Regularly Eating Breakfast Turns on Your Skin Clock
Diet is an often-overlooked part of how we adapt to our external environments throughout the seasons. The first meal of the day can prep and protect your healthy summer glow.
Why eating these ingredients in the daytime is important
Turns out we have a “skin clock,” says Joseph S. Takahashi, PhD, chairman of neuroscience at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute. In his 2017 studyTrusted Source, Takahashi and his team found that an enzyme that repairs UV-damaged skin has a daily cycle of production that can be altered by eating food at unusual times.
“It is likely that if you have a normal eating schedule, then you will be better protected from UV during the daytime. If you have an abnormal eating schedule, that could cause a harmful shift in your skin clock,” he said in a press release.
So rather than a midnight snack, try incorporating these skin-loving foods into your smoothies to add a little extra sun protection into your diet:
- Nuts and seeds
- Carrots and leafy greens
- Green tea