I think at this stage in life, most of us know how important a healthy diet is.  The only issue that I see sometimes is the word “diet” can often only be thought of in the context of weight loss.  While eating well is a great way to take pounds off or maintain your weight, it’s so much more than that.

In recent years, more and more research has been done on what good food can do for our overall health.  We now know that the eating the right things can decrease physical pain, help heal or improve illnesses, clear our skin, give us more energy, and improve our moods and bodily functions.  But what foods?  Is there really such things as a “superfood” or a “magic” ingredient? Well…kind of.

There are definitely foods that seem to pull double duty in health benefits-a select few being eggs, brown rice, walnuts (don’t overdo the nuts-high fat content!), flaxseed, strawberries, sweet potatoes, blueberries, watercress, and black beans.  However, one certain food that can seemingly do it all doesn’t really exist.  That’s not to say that there aren’t certain ingredients that have a high potency in beneficial properties, but to think that one can eat high amounts of those, and not supplement them with a healthy lifestyle is a myth.

So, of course with Innovative being a medical spa that focuses on skincare, what are some specific foods that can help with your skin?  Some great ones are walnuts, watermelon, carrots, broccoli, berries, pomegranate, salmon, green tea, peppers, and kale.  These are all high in antioxidants, help build stronger collagen, and fight wrinkles and acne.

Whatever you decide to put on your plate, remember this-healthy food is great, but your lifestyle counts just as much.  Exercise, be positive, and maintain consistent results.  And don’t forget.  Everything in moderation-and at times, that includes moderation!