We all know we should eat better. And we’ve all heard the old adage “you are what you eat”. But it really is true. Your overall health and your skin’s health really are affected by your diet. So if you want a healthy, beautiful glowing complexion, you should pay attention to what you eat.
Here are some “eating for healthy skin” suggestions
High in lycopene, a phytochemical that give them their red color, it is also shown to help eliminate skin-aging free radicals. Some research points to a daily dose of lycopene rich tomatoes helping to stave off sun burn – but don’t give up the sun screen completely.
Sorry if you’re strictly an iceberg type, but the high levels of Vitamin A in romaine lettuce can provide more than 100% of your daily requirements in only six leaves. And Vitamin A helps increase your cell turnover rate. Romaine lettuce is also rich in other essential minerals, such as potassium, which is also beneficial to vascular health.
Flaxseeds, Almonds, Walnuts
These tiny seeds and nuts are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which help smooth fine lines and lessen spots. The research regarding omega-3’s benefits is abundant, and while it usually concentrates on seafood, these alternative sources exist. Many nuts also include Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that also helps to reduce skin dryness by encouraging moisture retention.
Since we’re on the topic of Omega-3, seafood is an excellent source. Seafood is also rich in other nutrients, such as zinc. Zinc has been shown to lessen “bad” skin oils (sebum) that cause acne. It is also involved in new-cell production and helps provide skin with a healthy glow.
Obviously, the benefits of eating fruit is well known. But citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C which is a common ingredient in skin care. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen, one of the basic structures of your skin, and it’s an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals while it reduces inflammation.
Avoid Processed Foods
The more you can avoid overly processed foods the better. Hydrogenated oils and other ingredients added to preserve foods can wreak havoc on your skin and your overall health. It’s why it’s always best to eat as cleanly and naturally as possible. Of course it’s not always possible, but if you maintain a healthy balance, your skin will look much better and you’ll feel better overall.