Right Food for Healthy Skin
Have you ever noticed how that when we have an illness or imbalance in the health of our body, we look for ways to heal it using diet, supplements, and ultimately medication? But how about when we have issues with the largest organ of our body that is our skin? The temptation is to try and fix it using creams, oils, and lotion that we apply topically. Why not try to eat the right food for healthy skin?
It’s easy to forget that our skin needs to be fed properly to function. It also needs good-quality nutrition to look and feel at its best.
Food is so important for skin health as well as the health of the rest of our bodies. How could we improve the way our skin feels by making a few changes to our diet?
Food Checklist for Good Skin
Instead of using food as a way to satisfy a craving or enjoy a tasty treat, we could try using food as a medicine – our own natural skincare regime. Foods that will help you to stay healthy, vibrant, and have radiant, glowing skin include:
- Mixed greens, including kale – contain a selection of powerful antioxidants that can slow down the visible effects of aging and reduce inflammation.
- Blueberries and cranberries – these and many other dark berries are packed full of polyphenols. These are compounds that can have a beneficial effect on the condition of your skin.
- Almonds and Brazil nuts contain lots of vitamin E, another antioxidant that helps your skin resist UV damage. Vitamin E is also excellent for helping your skin to stay moisturized.
- Spring onions and green Onions – great if you have dark circles under your eyes. Or if you have lost elasticity in your skin, as they contain Vitamin K.
- Grilled Salmon – moisturize your skin from within with healthy omega -3 fatty acids which help to nourish your skin.
More tips for healthier skin
Make sure that you add lots of vegetables to your meals, plus delicious fruits as well as extra vitamins. Also, use extra virgin olive oil on your salads. A study showed that women who consumed higher amounts of olive oil (more than 2 teaspoons) had 31 percent fewer signs of aging compared to people who ate less than a teaspoon, so if that’s not a good reason to drizzle it on your veggies, nothing is!
Wash your meals down with delicious green tea; a study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2011 revealed that people who drank green tea daily for 12 weeks had smoother, more elastic skin than a control group. Green tea contains catechins like EGCG, which boost blood flow and oxygen to your skin, keeping it healthy.
Topical products and facials are fantastic ways to keep your skin looking its best, but if you are really serious about treating your largest organ with love and care, invest in some of the ingredients above and regularly incorporate them into your diet.
We’d love to know your favorite skin-boosting recipes!
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