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Protect your skin from the inside, out

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Winter is far from over! Last August the Farmers' Almanac predicted a nasty winter. It turns out to be true, and there's more winter ahead.

Research shows that what we eat and drink can add, or detract, from the overall aging and condition of the skin. While moisturizers definitely help, protecting skin comes from the inside out. Winter nutrition is critical.

Cold, windy weather takes a toll on skin. Dry, chapped skin is uncomfortable -- and contributes to aging! The bright sun of winter skiing also causes damage. No matter where you live skin care - for men and women - is just as important in winter in winter as it is in summer.

Registered dietitian, Pat Baird, gives the latest on what you need to do to restore texture and appearance to skin, protect the immune system, and build better health.

Hydration:

-Dehydration leads to aging, brain drain, fatigue; thirst sensation declines as we get older

-Winter layers provide warmth though sweat perception declines

-Sweating in summer reminds us to drink

-Fluids are lost in steamy breath; common medications like antihistamines add to dehydration

· ALL fluids - in food and beverages count

Powerful proteins & fabulous fat:

-Collagen, the body's most abundant protein, protects and supports the function of skin

-Keratin, another protein, is the protective outer layer of skin

-Lean, high -quality protein foods daily

-Omega-3-rich foods are high in protein + and protect cell membranes that provide moisture and protects skin

-Salmon has been shown to protect against skin cancer

Rainbow foods to the rescue

-Foods with super-charged antioxidants protect the skin and reduce skin cancer cells

-Red cabbage, red wine, chocolate (yes, chocolate!), oranges, yellow peppers

-Fruits and vegetables are good sources of vitamins A, C and E for healthier skin + boost the immune system

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