We all know the popular quote “you are what you eat”, so it comes as no surprise that this is very true. How you eat and what you eat has a profound effect on your skin, from the inside out. This is why it’s very important to adopt a healthier lifestyle, not just eating the odd grains or drinking smoothies here and there, good health is all about the right lifestyle.
You’re probably wondering how to promote healthier skin by what you eat on a daily basis? What works and what doesn’t? Well here is a list of some of the amazing foods you may want to consume to boost the glow and reduce acne breakouts in your skin.
Water – drink lots of it
This is by far the most important on my list, you cannot live without it and there is a great reason why. Our body is made up of 50-75% water, so it is naturally a requirement for us to sustain a healthy body. Drinking your daily intake of water (8 glasses per day), but studies have shown that it’s best to follow your bodies requirement and stop when you feel as though you’ve had enough. Water keeps your skin moist, which makes any fine lines or wrinkles less noticeable. It is also great for expelling any toxins that should not be in the body, while improving your blood flow and giving you softer, brighter skin.
Antioxidants in fruits and vegetables
We all need and want healthy cells, because without them or even when our cells are weakened, our bodies become more susceptible to cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer. Therefore, it’s very important to top up on antioxidants, such as vitamin C, vitamin E and carotenoids. These help to protect our healthy cells from free radicals, that can cause a lot of damage.
You can find antioxidants in fruits and vegetables, for instance, berries, apricots, squash, spinach, tangerines, sweet potatoes, peppers, beets, beans etc. The more you eat the better, so try to add a little in each meal or snack on them in between your main meals. You honestly can’t eat enough and if you do, your body will naturally store as much as it can for days you don’t eat as much and get rid of the excess.
During the summertime, the sun can have adverse effects on our skin, so with the aid of vitamin C, you will be able to give your skin added protection. The great thing about vitamin C is its ability to reduce sun damage to your collagen and the elastin in your skin, while firming your skin at the same time. The amazing properties in vitamin C makes it an important addition to promoting healthy skin. By eating kiwis, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, red peppers, citrus fruits or and papayas, you will be giving your body the nutrients it needs to create healthier cells.
Eat more nuts, seeds and oils
There is no magic to this unfortunately, it’s all about eating right. When you consume more nuts, vegetable oils, seeds, olives, asparagus and leafy greens (spinach/kale), you are helping your skin fight sun damage and inflammation, due to their vitamin E properties. Vitamin E also helps to fight aging by blocking free radicals from your body. By fighting free radicals, we are naturally creating a process that reduces aging, simply by what we eat.
Not all fats are bad – so eat the good ones
Who doesn’t want to know the full list of every food that contains good fats? The great thing is they are in the kind of food you can eat daily. For instance, salmon, mackerel, olives, walnuts, canola oils, sardines and flaxseeds. These contain Omega-3s and omega-6s, which are good fats that makes up your skin natural oil barrier. Increasing the amount of good fats every week will reduce dryness and acne, leaving your skin naturally smoother and younger looking.
The better you eat, the better your entire body will function, which means you will in-turn have healthier, brighter and softer skin. Eating healthy is most certainly a lifestyle choice, rather than fad diets, so take your time to implement daily changes to increase your overall health.