play a role in improving your microbiome and mental health. We’ve also discussed how they can help prevent eczema in children - learn more here.


Consuming probiotic foods like yogurt, kefir, kimchi, and fermented drinks like kombucha. In order for the probiotics to thrive, pair them with prebiotics, which can be found in fiber.

I hope you have enjoyed our three-part series on nutrition! While most people usually turn to dietitians or nutritionists for dietary advice, dermatologists and physicians are always asked for their take on food and knowing how it impacts your skin, I think it’s important to share this advice with my patients.

If you’re worried about whether your diet and nutrition 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

Related Buzz: 3 Ways To Practice Mindful Eating, Dr. Pena’s Top Dietary Recommendations (Part 1), Dr. Pena’s Top Dietary Recommendations (Part 2), Uncovered: Additional Benefits of Probiotics

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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