Glow: The Dermatologist’s Guide to a Whole Foods Younger Skin Diet
Readers wanting to learn about the connection between healthy skin and diet can benefit from the approach taken in Glow. The author, Dr. Rajani Katta, dermatologist and educator, balances medical expertise and current research with an approachable style and includes immediately useful information. Section One (“Youthful Skin”) includes an overview of the basic science of how skin ages and how diet can be used to combat free radical and UV radiation damage, activate DNA repair systems, and strengthen the skin barrier. Scientific concepts are explained in short paragraphs with a lot of white space and catchy phrases. For example, instead of dense paragraphs, Dr. Katta presents a box outline with three keys for achieving healthy skin: “Eat Power” (powerful nutrients – with much detailed information to follow); “Stop Sugar Spikes” (the connection to collagen damage); and “Stop Skin Sabotage” (refined carbs.). Starting with Chapter 10, “Putting It into Practice,” the focus shifts to very specific and action-oriented advice. A simple head of cauliflower is used as an illustration by examining how its fiber, vitamin C, quercetin, and other nutrients can impact skin health.
Section Two (“What to Eat”) explores specific foods as related to antioxidants, anti-inflammatory foods, herbs and spices, and other topics discussed earlier. Chronic inflammation, for example, “can lead to damage and breakdown of the body’s tissues, which can accelerate aging” and is the subject of much research. Several well-organized tables list a variety of anti-inflammatory foods, from vegetables to spices, linking scientific research to food choices. Section Three (“Diet and Dermatology”) reports on many of the latest studies concerning individual skin conditions, such as acne and eczema, and, again, presents in one place specific skin problems, the state of current research, and categories of nutrients and foods that can be helpful.
A number of “skin saving” recipes, with witty categories all starting with the letter “S” (Starts, Snacks, Sippers, and so on), appear in Section Four. This is another example of how the author has gone the extra mile to make her book accessible and useful.
All in all, the connection of scientific research and practice to everyday life has been extremely well done, making for an inspiring source of information. The initial “About the Author” page somewhat undercuts this style, however, as does the extensive References and Additional Reading sections in the back, which has close to twenty pages of scientific papers listed. This deeply academic information might intimidate some readers – it could be cut down because Dr. Katta’s authority already shines forth in every page.
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