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Here in Beverly Hills, my clients are always watching what they eat…

For many of them, looking great is their business.

So, they make a skin-conscious diet priority #1.

They’re the first to know when a study reveals surprisingly positive results — and recently, they’ve been buzzing about ONE INGREDIENT more than any other…

Hyaluronic Acid (H.A.)

So, what exactly is H.A.?

H.A. is a gel-like substance that your body produces to help cushion your joints, nerves, and skin.

And, what makes it special? Well, it can hold lots of moisture.

Seriously, I mean LOTS — 1 gram of H.A. (that’s less than one level teaspoon) can hold up to 6 whole liters of water! 1

Amazing, right? That’s the kind of moisture necessary to stop the visible signs of aging (like wrinkles and dark spots)… and give you the youthful skin you’ve been dreaming of.

Unfortunately, the older we get, the less H.A. we produce naturally.

That’s why you’ve got to take action to replenish your H.A. levels!

So, what can you do to up your H.A. intake naturally?



  1. Avocado – It isn’t just a hyaluronic food, it’s also full of fatty acids that can help your skin’s natural oil barrier stay strong. So, your skin stays protected from damaging agents like the sun.1
  2. Grapefruit — Citrus is full of vitamin C, which promotes collagen growth. And, as you probably know, that’s what keeps your cheeks tight and glamorous.
  3. Broths made from animal bones — It’s no wonder chicken soup “cures all”. That’s because animal tendons and bones are H.A. rich.3
  4. Red Pepper – One of the best sources of vitamin A, peppers are a potent fuel that help increase the production of H.A. in your body.4
  5. Banana – Not only do these treats have a high concentration of H.A., they contain magnesium… which helps your body produce H.A. — leaving your skin hydrated and silky.5

(NOTE: Remember, bananas are high in sugar — so I recommend eating no more than HALF a banana at one time. You’ll still get all the benefits of H.A., with half the calories!)

Now, I thought it’d be great to give you a couple recipes that really pack in the H.A.

And, I happen to be a soup man, so I doctored up a lunchtime concoction that ticks the box of each ingredient above…

PLUS an irresistible dessert to finish up your complexion-boosting meal deliciously!

Southwestern Red Pepper Soup (serves 4)


This soup is heart, tangy… and an excellent addition to any ‘look-younger’ diet.


  • 32 oz (4 cups) chicken bone broth
  • 4 red bell peppers, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup heavy cream (optional, but highly recommended)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chile flakes (optional)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt (more to taste)
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Juice of 1 grapefruit
  • ¼ cup cilantro, diced
  • ¼ cup sour cream

Yes, all these ingredients can boost
your complexion — and they’re delicious too!



  1. In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the peppers, and onion and saute until tender, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the garlic, cumin, black pepper, chile flakes and a pinch of salt, and cook until the spices are very fragrant and the garlic is golden brown.
  3. Add the bone broth and cook 20-25 minutes, uncovered.  Transfer to blender and puree until smooth (or blend with a stick blender, right in the pot.  Return to heat, and add cream. Taste and add salt as necessary.
  4. Serve garnished with a drizzle of the grapefruit juice, a drizzle of the lime juice, a dollop of sour cream, and a sprinkle of cilantro.


These sweet ingredients are the perfect combo for soft, healthy skin.

Banana Chocolate Pudding (serves 4)


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup honey or agave
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Berries and toasted coconut, for garnish

Can dessert actually be healthy
(and help you glow)? The answer is YES!



  1. Combine bananas and avocados, and
    blend until smooth. You can also do this in a large bowl with a potato masher, but be prepared for a chunkier pudding
  2. Add cocoa powder, sweetener, and sea salt, and blend until smooth. Taste, and add more cocoa powder or sweetener as needed.
  3. Serve garnished with fresh berries and toasted coconut.

Give these recipes a try — they’re delicious, healthy, and surprisingly quick to put together.

What could be better?

Your Beverly Hills MD,

Dr. John Layke

P.S. I’d love to hear what you think of your lunch once you’ve tasted it.

In fact, if you happen to be gifted in the kitchen, go ahead and come up with a recipe of your own that uses the 5 foods above —

And tell me about it in the comments. I might even try it myself!


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2Mohapatra D, Mishra S, Sutar N. Banana and its By-Product Utilisation. J Sci Ind Res. 2016;69:323-329.

3Tammi R, Ripellino J, Margolis R, Maibach H, Tammi M. Hyaluronate Accumulation in Human Epidermis Treated

4Taylor J. 10 Amazing Avocado Oil Benefits For Your Health & Beauty. Natural Living Ideas. 2015. Accessed September 23, 2016.
4David Kiefer T. Omega-3 fatty acids: An update emphasizing clinical use. Agro food industry hi-tech. 2012;23(4):10. Accessed September 23, 2016.
5 S. Manjula Jegasothy S. Efficacy of a New Topical Nano-hyaluronic Acid in Humans. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. 2014;7(3):27. Accessed September 23, 2016.
6Understanding the Ingredients in Skin Care Products. Myclevelandclinicorg. 2016. Accessed September 23, 2016.

About the Author

Dr. John Layke

Dr. John Layke grew up in Milwaukee, WI, where he knew from a young age that he wanted to practice medicine. After completing his undergraduate degree at Marquette University, Dr. Layke went on to attend medical school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and trained in general surgery at the University of Illinois Metropolitan Group Hospitals in Chicago.